US and UK covers for Jim Kay-illustrated edition revealed!

We just saw some artwork from the long-awaited illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone earlier this month, and now Bloomsbury has revealed the book’s gorgeous cover!

Created by illustrator Jim Kay, the cover shows a newly-imagined Hogwarts Express at Platform 9 3/4, a young Harry standing nearby looking around in awe at the magical world around him. Check it out:


UK Illustrated Hardcover

UK Illustrated Hardcover


Scholastic, the American publisher of Harry Potter, simultaneously released the cover image for the American edition. View it below:


US Illustrated Hardcover

The cover of Jim Kay’s Illustrated Edition of “Sorcerer’s Stone”

The illustrated edition will be published globally on October 6, 2015. The edition is available to preorder from Bloomsbury here and Scholastic here.

Which scene are you most eager to see when the book is published?

Bloomsbury Press Release


Bloomsbury Publishing is excited to reveal the cover of the eagerly anticipated Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone Illustrated Edition by J.K. Rowling, illustrated by Jim Kay. Scholastic US are using the same cover image and will reveal it simultaneously.

Illustrated by Jim Kay, Kate Greenaway Medal winner, the front cover image shows Harry Potter beside the majestic Hogwarts Express.

Fiona Noble of The Bookseller said: “I’m willing to call this the most handsome and desirable gift book of the year. It is stunning...with full colour illustrations throughout from Greenaway Medal winner Kay, who breathes incredible life into these much-loved characters and locations, staying faithful to Rowling’s vision but revitalising the story for a new generation.”

Published globally on 6th October 2015, this will be the first fully illustrated edition of J.K. Rowling’s original Harry Potter novel. The hardback edition will include ribbon marker, head and tail bands, illustrated endpapers and colour artwork on every spread. The illustrated edition will be published in more than 21 languages around the world. All will be using Jim Kay’s artwork and joining the UK and the US in bringing this beautiful edition to life. It is set to be the landmark publishing event of 2015.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone illustrated edition by J.K. Rowling, illustrated by Jim Kay is published in hardback on 6th October 2015 (£30:00 / 256pp / 9781408845646)

Scholastic Press Release
NEW YORK, March 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Scholastic (NASDAQ: SCHL), the global children's publishing, education and media company, today released the exclusive cover image of the fully illustrated edition of J.K. Rowling's bestselling Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. Bloomsbury UK also revealed the image simultaneously. Illustrated by award-winning artist Jim Kay, the cover is an image of Harry Potter on Platform 9 ¾ surrounded by witches and wizards, trunks and owls, about to board the Hogwarts Express for the first time and is available for download at

The illustrated hardcover edition of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone will be published globally on October 6, 2015, and Scholastic plans to publish fully illustrated editions – one per year - of each of the seven titles. Over 450 million of the Harry Potter books have sold worldwide and the series continues to appear on bestseller lists in the U.S.

About Jim Kay

Jim Kay won the Kate Greenaway Medal in 2012 for his illustrations in A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. Jim studied illustration at the University of Westminster and since graduating has worked in the Archives of Tate Britain and the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew. Jim has produced concept work for television and contributed to a group exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. He now lives and works in Northamptonshire, England, with his partner and a rescued greyhound.

About Scholastic

Scholastic Corporation (NASDAQ: SCHL) is the world's largest publisher and distributor of children's books and a leader in educational technology and related services and children's media. Scholastic creates quality books and ebooks, print and technology-based learning materials and programs, magazines, multi-media and other products that help children learn both at school and at home. The Company distributes its products and services worldwide through a variety of channels, including school-based book clubs and book fairs, retail stores, schools, libraries, on-air, and online at


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Jessica J.

I've been making magic at MuggleNet since 2012, when I first joined the staff as a News intern. I've never wavered from the declaration in my childhood journal, circa October 2000: "I LOVE Harry Potter! If I clean my room, my mom says she'll make me a dinner a wizard would love!" Proud Gryffindor; don't hate.