Harry Potter illustrator Jim Kay says he’s spent more time on Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire than the first three books, meaning the wait for the fourth installment is extra long. That said, the new book is set to arrive in late 2019!
Update 2 (March 12, 2019): Bloomsbury has revealed the Goblet of Fire Illustrated Edition cover, and it’s epic! We see Harry during the Triwizard Tournament fighting the Hungarian Horntail. Pre-order here.
The front-cover illustration bleeds over to the back of the book where you can see Hogwarts Professors watching the action, and what looks like smoke coming off the dragon’s tail.
Several looks inside the book were also released today, and it’s freakin’ gorgeous:
Update (January 2019): U.K. publisher Bloomsbury has revealed that the Goblet of Fire Illustrated Edition will be released October 8, 2019.
“This new fully illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire brings more breathtaking scenes and unforgettable characters to life – including Cedric Diggory, Fleur Delacour and Mad Eye Moody,” says Bloomsbury. “With paint, pencil and pixels, Kay conjures the wizarding world as we have never seen it before. Fizzing with magic and brimming with humour, this full-colour edition will captivate fans and new readers alike.”
The publisher also confirms that the book will include “the original text – complete and unabridged” with a “foiled jacket, head and tail bands, a ribbon marker and illustrated endpapers.” A Deluxe Edition will also be released with a “real cloth cover and slipcase, intricate foiled line art decorating both case and slipcase; an opulent large format; gilt edges.”
The book is not yet available for pre-ordering, but we’ll be sure to update you once it is.
Previously, Kay said that Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Illustrated Edition would not be released in 2018, as many expected, due to the amount of work involved in illustrating the second-longest book in Rowling’s series.
Kay also said that the wait for the Goblet of Fire Illustrated Edition is going to be worth it. “I’m REALLY enjoying having more time on the Goblet of Fire than previous books,” he wrote in 2017, “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 said 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 said he started working on the book in September 2017, meaning he’ll have had close to two years to work on the tome.
If you’re eager to get your hands on more Harry Potter Illustrated Editions, consider the new Beedle the Bard Illustrated Edition (released in 2018) or the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Illustrated Edition (released in 2017).
The new Illustrated Editions 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.