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

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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.

Pottermore adds new information on Gilderoy Lockhart to ‘Chamber of Secrets’

Chamber of SecretsToday Pottermore added a new J.K. Rowling exclusive content entry, a biography of Gilderoy Lockhart, to Chamber of Secrets.

The new entry can be found in chapter 13, in which Lockhart goes all-out for Valentine’s Day.

Here are some excerpts from the entry:

Many staff were baffled as to the reason that Albus Dumbledore chose to invite Gilderoy Lockhart back to Hogwarts as Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher. While it was true that it had become almost impossible to persuade anybody else to take the job (the rumour that it was cursed was gathering strength both inside and outside Hogwarts), many teachers remembered Lockhart as thoroughly obnoxious, whatever his later achievements.

Albus Dumbledore’s plans, however, ran deep. He happened to have known two of the wizards for whose life’s work Gilderoy Lockhart had taken credit, and was one of the only people in the world who thought he knew what Lockhart was up to. Dumbledore was convinced that Lockhart needed only to be put back into an ordinary school setting to be revealed as a charlatan and a fraud. Professor McGonagall, who had never liked Lockhart, asked Dumbledore what he thought students would learn from such a vain, celebrity-hungry man. Dumbledore replied that ‘there is plenty to be learned even from a bad teacher: what not to do, how not to be’.

Jo has written a lot more, so be sure to read the rest on Pottermore.com.

New Bloomsbury adult edition cover of ‘Half-Blood Prince’ discovered

The cover for Bloomsbury’s new adult edition of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince has been found.

NOTE: The cover has now been officially revealed (on August 27).

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The hand-drawn sketch on the cover depicts the frightening Dark Mark clouding over Hogwarts Castle in a beautiful, eye-popping scarlet red. The cover was done by artist Andrew Davidson, who is doing all of the new adult edition covers for Bloomsbury.

The cover for Half-Blood Prince was uncovered on the Bloomsbury Shop’s website by HarryLatino, a Spanish-speaking fansite.

Bloomsbury is re-releasing the adult editions of the Harry Potter novels with all new covers, aiming at a new generation of adult readers. The re-release of the seven books with these covers has been scattered; the first three books were available on July 18, Goblet of Fire and Order of the Phoenix will be released on August 15, with the final two books hitting bookstores September 26.

Click to see the previous covers: Philosopher’s Stone Chamber of Secrets Prisoner of Azkaban Goblet of Fire Order of the Phoenix

All credit goes to our friends at HarryLatino, a Spanish-speaking Harry Potter fansite. Of course we will be sharing with you once the final cover is unveiled, so stick with us at Pottermore News.

Back covers of new Scholastic Harry Potter editions revealed

Over the past week, Scholastic has been unveiling the back covers of the new paperback editions of the Harry Potter books on their blog, one book each day.

Every cover has a picture on it, done by artist Kazu Kibuishi, and a quote from the book. Check out the covers below.

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From February to the end of July we shared with you each of the seven books’ new cover. Click to view them:  Socerer’s Stone | Chamber of Secrets | Prisoner of Azkaban | Goblet of Fire | Order of the Phoenix | Half-Blood Prince | Deathly Hallows

The box set was also revealed, draped with beautiful artwork depicting the trio at Hogsmeade. You can click here to see it.

The new editions and box set will be released on August 27 to mark the 15th anniversary of the United States publication of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.

Scholastic reveals cover for ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’

Today Scholastic unveiled the new U.S. cover of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, at Harry Potter’s birthday party at the Scholastic Headquarters in New York.

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The cover depicts the pivotal scene in which Harry, Ron and Hermione cling to the back of the gigantic blind dragon, “as they are carried ever closer to the pivotal battle which will determine the fate of the entire wizarding world,” the Scholastic press release reads.

The cover was designed by award winning artist Kazu Kibuishi, who designed all of the covers for Scholastic’s 15th anniversary paperback editions of the Harry Potter books. Click to the see the covers of the other six novels: Socerer’s Stone | Chamber of Secrets | Prisoner of Azkaban | Goblet of Fire | Order of the Phoenix | Half-Blood Prince

As it was announced in February, Scholastic will be releasing new paperback copies of the Harry Potter series to aim at a new generation of readers. They are timed with the 15th anniversary of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone’s original publication in the United States.

Scholastic also announced that they will be unveiling the back covers for each of the book every day for the next seven days, from August 1st through 7th.  “Each day at 9 a.m. (EDT or eastern time), fans can see the amazing new Harry Potter art at www.oomscholasticblog.com,” the press release reads.

A boxed set of these editions will also be available, and will be draped with a beautiful new illustration by Kibuishi:

The artwork on the box set portrays a sweeping panorama of Hogsmeade, the picturesque village near Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Harry, Ron, and Hermione, as well as Dumbledore and Hagrid, walk through town, past Honeydukes Sweetshop, and Zonko’s Joke Shop. One special feature of the box set is the dramatic spine artwork which, as the volumes are placed in the order from one to seven, becomes a breathtaking view of Hogwarts at sunset. The entire box becomes an invitation to enter the enchanting world of the Harry Potter stories.

Update: Image of the boxed set (click for larger hi-res):

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Click here to view it from the back

Finally, Scholastic released an image of what the back spines will depict – a breathtaking new take on Hogwarts.

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The complete series of new books and the new boxed set will be available on August 27, 2013.

All images courtesy of Scholastic.

New ‘Half-Blood Prince’ cover unveiled at Comic Con

The new US paperback edition cover for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince was revealed at the San Diego Comic Con tonight.

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The cover depicts Harry and Dumbledore on the rock outside the Cave, in which they found Salazar Slytherin’s Locket. The cover was designed by award winning artist Kazu Kibuishi, who designed all of the covers for Scholastic’s 15th anniversary paperback editions of the Harry Potter books. The new paperback editions of the books will be released on August 27th.

In February, it was announced that Scholastic would be releasing new covers of the Harry Potter series in honor of the 15th anniversary of the first book’s US release. The covers have been rolling out over time, and you can click below to see each individual cover.

Harry Potter and the Socerer’s Stone

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

With the reveal of the sixth book’s cover, we have one more cover to go, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Scholastic has previously announced via Twitter that it will debut on non other than Harry Potter’s birthday, at his birthday party at the Scholastic headquarters in New York, NY.

Pull out your Marauder’s Map and Apparate (or fly your Firebolt) to Scholastic Headquarters on July 31st at 12 p.m. and celebrate the 15th Anniversary of the Harry Potter series in a magical way! Join us as we unveil the all-new cover for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the final of the seven new trade paperback editions illustrated by New York Times bestselling author and illustrator, Kazu Kibuishi. Fans, old and new, can meet Kazu Kibuishi and Arthur Levine, editor of all U.S. Harry Potter books, see Hagrid, enjoy wizardry crafts and magical fun, and take a photo in giant cut-out of the new Harry Potter cover…PLUS participate in the Harry Potter costume contest! The first 50 muggles in costume will receive a lithograph of the new book cover signed by Kazu! (No need to stop at Gringotts for money – the event is free!).

Will you be attending the party?  What do you think about the new covers? Share with us in the comments below!

New cover for Chamber of Secrets unveiled

Today at Book Expo America, the new cover for Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets was unveiled.

Check out the cover below (click for full size):

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The scene depicted on the cover is that in which Harry flown to the Burrow by the Weasleys in their Ford Anglia. As with the first cover, it was designed by award winning artist Kazu Kibuishi. Our friends at Hypable caught up with Kibuishi to talk about the covers at Book Expo America, and you can read their interview with him here.

In February, it was announced that Scholastic would be releasing new covers of the Harry Potter series in honor of the 15th anniversary of the first book’s US release. With this initial announcement, a new version of the first book’s cover was unveiled (view it here).

The new paperback editions of the books will be released on August 27th. The remaining covers will be revealed over the summer.

A Quick Update on Pottermore Tutorials

A month after we began releasing them, tutorials for all eighteen chapters of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets have been released. You can view all of them here.

Now, I suspect that you’re thoughts immediately go to Prisoner of Azkaban tutorials… don’t get ahead of yourself.

This weekend, we will be releasing a guided tutorial through the making of the Polyjuice Potion and Swelling Solution, two potions that many users have found difficult to brew.

After this, we will begin releasing our tutorial guides through Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. We will first release individual tutorials for the first installment, which includes the first seven chapters of the book. Once Pottermore releases the second installment of the book, we will go along and release our tutorials for them. We plan to upload these as soon as possible so you will be able to use them if you need help in the initial run through of the chapters. That is our plan now, and it is subject to change.

If you have any ideas or requests for our Prisoner of Azkaban tutorials, feel free to leave them in the comments. We love to hear from our fans to give them the best guides possible.

Pottermore adds new content on Floo Powder to Chamber of Secrets

Chamber of SecretsRecently Pottermore added a new exclusive content entry on Floo Powder to the second book, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. The content can be unlocked by clicking on the fireplace in Chapter 4, Moment 2.

Here’s an excerpt from the piece:

Floo powder was invented by Ignatia Wildsmith in the thirteenth century. Its manufacture is strictly controlled. The only licensed producer in Britain is Floo-Pow, a company whose Headquarters is in Diagon Alley, and who never answer their front door.

No shortage of Floo powder has ever been reported, nor does anybody know anyone who makes it. Its price has remained constant for one hundred years: two Sickles a scoop. Every wizard household carries a stock of Floo powder, usually conveniently located in a box or vase on the mantelpiece.

The entry goes on to explain incidences with wizards attempting to make their own Floo Powder, which is quite funny.

It’s worth a read so go and unlock it! Click here to read it immediately.