New Color Illustrated Edition of “The Tales of Beedle the Bard” to Be Released!
Anyone who has read J.K. Rowling’s insightful, delightful, and surprising collection of short wizarding stories, The Tales of Beedle the Bard, knows that one of the best parts of the book is the drawings that accompany each story.
Today, it was announced that a new color illustrated version of the tales would be published, with celebrated artist Chris Riddell to “mix his signature, beautiful watercolor with line and tonal illustrations.”
The new large gift edition will be released on October 2, 2018. Sales of this edition will still aid Lumos, J.K. Rowling’s children’s charity.
Riddell responded to the commission:
To be invited into the world of Harry Potter is an immense honour and incredibly exciting. These fairy tales are vivid and beautifully crafted and will resonate in the sumptuous format Bloomsbury have given me. But the true joy has been to discover the richness and texture of Dumbledore’s footnotes. I can’t wait to pull on my robes and begin my tenure as a supply teacher at Hogwarts!
Ridell joins Jim Kay, who is illustrating the seven Harry Potter novels, and Olivia Lomenech Gill, who is illustrating the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them textbook, in bringing new visual ideas to the Potter world.
We can’t wait to see how Riddell interprets the tales and Dumbledore’s notes! With a year to go, we’ll start a countdown. The illustrated edition will sell for £25, and the deluxe edition will be £120.