Bloomsbury will publish new editions of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in June to celebrate the book’s 20th anniversary. Eight new editions will be released, four for each Hogwart’s house, Gryffindor, Ranvenclaw, Slytherin and Hufflepuff, in paperback and hardcover.

The new covers are designed by award-winning illustrator Levi Pinfold, who used traditional heraldic imagery and motifs to tell the story of each house. Both the hardcover and paperback will contain facts about Hogwarts and three new illustrations from Pinfold.

Pinfold told Pottermore that when he first landed the job: ‘Life was a surreal wonderland for an hour or two, then I realised I had to actually do the work! Harry Potter means a lot to so many people, so it comes with a responsibility.’

The very first thing Pinfold drew, he says, was ‘a majestic badger’, the symbol of his favourite house, Hufflepuff. ‘It’s got all the best animals in it,’ he says, despite being sorted into Ravenclaw on Pottermore. ‘I think Hufflepuff is where it’s at.’

 

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Olga Hughes is currently pre-occupied with fairy tales, fantasy, misanthropy, medieval history and the long eighteenth century. She has a Bachelor of Fine Art from the Victorian College of the Arts and is currently majoring in Literature and History at Deakin. She has contributed to websites such as History behind Game of Thrones, The Anne Boleyn Files and The Tudor Society.

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