By Andy on 22 October 2016 at 04:42 GMT
Earlier this month, Bloomsbury and Scholastic published the second of seven planned Harry Potter illustrated editions. Like its predecessor, the Chamber of Secrets illustrated edition again features glorious artwork from illustrator Jim Kay.
It goes without saying, but the illustrated editions really are a work of art: J.K. Rowling’s beautifully typeset words are complemented with glorious chapter illustrations, full-page murals, character portraits, and sketches by Jim Kay.
Says Kay, “the techniques for illustrating Chamber of Secrets were slightly different to book one … I wanted it to have a slightly different feel, a different look”. In particular, the chapter opens are a little different, stylistically, to book one.
The Chamber of Secrets chapter opens feature depictions of everything from objects (Cornelius Fudge’s bowler hat, the cursed hand from Borgin and Burkes, a certain sock, and the Whomping Willow to name a few), as well as scenes like the entrance to the Forbidden Forest and the Chamber of Secrets:
Many of the chapters, particularly those that are thematically darker, are contrasted with black backgrounds, white text, and artwork that bleeds seamlessly into the chapter. It makes for a really immersive reading experience:
By Andy on 18 October 2016 at 09:31 GMT
Bloomsbury today revealed new covers for charity textbooks Quidditch Through the Ages and The Tales of Beedle the Bard. The new editions are designed by Jonny Duddle, the illustrator who redesigned the UK children’s editions of the Harry Potter books.
The front cover of The Tales of Beedle the Bard shows the wizard being chased by the hopping pot, and the front cover of Quidditch Through the Ages features Roderick Plumpton who famously caught the Golden Snitch within three and a half seconds in 1921.
Both new editions will be published on 12 January 2017.
By Andy on 13 October 2016 at 21:11 GMT
During a fan event for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them today, Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling announced the series will now span five films. Additionally, a new art-deco inspired poster for the film has been revealed:
By Andy on 11 October 2016 at 01:49 GMT
Courtesy of Warner Bros., we have nine character posters from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Of particular note is the Graves (Colin Farrell) poster — it contains the ‘Deathly Hallows’ symbol! Will we see another ‘Potter’ connection come November?
By Andy on 7 October 2016 at 12:01 GMT
The first track from the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them soundtrack (composed by James Newton Howard) has been released online. Listen to the main theme below.
You hear the main theme song of the movie play when the main crew arrive at the MACUSA the first time and various other times. You hear this haunting kind of theme. If you had to say what is the theme for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them for now and in the future, it would be that theme. I wrote it on my piano because I believe that if that kind of thing is going to be good, it should be done that simply.
Additionally, the track listing, artwork (below) and more information about the various soundtrack editions have been revealed. Read more about those over at Pottermore. The Fantastic Beasts soundtrack will be released on 18 November.
By Andy on 6 October 2016 at 00:26 GMT
A minute-long preview of the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them soundtrack has surfaced online, via composer James Newton Howard’s official website. The preview features a short choral piece, as well as jaunty brass and percussion melody.
Listen to an MP3 version of that preview below:
Meanwhile, a special edition of the soundtrack will be released next month. A “Collectable 12″ Picture Disc LP” for the score will be released on November 4. “Pressed onto unique artwork [it will feature] two early demos that helped shape [James Newtown Howard’s] musical vision for the film.”
You can preorder the special edition here. Composer James Newtown Howard’s Hollywood credits include films such as The Sixth Sense, King Kong and The Hunger Games.
By Andy on 4 October 2016 at 12:00 GMT
We’ve got an exclusive trailer for the Chamber of Secrets illustrated edition to share today. Watch Jim Kay talk about designing the new book below:
By Andy on 4 October 2016 at 09:07 GMT
Check out a new illustration by Jim Kay from the Chamber of Secrets illustrated edition — it’s the Weasley gnomes!
By Andy on 29 September 2016 at 05:57 GMT
Alongside today’s exciting Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them trailer reveal, we have a new poster to share.
By Andy on 28 September 2016 at 22:49 GMT
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By Andy on 30 March 2016 at 22:11 GMT
The cover artwork for the Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets illustrated edition, available in October, has been revealed:
By Andy on 10 February 2016 at 23:47 GMT
It’s not Book 8, but it’s the next best thing! Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling, Pottermore and publisher Bloomsbury have announced plans to publish a companion script book for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the upcoming two-part West End play.
The “eighth Harry Potter story” will be published on July 31 of this year, and picks up from where Deathly Hallows (published in 2007) left off, nineteen years after Harry’s defeat of Voldemort.
So what’s a script book? The published book will be, “[the] version of the play script at the time of the play’s preview performances”. Ultimately, a “Special Rehearsal Edition of the script book will later be replaced by a Definitive Collector’s Edition”.
Pre-order the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child book (we’ll add more links to this list as they come online) below:
A publication schedule for additional ‘Potter’ releases was also revealed today:
- The Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets illustrated edition (with art by Jim Kay) will be released in October 2016. Presumably, this means we’ll see the Prisoner of Azkaban illustrated edition in 2017.
- A new edition of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (with new information by J.K. Rowling) will be released in 2017, to tie-in with the November 2016 cinema release.
- Full-colour illustrated editions of Fantastic Beasts, The Tales of Beedle the Bard, and Quidditch Through the Ages will be published in 2017, 2018, and 2019, respectively.
- To mark the 20th anniversary of Philosopher’s Stone, four special editions (one for each house) of the novel will be published in 2017.
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By Andy on 15 January 2016 at 00:19 GMT
It is with great sadness that we learned this morning of the passing of Alan Rickman, the actor who so perfectly portrayed Severus Snape in all eight Harry Potter films. Rickman passed away after a short battle with cancer at the age of 69.
Here are Snape’s most important scenes in chronological order — a fitting way to remember Mr. Rickman’s 10-year involvement with the ‘Potter’ films:
By Andy on 15 December 2015 at 11:02 GMT
The first trailer for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them has been released! Watch it below and let us know what you think.
Additionally, check out a handful of screenshots from the trailer: