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Audiobook for ‘Quidditch Through The Ages’ Announced
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At this year’s Celebration of Harry Potter a new audiobook for Quidditch Through the Ages was announced. Andrew Lincoln has lent his voice to the new audio book version of the Hogwarts Library book, Quidditch Through the Ages. Here’s his message to fans at A Celebration of Harry Potter 2018.

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Scholastic Announces New Harry Potter Covers to Celebrate 20th Anniversary
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Scholastic has announced that they will be releasing new editions of the Harry Potter series to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, which was released in the US a year after the UK. These new editions will feature cover art by Caldecott Medal-winning artist, Brian Selznick. According to Pottermore:

As part of a year-long campaign to commemorate the publication of the first Harry Potter book in the US, the new paperback versions of the Harry Potter series will be released in July, to be followed by a collectible boxed set in September.

The editions will boast brand-new cover designs by Brian Selznick – the Caldecott Medal-winning artist responsible for the acclaimed book The Invention of Hugo Cabret, which was so memorably turned into the Martin Scorsese movie Hugo… a film that went on to scoop up 11 Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture. Not bad, that.

‘I’m a big Harry Potter fan and it is an incredible honour to illustrate J.K. Rowling’s iconic series,’ says Brian. ‘I am thrilled to play a part in this exciting 20th anniversary celebration and look forward to meeting Harry Potter fans and readers across the country.’

These new editions aren’t the only treat for Stateside fans this year. The 20th anniversary of the US publication of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone will be marked with celebrations at bookstores, libraries, schools and festivals

The 20th Anniversary Editions feature a newly designed cover illustrated by Caldecott Medalist Brian Selznick, as well as the beloved original interior decorations by Mary GrandPré. The collectible boxed set contains the complete bestselling Harry Potter series, books 1-7 by J.K. Rowling, brilliantly redesigned by Caldecott Medalist Brian Selznick. A perfect gift to introduce a new reader to this beloved series, as well as a gorgeous addition to any fan’s bookshelf.

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Bloomsbury to Publish House Editions of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
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Bloomsbury have announced today that they will publish House Editions of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets! The Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets House Editions will be published in hardback and paperback on 28th June 2018. Larger images of each cover may be seen in the gallery.

House Editions of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone were released last year. Bloomsbury have asp confirmed their intention to publish House Editions of the remaining five novels in the Harry Potter series. Dates yet to be decided. The colors for each of the House Editions will alternate between black and the house color, for the paperbacks and hardbacks, to create a beautiful set for your bookshelf!

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Illustrated by Levi Pinfold, who created 2017’s spectacularly successful House Editions of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, the covers will feature an interpretation of the door to the Chamber of Secrets, with beautiful iconography and features woven in to the design that are particular to that house.

There will be complementary hardback and paperback editions of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. The hardbacks will be in each house colour with artwork in black and striped sprayed edges. The paperbacks will be black with artwork in the corresponding house colours. Both editions will contain additional content including an illustration of the house common room by Levi Pinfold, a house introduction and a mini-feature on house-elves.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets was first published in 1998 and continued Harry Potter’s adventures at Hogwarts. It introduced some of the most-loved characters from the wizarding world, including Dobby the house- elf.

The 20th anniversary House Editions of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone published last year were a huge success selling over 180,000 copies (UK TCM) across all eight editions. They became the backbone of the huge campaign for the 20th anniversary that included breaking a Guinness World Record, a celebratory video of fan favourite moments that has been viewed over 10 million times, and the must-see Harry Potter: A History of Magic  exhibition at the British Library. Overall sales of Harry potter books were up by 50% in 2017 according to UK TCM figures.

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New Details on Harry Potter – A History Of Magic Documentary
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BBC has released some new information on their upcoming documentary, Harry Potter – A History Of Magic which will be airing on Saturday 28 October from 9.00pm-10.00pm on BBC TWO.

It’s 20 years since J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone first cast its spell on readers across the globe, thanks to the charm, warmth and imagination of its wizarding world. But Rowling’s fantastical creation wasn’t entirely make-believe…

To mark the 20th anniversary of her book, the BBC presents an enchanting new documentary, uncovering the real life traditions of magic at the heart of Harry Potter.

A thrilling journey through legends, belief and folklore, this film goes behind the scenes with the British Library as they search to tell that story through objects in their collection, in an ambitious new exhibition: Harry Potter: A History Of Magic.

J.K. Rowling, who is lending unseen manuscripts, drawings and drafts from her private archives (which will sit alongside treasures from the British Library, as well as original drafts and drawings from Jim Kay) talks about some of the personal items she has lent to the exhibition and gives new insight into her writing, looking at some of the objects from the exhibition that have fired her imagination.

Readings from famous fans playfully recreates some of the best-loved spells, potions and magical moments from the books, and, as we follow the process of the exhibition, we discover modern magic’s counterparts – from real life wandmakers to Quidditch enthusiasts.

Viewers will discover an unexpected relationship between magic, belief and science: from the Anglo-Saxon spells that cure MRSA to the so-called witches who pioneered contemporary medicine and the ancient stargazers who first mapped the wonders of the night sky.

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Chris Riddell to Illustrate J.K. Rowling’s The Tales of Beedle the Bard
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Bloomsbury have announced today that Chris Riddell is set to work on the illustrated edition of The Tales of Beedle the Bard. The Tales of Beedle the Bard Illustrated Edition by J.K. Rowling, illustrated by Chris Riddell will be released on October 2 2018 for £25, £120 for the deluxe edition!

Bloomsbury Children’s Books today announce Chris Riddell as the artist who will create stunning images for an illustrated edition of J.K. Rowling’s The Tales of Beedle the Bard sold in aid of the author’s international children’s charity Lumos.

Publishing on 2nd October 2018, this classic from the Wizarding World will be gloriously reimagined in a large colour gift edition by the multi-award-winning Riddell. He will mix his signature, beautiful watercolour with line and tonal illustrations, capturing the spirit of J.K. Rowling’s ingenious text with his trademark wit and elegance.

Chris Riddell is a bestselling author/illustrator and former Waterstones Children’s Laureate. On being commissioned for this project Chris said, “To be invited into the world of Harry Potter is an immense honour and incredibly exciting. These fairy tales are vivid and beautifully crafted and will resonate in the sumptuous format Bloomsbury have given me. But the true joy has been to discover the richness and texture of Dumbledore’s footnotes. I can’t wait to pull on my robes and begin my tenure as a supply teacher at Hogwarts!”

Rebecca McNally, Children’s Publishing Director, said of Chris’s selection: “It takes extraordinary skill and imagination to illustrate J.K. Rowling’s highly inventive and original book, which has both wonderful, classic-feeling fairy tales and the inimitable, witty and subversive notes of Albus Dumbledore. There was only ever going to be one person for this job – it just had to be the once-in-a-lifetime talent of Chris Riddell.”

Chris Riddell is an award-winning illustrator and acclaimed political cartoonist. He is currently the only artist to have won the Kate Greenaway Medal three times, most recently for his illustrations in Neil Gaiman’s The Sleeper and the Spindle. Chris Riddell was Waterstones Children’s Laureate from 2015 to 2017 and has recently been announced as a Booktrust Ambassador. Chris has illustrated the work of many celebrated children’s authors, including five Neil Gaiman titles. He is the author of the bestselling Goth Girl and Ottoline series and co-creator of the much-loved The Edge Chronicles.

The Tales of Beedle the Bard was first published in 2008. An essential read for any Harry Potter fan, it contains five classic fairy tales, including ‘The Tale of the Three Brothers’, which plays a key role in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Translated from the original runes by Hermione Granger, the tales are introduced by J.K. Rowling. Also included are Professor Albus Dumbledore’s notes on each tale, which appear by kind permission of the Hogwarts Archives. The Tales of Beedle the Bard is published in aid of Lumos, J.K. Rowling’s international children’s charity, which works to improve the lives of disadvantaged children around the world.

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Prisoner of Azkaban Illustrated Edition – Out Today!
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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban may be one of the most beloved Potter books of the series. Today, the Illustrated Edition has been released in both the US and UK! Once again Jim Kay has done a spectacular job of bringing the book to life! Head to your favorite bookstore or order on Amazon and Amazon UK. A Deluxe Edition is also available in the United Kingdom!

An extraordinary creative achievement by an extraordinary talent, Jim Kay’s inspired reimagining of J.K. Rowling’s classic series has captured a devoted following worldwide. This stunning new fully illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban brings more breathtaking scenes and unforgettable characters – including Sirius Black, Remus Lupin and Professor Trelawney. With paint, pencil and pixels, Kay conjures the wizarding world as we have never seen it before. Fizzing with magic and brimming with humour, this full-colour edition will captivate fans and new readers alike as Harry, now in his third year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, faces Dementors, death omens and – of course – danger.

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