Bloomsbury Children’s Books has commissioned author and artist Emily Gravett to create images for an illustrated edition of J K Rowling’s Quidditch Through the Ages.
The new book, to be published on 1st October 2020, is being sold to raise money for Comic Relief and the author’s international children’s charity, Lumos.
Gravett's 2005 debut book, Wolves (Two Hoots), won the Macmillan Prize for Illustration and the Kate Greenaway Medal. She won the latter award a second time for 2007 book Little Mouse’s Big Book of Fears (Two Hoots). She will use a combination of her pencil style, colour illustration, handmade objects and digital techniques for the new Rowling edition.
She said: “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.”
Mandy Archer, Harry Potter editorial director and head of brand, said Gravett had been at the top of their list for illustrating the book. She added: “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.”
Quidditch Through the Ages was first published in 2001, containing the history and rules of the Hogwarts sport.