Raise Your Wands for Susan Jeffers Casel, “Harry Potter” Copy Editor

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As all "Harry Potter" fans know, there are many people who helped to make our beloved book series a reality. Not just J.K. Rowling herself, or the talented artists who illustrated those original covers, but also editors, publicists, agents, sales reps, and so many others who believed in Harry just as much as we did. We have recently lost one of those remarkable people - Susan Jeffers Casel, who was a copy editor for the US editions of the books. Read More »

Scholastic to Release New Editions of “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” and “Quidditch Through the Ages”

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Just in time for "Fantastic Beasts" fever to really get off the ground, Scholastic is releasing new US editions of "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" and "Quidditch Through the Ages" on June 30! Originally published in 2001, the American editions of these Hogwarts textbooks have remained largely unchanged until now. Read More »

Bloomsbury releases Flourish & Blotts image from upcoming illustrated edition!

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Today Bloomsbury revealed the latest image from the upcoming "Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone: Illustrated Edition", illustrated by Jim Kay. The new illustration is of Flourish & Blotts and joins six other previously released illustrations. Read More »

Bloomsbury UK reveals four exclusive Jim Kay illustrations!

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We're all very excited about the fully illustrated editions of the "Harry Potter" novels that Bloomsbury is releasing, beginning later this year with "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone: Illustrated Edition". In anticipation of the release, Bloomsbury has released four exclusive images from the first book. Read More »

UPDATED: “Harry Potter” cast members to appear at A Celebration of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort!


Universal Orlando Resort's A Celebration of Harry Potter is getting closer, and there are going to be some magical special guests in attendance! Find out who will be there! Read More »

Potter Twitter RoundUp: We are Book 8

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Did you miss me? The Twitter Roundup is back, with a jam-packed LeakyCon special! Read More »

Scholastic Store dedicating entire month of July to “Harry Potter”

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The Scholastic Store is dedicating the entire month of July to "Harry Potter"! Find out what cool events they will be holding here. Read More »

“Potter” stars support Scholastic’s “Read Every Day” campaign


A new campaign has been launched by Scholastic UK, an affiliate of the Harry Potter publisher in America, to encourage kids to "Read Every Day," as the campaign is titled. Potter stars Daniel Radcliffe - who portrayed the title character - and Emma Thompson - who portrayed Professor Sybill Trelawney - are suppporting the campaign. Read More »

Scholastic announces winners of “Harry Potter” 15th Anniversary Librarians’ Contest

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Back in June, MuggleNet reported that Scholastic had announced a contest that would give fifteen public libraries across the United States a Harry Potter party pack to celebrate fifteen years since Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone was first published. Read More »

New Kazu Kibuishi back cover art revealed for “Sorcerer’s Stone”

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Yesterday the Deathly Hallows 15th Anniversary cover was finally unveiled, and the press release from Scholastic also revealed that Kazu Kibuishi not only created seven beautiful covers for the front of each Harry Potter book, he also created new art for the books' back covers! Read More »

Scholastic’s 15th anniversary “Potter” collection available for pre-order

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As previously reported, Scholastic has brought on artist Kazu Kibuishi to design new covers for the 15th anniversary collection of the Potter series to be released over this year. The new covers can be bought as individual books or as a boxed set, which is now avaliable to pre-order before the release at the end of August. Read More »

Scholastic to release new “Harry Potter” paperback covers celebrating 15-year Anniversary

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According to a new article in Publisher's Weekly, Scholastic has hired artist Kazu Kibuishi, creator of the bestselling graphic novel series Amulet, to design and create a new paperback cover for each of the Harry Potter books in celebration of 15-years since the American release of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. Read More »

J.K. Rowling surprises fans with answers to questions on LIVE global webcast hosted by Scholastic


Author J.K. Rowling drew more than a million Harry Potter fans for a live global webcast during which she shared never before heard tidbits about the world of Harry Potter, including back story details, as well as her next writing project and Pottermore. Read More »

Scholastic launches “Harry Potter Reading Club” with a special virtual visit by J.K. Rowling


Scholastic has just announced a new Harry Potter Reading Club, which will be a collaboration between Scholastic, educators, libraries, after-school program coordinators and parents "who want to organize a book club with access to all the tools they need to host a Harry Potter Reading Club and celebrate the joy of reading. The first 10,000 registrants for the Club will receive a welcome kit including bookmarks, stickers and nametags." Read More »

“Harry Potter” club encourages reading to elementary students


Many students struggle with reading. One teacher is using the "Harry Potter" series to help build kids' reading skills! Read More »

Scholastic releases official statement after court dismisses plagiarism lawsuit

Back in July of last year, we told you that the estate of British author Adrian Jacobs was suing Scholastic claiming that Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire was "substantially similar" to Jacobs' 1987 book The Adventures of Willy the Wizard.

Today, after a court dismissed the lawsuit, Scholastic released the following statement:

Scholastic is extremely pleased that Judge Scheindlin decided to dismiss, at the earliest stage possible, the lawsuit brought against Scholastic by the estate of Adrian Jacobs. The Court's swift dismissal supports our position that the case was completely without merit and that comparing Willy the Wizard to the Harry Potter series was absurd. Read More »

Scholastic: Beedle raises $8.5 million in first week

Scholastic has issued a press release this morning, detailing the first official international sales figures for The Tales of Beedle the Bard, which has sold 2.6 million copies and grossed roughly $8.5 million in its first full week for the The Childiren's High Level Group. J.K. Rowling has expressed her thanks today to all those who have bought a copy of her charity book, making it the fastest selling title of 2008 and raising millions of pounds for children suffering in institutions. “I am absolutely delighted that so much money has been raised,” she said, “and would like to thank everyone who has so far purchased a copy of the book. All royalties will be going to help children without families, many of them with disabilities, whose voices have been unheard for many years.” Read the rest of the press release below. Read More »

Scholastic, NY Public Library unveil original Beedle

Earlier today, one of the seven original handwritten copies of The Tales of Beedle the Bard was unveiled at the New York Public Library. Performing the honors were Arthur Levine, Scholastic co-editor of the Harry Potter series and Paul LeClerc, President of the New York Public Library. Levine, who has lent his own personal copy to the library for display discussed the importance of the Potter series as a whole and his enjoyment in working on The Tales of Beedle the Bard, particularly the back and forth commentary between author J.K. Rowling and Albus Dumbledore. He went on to say that his favorite tale was the “Fountain of Fair Fortune,” which you can see him reading from later tonight. Video and pictures of Rowling and Levine reading from Beedle the Bard will be available Read More »

BTB Contest Updates: Scholastic winners, Amazon France

There are more contest updates today regarding Beedle the Bard for you. First, Scholastic has announced the five winners of their national essay contest. These lucky Potter fans will each receive a trip to Edinburgh for JK Rowling's Beedle the Bard release event. Congratulations to them! Also, Amazon France is now a part of the signed-Beedle the Bard giveaway. The contest is only open to residents of France, and there are ten signed copies up for grabs. Simply answer five questions and you'll be entered! Don't forget, Amazon is hosting other Beedle-related contests: click HERE for American visitors, HERE for British visitors, and HERE for German visitors. Thanks to Gazette Du Sorcier and Emily for the tips! Read More »

Scholastic updates site with Meet Arthur video

The US Potter publisher's official website has been updated with a nice Q&A with the editor of the Potter series. Arthur Levine talks about his job at Scholastic, his book selection criteria, and much more. Thanks to Sasha for the tip! Read More »