Harry Potter Has A New Face

The wizard’s world is being re-imagined for a new range of illustrated editions.

1. Artist Jim Kay has been commissioned to illustrate the world of Harry Potter for a series of new editions.

Jim Kay / Bloomsbury

And this is the first image of everyone’s favourite boy wizard who used to be played by Daniel Radcliffe. The first in the series of illustrated full-colour editions will be published by Bloomsbury in September 2015.

2. This is what Jim had to say about the gig of a lifetime:

From my point of view it is without doubt the commission of a lifetime… to design the characters, the clothing, the architecture and landscapes to possibly the most expansive world in children’s literature, well let’s just say I’m extremely excited about it. However I am also mindful of the huge responsibility this represents. I want to make sure I do the best job I possibly can.

3. Here is his vision of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Jim Kay / Bloomsbury

Jim won the Kate Greenaway Medal in 2012 for illustrations of A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. He previously worked in the archives of Tate Britain and the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew. He lives in Northamptonshire with his partner and a rescued greyhound.

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