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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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.

Review of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban on Pottermore

Prisoner of AzkabanThis week Pottermore launched the final chapters of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

The third book in the series, Prisoner of Azkaban marked our first encounter with the Knight Bus, Hogsmeade, and two of the most beloved characters in the Harry Potter books – Sirius Black and Remus Lupin. Overall, the book had a lot of potential going into the Pottermore adaptation. So, did Pottermore live up to the anticipation? Find out what we think in the review below.

THE REVIEW

Pottermore released the book in three installments. The first installment was made available to fans just in time for Christmas 2012, and the second in April 2013. The release of the concluding chapters fell on the birthday of J.K. Rowling and Harry Potter, July 31 (like we had to remind you! :).

First off, the artwork was again an improvement. Although there was not much to improve, as the artwork is always beautiful, we noticed that it was more realistic this time around. They looked like actual pieces of art, and the first Moment of Chapter 18 is one in particular that I actually wouldn’t mind displaying in my house. (Take note Pottermore – that’s something you could sell at the Pottermore Shop!) The trio and other students also looked older (even from their backsides), which is something that will hopefully continue throughout the rest of the series.

The animation this time around was an improvement as well. These small additions made the Moments more enjoyable and include the disappearing rabbit in the Magical Menagerie, the fire in Lupin’s hand, the falling snow in Hogsmeade, when Ron flew out the picture on the Firebolt, and so much more. There was a part of us that missed the mini-games from book two (the only mini-game in the third book was in the Boggarts Moment), but we do realize that there was not much of an opportunity in the third book.

CHECK OUT our Top 15 Moments That Stood Out for Their Artwork or Animation on our Tumblr page

J.K. Rowling’s entries continued to be a delight, too. Some entries, like the pieces on Professor Kettleburn and Gobstones, were unexpected, in that we never gave the subjects a second-thought. We will admit that in the beginning, the length of some entries lacked – the two-paragraph “Dementors and Chocolate” for starters – but this got better as the story went on. By the time we reached the final installment, we were back to the full-fledged entries we love.

Top 7 Entries in Prisoner of Azkaban:

#1: Remus Lupin

#2: The Patronus Charm

#3: The Marauder’s Map

#4: Time-Turners

#5: The Knight Bus

Honorable Mentions: Aunt Marge & Sir Cadogan

Overall, Pottermore really stepped up the game in Prisoner of Azkaban. Although there was not as big of a difference between the first two books, the one aspect that was improved was the artwork. (It’s so beautiful that we struggled singling out certain Moments for our top 15 — which went from top 5 to top 10 to top 15!) All the aspects of the book described above prove that Prisoner of Azkaban is the best book on Pottermore so far.

And now, we wait for book 4… Until next time, Keep Calm and Potter More!

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.

New 'Deathly Hallows' cover

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.

Final chapters of Prisoner of Azkaban released, new site launches

PottermoreToday Pottermore unveiled the final chapters of the third book, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and launched many exciting new features.

In the final installment, which takes users from the sixteenth chapter through the end, users will “encounter Dark creatures including Red Caps, Grindylows and Hinkypunks in the Defence Against the Dark Arts exam” and travel back in time with Harry and Hermione. You can also discover five new exclusive content entries from J.K. Rowling, including the much anticipated biography of Remus Lupin.

As we said, Pottermore is also launching its updated site today. This Homepage features many new features, including the Story Navigator and the Map. The Pottermore Insider has been leading up to this over the past few weeks by releasing information about it. If you need help, there is on-screen guidance to help you around the new site.

To explore the final chapters and discover the new homepage, you simply need to sign-in to Pottermore.

Happy Exploring!

P.S. How fittingly did they release the chapters — on Harry Potter and J.K. Rowling’s Birthday! Happy Birthday Harry and Jo! 🙂

Share comments beneath Moments and Book Pages: More new features coming to Pottermore

As reported last week, Pottermore announced that new features will be coming to the site once the final chapters of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is released in the coming weeks. Today, they announced two of those new features: the ability to comment on Moments, chapters, and J.K. Rowling’s entries, and Book Pages.

With the ability to comment on the Moments, users can share their thoughts about the Moment, read other people’s comments, and interact with the community.

Image courtesy of Pottermore.

Image courtesy of Pottermore.

You will not only have the ability to comment on Moments, but each book, each chapter, and each exclusive content entry from J.K. Rowling, so you can discuss your feelings and ideas about the Harry Potter stories and interact with the Pottermore community.

Another addition that is coming to the site is Book Pages. With the launch of these new features, each book in the Harry Potter series will have its own Book Page. “Here you will be able to discuss your thoughts and reflections on that book, whether it’s currently available to explore on Pottermore.com or not,” writes Pottermore.

Image courtesy of Pottermore.

Image courtesy of Pottermore.

Are you excited about these new features? Last week we learned about the new Story Navigator – click here to find out more about it. Remember, over the coming weeks Pottermore will be introducing the new features, and also sharing exclusive behind-the-scenes insights about the last installment of Prisoner of Azkaban on the Pottermore Insider, the only place for official Pottermore news.

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!

Pottermore talks with a member of the creative team about the final installment of Prisoner of Azkaban

Image courtesy of Pottermore

Image courtesy of Pottermore

The Pottermore Insider has posted a new interview with a member of the Pottermore creative team.

In the interview, the worker revealed some interesting new information about the making of the third installment of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. She talks about the “Red Caps” being the most difficult animations they’ve created so far, what she thinks fans will be most excited about in the chapters, and more.

From the interview:

Q: Describe your role in Moment production at Pottermore

A: I work within the creative team and together we come up with ideas for Moments, then discuss and develop them with our artists. Once our artists have sketched them we provide feedback on what should be changed in order to make sure that the Moments look beautiful and that they’re completely fictionally accurate before we take them to colour. We also work on trying to fit as much interactivity, animation and life into the Moments as possible.

Q: When you were re-reading [the ‘Prisoner of Azkaban book] and thinking about these future Moments, what were you really excited about creating?
A: The Moment I was most excited to create was ‘Exam Time’ because in the story it always seemed such a fun scene. It’s really rich in description and so different to the sort of thing you normally associate with taking an exam! It’s also one of the Moments that wasn’t visualised in the films, so we really wanted to include it on Pottermore.com. The books are packed with detail and it’s always so nice to be able to show something that hasn’t already been covered. 

Another Moment that I was excited to create was the full moon scene with Sirius and Lupin fighting, as it is a really iconic scene from the third book. As soon as we started talking about it we knew we could make it look very striking and beautiful.

Q: You’re now applying the finishing touches to the final Moments of Book 3. Which of the upcoming Moments are your favourite?
A: Personally, I think the Moment that looks most beautiful in this instalment is ‘The Committee’. It depicts the Committee for the Disposal of Dangerous Creatures approaching Hagrid’s hut at dusk, and a whole host of other things. I think it’s such a lovely Moment; it was really well executed by the illustrators. As a reader you return to this particular scene more than once in the third book and, likewise on Pottermore.com, our users will be seeing this Moment more than once, so I’m glad it’s turned out so well.

Q: Is there anything that was particularly challenging, but that you were passionate about getting right?
A: Red Caps, in the ‘Exam Time’ Moment, are the most complicated animations we’ve created so far. Red Caps are little dwarf-goblin-type creatures who are quite malicious. In the book Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, we learn that they live in potholes and clobber people to death with clubs and that they like to hang around on battlefields or wherever human blood has been spilled. In mythology it’s said that their hats are dyed in human blood… they are not pleasant!

Q: What was it about the Red Caps that was so complicated?
A: One of the most difficult aspects was getting the animation of their gestures right. In the books, Red Caps are Dark creatures so we wanted to create this gruff, threatening persona. At the same time we wanted people to have fun with the Moment so we didn’t want it to look like a horror film. We had to work hard to get that balance right, and not make them look comic in any way either! 

For this Moment we did two separate pieces of work: we worked with the artists to create the background artwork; then created concept art for each of the creatures separately, so that when we placed the creatures in the Moment we were 100% happy with how they looked.

Q: Speaking of the new writing from J.K. Rowling, the final instalment will contain even more exclusive information from the author. Which piece do you think the Pottermore community will be particularly excited about?

A: I think fans will be most interested to read the new writing on Remus Lupin, which describes how Lupin and Tonks fell in love amongst other things, and which includes a description of Lupin’s childhood and how he became a werewolf. 

Q: If you could only collect one of the collectibles in the next instalment, which one would it be? 

A: There is one collectible that I hope everyone will love, which is hidden in Lupin’s office. I don’t want to reveal what it is because I want it to be a surprise, but I hope the community find it as funny as we did when we thought of it.

If you want to read more of the interview, click here — there’s a lot more left to read.

Are you excited about the Lupin backstory? Can you guess the collectible object in Lupin’s office? We can’t, but share your predictions in the comments below.

Official: New features coming to Pottermore.com

Pottermore has announced that new features are coming to Pottermore.com with the release of the final installment of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban in the coming weeks.

Today in an Insider post, Pottermore announced that new features would come to the site when the concluding chapters of Prisoner of Azkaban are released in the coming weeks. Today they revealed one of those new features, the ‘Story Navigator.’

The Story Navigator will allow you to explore the available Moments in any order you desire.

The Story Navigator will allow you to explore the available Moments in any order you desire.
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The Story Navigator, the Insider post reads, will be an easier way to browse through the available Moments on Pottermore.com, allowing users to jump to certain parts of the story .

From the Insider post:

For those who know the stories inside out, you might want to jump straight to parts of the books that you love the most, whether you’ve explored the Moments leading up to them or not. The Story Navigator will allow you to skip ahead to any Moment available on Pottermore.com, giving you the freedom to explore them in any order you wish.

For those who would like to follow Harry’s story as it unfolds in the books, you will still be able to explore the Moments in the order they are presented to you – chapter by chapter, Moment by Moment.

This way, Pottermore is making itself more accommodating to all its audience, from new fans to old fans, a request by Pottermore fans from the start.

Pottermore says that this new feature will not affect the Moments; the way you explore them will be the same. They will be the same Moments, continuing to have multiple layers with collectible goodies and new writing from J.K. Rowling to be unlocked in each. All the Moments that you have not visited will appear to you in black and white, and those that you have explored will be shown in full color. “There will also be some markers to show you where to find J.K. Rowling‘s new writing and other interesting things in the Moments,” Pottermore writes.

Pottermore said that this only one of the new features coming to Pottermore.com, and that more information will be released about the other features on the Insider over the coming weeks. Stay tuned!

Are you excited about these new changes? What do you think about the new ‘Story Navigator’? Share with us your thoughts in the comments below.