Illustrated ‘Harry Potter’ book details revealed including price, number of illustrations

Amazon.com has added the fully-illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone to its website, with the feature revealing new details about the book.

The most important detail in the synopsis is the number of illustrations in the book — over 100. Judging by the number of chapters in the first book, that’s about 5 artwork per chapter.

From Amazon:

The beloved first book of the Harry Potter series, now fully illustrated by award-winning artist Jim Kay. For the first time, J. K. Rowling’s beloved Harry Potter books will be presented in lavishly illustrated full-color editions. Rowling herself selected artist Jim Kay, whose over 100 illustrations make this deluxe format as perfect a gift for the child being introduced to the series as for the dedicated fan.

The Amazon listing features a black book cover for now, with the title and publication date as well as the ribbon “Final Cover to Come”.81GlgImbM9L

Earlier this week, publishers of Harry Potter revealed four new images from the book, featuring Draco Malfoy, Hermione Granger, Ron Weasley, and Rubeus Hagrid.

The book is 256 pages, about 70 pages less than the US hardback edition. It’ll be interesting to see how the book will be spaced out with the text and the illustrations. It is priced at $30.74, with retail price at $39.99. The book will be published in hardback on October 6, 2015.

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New images from the first illustrated Harry Potter book released

Today, Bloomsbury Publishing and Scholastic, Inc. released four new images from the upcoming, fully-illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, to be released in October this year.

The pictures, illustrated by artist Jim Kay, depict four of the series’ key characters, Rubeus Hagrid, Hermione Granger, Ron Weasley, and Draco Malfoy in stunning detail.

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Related: ‘Harry Potter’ to be transformed into new, fully illustrated editions by Jim Kay

The book will be published worldwide October 6, 2015, beginning the first series of fully-illustrated Harry Potter books. The books are planned to come out every year subsequently. As the press release reads, “The hardback edition will include ribbon marker, head and tail bands, illustrated endpapers and  artwork on every spread.”

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is currently available for pre-order on Bloomsbury’s website, featuring the following blurb:

Prepare to be spellbound by Jim Kay’s dazzling depiction of the wizarding world and much loved characters in this deluxe full-colour illustrated hardback edition of the nation’s favourite children’s book – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Brimming with rich detail and humour that perfectly complements J.K. Rowling’s timeless classic, Jim Kay’s glorious illustrations will captivate fans and new readers alike.

In addition to the new illustrated books, Bloomsbury will release a gift edition hardback of Philosopher’s Stone on February 5, coated in a “beautiful foiled cloth slipcase decorated with brand new line art by Jonny Duddle.” The book can be pre-ordered here.

Dark Arts Attraction Opens at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London

On Tuesday of last week, Warner Bros. Studio Tour London celebrated Halloween a couple weeks early by opening its newest Dark Arts addition to The Making of Harry Potter. Included in the new attraction is The Malfoy Manor, Borgin & Burkes, and Dolores Umbridge’s office.

The Malfoy Manor dining room

The dining hall of Malfoy Manor, which was built to replicate the beginning meeting scene of Deathly Hallows: Part 1, has horrifyingly lifelike elements. A grand fireplace serves as the backdrop for mannequins of each Death Eater in full costume, who are seated in their exact meeting locations. Terrifying as they may be, the truly hair-raising site is the lifeless body of Hogwarts Muggle Studies professor Charity Burbage dangling in midair as a huge and hungry Nagini slithers across the table to have her for dinner. Nagini, originally made from latex, has gotten a revamp in design, now handmade from urethane skin and foam (material found in couch cushions), which is much heartier and easier to form, not to mention gives the snake a much scarier appearance.

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Nagini

Next on the tour is the same place at which Harry accidentally arrived while trying to reach Diagon Alley in Chamber of Secrets–Borgin & Burkes, the dark magic shop located in Knockturn Alley. Cases of skulls and other skeletal creatures stare out from behind their cases, and the Hand of Glory rests patiently on a shelf, waiting for some unlucky person to reach out and grasp it. A replica of the Iron Maiden that Harry hid in during a deleted scene from Chamber of Secrets is also present among these ghoulish trinkets. Safe to say, this is a not a place where many people would like to browse and window shop.

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Borgin & Burkes

Finally on the journey is a slightly different kind of wretched place–Dolores Umbridge’s ghastly, pink office from her time teaching at (and terrorizing) Hogwarts. The office set was relocated to the Dark Arts section to be in a more, ahem, fitting place. Portraits and china plates of dolled-up kittens decorate the pink walls, and, if anyone dares venture closer to the desk, they may find a blood quill or two resting menacingly on the surface.

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Dolores Umbridge’s office

Also creatively displayed in the Dark Arts exhibit are artifacts from throughout the books and movies such as the horcruxes used to store pieces of Voldemort’s soul, and the basilisk fang used to destroy one such horcrux–Tom Riddle’s diary.

It’s tough to say which element of the Dark Arts section seems the most creepy, so you’ll have to go see for yourself. Tickets to The Making of Harry Potter are available now, so get yours today and be one of the first to see this eerie addition. Then, report back to us of what you think!

Images courtesy of Pottermore.com

Bloomsbury publishes new Harry Potter children’s editions

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Today, as young Hogwarts students make their way back to the castle for the start of the new school year, Bloomsbury published new children’s editions of the Harry Potter series.

As Bloomsbury puts it, this new edition is a “reinvention” of the stories, with new covers illustrated by Jonny Duddle, a new Harry Potter logo, and other small additions, like new chapter headings and different fonts for Daily Prophet articles, Hogwarts letters, and handwritten notes between characters.

Also, for the first time, each book includes a map of the Hogwarts grounds, as well as an updated biography and “Fact File” of author J.K. Rowling. In addition to this, there is a spread in the back of the books that is devoted to Pottermore that has snippets of information from J.K. Rowling’s writing on the site. MuggleNet revealed most of the additions last month, and you can check those out here.

Below: The new Harry Potter covers, illustrated by Jonny Duddle for Bloomsbury.

This new edition is being released to aim at a new generation of readers. However, all Harry Potter fans can enjoy Bloomsbury’s new Harry Potter site, with a Harry Potter quote generator, glossary, downloadable images of the new covers, and much more. Bloomsbury plans to add more content and games to the site over time, so be sure to visit again.

As announced last year, Bloomsbury will be releasing fully illustrated versions of the books, with art by Jim Kay, starting in October 2015 with Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. For now, you can purchase today’s new editions here, straight from Bloomsbury.

Bloomsbury Releases the Final Four New ‘Harry Potter’ Book Covers

Over the past few months, Bloomsbury Press has teased Harry Potter fans with the release of the new cover art for the first three novels one at a time. Today, however, Bloomsbury decided to end the wait and unveiled the new cover for Goblet of Fire, Order of the Phoenix, Half-Blood Prince, and Deathly Hallows.

About a year ago, Bloomsbury Children’s Books began the task of reinventing the hardback and paperback editions of the Harry Potter series to a fresh, new reading experience for the next generation of young readers. To undertake this once in a lifetime opportunity, Bloomsbury brought award-winning artist Jonny Duddle on board to lead the new cover art design efforts. As well as sparkling new covers, all of the novels will also feature an updated biography of J.K. Rowling.

Click to see the covers of the books that have been revealed: Philosopher’s Stone Chamber of Secrets | Prisoner of Azkaban

The Goblet of Fire cover again features the elusive golden egg that was crucial in order to move on to the second task of the Triwizard Tournament, but it now depicts Harry’s efforts on his broomstick to obtain the egg from the terrifying Hungarian Horntail dragon.

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Order of the Phoenix sees Harry flying high again on its cover, but this time he is on the back of a thestral—a creature that can only be seen by those who have seen death—on his way to the Ministry of Magic in London.

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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Harry and Dumbledore are seen together as they were on the original Half-Blood Prince cover, but this time they are in a much more precarious position than viewing memories in a pensieve. We see bright flames surrounding them as they are being attacked by inferi—corpses re-animated by magic—while looking for Voldemort’s locket horcrux in the cave.

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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Finally, while the original Deathly Hallows cover shows a very pivotal moment towards the end of the story, the new version depicts another critical moment from ‘The Forest Again’ as Harry approaches Voldemort and seemingly awaits his impending death.

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

All seven of the covers show a great vibrancy and life through color and design, and bring the books to life in an entirely new way.

Come September 1, 2014, the wait will be over to have these seven novels and eBook editions for your very own! Stay tuned to Pottermore News for more updates.

Tell us below: What do you think of the new cover art? Which is your favorite—the original or the new cover art?

Images courtesy of Bloomsbury Publishing.

Cover for new ‘Prisoner of Azkaban’ UK children’s edition revealed

On Wednesday, U.K. Harry Potter publisher Bloomsbury revealed the cover for the new edition of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

The new cover, included below, depicts Harry’s Patronus and the Dementors.

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All seven new editions, illustrated by Jonny Duddle, will be released on September 1, 2014 in both paperback and eBook format, with the eBooks being available exclusively at the Pottermore Shop. Besides donning new covers, this edition will include excerpts from Pottermore in the back.

Click to see the covers of the books that have been revealed: Philosopher’s Stone Chamber of Secrets

Bloomsbury unveils new ‘Chamber of Secrets’ children’s edition cover

This morning, Bloomsbury U.K. unveiled the revamped cover of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets as part of the publishing house’s re-release of the children’s editions with a new design.

The new cover depicts Harry, armed with the sword of Gryffindor, facing the vicious basilisk in the Chamber of Secrets with help from Fawkes. All the new covers are being illustrated by Jonny Duddle.

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In March, Bloomsbury revealed the cover for Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone when they announced the new editions. The reasoning behind the redesign of the books is to appeal to a new generation of readers. All seven of the new books will be released on September 1, 2014, and will even include new excerpts from Pottermore.

Bloomsbury to Release New ‘Harry Potter’ Children’s Edition Novels

normal_Harry_Potter_Philosopher_s_Stone_Jonny_DuddleFollowing the recent announcement on publishing fully illustrated editions of the Harry Potter series, Bloomsbury announced yesterday they will be releasing revamped editions of the Harry Potter novels on September 1 with all new illustrations.

According to the press release, these new editions will be “reset to create a child-friendly reading experience for a new generation of readers,” but there was no explanation of what this could entail. However, we do know that they will feature completely redesigned front cover, back cover, and spine artwork and that all of the titles will contain highlights from Pottermore.

For the thrilling task of reinventing the world of Harry Potter for a new audience, Bloomsbury and J.K. Rowling chose the award-winning Jonny Duddle.

On being selected, Duddle stated, “I’m hugely excited to work my way through the wonderful books. I couldn’t have asked for more enjoyable subject matter. It’s exciting, daunting, and I feel the weight of responsibility, and I’m just hoping that my illustrations faithfully reflect the characters and the world created by J.K. Rowling.” Duddle is known for such works as The Pirate Cruncher and The Pirates Next Door picture books, which are winner of the Waterstone’s Children’s Prize and shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize, respectively, and his work has also appeared in Aardman films and Terry Pratchett novels.

Alongside the new hardback and softback Harry Potter novels, Pottermore will publish eBooks of all of the editions, with the new artwork, concurrently. Bloomsbury has also teamed up with Pottermore to show how much, much more can be discovered about the world of Harry Potter from J.K. Rowling on Pottermore.com. This information will be available to readers in the back of the new Harry Potter children’s editions.

Stay tuned to Pottermore News for more exciting Harry Potter news after next month’s London Book Fair!

Tell us below: What do you think about this re-mastering of the Harry Potter series for a new generation? How do you think these new editions will compare to the seven novels we know and love?

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J.K. Rowling speaks at Oxford

J.K. RowlingHarry Potter author J.K. Rowling spoke at Oxford University last weekend, to commemorate Exeter College’s 700th anniversary.

The discussion, titled “Mortality and Morality,” had the author discussing the dynamics of those themes in her books.

According to a blog post by an attendee, “Rowling described how the idea of mortality fascinates her.” In all her books, someone dies because “the knowledge that we are all going to die is difficult,” and determines how we live our lives. She said that the characters of Dumbledore, Snape, and Voldemort all “illustrate the idea of good against evil.” Rowling acknowledged that “although Dumbledore is ‘good’, he does have his flaws, notably [in his] weakness for power.”

The Oxford Student reports that the author stated that “death and morality” will continue to play a major role in “all future works.”

The London Evening Standard as well reported on the event, specifically J.K. Rowling’s remarks on being outed as the author of The Cuckoo’s Calling last summer:

“There’s a line in As Good as it Gets,” she said about the 1997 Jack Nicholson film, “where a woman asks him how he writes such wonderful female characters and he says, and I’m paraphrasing, ‘I think of a man, and I take out the logic’, or the sense. That made me laugh, as misogynistic as it is, because when I write a man I take certain things out and give free rein to aspects of me that would not be acceptable. To be honest, I think I’m quite blokey — at least I’m told I am, and I like writing both.”

“You were never supposed to know that it was my eviscerating pen,” she told guests. In fact, she said, failure was part of the pleasure. “It was fun, from the first rejection letter. You have no idea.”

Interestingly, according to the Oxford Student, Rowling revealed for the first time that Harry Potter’s name was initially Harry Batt. We’re slightly taken aback by this revelation, and it has a wondering how much it would’ve changed things in the books and movies, etc. Battmore News, anyone?

On Pottermore, J.K. Rowling revealed the original 40 characters in the Harry Potter books, as well as their original names (Harry Batt is not included.) You can read the list, and her notes on the subject by visiting Pottermore.com.

Also, on the heels of her admission that she partly regrets her pairing of Ron and Hermione, Rowling made it clear at the event that “Harry did love Ginny,” a remark described by the London Evening Standard as being said “by way of excuse.” Somethings tell us that this will be the last we will be hearing on this issue…

What do you think about the name Harry Batt? What do you think Jo’s true feelings are about Romione? Tell us in the comments below!

Sources: Finding Fabulous (blog); the Oxford Student; London Evening Standard. Some excerpts have been edited and condensed for the sake of this story.

‘Harry Potter’ series to be transformed into new, fully-illustrated editions by artist Jim Kay

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Jim Kay’s illustration of the boy wizard, Harry Potter

It was recently announced that all seven books in the Harry Potter series, with all cover and chapter illustrations originally designed by Mary GrandPré, will be re-launched in refreshed and vibrant editions. Jim Kay, 2012 winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal for illustrations featured in A Monster Calls by Patrick (Loch?) Ness, has courageously taken on the task of creating the new illustrated novels in a style that embodies both Harry’s character in the books and his on-screen character, portrayed by Daniel Radcliffe. Kay dubbed this undertaking as “the commission of a lifetime,” and also stated that it brought “an explosion of delight, followed instantly by an implosion of brain-freezing terror.”

Kay first discovered J.K. Rowling’s magical series through an audio reading of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by Stephen Fry, and has been an avid fan ever since (yay!). He realizes that, without a doubt, everything he designs must show the vast depth of the story that Rowling tells. Noting his admiration for the world of magic created by Rowling, he said, “It’s like a spell that jumps from person to person, recasting itself as it goes. I want to keep that spell going, perhaps adding my own little twist, if possible.”

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The magical castle that is Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, illustrated by Jim Kay

Not only does Kay understand what the foundation for his illustrations should be, but also the enormous responsibility of personifying this beloved series in a way that is both enthralling and classically accurate to the world of Harry Potter that we know and love. He mused that picking one favorite character form the world of Harry Potter was “like trying to choose the shiniest object in Aladdin’s Cave; you pick up one treasure, and another gem catches your eye.” Well, you’ve certainly caught our eye Mr. Kay, and we can’t wait to see your enchanting adaptations!

The special edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is set to be published by Bloomsbury Publishing in September of 2015, with each subsequent novel being released annually.

Tell us below: Which scenes and characters are you most excited to see re-imagined?

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