Bloomsbury UK releases new Jim Kay illustration!

We’re all very excited about the first fully illustrated Harry Potter book that is being released later this year. The book will be illustrated by Jim Kay, as we announced in 2013. Bloomsbury UK has already released several images, and back in March, both the cover images of the US and US editions were released.

Today, May 20, Bloomsbury UK released another in the build-up to the book’s release. The image depicts the young Harry, in the cupboard under the stairs, taking inspiration from this line in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone:

Harry was used to spiders because the cupboard under the stairs was full of them, and that was where he slept.

Check out the image below:

Harry Potter in cupboard - Jim Kay RGB (636x800)

The fully illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone: Illustrated Edition will be released by Bloomsbury UK and Scholastic on October 6, 2015. Find out more details and how you can pre-order the book here.

What do you think of the image? Are you looking forward to the fully illustrated edition? Let us know in the comments.

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‘Harry was used to spiders, because the cupboard under the stairs was full of them, and that was where he slept.’ Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Bloomsbury Publishing reveals another beautiful image from the eagerly anticipated Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone: Illustrated Edition by J.K. Rowling, illustrated by Jim Kay. The image shows Harry Potter in the cupboard under the stairs where the Dursleys make him sleep.

Published globally on October 6th, 2015, this will be the first fully illustrated edition of J.K. Rowling’s original Harry Potter novel. The hardback edition will include ribbon marker, head and tail bands, illustrated endpapers and colour on every spread. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone: Illustrated Edition will be published in more than twenty-one languages around the world. All co-editions will include Jim Kay’s stunning artwork and join the UK and the US in bringing this edition of the book to life. It is set to be the landmark publishing event of 2015.

Fiona Noble of the The Bookseller has said: “I’m willing to call this the most handsome and desirable gift book of the year. It is stunning … with full colour illustrations throughout from Greenaway Medal winner Kay, who breathes incredible life into these much-loved characters and locations, staying faithful to Rowling’s vision but revitalising the story for a new generation.”

  • Sacha Nasr

    OK, that’s not a normal amount of spiders to find in a cupboard. That is a full-on INFESTATION. Dursleys need to call an exterminator!

  • soniadelvalle

    This makes me so sad and angry. It reminds me of that (imo, silly) theory that the Dursley’s were only mean to Harry because he was a horcrux (false, no one else was mean to Harry because of that). They were child abusers and it breaks my heart. Great art, obvs.

  • Catherine

    Why are they so big??

    • AJD1984

      perspective. The spiders shown are close up whereas Harry is in the background

      • Catherine

        Ah, I see. I was comparing to the size of the wrench, but I guess they’re in front of that too.

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