Bloomsbury has revealed the cover for the Quidditch Through the Ages Illustrated Edition, joining J.K. Rowling’s other two spinoff books in receiving vivid re-releases.
The Quidditch Through the Ages Illustrated Edition release date is set for October 2020 and will be illustrated by Emily Gravett. In new previews released on March 9, 2020, we see two editions of the cover for the U.S. and U.K.:
United States Quidditch Through the Ages Illustrated Edition
United Kingdom Quidditch Through the Ages Illustrated Edition
In addition, new previews from the inside of the book reveal a whimsical guide to the Wizarding World sport, with various looks at the game, teams, and players over the centuries:
In case you don’t remember, the book is “written by” Kennilworthy Whisp and chronicles the history of the Wizarding World’s favorite sport. It was originally released simultaneously in 2001 with Newt Scamander’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them — both of which were actually penned by Rowling and whose proceeds benefitted Comic Relief. Here’s a fabulous picture of a young Dan Radcliffe picking up his own copies of the book:
The new Quidditch Through the Ages’ proceeds will continue to benefit Comic Relief as well as J.K. Rowling’s foundation, Lumos.
Bloomsbury and Scholastic have already published the Fantastic Beasts Illustrated Edition and The Tales of Beedle the Bard Illustrated Edition.
They’re also in the midst of releasing illustrated editions of the core Harry Potter books. Goblet of Fire was released last October. Sorcerer’s Stone was released in 2015, Chamber of Secrets arrived in 2016, and Prisoner of Azkaban was released in 2017.
The Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts film series graphic designers MinaLima are also getting into the Illustrated Edition fun: Later this year they’ll publish a new edition of the first Harry Potter book.
Gravett said in a statement, “I am over the moon to be illustrating Quidditch Through the Ages. I never in my wildest dreams imagined that I would ever be asked to illustrate anything from the Potter world, but from the minute I sat down at my desk and started jotting down ideas I realised I may have landed myself my dream job. I am waking up each day excited to get to work.”
Added Harry Potter editorial director Mandy Archer, “She is a true original. Emily has the courage to take form and content into exciting and unexpected directions, infusing her work with an infectious sense of playfulness and fun. We cannot wait to see where she is going to take this brand new illustrated edition.”
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