Pottermore has launched an official art collection, with a selection of posters and mounted prints inspired by the Harry Potter stories (Bloomsbury) by J K Rowling.
More than 40 pieces, ranging from around £20 to £35, are now available to UK buyers in the company's online shop with plans to make them open to other territories in the future.
The collection includes graphic artist Olly Moss’ e-book cover art, “known for its clever double meanings”, watercolour illustrations by Lesley Buckingham featuring magical beasts such as the Weasley’s owl, Errol, and the treasure-hunting creatures, Nifflers, which also featured in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Bloomsbury). There are also portraits of the young Marauders (James Potter, Sirius Black, Remus Lupin and Peter Pettigrew) by illustrator Montse Bernal as well as “Harry Potter Moments” featuring key scenes from the books. These scenes include Hagrid delivering baby Harry to the Dursleys and Harry, and Ron and Hermione gazing up at the Dark Mark at the Quidditch World Cup. Each piece is printed on silk-coated paper and is shipped in owl-patterned packaging.
Verity Batchelder, e-commerce director at Pottermore, said: “These products have been carefully chosen by our own team of experts in response to strong consumer demand for physical products depicting treasured elements from the Wizarding World. Each piece in the collection has been curated by Pottermore and we’re thrilled to work with both established and up-and-coming artists to create a beautiful range of pieces.”
Yesterday rare bookseller Peter Harrington revealed that two early editions of the first title, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, were on sale for £10,000 altgoether. It was first published almost 20 years ago, on 26th June 1997. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was originally published in 2001 for Comic Relief before a new edition was published by Bloomsbury last March. The screenplay was published last year by Little Brown.
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