Bloomsbury has partnered with BookTrust to mark 20 years since publication of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, with artists such as Chris Riddell and Jim Kay creating original Patronus pictures.
More than 20 UK children’s book illustrators are designing original postcard-sized illustration of Patronus creatures, the animal guardians which work as a protective spell, first introduced in the Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, the third in the book series.
Bloomsbury Harry Potter book artists such as Kay, Riddell, Jonny Duddle, Levi Pinfold and Emily Gravett will take part, along with designers from MinaLima, the design studio behind the graphic props of the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts films.
Prospective purchasers will be able to bid for the pieces online at BookTrust’s eBay for Charity page which will go live at 6pm on 8th July and the postcards will be displayed during that week at Waterstones Piccadilly.
Bloomsbury is also working with The Week Junior magazine to challenge children in schools throughout the UK to create their own ‘Patronus on a Postcard’ and win some amazing Harry Potter prizes. The competition runs from 7th – 27th June. Judges include Harry Potter illustrator Levi Pinfold and The Week Junior’s editor-in-chief Anna Bassi.
Diana Gerald, BookTrust c.e.o. said: “We are thrilled to be part of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban’s 20th anniversary and we know that these exclusive, one-of-a-kind illustrations will be in high demand. It’s lovely to think that a novel which has inspired children around the globe, along with some of the world’s most talented illustrators will help BookTrust to support families and get books into the hands of children across the UK."