Cover revealed for fully Illustrated version of ‘Philosopher’s Stone’

The publishers of Harry Potter revealed today the cover for the fully-illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

Illustrated by award-winning artist Jim Kay, the cover features the Hogwarts Express stationed at Platform Nine and Three-Quarters. With owls flying overhead, a young Harry Potter stands in the corner of the picture, in awe of the scene around him.

The U.K. cover for the book, to be published by Bloomsbury:

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U.S. Harry Potter publisher Scholastic simultaneously released their version of the cover, donning the iconic logo of the Harry Potter brand.

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The first ever illustrated Harry Potter book will hit store shelves around the globe this year on October 15th. Preorder the edition from Bloomsbury here and Scholastic here.

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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.

Special November offer from the Pottermore Shop ends soon: Purchase the first Harry Potter book for less

offerendsThe Pottermore Shop has a special November offer for the first book of the Harry Potter series, where you can purchase the e-book or digital audio book edition for less.

The perfect holiday gift for readers of all ages, the Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone e-book at the Pottermore Shop is marked down from $7.99 to $3.99, and the audio book is discounted at half price from $29.99, to $14.99, — both a great deal!

This special offer ends in 5 days, on November 30, so be sure to visit the Pottermore Shop today!

The discount is being offered in all available languages.

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.

A Tale of Two Books: Comparing Chamber of Secrets to Philosopher’s Stone

There are now two books on Pottermore: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. We’ve decided to compare the two in a full evaluation – taking into account the content, enhancements, and artwork. We did this to find out which is the better book, and here are our results.

Content

The difference in the amount of exclusive content by J.K. Rowling in Philosopher’s Stone and Chamber of Secrets is staggering. The first book boasts 28 exclusive content entries (including book excerpts) in it’s 17 chapters, whilst the second book only has 11 entries in 18 chapters. However, we think Pottermore focused on other things to make sure users didn’t notice the absence.

We noticed that in the chapters without exclusive content entries, there were mini-games such as Aunt Petunia’s Pudding and the Dueling Club for users to play. The first book was driven by it’s content because Pottermore didn’t really have much more to offer. When the second book came around, we’re thinking the Pottermore Team decided to focus more on animation and games and less on content.

We also found that there only appeared to be the same amount of content because the chapters were released in installments. When going by installment, there seems to be a fair amount in each one. It definitely made us believe the amount was equal, but it clearly isn’t.

Verdict: Even though Chamber of Secrets offers fascinating backstory on the Malfoys, the Chamber of Secrets, and Purebloods, we felt that the new writing in the first book interested us more.

Enhancements (Sounds, Games, Animation)

With Chamber of Secrets, Pottermore introduced a new feature – mini-games. Whether you loved them or hated them, you have to admit they were amazing. Games were definitely something users wanted, and in this case Pottermore listened (and did a fair good job of listening).

Not only the games, but some of the animation in the Moments is absolutely awesome (as in the literall term, not slang). It is most notable in some of the later chapters, specifically chapters 16, 17 and 18. You can’t beat the graphics in the Basilisk scene, or in the Moment in which Harry destroys the diary. The latter though did have us yearning for more.

Verdict: We think it’s pretty clear that Chamber of Secrets came out on top in terms of animation and games. The first book can’t even compare, simply because the animation just isn’t there. The graphics were bad and glitchy. Chamber of Secrets was a huge improvement in this category.

Artwork

The animation in Chamber of Secrets was an improvement from the first book, and the artwork is no different. When we first explored the second book, it was one of the first things we noticed. The artwork changed a lot.

In Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, the artwork was more of a painting. That’s not to say it wasn’t beautiful – it for sure was – but the artwork was more of a book illustration than anything. It seems that the illustration aspect was changed in Chamber of Secrets.

In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, the Pottermore team seemed to have found the right mixture, as the artwork is a major improvement. In book two, the artwork is more clearer and realistic, almost like a computer graphic. The artwork in the last chapters worked very well because of the combination between art and animation.

Specifically in the second installment, we saw a perfect medium between old and new. These Moments had a fresher look to them while still keeping the aspects of the traditional artwork in book one. A great example of this is in Chapter 8, Moment 1, Nearly Headless Nick’s Party. It is one of the best Moments on Pottermore because of it’s stunning artwork.

Verdict: Overall, the artwork in book two beats the artwork in book one by a long shot. Kudos to Atomhawk Design (Pottermore artwork design team) for the great work!

Overall

There was a lot to take into consideration within those categories – graphics & animation, artwork, and content. Each book has its good parts and bad parts. There is no real clear winner here.

As we said above, the first book is content driven, and the second is more focused on graphics and animation. It was a risky decision, but Pottermore definitely succeeded. In our opinion, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is the better book. There was a lot of pressure on the Pottermore team because the public expected the second book to have some major improvements, but Pottermore delivered. Now the pressure is on for Prisoner of Azkaban.

>>>Watch our Tumblr site this week as we break down Chamber of Secrets. We’ll be rating the content and games, naming our top moments, and a whole lot more. Stay tuned!