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Front cover

The jacket artwork features the Ford Anglia flying to the Burrow.

Moaning Myrtle

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:

Harry at Borgin and Burkes

Harry arrives at Knockturn Alley: the black background, white text, and full page artwork make this a spooky passage to read.

The Basilisk in the Chamber of Secrets

The Basilisk skin lies in the Chamber of Secrets.

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Exclusive ‘Chamber of Secrets’ illustrated edition trailer Exclusive ‘Chamber of Secrets’ illustrated edition trailer

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:

New image from the ‘Chamber of Secrets’ illustrated edition New image from the ‘Chamber of Secrets’ illustrated edition

Check out a new illustration by Jim Kay from the Chamber of Secrets illustrated edition — it’s the Weasley gnomes!

Chamber of Secrets illustrated edition gnomes

‘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

Bloomsbury releasing Harry Potter ‘signature editions’, new art Bloomsbury releasing Harry Potter ‘signature editions’, new art

Bloomsbury today announced that they will be giving the UK Harry Potter books a visual refresh this coming November. The books, classified as “signature” editions, feature new cover art by artist Clare Melinsky.

The new editions, which are being marketed as novels for the, “generation of readers who did not grow up with Harry Potter”, will be available on the first of November in paperback. A box set of all seven books will also be released.

The new illustrations are by renowned linocut artist Clare Melinsky and the design has been created by Webb and Webb Design Limited. Clare Melinsky’s illustrations follow the style of traditional woodcuts and will appear on the front cover, back cover and spine for all seven titles in the Harry Potter series.

Clare Melinsky commented, ‘I was delighted and excited to be asked to illustrate the covers for such massively famous books – and seven of them! It was top secret for the best part of a year.’

Books 1 – 3 will be available for £6.99, while books 4-7 will cost £8.99. The box set will be available for £59.99.