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Bloomsbury announces the first official companion to J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books: The Harry Potter Wizarding Almanac

March 3, 2023.

Harry Potter fans around the world can rejoice as Bloomsbury Children’s Books has announced the upcoming release of The Harry Potter Wizarding Almanac, the first official magical companion to J.K. Rowling’s beloved series. This comprehensive guidebook will take readers on a journey through the wizarding world, from the Sorting Hat to spell-casting, and everything in between. Set to publish on October 10 2023, the Almanac is a must-have for Harry Potter enthusiasts of all ages.

An Unguided Tour of Hogwarts - by Peter Goes
An Unguided Tour of Hogwarts – by Peter Goes

This upcoming book is a unique exploration through the wizarding world that will appeal to both young and experienced readers. The book is designed to be a visual compendium of charts, cross-sections, and magical particulars, collecting together enchanted objects, fabulous foodstuffs, curious plants, and fantastic beasts from the Harry Potter universe. The seven spectacular chapters will allow readers to relive their favorite moments from the books, learn about spells and magic, and search for hidden secrets.

The Harry Potter Wizarding Almanac is a dazzling visual spectacle that boasts contributions from seven uniquely talented artists from around the world. These artists include Peter Goes, Louise Lockhart, Weitong Mai, Olia Muza, Pham Quang Phuc, Levi Pinfold, and Tomislav Tomić. Fans of the Harry Potter series may recognize the latter two names, as Pinfold and Tomić have both previously worked on official Harry Potter publications. With each artist bringing their own extraordinary creative vision to J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world, this book is set to be a stunning masterpiece of illustrations and details. The content has been researched and ingeniously organised by the team at Bloomsbury Children’s Books, the original publisher of the Harry Potter novels.

Curious Clothing - by Louise Lockhart
Curious Clothing – by Louise Lockhart
Weasley's Wizard Wheezes - by Olia Muza
Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes – by Olia Muza

Mandy Archer, Harry Potter Editorial Director and Head of Brand, expressed her excitement over the publication of this companion book, saying, “It is such a delight to publish this wonderful companion book, bringing the magic of the Harry Potter stories to life in glorious, dazzling detail. The Harry Potter Wizarding Almanac is a treasure trove of unforgettable story moments, deep dives into favourite locations and boisterously brilliant wizarding fun. Meticulously researched and richly illustrated by an astonishing ensemble of artistic talent, this is a book for Harry Potter fans of all ages, all around the world.”

Ollivanders - by Weitong Mai
Ollivanders – by Weitong Mai
Patronus - by Levi Pinfold
Patronus – by Levi Pinfold
Werewolves & Time Turner - by Tomislav Tomic
Werewolves & Time Turner – by Tomislav Tomic

The release of The Harry Potter Wizarding Almanac will be supported by a massive global campaign. With 34 languages confirmed so far, Bloomsbury Children’s Books is planning high-impact advertising, a dynamic social media campaign, creative and interactive point of sale displays for bookshops and libraries, and Harry Potter Book Day events to engage superfans, children, families, and gifters worldwide.

Beyond the Reach - by Pham Quang Phuc
Beyond the Reach – by Pham Quang Phuc

In conclusion, The Harry Potter Wizarding Almanac promises to be a delightful journey for fans of all ages, with enchanting illustrations and rich details that will bring the wizarding world to life. It is a perfect gift for any Harry Potter fan, and its publication will be supported by a massive global campaign that is sure to engage fans worldwide. Fans can mark their calendars for October 2023, when this magical companion will finally be available for all to enjoy.

The retail price of The Harry Potter Wizarding Almanac will be £30.00, and it is set to have a total of 208 pages, including two extended gatefolds.

The Illustrators

Peter Goes

He is a freelance artist and picture book illustrator, living in Belgium. He studied animation at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts (KASK) in Ghent. Peter combines playful witches, wizards and magical creatures with an incredibly rich level of intricacy.

Peter Goes
Peter Goes

Louise Lockhart

She studied illustration at the Glasgow School of Art and is now an independent illustrator and printmaker based in the UK. Louise’s style is influenced by her love for vintage print ephemera and bright, bold colours.

Louise Lockhart
Louise Lockhart

Weitong Mai

She is a Chinese-Canadian artist now based in London. She has won many awards and is a visiting lecturer at the University of Creative Arts. Weitong uses a soft, rich and unusual palette to evoke simmering potion fumes and shimmering streams of magic.

Weitong Mai
Weitong Mai

Olia Muza

She was born in Uman, Ukraine. After studying graphic design, she discovered her passion for book illustration and hasn’t looked back since. Olia is a remarkable storyteller who creates fun, magic and even mayhem with her work.

Olia Muza
Olia Muza

Pham Quang Phuc

He is a children’s book illustrator from Vietnam with a rich and decorative style. He has illustrated many books, and considers storytelling a way to balance his life. Among other prizes, Quang Phuc is a winner of The ASEAN Children’s Book Illustrator Best in Fiction award.

Pham Quang Phuc
Pham Quang Phuc

Levi Pinfold

He has been drawing from his imagination for as long as he can remember. He has published many acclaimed books, and is a winner of the prestigious CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal. Born in the Forest of Dean, he now lives in northern New South Wales, Australia.

Levi Pinfold
Levi Pinfold

Tomislav Tomić

He lives with his family in Croatia. He graduated from the Academy of Fine Art in Zagreb. He has always loved making picture books and already had work published when he was in high school. Tomislav creates exquisite and intensely detailed pen and ink drawings.

Tomislav Tomic
Tomislav Tomić

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