Illustrated Fantastic Beasts cover revealed

Illustrated Fantastic Beasts cover revealed

Bloomsbury Children’s Books has revealed the cover of the illustrated edition of Newt Scamander’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J K Rowling.

The new edition is illustrated by fine artist Olivia Lomenech Gill, and features the Occamy which is “a two-legged winged creature that lays eggs of the purest, softest silver”.  

Bloomsbury has also revealed that "Fantastic Beasts" will be the theme for Harry Potter Book Night 2018 - the fourth annual celebration will take place on 1st February.

The “updated Hogwarts library classic” features an array of magic creatures from the Acromantula to Yeti, using a variety of techniques, including prints and etchings, watercolour and charcoal sketches. This new edition will include full-colour versions of every beast featured in the textbook, which was originally "written" by Newt Scamander, via Rowling, in 2001.

A Bloomsbury spokesperson said: “The title has been an approved textbook at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry since its publication. Newt Scamander's masterpiece has entertained wizarding families through the generations and is an indispensable introduction to the magical beasts of the wizarding world.”

The publisher believes that some of the entries will surprise even the most knowledgable experts. The spokesperson added: “Scamander's years of travel and research have created a tome of unparalleled importance. Some of the beasts will be familiar to readers of the Harry Potter books – the Hippogriff, the Basilisk, the Hungarian Horntail. Others will surprise even the most ardent amateur Magizoologist.”

Proceeds from the sale of this edition will go to Comic Relief and Rowling’s own international charity Lumos, charities which helps vulnerable children and young people across the world. It will be published on 7th November retailing at £25 wtih a "deluxe edition" available for £120. It will be published by Scholastic in the US.

In November, booksellers complained that they could no longer get hold of the original 2001 editions of the book because Bloomsbury was witholding in anticipation of releasing a new edition. The new edition was published on 14th March with a new introduction from J K Rowling and new cover artwork by Jonny Duddle and Olly Moss.

Little, Brown published the screenplay of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them on 19th November, a day after the Warner Bros film of the same name was released. It follows Newt Scamander in New York in 1926, played by Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne, following a global excursion to find and document an extraordinary array of magical creatures.

To see more artwork, visit pottermore.com.