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‘Chamber of Secrets’ illustrated edition cover artwork revealed ‘Chamber of Secrets’ illustrated edition cover artwork revealed

The cover artwork for the Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets illustrated edition, available in October, has been revealed:

Chamber of Secrets illustrated edition cover artwork

Eighth ‘Harry Potter’ story to be released in July, plus publication details for ‘Chamber of Secrets’ illustrated edition and more Eighth ‘Harry Potter’ story to be released in July, plus publication details for ‘Chamber of Secrets’ illustrated edition and more

'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' will be published as an eighth 'Harry Potter' story

‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ will be published as an eighth ‘Harry Potter’ story

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 Bardand 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.

Alan Rickman, Severus Snape in the Harry Potter films, passes away at age 69 Alan Rickman, Severus Snape in the Harry Potter films, passes away at age 69

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:

Watch the first trailer for ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ Watch the first trailer for ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’

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:

First poster for ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ revealed First poster for ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ revealed

The trailer for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is under an hour away, and Warner Bros. have released the first poster for the film in anticipation!

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them poster

Entertainment Weekly previews ‘Fantastic Beasts’, reveals the first images from the set Entertainment Weekly previews ‘Fantastic Beasts’, reveals the first images from the set

Yesterday, we brought you the first look at the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them logo treatment. Today, thanks to Entertainment Weekly, we have our first images from the film!

Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander

Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander

Katherine Waterston (Tina), Eddie Redmayne (Newt), Alison Sudol (Queenie) and Dan Fogler (Jacob)

Katherine Waterston (Tina), Eddie Redmayne (Newt), Alison Sudol (Queenie) and Dan Fogler (Jacob)

Alison Sudol (Queenie) with director David Yates

Alison Sudol (Queenie) with director David Yates

Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander

Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander

Katherine Waterston (Tina) and Eddie Redmayne (Newt)

Katherine Waterston (Tina) and Eddie Redmayne (Newt)

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Eddie Redmayne (New Scamander)

Katherine Waterston (Tina) and Eddie Redmayne (Newt)

Katherine Waterston (Tina) and Eddie Redmayne (Newt)

Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander

Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander

Logo treatment for ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ revealed, check it out below Logo treatment for ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ revealed, check it out below

Warner Bros. has sent over the official logo treatment for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them — it’s Potter-esque with a touch of dragon. Check it out below.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them logo

Check out the first piece of artwork promoting ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ Check out the first piece of artwork promoting ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’

The first artwork for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, J.K. Rowling’s two-part Harry Potter play has been revealed.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child promotional poster

Jim Kay on designing the Harry Potter illustrated editions, Hogwarts castle, and scenes he’s looking forward to Jim Kay on designing the Harry Potter illustrated editions, Hogwarts castle, and scenes he’s looking forward to

Harry Potter Fan Zone recently had the chance to participate in a group interview with Jim Kay, the artist behind the gorgeous Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone illustrated edition, released today.

Jim is currently at work illustrating Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, but took some time out to talk about bringing J.K. Rowling’s words to life.

Jim Kay is the artist behind the Harry Potter illustrated editions

Jim Kay is the artist behind the Harry Potter illustrated editions

Always J.K. Rowling (AJKR): Were you influenced by previous Harry Potter illustrators/the films or did you veer away from both?

I’m a huge fan of both the books and the films. I thought the screen adaptations were a wonderful showcase of the best set design, product design, costume, casting, directing and acting their disciplines had to offer. I knew from the start that I’m competing to some degree with the hundreds of people involved in the visuals of the film. I remember watching the extras that come with the movie DVDs a few years back, and wondering how on earth you’d get to be lucky enough to work on the visuals for such a great project. To be offered the opportunity to design the whole world again from scratch was fantastic, but very daunting. I’d like to think that over the years lots of illustrators will have a crack at Potter, in the same way that Alice in Wonderland has seen generations of artists offer their own take on Lewis Carroll’s novel. I had to make it my version though, and so from the start I needed to set it apart from the films. I’ll be honest I’ve only seen a few illustrations from other Potter books, so that’s not been so much of a problem. I love Jonny Duddle’s covers, and everyone should see Andrew Davidson’s engravings — they are incredible!

Magical Menagerie (MM): What was the most important detail for you to get right with your illustrations?

To try and stay faithful to the book. It’s very easy when you are scribbling away to start wandering off in different directions, so you must remind yourself to keep reading Jo’s text. Technically speaking though, I think composition is important — the way the movement and characters arrange themselves on the page — this dictates the feel of the book.

SnitchSeeker (SS): What medium do you use to create your illustrations?

I use anything that makes a mark — I am not fussy. So I don’t rely on expensive watercolour or paints, although I do occasionally use them – I like to mix them up with cheap house paint, or wax crayons. Sometimes in a local DIY store I’ll see those small tester pots of wall paint going cheap in a clear-out sale, and I’ll buy stacks of them, and experiment with painting in layers and sanding the paint back to get nice textures. The line is almost always pencil, 4B or darker, but the colour can be a mixture of any old paint, watercolour, acrylic, and oil. Diagon Alley was unusual in that I digitally coloured the whole illustration in order to preserve the pencil line drawing. I’d recommend experimenting; there is no right or wrong way to make an illustration, just do what works for you!

The Daily Snitcher (TDS): Because each book is so rich in detail, what is your personal process when choosing specific images?

"You start off with lots of little ideas, and draw a tiny thumbnail illustration, about the size of a postage stamp, to remind you of the idea for an illustration you had while reading the book."

“You start off with lots of little ideas, and draw a tiny thumbnail illustration, about the size of a postage stamp, to remind you of the idea for an illustration you had while reading the book.”

I read the book, then read it again and again, making notes. You start off with lots of little ideas, and draw a tiny thumbnail illustration, about the size of a postage stamp, to remind you of the idea for an illustration you had while reading the book. I then start to draw them a little bigger, about postcard size, and show them to Bloomsbury [UK publisher]. We then think about how many illustrations will appear in each chapter, and try to get the balance of the book right by moving pictures around, dropping or adding these rough drawings as we go. With Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone Bloomsbury were great in that they let me try all sorts of things out, different styles, concepts. Some I didn’t think would get into the final book, but everyone was very open to new ideas. There was no definite plan with regards to how the book would look; we just experimented and let it evolve.

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