Bloomsbury Publishing has announced seven of J.K.Rowling’s Harry Potter books will be published for the first time in stunning full-colour editions, illustrated by the award-winning artist Jim Kay. The first in the series Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone will be published in September 2015.
Emma Hopkin, Bloomsbury Children’s MD said:”Jim is the perfect mix of extremely talented artist and ardent Harry Potter fan, which will bring great spirit to his illustrations of J.K. Rowling’s extraordinary world.”
Jim studied Illustration at the University of Westminster and since graduating has worked in the Archives of Tate Britain and the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew and has also produced concept work for television. He won the Kate Greenaway Medal in 2012 for his illustrations in A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. A life-long Harry Potter fan, Jim said
“…hearing the news that I’d got the commission was an explosion of delight, followed instantly by an implosion of brain-freezing terror. From my point of view it is, without doubt, the commission of a lifetime …to design the characters, the clothing,the architecture and landscapes to possibly the most expansive fantasy world in children’s literature, well let’s just say I’m extremely excited about it. However, I am also mindful of the huge responsibility this represents. I want to make sure I do the best job I possibly can.’
Visit Jim Kay’s website to see more of his amazing illustrations.