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Video: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Illustrated Edition Animated Book Trailer
Posted by Megs

Bloomsbury Publishing has released a trailer for the Illustrated Edition of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. The book will be released next week, October 4th and you can pre-order it here.

Prepare to be spellbound by Jim Kay’s dazzling full-colour illustrations in this stunning new edition of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Breathtaking scenes, dark themes and unforgettable characters – including Dobby and Gilderoy Lockhart – await inside this fully illustrated edition. With paint, pencil and pixels, award-winning illustrator Jim Kay conjures the wizarding world as we have never seen it before. Fizzing with magic and brimming with humour, this inspired reimagining will captivate fans and new readers alike, as Harry and his friends, now in their second year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, seek out a legendary chamber and the deadly secret that lies at its heart …

Filed Under: Books, Harry Potter Illustrated Edition, Jim Kay
J.K. Rowling’s Pottermore Patronus Quiz Is Live!
Posted by Megs

Fans have been waiting quite a long time for this day, but J.K. Rowling’s Pottermore has finally released it’s official Patronus quiz!  As we all know from the books,

The Patronus is the most famous (and famously difficult) defensive charm. The aim is to produce a silvery-white guardian or protector, which takes the form of an animal. The exact form of the Patronus will not be apparent until the spell has been successfully cast. One of the most powerful defensive charms known to wizardkind, the Patronus can also be used as a messenger between wizards. As a pure, protective magical concentration of happiness and hope (the recollection of a single talisman memory is essential in its creation) it is the only spell effective against Dementors. The majority of witches and wizards are unable to produce Patronuses and to do so is generally considered a mark of superior magical ability.

The quiz is very quick and surprisingly accurate. Megan’s Patronus is a Nebelung Cat, which is very accurate with her personality. Friends who have also taken the quiz either said it was what they thought it would be ore was very fitting. Enjoy and share your Patronus with us on Twitter – @MM_Official!

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Unlock Lockhart from Chamber of Secrets Illustrated Edition
Posted by Megs

 

Bloomsbury has launched a fun new contest, Unlock Lockhart, where fans can help to unlock an illustration of Professor Gilderoy Lockhart from the new Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Illustrated Edition. The new edition of the book will be released on October 4h. They will Jim Kay’s charming image of Professor Lockhart in three stages and will be giving away three copies of the book too! For a chance to win, share #UnlockLockhart on Twitter or Facebook. Read the terms and conditions here.

Unlock this exclusive illustration of Professor Gilderoy Lockhart by Jim Kay!

On October 4, 2016 we are releasing J.K. Rowling’s
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Illustrated Edition, but you can get a first look at Jim Kay’s celebrity wizard here.

Share more. Unlock more.

#UnlockLockhart

Filed Under: Books, Harry Potter Illustrated Edition, Jim Kay
Pre-Order Chamber of Secrets Illustrated Edition Through Bloomsbury for Exclusive Offers
Posted by Megs

 

Bloomsbury has announced that if you live in the UK and have pre-ordered (or will pre-order) the Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Illustrated Edition or the Deluxe Illustrated Edition through their store you will receive special merchandise. The book will be released on October 4, 2016 in the US and UK.

We are very excited to announce our Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Illustrated Edition and Deluxe Illustrated Edition pre-order offers. There are three offers available to you. Please note, these offers are open to UK and ROI residents only.

1. Pre-order Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Illustrated Edition to receive a Harry Potter wall sticker and 20% off the RRP.
2. Pre-order Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Deluxe Illustrated Edition to receive a Harry Potter tote bag and 20% off the RRP.
3. Pre-order both editions to receive a Harry Potter wall sticker and tote bag, as well as 30% off the RRP.

If you have already pre-ordered from one of the above sites, you will automatically receive the corresponding offer to your purchase.

If you live in the US you can pre-order the book from Amazon, Barnes & Noble or Scholastic.

Filed Under: Books, Harry Potter Illustrated Edition, Jim Kay
New Harry Potter eBooks to Release in September
Posted by Megs

In some interesting news today we’ve learned that there will be three new ebooks released by Pottermore and J.K. Rowling this September 6th for $2.99 each.

Pottermore Presents is a collection of J.K. Rowling’s writing: short reads originally featured on pottermore.com with some exclusive new additions. These eBooks, with writing curated by Pottermore, will take you beyond the Harry Potter stories as J.K. Rowling reveals her inspiration, intricate details of characters’ lives and surprises from the wizarding world.

Information on each of the books, as well as links to pre-order them are as follows:

Short Stories from Hogwarts of Power, Politics and Pesky Poltergeists
These stories of power, politics and pesky poltergeists give you a glimpse into the darker side of the wizarding world, revealing the ruthless roots of Professor Umbridge, the lowdown on the Ministers for Magic and the history of the wizarding prison Azkaban. You will also delve deeper into Horace Slughorn’s early years as Potions master at Hogwarts – and his acquaintance with one Tom Marvolo Riddle.

Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies
These stories of heroism, hardship and dangerous hobbies profile two of the Harry Potter stories’ most courageous and iconic characters: Minerva McGonagall and Remus Lupin. J.K. Rowling also gives us a peek behind the closed curtains of Sybill Trelawney’s life, and you’ll encounter the reckless, magical-beast-loving Silvanus Kettleburn along the way.

Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide
Hogwarts An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide takes you on a journey to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. You’ll venture into the Hogwarts grounds, become better acquainted with its more permanent residents, learn more about lessons and discover secrets of the castle . . . all at the turn of a page.

Thanks to Hypable for the tip!

Filed Under: Books, JK Rowling, Pottermore
Bloomsbury Planning 20th Anniversary Celebrations for 2017
Posted by Megs

June 26th 2017 is the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and Bloomsbury is celebrating this milestone moment with a year-long campaign, including special anniversary publishing and new projects with key partners. First up is brand new editions of the first book:

To mark the magical anniversary and share the excitement with fans old and new, Bloomsbury will publish four ‘Hogwarts House Editions’ of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone: Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw and Slytherin.  Each edition will feature the house shield illustrated on the jacket, bespoke extra content and stunning sprayed edges in house colours.

The British Library will also be involved in the celebrations with an exhibit on the Potter books:

Further celebrations are marked by a major partnership between Bloomsbury and the British Library. The British Library will curate and launch a brand new exhibition about the magic of Harry Potter, inspired by J.K. Rowling’s modern masterpiece and opening 20th October 2017. This will be the first British Library exhibition inspired by a single series of books by a living author. From medieval descriptions of dragons and griffins, to the origins of the Philosopher’s Stone, the exhibition will take readers on a spellbinding journey to the heart of the Harry Potter stories. The exhibition will showcase the history of magic across the world, using an extraordinary range of wizarding books, manuscripts and objects, and combine fascinating treasures from the British Library’s collections   with previously-unseen material from the Bloomsbury and J.K. Rowling archives.

Jamie Andrews, Head of Culture and Learning at the British Library, said: ‘The British Library is delighted to be working with Bloomsbury and with J.K. Rowling to mark the twentieth anniversary of Harry Potter, and to inspire fans with the magic of our own British Library collections.’

Rebecca McNally, Publishing Director and Editor-in-Chief of Bloomsbury Children’s Books said: ‘The British Library is a magical place for book lovers. They are the perfect partners for a once-in-a-lifetime exhibition exploring a once-in-a-lifetime cultural phenomenon, a thrilling celebration of magic and imagination with Harry Potter at its heart.

According to the press relase, there will be exclusive events and major competitions to mark this magical moment. More news on the exciting plans will be announced later in the year.

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