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March 27th, 2020

Exclusive: Leaked preview of MinaLima’s Edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

We got access to a leaked preview of the upcoming edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in the United States of America). In this preview, you can appreciate some illustrations from this beautiful edition that looks really promising.     Update: We were asked to remove the […]

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February 6th, 2020

Artist Jim Kay revealed he suffers from depression and the Order of the Phoenix launch may be delayed

Jim Kay, the artist behind the Harry Potter Illustrated editions, has just shared that he has “been battered by depression these last few months, and despite working non stop have produced practically nothing for The Order of the Phoenix. A minor miracle is now required to get this book done.” Mental health is really important […]

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October 6th, 2018

Exclusive: Scans of Lights, Camera, Magic! – The Making of The Crimes of Grindelwald

As it happened with Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, the second film in the series Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald will have a lot of companion books. One of them is Lights, Camera, Magic! – The Making of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, which is authored by Ian Nathan. Nathan already wrote Inside […]

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September 24th, 2018

Exclusive: Photos from American Illustrated edition of The Tales of Beedle the Bard

On October 9th, Scholastic will publish in the United States of America the illustrated edition of The Tales of Beedle the Bard, just one week after Bloomsbury publishes its edition in the United Kingdom. While the British edition artwork was in charge of Chris Riddell, the American counterpart was illustrated by Lisbeth Zwerger. Two weeks before […]

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October 13th, 2017

Preview: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Illustrated Edition

Thanks to the Kel Ediciones bookshop, we received a copy of the preview of the upcoming Illustrated Edition of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, to be released in November. Although the illustrations are not new, we can see the general layout of the book and how the text will be displayed over the […]

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September 22nd, 2017

Round-up of Harry Potter news

If the Harry Potter fandom was waiting for news for this weekend, Friday has arrived with three updates. One of each kind: movies, books and stage plays. 

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March 14th, 2017

Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them: Illustrated Edition in November

A new edition of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them with a new foreword by Newt Scamander and six new creatures has been published by Bloomsbury today in the United Kingdom – and by Scholastic in the United States. However, the British publication house also announced a new edition to be released in November.

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March 7th, 2017

‘Prisoner of Azkaban’ illustrated edition revealed

Bloomsbury, Scholastic and Pottermore revealed the cover for the next illustrated edition in the Harry Potter series: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. The cover shows a dark scene – Harry in front of the Knight Bus. This is in contrast from the first two cover artworks from this new collection, that depicted happy moments from […]

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October 24th, 2016

Images from the upcoming Gift Editions – and a theory about the Deluxe Illustrated edition

This year Bloomsbury published two new editions for its slipcase collection of Harry Potter books: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (January) and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (April). Next month is the release of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire in this format – and we have the images of […]

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September 1st, 2016

Cover for the original screenplay of Fantastic Beasts revealed

The original screenplay for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, by J.K. Rowling – out on November 18 – has its cover revealed today. 

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August 21st, 2016

New J.K. Rowling’s hand-drawn sketches hidden on Pottermore Website

In the last months, new drawings made by J.K. Rowling have appeared in some sections on the Pottermore website, but no one noticed them. They were not announced by Pottermore Staff, so they stayed there until someone recognized them. There are new three handwritten drawings by J.K. Rowling, and four that we already knew but […]

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July 21st, 2016

Harry Potter Illustrated Box Set to be published in November

We found out about this a few weeks ago – but we couldn’t confirm what was about. “Harry Potter Illustrated Box Set” was the title but no more info, just a suggested price. Now, we have all the details about what Bloomsbury has planned for November for the Harry Potter fans.

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April 21st, 2016

PDF preview of Illustrated Chamber of Secrets

Bloomsbury has upload a PDF preview of the upcoming illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. This preview is 8 pages long and, of course, includes new illustrations by Jim Kay. The new artwork shown is a double page about mandrakes, a double page of the chapter The Deathday Party (with a background […]

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March 31st, 2016

Artwork from the upcoming illustrated edition of The Chamber of Secrets

As we told you previously, the illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is going to be published in the United Kingdom and the United States of America on October 4th. The book will have 272 pages, and will be illustrated by Jim Kay again. 

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March 30th, 2016

Illustrated Chamber of Secrets: Cover artwork and phoenix

BuzzFeed (in partnership with Scholastic and Bloomsbury, the publishers behind this project) has published the cover of the upcoming illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, alongside with an inside illustration of a phoenix.

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November 13th, 2015

More Harry Potter books to be auctioned by Sotheby’s on December 15

The deluxe edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone signed by Jo and Jim is not the only one book to be auctioned by Sotheby’s next month. The Sotheby’s English Literature, History, Children’s Books, and Illustrations 15 December 2015 includes 7 Harry Potter lots, besides the deluxe edition. 

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October 2nd, 2015

The Telegraph reveals new illustrations by Jim Kay

The Telegraph Books has revealed new illustrations by Jim Kay. In this new set of new artwork, we can appreciate new characters (McGonagall), new places (The Great Hall), and new scenes, of course. However, be careful if you click. You may not want to spoil the surprise when you open your copy of the illustrated […]

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September 17th, 2015

First look at Jim Kay’s Lord Voldemort

With an online campaign, Bloomsbury and Scholastic have revealed Lord Voldemort’s face on Unveil Voldemort website. The illustration, made by Jim Kay, appeared after 14.000 people shared the hashtag #UnveilVoldemort on Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr. The final image shows Voldemort’s eye on the back of Quirrell’s head.

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September 8th, 2015

Exclusive: New artwork from Illustrated Harry Potter: Hagrid carrying baby Harry

Time for another never seen before artwork from the upcoming Harry Potter illustrated edition. Today, you are going to see a marvellous illustration from Chapter 1, The Boy Who Lived. The painting shows one of the first scenes, Hagrid carrying baby Harry to Privet Drive, where Dumbledore and McGonagall await them.

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August 31st, 2015

Exclusive: Full cover of the illustrated Harry Potter

We are more than happy to share with our readers another exclusive about the upcoming Harry Potter illustrated book. This time, it is the complete artwork for the dust jacket of the soon-to-be-published edition. The artwork shows the full scene at the Hogwarts Express departure from King’s Cross, with Harry among the people.

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August 27th, 2015

Two new images from the illustrated Harry Potter Edition

Bloomsbury has shared two new images from the upcoming Harry Potter illustrated edition in their Twitter account. Each image contains a quote from the first book and a character potrait. The first one is an new Harry Potter face, while the second is Ron Weasley. Ron’s face was already been shared, but was an sketch. Now […]

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June 4th, 2015

Bloomsbury held private view of the upcoming Jim Kay artwork

Last Wednesday, Bloomsbury held a private event to show an exclusive preview of the Jim Kay artwork to be used in the upcoming Harry Potter illustrated edition. It was very secretive, as no photographs or mobile devices were allowed. The only known photo was shared by the Chicken and Frog blog, and it is from […]

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May 21st, 2015

New image from the illustrated Harry Potter edition

Bloomsbury revealed another image by Jim Kay from the illustrated Harry Potter edition. This time, the image is Harry Potter in his first room at Durleys’, the well-known cupboard under the stairs: “Harry was used to spiders, because the cupboard under the stairs was full of them, and that was where he slept”. This edition will […]

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March 10th, 2015

Exclusive: Preview from the illustrated ‘Philosopher’s Stone’

We are happy to share with our readers this never seen artwork from the upcoming Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone: Illustrated Edition. With illustrations by Jim Kay, the book will be published on 6th October 2015, and will be the first illustrated edition of a Harry Potter novel.

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January 13th, 2015

Four images from the upcoming illustrated edition

Today Bloomsbury have released four new images from the upcoming illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Illustrated by Jim Kay, the images show four major characters from the books: Rubeus Hagrid, Hermione Granger, Draco Malfoy and Ron Weasley. The book will be published on 6th October 2015, and will be the first […]

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August 20th, 2014

Bloomsbury reveals the artwork for the Harry Potter hardback boxed set

Bloomsbury revealed the artwork for new Harry Potter hardback boxed set. It was made by Jonny Duddle, the illustrator who also made the covers for this new edition. Watch it here.

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August 1st, 2014

Bloomsbury reveals the covers for GoF, OotP, HBP and DH

Bloomsbury, the British publisher of the Harry Potter books, has revealed in its Facebook Page the seven covers made by Jonny Duddle for the new editions soon to be released. You can see a promotional poster with the seven artworks, and the new covers here, here, here and here.

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July 4th, 2014

Bloomsbury reveals the new cover of The Prisoner of Azkaban

Bloomsbury has revealed the new cover of the third book in the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. See it here. The artwork has been made by Jonny Duddle and will be part of the new editions that Bloomsbury plans to publish in September of this year.

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May 27th, 2014

New cover for Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets revealed

Bloomsbury has revealed the new cover of the second book in the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Enjoy it here. The artwork has been made by Jonny Duddle and will be part of the new editions that Bloomsbury plans to publish in September of this year.

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April 8th, 2014

New interview with Jonny Duddle, the artists for the new Harry Potter books

The website Writers & Artists – a website made by Bloomsbury – has published a new interview with Jonny Duddle. The new Harry Potter editions by Bloomsbury will contain artwork by Jonny Duddle.

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