Cover Illustrator Revealed for Updated “Fantastic Beasts” Book, Plus Release Date

Bloomsbury UK threw us all into an excited spin this week when the publisher revealed its packedpublishing schedule for Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts over the next few years.

Among the announcements was the reveal that there would be an updated version of the much-loved Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them textbook, first released back in 2001.

Now, Bloomsbury has revealed that the cover for the new edition will be illustrated by Jonny Duddle. As we’re sure you all remember, Jonny illustrated the beautiful new covers for the entire Potter series back in 2014, so we’re looking forward to seeing his interpretation of the Fantastic Beasts textbook. You can see the full set of Potter covers here, as well as read our interview with Jonny.

Bloomsbury gave us this little teaser of the cover:

Fantastic Beasts Bloomsbury New Edition Teaser Jonny Duddle

 

The book will include a new foreword by J.K. Rowling and will be published in hardback.

It is due to be released by Bloomsbury on February 9, 2017, so make sure you add it to your calendars and pre-order it here.

Hopefully, we’ll see the full cover very soon, as well as learn about whether the new edition will be released in the US.

And of course, there will also be a fully illustrated version of Fantastic Beasts, as well as the other two Hogwarts Library books, following later in 2017. The illustrators are yet to be announced – watch this space!

Are you looking forward to seeing Jonny’s cover for the book? Will you be adding this one to your collection? Let us know in the comments!

  • I was hoping for a better textbook-style cover (like the red and gold cover of Quidditch Through the Ages).

    • Declan

      Honestly, Duddle’s covers look like children’s cartoons. They’re not fit for a rather dark/emotional/intense YA fantasy series, and I’m pretty sure JK Rowling was noted to be “unsatisfied” with his illustrations. When I pick up Harry Potter, I want a cover that looks like it belongs, a cover that represents the tone and the style of the writing. Duddle’s covers would be at place on a lighthearted picture book. Not a Harry Potter book. His covers are so remarkably off-tone, childish, and goofy looking, that it’s really sort of insulting, and I can’t imagine him illustrating a textbook well. Jonny Duddle is not a good illustrator. He draws spongebob-like cartoons for children’s picture books. He gave Harry Potter the Spongebob treatment. They just look like parody covers. Beautiful is something the covers don’t even touch. They might as well be covers for the Captain Underpants series.

      • If you don’t like the covers, don’t buy them. Besides, Harry Potter is not an angsty teenage horror story, and some people actually prefer the whimsical side of the books. If you want dark, I think you should order some of the Danish covers.

  • Declan

    Honestly, Duddle’s covers looked like children’s cartoons. They’re not fit for a YA fantasy series. When I pick up Harry Potter, I want a cover that looks like it belongs, a cover that represents the tone and the style of the writing. Duddle’s covers would be at place on a lighthearted picture book. Not a Harry Potter book. His covers are so remarkably off-tone, childish, and goofy looking, that it’s really sort of insulting, and I can’t imagine him illustrating a textbook well. Jonny Duddle is not a good illustrator. He draws spongebob-like cartoons for children’s picture books. He gave Harry Potter the Spongebob treatment. They just look ridiculous.