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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone Exclusive Cover of Upcoming Illustrated Edition

Scholastic (NASDAQ: SCHL), the global children's publishing, education and media company, today released the exclusive cover image of the fully illustrated edition of J.K. Rowling’s bestselling Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Bloomsbury UK also revealed the image simultaneously. Illustrated by award-winning artist, Jim Kay, the cover is an image of Harry Potter on Platform 9 ¾ surrounded by witches and wizards, trunks and owls, about to board the Hogwarts Express for the first time and is available for download at

The illustrated hardcover edition of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone will be published globally on October 6, 2015, and Scholastic plans to publish fully illustrated editions—one per year—of each of the seven titles. Over 450 million of the Harry Potter books have sold worldwide and the series continues to appear on bestseller lists in the U.S.

About Jim Kay
Jim Kay won the Kate Greenaway Medal in 2012 for his illustrations in A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. Jim studied illustration at the University of Westminster and since graduating has worked in the Archives of Tate Britain and the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew. Jim has produced concept work for television and contributed to a group exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. He now lives and works in Northamptonshire, England, with his partner and a rescued greyhound.

About Scholastic
Scholastic Corporation (NASDAQ: SCHL) is the world's largest publisher and distributor of children's books and a leader in educational technology and related services and children's media. Scholastic creates quality books and ebooks, print and technology-based learning materials and programs, magazines, multi-media and other products that help children learn both at school and at home. The Company distributes its products and services worldwide through a variety of channels, including school-based book clubs and book fairs, retail stores, schools, libraries, on-air, and online at


Original Hogwarts Express Locomotive to Arrive at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London

From Warner Bros. --

This March, Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter is unveiling a 20,000 square foot expansion, including the original Hogwarts Express steam engine and a recreation of Platform 9 ¾. The new, permanent section offers a glimpse into how some of the films’ most iconic scenes were created as well as giving visitors the chance to climb aboard the train’s carriage and to pose with a luggage trolley as it disappears through the platform wall.

Throughout the Harry Potter film series, British steam train no. 5972, ‘Olton Hall’, was used at the Hogwarts Express. Scenes featuring the working engine – including the very last scene to be shot, in which a grown-up Harry, Ron and Hermione wave their own children off as they head to school – were filmed on a soundstage at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden and on a track running the full length of the Studios’ 100-acre backlot. The 78-year-old maroon engine is returning to the series’ production home this spring, displayed on a realistic set of tracks with whistles sounding and steam billowing as visitors step onto the platform.

Platform 9 ¾ is officially open on Thursday 19th March.  The new, must-see section has been redesigned and was built by many of the crew members who worked on the most successful film series of all time. Every inch of the platform’s glass ceiling, red brick walls and luggage racks, designed by Production Designer Stuart Craig, was painstakingly reassembled by a team led by Construction Manager Paul Hayes and dressed by Set Decorator Rosie Goodwin. Special Effects Supervisor John Richardson, who won a BAFTA for his work on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, has rigged the locomotive with special effects steam.

Visitors can walk along the train’s adjoining carriage and sit in the interior carriage set that was used during filming (complete with ‘windows’ that demonstrate the process used to create iconic train scenes from the films such as the escape of Harry’s first Chocolate Frog and the Dementor attack). A selection of prop luggage is on show and visitors can find out which character owned which items by turning an interactive dial (characters include Hermione Granger, Draco Malfoy, Luna Lovegood and more). A train-themed souvenir shop will also be open on the platform, stocking a wide range of goodies inspired by the Harry Potter films and, specifically, the Hogwarts Express.

Sarah Roots, Vice President of Warner Bros. Studio Tour London, commented: “We can’t wait to open our first expansion, Platform 9 ¾, just before the Studio Tour’s third anniversary in March. The Hogwarts Express had a starring role in the films so we’re excited that it will be taking centre stage in the new area. It’s the piece that visitors have most requested to have added and we’re expecting a fantastic response.”

Stuart Craig, Production Designer on all eight Harry Potter films, added: “The Hogwarts Express was the setting for many iconic scenes, from Harry, Hermione and Ron’s first meeting in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone to the moment the trio’s children embark on their first journey to school 25 years later. The wizarding world doesn’t really have a need for modern technology so we knew a traditional steam engine would make the perfect school train. We scoured the country and found ‘Olton Hall’ at a preservation centre in Lancashire; realising pretty quickly that it was exactly what we had been looking for.”


Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone: Illustrated Edition new Flourish & Blotts catalogue photo

From Bloomsbury --


Bloomsbury release a brand new piece of artwork from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone: Illustrated Edition. Illustrated by Jim Kay, Kate Greenaway Medal winner, the image shows the front of Flourish & Blotts the bookshop on Diagon Alley where Harry buys his first set of school books.

The image appears on the front of Bloomsbury Children’s Books New Titles catalogue (Jul-Dec 2015) and is part of a larger illustration of Diagon Alley that will appear in the finished book.

Published globally on 6th October 2015 Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone: Illustrated Edition will be the first fully illustrated edition of J.K. Rowling’s original Harry Potter novel. The hardback edition will include ribbon marker, head and tail bands, illustrated endpapers and artwork on every spread. Many of the original Harry Potter publishers around the globe will be joining the UK and the US in bringing this illustrated edition to life – and it is set to be the landmark publishing event of 2015.


PotterFest Galway. Potterfest 2015: March 13th-15th. NUI Galway

From PotterFest Galway --

 PotterFest is a unique Harry Potter convention that is taking place in NUI Galway, Ireland, from Friday 13th to Sunday 15th of March 2015. Visitors of all ages will have the chance to experience the magic of the Wizarding World right here in Galway. Special guests over the weekend are set to include Wizard Wrock act Romilda Vane and the Chocolate Cauldrons, as well as the creators of upcoming original fan film, “Mudblood and the Book of Spells”.

Áras na Mac Léinn in NUIG will be transformed into Hogwarts for three days of magical fun, with a huge variety of events such as Potter-themed games, cosplay competitions, panels, classes, roleplaying workshops and guest speakers on everything Potter.

Guests will have the opportunity to be sorted into their perfect Hogwarts House and attend classes in all of Harry’s favourite subjects, from Potions, Transfiguration and Herbology to Defence Against the Dark Arts. The cast and crew of “Mudblood and the Book of Spells” will be giving a behind-the-scenes sneak peak of what to expect from their movie. A fantastic variety of Harry Potter merchandise will be available for purchase in the Trade Hall, while some of the most talented artists from around Ireland will be show-casing and selling their work in the Artists’ Alley.

On Saturday night PotterFest will be hosting their very own Yule Ball, with music from Wizard Rock band, Romilda Vane and the Chocolate Cauldrons. The fun continues for the adults with Hogwarts After Dark, which will include cards games and fanfiction readings.

Sunday is Mothers’ Day in the Wizarding World too; the occasion will be honoured with a Mums of Potter Panel, as well as a Tea Party with Mrs. Weasley. And of course, there will be plenty of opportunities to learn how to play Quidditch with the Galway Grindylows, Ireland’s first Muggle University team.

This year the convention will be raising money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, an incredibly valuable organisation which grants children living with life-threatening medical conditions respite from their normal routines of hospitals, doctors and treatment by making their biggest dream become a reality. Special charity events will be taking place throughout the weekend, including a table quiz on Friday night and a charity auction, with all proceeds going to Make-A-Wish Ireland.

Pre-registration for PotterFest Galway 2015 is now open on Standard Day tickets cost €10, while full weekend tickets are only €15. Special concessions are available for families and children under 12. Tickets will also be available at the door.

Come and celebrate JK Rowling’s beloved series this bank-holiday weekend in Galway. Let the magic begin!

For more information like our Facebook page or visit Potter Fest: Galway - Home


Harry Potter Pop! Vinyl Figures available this July

From Warner Bros. and Funko --

Funko, in partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products, is excited to announce an all-new line of Pop! Vinyl Figures featuring fan-favorite characters from the Harry Potter film series.

This Harry Potter Pop! Vinyl Figures line will include some of the series’ most recognizable characters, including Harry Potter, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, among others. Each super stylized Harry Potter Pop! Vinyl Figure will stand 3.75” tall and come in a window display box. The figures are Ages 5+.

Harry Potter Pop! Vinyl Figures

• Harry Potter
• Ron Weasley
• Hermione Granger
• Voldemort
• Albus Dumbledore
• Rubeus Hagrid
• Severus Snape

The first series of Harry Potter Pop! Vinyl Figures will be available in stores and online this July at Hot Topic, Barnes & Noble, and other Funko retailers.

Last Updated ( Monday, 16 February 2015 19:08 )
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