Cover of Fully Illustrated “Fantastic Beasts” Revealed!

We learned back in March that the artist selected to illustrate the new edition of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was the talented Olivia Lomenech Gill – and now we know what the front cover of the book will look like!

Interestingly, though US publisher Scholastic and UK publisher Bloomsbury have recently tended to release books from the Harry Potter universe with nearly identical covers, the two editions of Gill’s illustrated version will look completely different – though both are gorgeous!

Here’s the US cover:

 

 

And here’s the UK cover:

 

 

As previously reported, Gill’s illustrated version of Fantastic Beasts will feature renderings of every beast, created using a variety of techniques including watercolors, charcoal sketches, etchings, and more.

Both editions will be published on November 7, 2017. The US edition will retail for $34.99, and the UK edition for £25; a portion of proceeds from both editions will be donated to Comic Relief and Lumos. Both publishers will also release a deluxe edition, retailing for $175 and £120, respectively.

Here’s a little more information about the illustrator, from the Scholastic Press Release:

Olivia Lomenech Gill has a first class degree in Theatre from the University of Hull and an MA in Printmaking from Camberwell College of Arts. She has built her career as a professional fine artist and has been exhibited at all the major London art fairs. Olivia’s first professional illustration commission, ‘Where My Wellies Take Me[,’] written by Clare and Michael Morpurgo, was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal and won the English Association Picture Book Award. Olivia lives and works in north Northumberland in a timber studio she built by hand with her husband, a paper conservator. They also have a workshop in a nearby village, which houses Olivia’s three-ton printing press.

Interior Fantastic Beasts artwork should be released soon, so keep an eye on MuggleNet for all the latest updates!

Which cover is your favorite?

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Scholastic Press Release

SCHOLASTIC REVEALS COVER OF FULL-COLOR ILLUSTRATED EDITION OF NEWT SCAMANDER’S FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM BY J.K. ROWLING

(New York – July 10, 2017) Scholastic (NASDAQ: SCHL), the global children’s publishing, education, and media company, today reveals the stunning cover of the full-color illustrated edition of Newt Scamander’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling. Illustrated by fine artist Olivia Lomenech Gill, the cover features the griffin, a beast with the head and front legs of a giant eagle, and the body and hind legs of a lion.

Publishing on November 7, 2017, this glorious new color edition of the updated Hogwarts library classic features an extraordinary array of magical creatures. Olivia Lomenech Gill, a Kate Greenaway Medal shortlisted artist, has illustrated every beast from Acromantula to Yeti, using a variety of techniques, including prints and etchings, watercolor, and charcoal sketches.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them has been an approved textbook at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry since its original publication. Newt Scamander’s masterpiece has entertained wizarding families through the generations and is an indispensable introduction to the magical beasts of the wizarding world. Scamander’s years of travel and research have created a tome of unparalleled importance. Some of the beasts will be familiar to readers of the Harry Potter books – the Hippogriff, the Basilisk, and the Hungarian Horntail. Others will surprise even the most ardent amateur Magizoologist.

Based on the textbook, the 2016 film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them takes us to a new era of J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World, decades before Harry Potter and half a world away. Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne stars in the central role of wizarding world Magizoologist Newt Scamander, under the direction of David Yates, who helmed the last four Harry Potter features. The film marks the screenwriting debut of J.K. Rowling, whose script was inspired by the Hogwarts textbook of the same name, written by her character Newt Scamander

For every sale of this book, Scholastic will donate 10% of the suggested retail price to two charities selected by the author J.K. Rowling: Comic Relief, a UK-based charity that strives to create a just world, free from poverty (www.comicrelief.com), and Lumos, a charity founded by J.K. Rowling that works to end the institutionalization of children (wearelumos.org).

About the Illustrator
Olivia Lomenech Gill has a first class degree in Theatre from the University of Hull and an MA in Printmaking from Camberwell College of Arts. She has built her career as a professional fine artist and has been exhibited at all the major London art fairs. Olivia’s first professional illustration commission, Where My Wellies Take Me, written by Clare and Michael Morpurgo, was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal and won the English Association Picture Book Award. Olivia lives and works in north Northumberland in a timber studio she built by hand with her husband, a paper conservator. They also have a workshop in a nearby village, which houses Olivia’s three-ton printing press.

About Comic Relief
Comic Relief is a major charity based in the UK, with a vision of a just world, free from poverty. Since 2001, Quidditch Through the Ages and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them have raised over £20 million for Comic Relief- a magic amount of money that is already hard at work changing lives. Money raised through the sale of this new edition will be invested in children and young people around the world, preparing them to be ready for the future – to be safe healthy, educated and empowered. We are particularly interested in helping those children who start their lives in the most difficult circumstances, where there is conflict, violence, neglect or abuse. www.comicrelief.com

About Lumos
Lumos is an international charity founded by J.K. Rowling to help the estimated eight million disadvantaged children in orphanages around the world to be returned to their family or placed in a loving family environment. www.wearelumos.org

About Scholastic
Scholastic Corporation (NASDAQ: SCHL) is the world’s largest publisher and distributor of children’s books, a leading provider of print and digital instructional materials for pre-K to grade 12, and a producer of educational and entertaining children’s media. The Company creates quality books and ebooks, print and technology-based learning materials and programs, classroom magazines and other products that, in combination, offer schools customized solutions to support children’s learning both at school and at home. The Company also makes quality, affordable books available to all children through school-based book clubs and book fairs. With a 96 year history of service to schools and families, Scholastic continues to carry out its commitment to “Open a World of Possible” for all children. Learn more at www.scholastic.com.

J.K. Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, illustrated by Olivia Lomenech Gill
Hardcover publication November 7, 2017 ($34.99 / 160pp / 978-1-338-21679-0)
Collector’s edition also available ($175.00 / 160pp / 978-1-338-23269-1)

Bloomsbury Press Release

BLOOMSBURY REVEALS COVER OF FULL-COLOUR LLUSTRATED EDITION OF NEWT SCAMANDER’S FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM BY J.K. ROWLING

Bloomsbury Children’s Books today reveals the stunning cover of the full-colour illustrated edition of Newt Scamander’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling. Illustrated by fine artist Olivia Lomenech Gill, the cover features the Occamy, a two-legged winged creature that lays eggs of the purest, softest silver.

Publishing on 7th November 2017, this glorious new colour edition of the updated Hogwarts library classic features an extraordinary array of magical creatures. Olivia Lomenech Gill, winner of the English Association Picture Book Award and Kate Greenaway Medal shortlisted artist, has illustrated every beast from Acromantula to Yeti, using a variety of techniques, including prints and etchings, watercolour and charcoal sketches.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them has been an approved textbook at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry since its publication. Newt Scamander’s masterpiece has entertained wizarding families through the generations and is an indispensable introduction to the magical beasts of the wizarding world. Scamander’s years of travel and research have created a tome of unparalleled importance. Some of the beasts will be familiar to readers of the Harry Potter books – the Hippogriff, the Basilisk, the Hungarian Horntail. Others will surprise even the most ardent amateur Magizoologist.

Proceeds from the sale of this edition will go to Comic Relief and J.K. Rowling’s own international charity Lumos, charities which help some of the world’s most vulnerable children and young people, to help them have a better life.

Pottermore, the digital heart of J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World, will exclusively reveal extra artwork from the illustrated edition of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them at 13:00pm on Monday 10th July 2017. Head to www.pottermore.com to see more of Olivia Lomenech Gill’s beautiful images.

Bloomsbury are also pleased to announce that Fantastic Beasts will be the theme for Harry Potter Book Night 2018. The fourth annual celebration will take place on Thursday 1st February. More information soon.

J.K. Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, illustrated by Olivia Lomenech Gill

Published in hardback on 7th November 2017 (£25:00 / 160pp / 9781408885260)

Deluxe edition also available (£120.00 / 160pp / 9781408890288)