Cover and Collaborator Announced for Illustrated Edition of “Order of the Phoenix” from Jim Kay
Readers now have their first look at the illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix from illustrator Jim Kay – and he has a collaborator for the massive new book. (That’s a lot of art, after all!)
With the new edition of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix set to be released on October 11, Kay worked with artist and friend Neil Packer – described by Bloomsbury in a press release as a “guest collaborator” – on the project.
Neil is an important artist in his own right, working in his own eclectic style to create beautiful, complementary artwork that is skilfully woven into the heart of the book. This differentiation is conscious and deliberate, and Jim is excited to see his readers embrace Neil’s guest role on the project. Neil has created approximately a quarter of the imagery for The Order of the Phoenix. Neil’s decorative illustrations include an astonishing cutaway of the Ministry of Magic and an exquisite interpretation of centaur Firenze’s Divination classroom, along with other magical artefacts and favourite locations from the wizarding world. Each piece is totally original – complementing Jim’s painterly narrative scenes whilst remaining uniquely Neil Packer.
Kay remains the “creative essence” for the illustrated Order of the Phoenix, however.
Highlights include new portraits of the toady professor Dolores Umbridge and loyal friend Luna Lovegood, incredible views of 12 Grimmauld Place, and spine-tingling scenes as good forces battle evil inside the Department of Mysteries.
Bloomsbury adds that fans can expect even more from the beautiful new addition to Kay’s Harry Potter works:
A gorgeous, cloth-bound Deluxe Illustrated Edition will publish simultaneously with a foiled slipcase, gilt-edges and an exclusive pull-out extra poster inside.
Check out the cover of the illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, which depicts students in Dumbledore’s Army practicing their Patronus Charms.
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