Bloomsbury Plans to Celebrate 20th “Potter” Anniversary
Last October saw the release of the first Jim Kay-illustrated Harry Potter. The next in the series, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, is due to be released this coming October. The first in the series has already sold over 94,000 copies in the UK.
In the lead-up to the release of the second illustrated book and following the second successful Harry Potter Book Night on February 4, Bloomsbury UK has revealed its upcoming Potter plans. With the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone looming in 2017, plenty of plans are in place to celebrate this exciting anniversary. Special Hogwarts House editions of the first book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone/Philosopher’s Stone, will be published in 2017 to coincide with the anniversary.
The plans also include ways of celebrating the upcoming Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them film, which is due to be released this coming November. An updated version of the school textbook, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, originally published in 2001, will be released early 2017. The new edition will contain new content from J.K. Rowling.
Bloomsbury also plans to publish illustrated editions of the Hogwarts Library books, and the releases will be staggered from 2017.
Bloomsbury will commission three new illustrators to create lavish, full-colour illustrated editions of J.K. Rowling’s three Hogwarts Library books, starting with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them in autumn 2017, The Tales of Beedle the Bard in 2018 and Quidditch Through the Ages in 2019. Illustrator announcements will follow in due course.
See the press release below for full information about Bloomsbury’s Potter plans.
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