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Cover Art Released for US & UK Versions of Quidditch Through the Ages Illustrated Edition
Posted by Megs

Back in April 2019, we shared the announcement of an illustrated edition of the Harry Potter companion book Quidditch Through the Ages. We revealed that it would be illustrated by Emily Gravett and published in hardcover on October 6th 2020 – previously it was the 1st. There will be a regular edition as well as a Deluxe edition.

Today, Bloomsbury and Scholastic have sent over their covers and have released several illustrations from inside the book!

A full press release can be read below:

Bloomsbury Children’s Books today reveals the cover of the full-colour illustrated edition of J.K. Rowling’s Quidditch Through the Ages illustrated by Emily Gravett. The cover showcases some of the key elements of Harry Potter’s favourite sport – including players, team badges and a hovering Golden Snitch waiting to be caught. Devoured by Harry Potter in his first year, Quidditch Through the Ages is consulted on a daily basis by the young witches and wizards at Hogwarts, and this beautifully illustrated edition is set to become a firm favourite for readers of all ages who dream of grabbing a broomstick and taking to the skies.

Publishing in the UK and US on 6th October 2020, Quidditch Through the Ages Illustrated Edition features showstopping artwork from Emily Gravett, twice winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal. Emily’s wildly creative imagination has conjured a cornucopia of sporting memorabilia to surprise and delight. With some items lovingly created in a dazzling range of media and infused with her trademark visual wit, these charming and funny artworks are the perfect pairing for J.K. Rowling’s humorous insights into the magical, airborne sport.

Quidditch Through the Ages invites readers to take a whistle-stop tour through wizarding history, reliving epic matches and great moments along the way. Accessible at any point in the Harry Potter reading journey, it is packed with trivia, tales of on-pitch antics, and Quidditch stars past and present. The sports almanac also contains comprehensive profiles of teams loved by readers of the Harry Potter novels.

Quidditch Through the Ages first appears in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. After catching Harry Potter with a copy, it is also the reason that Professor Snape invents the rule that no library books are allowed outside of Hogwarts School. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone continues to mesmerise readers, and in 2019 was the bestselling backlist title across all children’s publishing with over 177,000 copies sold. The full Harry Potter series took the top seven spots in a 2020 chart of favourite book as chosen by primary school students, and was recently selected by thousands of young Blue Peter viewers as its ultimate Blue Peter Book Award winner.

A percentage of proceeds from the sale of this edition will go to J.K. Rowling’s own international charity Lumos, which helps some of the world’s most vulnerable children and young people to have a better life; and to Comic Relief. Scholastic are set to publish in the US at the same time.

Filed Under: Books, Harry Potter Illustrated Edition
Harry Potter: Wizards Unite March In-Game Activities
Posted by Megs

Harry Potter: Wizards Unite has announced their March in-game events! Restore balance to the wizarding world by putting a stop to the Calamity’s latest array of hijinks, antics and shenanigans during these newly announced March events.  

  • Circus Calamitous Brilliant Event Part 1: March 10 – March 17
    • Return Brilliant Circus Arcanus Foundables from the 1920s that are on the loose, including the Zouwu and Graphorn.
  • March Community Day: March 21 
    • Find the hidden Room of Requirement and assist Fred and George Weasley, as well as other members of Dumbledore’s Army.
  • Circus Calamitous Brilliant Event Part 2: March 24 – March 31
    • Continue to help the return of lost Brilliant Circus Arcanus Foundables from the 1920s including Nagini and the Kappa.
  • Magical Mischief Event: March 31 – April 2 
    • Grab your Marauder’s Map and make some magical mischief of your own with the young Marauders themselves: James, Sirius, Remus and Peter.
Filed Under: Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, Portkey Games
WB Studio Tour London Announces Celebration of Slytherin
Posted by Megs

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter have announced a new experience that will take place from April through September. For the first time ever, fans will be able to check out the set of the Slytherin Common Room!

A 25-foot high section of the common room set will be on display as part of a brand new feature A Celebration of Slytherin’ which will also see Slytherin banners suspended from the ceiling of the enchanted Great Hall, as well as original costumes from the Malfoy family and costumes showcasing the evolution of Tom Riddle.

Read the full press release below:

3RD APRIL 2020– 6TH SEPTEMBER 2020

Fans invited to discover the Slytherin common room for the first time ever.

Known throughout the eight films for its ambition and links to dark magic, Slytherin house is home to some of the greatest wizards of all time. From April, visitors to Warner Bros. Studio Tour London will discover the secrets behind some of the iconic costumes and props belonging to their favourite, cunning Slytherin characters.

Visitors won’t have to be under the guise of Polyjuice potion to discover the secrets of the Slytherin common room up close, as for the first time ever, fans are invited to gather around the imposing fireplace and sofas where Ron’s magical transformation began to wear off, revealing his ginger hair. During this special feature, a 25-foot high section of this iconic set will be on display, furnished and dressed with authentic props. When envisioning the Slytherin common room, Production Designer Stuart Craig wanted a very different atmosphere to the warm colours of Gryffindor so designed the set to look like a dungeon carved out of solid rock. The hand-designed wall tapestries visitors will see had red tones completely taken out of the colour palette to add to the austere atmosphere and further highlight the iconic Slytherin colours, green and silver.

Entering through the Great Hall doors, visitors will be greeted by a sea of green as the Slytherin house banners from the film series are suspended from the enchanted ceiling, denoting a Slytherin victory of the House Cup. Over the teacher’s table, Gryffindor banners will be displayed in reference to the final scenes of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in which Dumbledore awards last-minute house points resulting in a Gryffindor triumph.

Paying homage to some of Slytherin’s most esteemed witches and wizards, a number of original costumes belonging to the Malfoy family will be on display allowing visitors to see how the designs changed to depict their rise and fall in power and status alongside Lord Voldemort. Also showcased will be the evolution of Voldemort’s costumes showing his growth from orphan, Tom Riddle, to young Hogwarts student and finally to prolific villain.

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London’s Celebration of Slytherin feature will run from Friday 3rd April – Sunday 6th September 2020 and all additions are included in the ticket price.

Filed Under: Other Potter Related
Robert Galbraith Announces Release Date & Title for Fifth Strike Novel
Posted by Megs

Robert Galbraith’s social media accounts have delighted Strike and Robin fans by announcing the release date and title for the 5th book in the Cormoran Strike series. The posts read:

The fifth Robert Galbraith crime novel, TROUBLED BLOOD, will be published on 29th September! More details to come very soon, including the final jacket. Are you excited for the next chapter in Strike and Robin’s story?

The fourth novel, Lethal White, was released on September 18, 2018 so we’re just about at the 2 year mark between publishing.

Filed Under: Robert Galbraith
Romance is in the Air in Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery
Posted by Megs

For players of Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, February is full of exciting storylines and in-game features, welcoming a new season of Quidditch, new bundles, and an iconic character from the original series! 

Starting on February 13, Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery players who have progressed to Year 5 Chapter 3 or later will have the opportunity to go on a romantic date with their crush! In this new special time-limited sidequest storyline, the player will choose their in-game crush from six fellow Hogwarts students: Penny, Andre, Merula, Barnaby, and Talbott. The storyline also features a wizard known for his luscious golden locks, the iconic Gilderoy Lockhart, who tasks the player and their group of friends with planning his Valentines bonanza. With help from everyone’s favourite fashion expert, Andre, players will also get to choose their ideal outfit, perfect for a romantic night out.

“The excitement of friendship turning into something more is part of student life and we’re excited to launch this romantic sidequest for players to have the chance to connect with their crush in the game. It’s something our players love.”

Sarah Wolf, game director at Jam City


To complement this special adventure, Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery will be releasing a series of fun events and bundles that award Valentine’s Day-themed outfits, hairstyles, makeup and even a kitten Kneazle! February also marks the start of the exciting second season of Quidditch, where players will have the opportunity to try out the position of “beater” on the Quidditch team.

Filed Under: Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Portkey Games
Harry Potter Graphic Designers, MinaLima, Announce Illustrated Philosopher's Stone
Posted by Megs

The graphic design team behind the Harry Potter films, MinaLima, have announced they will be releasing their own illustrated version of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone!

With brilliant full-colour illustrations on nearly every page, this new edition also includes eight interactive special paper craft features.

Readers can open the beautifully designed, elaborately folded Hogwarts™ letter and Diagon Alley™ shopping list, reveal the magical entryway to Diagon Alley™, open a die-cut, fold-out Hogwarts™ Castle, make a sumptuous feast appear in the Great Hall, and more.

The book will be released in a 368 page hardback complete with full-colour illustrations with 8 interactive elements! There will also be a MinaLima™ exclusive copy that includes a book plate personally signed by Miraphora and Eduardo.

Copies signed by the design duo behind MinaLima are available for pre-order on minalima.com and at House of MinaLima in London. The book will be published on 20 October 2020.

Filed Under: Books, MinaLima
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