Harry Potter illustrator Jim Kay says he has a lot more time to work on Goblet of Fire than he did the other books, and the release date is being pushed.
In a blog post, the illustrator says that Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Illustrated Edition’s release date will be some time in 2019. Previously the books were being released on a yearly cycle, so many expected the book to arrive this year.
It’s not hard to guess why this one is going to take two years: The book is long. J.K. Rowling certainly understands this — she notoriously felt rushed to make a certain release date set by the publisher. It was the last Harry Potter book she wrote under a deadline.
Kay says that the wait for Goblet of Fire Illustrated is going to be worth it. “I’m REALLY enjoying having more time on the Goblet of Fire than previous books,” he writes, “so hopefully there will be more to see in the fourth Potter book when it hits the shops in 2019, and I’m having great fun planning it. I want to hide lots of Easter eggs in Goblet, a luxury usually because it takes a lot of planning.”
In a separate post he adds that the longer time frame allows “for some well needed breathing room to really plan this and not rush the illustrations. Lots of images and ideas I plan don’t make the books usually because of time, so I’m very pleased to have some extra time.”
Kay says he started working on the book in September 2017. If the Goblet of Fire Illustrated Edition isn’t released until Fall 2019, he’ll have had close to two years to work on the tome.
If you’re still itching to buy a new Wizarding World Illustrated Edition this year, you’re in luck! Beedle the Bard illustrated by Chris Riddell is coming in October.
The new books are must-have’s for Harry Potter fans, as they present the series in an entirely new light. They’re also a great way to introduce new generations of readers to J.K. Rowling’s work.
Goblet of Fire was originally published in July 2000 and was the first book in the series with midnight release parties around the world.