The so-called Hogwarts Library consists of books that were all mentioned in the Harry Potter book series. The first two books, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Quidditch Through the Ages, were released as a set in March 2001 for Comic Relief. Both were mentioned in the first installment of the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. The last of the set, The Tales of Beedle the Bard, which was first mentioned in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, was auctioned off for charity in December 2007. A year later, it was released to the general public, with proceeds going to J.K. Rowling’s charity, Lumos.
- “The Tales of Beedle the Bard” Audiobook Released Today! - Audiobook lovers, rejoice! The brand-new audiobook edition of "The Tales of Beedle the Bard" is available to purchase today!
- Check Out the US and UK Illustrated “Quidditch Through the Ages” Covers - The new cover features bright and colorful illustrations from Emily Gravett, hinting at what's to come in the illustrated edition.
Jonny Duddle is a Welsh illustrator who grew up roaming the mountains and beautiful landscapes of North Wales. He also spent much of that time drawing and creating his own beautiful worlds on paper.
After studying illustration in college, followed by a stint of unusual jobs, he eventually became a designer for computer games. It was while doing this that Jonny wrote and illustrated his first picture book, The Pirate Cruncher, in 2009. He followed this up with 2012’s The Pirates Next Door, for which he was awarded the overall Waterstones Children’s Book Prize. He would go on that year to work for Aardman Animations in animating the critically acclaimed film The Pirates! His artwork is created using a blend of pencil and digital drawing techniques.
In 2014, Bloomsbury contacted Duddle about illustrating a new set of covers for the entire Harry Potter series. These beautiful covers were released the same year. In 2017, Duddle also illustrated covers for the Hogwarts Library series.
Lisbeth Zwerger is an Austrian illustrator born May 26, 1954, in Vienna, Austria. She has been illustrating children's books for over 40 years and specializes in fairy tales. Fittingly, Zwerger worked on the American version of the illustrated edition of The Tales of Beedle the Bard.
Zwerger studied at the Applied Arts Academy of Vienna but left before completing her studies. She favors working with watercolors and is influenced by the work of, among others, Arthur Rackham, who was a prominent British artist in the Golden Age of Illustration at the turn of the last century.
She has received numerous awards her work, the most notable of which was the Hans Christian Andersen Award in 1990. This is the highest award for the work of children's book authors and illustrators, recognizing lasting contributions to children's literature.
Olivia Lomenech Gill
Olivia is a talented artist, illustrator, and printmaker. Gill resides in Northumberland, UK. Her artwork is inspired by life and depicts humans, animals, and imaginary creatures. She owns and operates her printing press. Gill has completed a vast array of skillful artwork. Gill’s first experience as an illustrator was in 2012 when she had the opportunity to illustrate the book Where My Wellies Take Me. Where My Wellies Take Me won the 2013 English 4–11 Picture Book Award in the Fiction 7–11 Years category. In 2017, Gill illustrated Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. She also illustrated the cover of Scholastic's 2017 edition of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them. Olivia brought life to the fantasy creatures of the wizarding world with spirited, detailed, and skillful illustrations.
Chris Riddell was born on April 13, 1962 in Capetown, South Africa. Riddell moved to England as a toddler. He developed an interest in the arts as a young child. Chris Riddell is an award winning illustrator and author. He is best known for his illustrative work on The Edge Chronicles, written by Paul Stewart. Riddell has been an active illustrator and author since the early 1980's. In 2018, he illustrated the The Tales of Beedle the Bard, written by J.K. Rowling.
Oliver Jonathan Moss is a Winchester, UK-based graphic artist born on January 24, 1987. He studied literature at the University of Birmingham. Illustration was merely a hobby for him, but he started receiving commissions through the Internet and eventually gained popularity. He enjoys re-creating movie posters, and his works have often been displayed as limited-edition collectibles by Mondo and Empire magazine. He made posters for the cast of Thor and the Star Wars films among others and did cover artwork for the video game Resistance 3. He was also the art director for the game Firewatch.
His “Optical Illusions” set was commissioned by Pottermore for the Harry Potter e-book series in 2015. The "Hogwarts" set of prints depicting Hogwarts Castle was commissioned by Pottermore as limited-edition travel posters; they ended up being used as covers for the German audiobook editions. Moss later tweeted about three other sets of unreleased covers called “Heraldry,” “Silhouettes,” and “Illustrated.” He also redesigned the cover of the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them e-book for Pottermore in 2017. He enjoys incorporating multiple layers of hidden meaning in his works but takes care not to spoil the books.
Emily Gravett was born in Brighton, England, the second daughter of a printmaker and an art teacher. She left school at 16 and traveled the UK for eight years, living in a big green bus with her partner and their daughter. After returning to Brighton to take up an art degree, Gravett sprang into the limelight with the ground-breaking Wolves in 2005, which won her the Macmillan Prize for Illustration, followed by a book deal and the first of her Kate Greenaway Medals. Wolves was followed by brilliant modern classics, such as Orange Pear Apple Bear, Little Mouse's Big Book of Fears, Again!, and the exquisite Tidy. Each book is unique and different from the last – and each features endearing, beautifully drawn characters that touch the heart and tickle the funny bone. Gravett now lives in Brighton with her family. When not working in her studio, she might be found walking the dog, watering the tomatoes, or driving the family's restored 1960s bus. In 2020, Gravett will be illustrating Bloomsbury's and Scholastic's new illustrated editions of Quidditch Through the Ages.