The sixth book in the Harry Potter series is one of the most pivotal, and sets up the final installment of J.K. Rowling’s epic tale. If you can’t wait to see it come to life in an exciting new way, learn what we know about the Half-Blood Prince Illustrated Edition release date!
Harry Potter illustrator Jim Kay is currently at work on the fifth installment, Order of the Phoenix. The release date for Order of the Phoenix is currently stated for the end of 2021, which is two years after the release of its predecessor, Goblet of Fire. So when will the next illustrated edition, Half-Blood Prince be released?
‘Half-Blood Prince’ illustrated edition release date
No release date has been announced for the Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince illustrated edition, however, it’s safe to assume that it will be two years from the release of OOTP, meaning Half-Blood Prince should be released in the fall of 2023.
And we’re dying (pun intended) to see the illustrations for the end of the book.
This is a lengthy wait for the book, but Jim Kay’s work is incredibly detailed, and Rowling’s Half-Blood Prince is very long (the fourth longest in the series, in fact). Since there’s so much story to illustrate, it’s not a surprise that we’ll have to wait two years.
Though there’s been a lot of controversial news coming out of the Harry Potter fandom in recent years, one area of the franchise that has never received negative feedback is Kay’s reimagining of the Potter series. His work is stunning, and adds hundreds of pieces of remarkable imagery to the Wizarding World. It’s for this reason that we can’t wait for the Half-Blood Prince illustrated edition release date to be unveiled!
The good news is that the Wizarding World franchise may unveil another book in the fall of 2022, in between releases of OOTP and HBP. In the off-years between releases of Prisoner of Azkaban through Order of the Phoenix, Quidditch Through the Ages and The Tales of Beedle the Bard were released by other illustrators. It would follow, then, that they are planning a big release in the off-year between Books 5 and 6.
Perhaps that off-year release in 2022 will be related to the third Fantastic Beasts movie, which is currently slated for release in Summer 2022.
This article will stay updated with the latest Half-Blood Prince illustrated edition news. Stay tuned for more information as we hear it from Jim Kay and elsewhere!