Illustrated Edition of “Quidditch Through the Ages” Is Coming in 2020

This fall, readers will be able to purchase the illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, which includes Jim Kay’s gorgeous color illustrations. Now, in the fall of 2020, we can expect another illustrated novel – Quidditch Through the Ages, which was first published in 2001.

The Hogwarts Library text will be illustrated by Emily Gravett, who will be “using a deft combination of her signature pencil style and ingenious digital techniques.”

 

 

Gravett is a best-selling and award-winning author/illustrator and she is thrilled to be working on this book.

I never in my wildest dreams imagined that I would ever be asked to illustrate anything from the ‘Potter’ world, but from the minute I sat down at my desk and started jotting down ideas I realised I may have landed myself my dream job. I am waking up each day excited to get to work.

Mandy Archer of Bloomsbury said Gravett was their first choice when they began to consider who would work on Quidditch Through the Ages.

She is a true original. Emily has the courage to take form and content into [sic] exciting and unexpected directions, infusing her work with an infectious sense of playfulness and fun. We cannot wait to see where she is going to take this brand[-]new illustrated edition.

Bloomsbury also released some initial artwork. Seen below is a Holyhead Harpies player, the team’s emblem, and a player’s trading card.

 

 

The hardcover edition of the illustrated Quidditch Through the Ages will be published in October 2020, and its proceeds will benefit Lumos and Comic Relief. We can’t wait to see the exciting new illustrations from Gravett!

Press Release

BLOOMSBURY ANNOUNCE EMILY GRAVETT FOR COLOUR ILLUSTRATED EDITION OF J.K. ROWLING’S QUIDDITCH THROUGH THE AGES

Bloomsbury Children’s Books today announce Emily Gravett as the artist who will create stunning images for an illustrated edition of J.K. Rowling’s Quidditch Through the Ages, sold in aid of Comic Relief and the author’s international children’s charity, Lumos. Publishing on 1st October 2020, this classic from the Hogwarts Library will be gloriously reimagined in a large, colour gift edition by the innovative and award-winning Gravett. She will use mixed media to capture the wit and spirit of J.K. Rowling’s wonderful text, using a deft combination of her signature pencil style, colour illustration, handmade realia and ingenious digital techniques.

Emily Gravett is a bestselling author/illustrator and has won the Kate Greenaway Medal twice. On being commissioned for this project, Emily said, ‘I am over the moon to be illustrating Quidditch Through the Ages. I never in my wildest dreams imagined that I would ever be asked to illustrate anything from the Potter world, but from the minute I sat down at my desk and started jotting down ideas I realised I may have landed myself my dream job. I am waking up each day excited to get to work. ’

Mandy Archer, Harry Potter Editorial Director and Head of Brand, said of Emily’s selection, ‘When we began our search to find an illustrator for Quidditch Through the Ages, Emily was always at the very top of our wishlist. She is a true original. Emily has the courage to take form and content into [sic] exciting and unexpected directions, infusing her work with an infectious sense of playfulness and fun. We cannot wait to see where she is going to take this brand[-]new illustrated edition. ’

Emily Gravett was born in Brighton. After leaving school with few qualifications, she spent eight years living on the road before taking the BA Illustration course at Brighton University. She won the Macmillan Prize for Illustration with her first book, Wolves, which went on to win the Kate Greenaway Medal and the Boston Globe Horn Book Honor Award for Illustration and marked the beginning of an international career creating extraordinary and innovative books for children: Little Mouse’s Big Book of Fears won the Kate Greenaway Medal for her a second time. Her own picture books are published in more than 20 languages and she has also collaborated with some of the most creative writers working today including Julia Donaldson, A.F. Harrold, and Matt Haig.

Gravett joins fellow Greenaway winners Chris Riddell and Jim Kay, and fine artist Olivia Lomenech Gill in a world-class team of illustration talent chosen to create colour illustrated editions of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and Hogwarts Library books.

Quidditch Through the Ages was first published in 2001 and is arguably the most famous sports book in the wizarding world. The book contains all you will ever need to know about the history, the rules – and the breaking of the rules – of the noble sport of Quidditch. Packed with fascinating facts, this definitive guide charts the game’s history from its early origins through to the modern-day sport loved by so many wizard and Muggle families around the world. With comprehensive coverage of famous Quidditch teams, the commonest fouls, the development of racing brooms, and much more, this is a must-have sporting tome for all Harry Potter fans, Quidditch lovers and players. Quidditch Through the Ages is published in aid of Comic Relief and Lumos.

Quidditch Through the Ages Illustrated Edition by J.K. Rowling, illustrated by Emily Gravett

Published in hardback October 2020. Deluxe edition will also be available.