Scholastic and Bloomsbury have shared a first look at the illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, which hits bookstores this fall.
If you’re dying to get your hands on the third Harry Potter novel as gloriously illustrated by Jim Kay, feast your eyes on this glorious first look image of the cover!
Update: The book has been released, and now all eyes have turned towards the publication of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Illustrated Edition!
The cover depicts one of the book’s many iconic moments, from early on in the story, when Harry first (and accidentally) hails the Knight Bus. The driver Ernie looks very Dumbledore-esque as he swerves the bus to a screeching halt.
With three covers revealed, we’re beginning to notice a trend with these Jim Kay covers: Specifically, they all feature modes of transportation, with Philosopher’s Stone showing the Hogwarts Express and Chamber of Secrets the flying car. What do you think Jim Kay will feature for Goblet of Fire? A broomstick? A portkey? The Durmstrang ship?
Scholastic and Bloomsbury have been releasing one of these illustrated editions each year, with Chamber of Secrets hitting stores last October. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban can be pre-ordered on Amazon or via Bloomsbury, and will be released October 3, 2017.
“An extraordinary creative achievement by an extraordinary talent, Jim Kay’s inspired reimagining of J.K. Rowling’s classic series has captured a devoted following worldwide. This stunning new fully illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban brings more breathtaking scenes and unforgettable characters – including Sirius Black, Remus Lupin and Professor Trelawney. 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 as Harry, now in his third year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, faces Dementors, death omens and – of course – danger.”