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J.K. Rowling - Author

About the Author

J. K. (Jo) Rowling was born in Chipping Sodbury in the UK in 1965. She attended the University of Exeter in Devon where she studied French. Her parents hoped that by studying languages, she would enjoy a great career as a bilingual secretary. But as Jo recalls, 'I am one of the most disorganised people in the world and, as I later proved, the worst secretary ever.' She claims that she never paid much attention in meetings because she was too busy scribbling down ideas.

When she was 26, she went to Portugal to teach English, which she really enjoyed. Working afternoons and evenings, she had mornings free to write. When she returned to the UK, Jo had a suitcase full of stories about Harry Potter. In 1996, one year after finishing the book, Bloomsbury bought Jo's first novel, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. A few months after 'Harry' was accepted for publication in Britain, an American publisher bought the rights for enough money to enable Jo to write full time.

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The Tales of Beedle the Bard - Illustrated Edition A magical companion to the Harry Potter stories

The Tales of Beedle the Bard - Illustrated Edition A magical companion to the Harry Potter stories

Author: J.K. Rowling Illustrator: Chris Riddell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/03/2022

An essential companion to the Harry Potter books, The Tales of Beedle the Bard is a collection of fairytales from the wizarding world, via the enchanted pen of J.K. Rowling. Rich with allusions and symbols from the Harry Potter stories, and enhanced with fascinating commentary from beloved sage Professor Albus Dumbledore, this is a Hogwarts Library book to treasure and enjoy for years to come. All of the gorgeous, grim and gothic detail of the Bard's five bewitching tales has been brought to life by Chris Riddell, thrice winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal. Much loved by generations of witches and wizards, and translated from the original runes by Hermione Granger, this beautiful edition is the perfect gift for Harry Potter fans. Mischievous and witty, Beedle the Bard's stories are a deeply satisfying read in the tradition of all great fables and fairytales. Kindnesses are rewarded and selfishness shown to be the ruin of many a wizard. Burping cauldrons, hairy hearts and cackling stumps are met along the way. Each tale is brought vividly to life with Riddell's trademark wry humour and elegance, including 'The Tale of the Three Brothers', familiar to readers of Harry Potter from the crucial role it plays in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Now available in a paperback format featuring a brand new cover by Chris Riddell, this edition contains all of the mesmerising illustrations from the original hardback plus an exclusive additional art print of Harry, Ron and Hermione for readers to take out and keep. Prepare to be spellbound! The Tales of Beedle the Bard is published in aid of Lumos, an international children's charity founded in 2005 by J.K. Rowling.

Harry Potter Gryffindor House Editions Paperback Box Set

Harry Potter Gryffindor House Editions Paperback Box Set

Author: J.K. Rowling Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 03/02/2022

Celebrate all things Gryffindor with this glorious paperback collection of the iconic House Editions. The beautifully crafted slipcase emblazoned with the house emblem the Gryffindor lion contains all seven novels from J.K. Rowling's classic series in a spectacular alternating colour scheme, with cover artwork and illustrations by celebrated Kate Greenaway Medal winner Levi Pinfold. Home to the brave at heart, Gryffindor house has produced some of the most famous witches and wizards in history, not least the great wizard Albus Dumbledore and Harry Potter himself. The seven lovingly designed covers are individually decorated with enchanting details that capture favourite house themes from each novel. Charming vignettes of the Gryffindor lion in a series of playful poses across the seven book spines complete the decoration scheme. An exclusive colour bookmark depicting house ghost Nearly Headless Nick makes for a highly collectable keepsake. The seven books in this collection are accompanied by a magical miscellany of exciting feature articles, quizzes and fascinating fact files packed with trivia about the history and alumni of Gryffindor house - ideal to dip into and enjoy time and time again. More than twenty exclusive illustrations capture the magic of Gryffindor house and favourite characters - Harry, Ron and Hermione, Albus Dumbledore, Sirius Black and many more ... A must-have collection for Gryffindors young and old, this Gryffindor House Editions box set is the perfect tribute to the house famed for its courage, bravery and determination and is sure to be treasured for years to come.

Harry Potter Hufflepuff House Editions Paperback Box Set

Harry Potter Hufflepuff House Editions Paperback Box Set

Author: J.K. Rowling Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 03/02/2022

Celebrate all things Hufflepuff with this glorious paperback collection of the iconic House Editions. The beautifully crafted slipcase emblazoned with the house emblem the Hufflepuff badger contains all seven novels from J.K. Rowling's classic series in a spectacular alternating colour scheme, with cover artwork and illustrations by celebrated Kate Greenaway Medal winner Levi Pinfold. Home to those famed for their loyalty, Hufflepuff house has produced some of the most famous witches and wizards in history, including Hogwarts alumni Cedric Diggory and Auror Nymphadora Tonks. The seven lovingly designed covers are individually decorated with enchanting details that capture favourite house themes from each novel. Charming vignettes of the Hufflepuff badger in a series of playful poses across the seven book spines complete the decoration scheme. An exclusive colour bookmark depicting house ghost the Fat Friar makes for a highly collectable keepsake. The seven books in this collection are accompanied by a magical miscellany of exciting feature articles, quizzes and fascinating fact files packed with trivia about the history and alumni of Hufflepuff house - ideal to dip into and enjoy time and time again. More than twenty exclusive illustrations capture the magic of Hufflepuff house and favourite characters - Tonks, Cedric, Ernie Macmillan, Professor Sprout and many more ... A must-have collection for Hufflepuffs young and old, this Hufflepuff House Editions box set is the perfect tribute to the house famed for its dedication, patience and loyalty and is sure to be treasured for years to come.

Harry Potter Slytherin House Editions Paperback Box Set

Harry Potter Slytherin House Editions Paperback Box Set

Author: J.K. Rowling Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 03/02/2022

Celebrate all things Slytherin with this glorious paperback collection of the iconic House Editions. The beautifully crafted slipcase emblazoned with the house emblem the Slytherin serpent contains all seven novels from J.K. Rowling's classic series in a spectacular alternating colour scheme, with cover artwork and illustrations by celebrated Kate Greenaway Medal winner Levi Pinfold. Home to the notoriously ambitious, Slytherin house has produced some of the most infamous witches and wizards in history, including Draco Malfoy and Lord Voldemort. The seven lovingly designed covers are individually decorated with enchanting details that capture favourite house themes from each novel. Charming vignettes of the Slytherin serpent in a series of playful poses across the seven book spines complete the decoration scheme. An exclusive colour bookmark depicting house ghost the Bloody Baron makes for a highly collectable keepsake. The seven books in this collection are accompanied by a magical miscellany of exciting feature articles, quizzes and fascinating fact files packed with trivia about the history and alumni of Slytherin house - ideal to dip into and enjoy time and time again. More than twenty exclusive illustrations capture the magic of Slytherin house and favourite characters - Severus Snape, Draco Malfoy, Bellatrix Lestrange and many more ... A must-have collection for Slytherins young and old, this Slytherin House Editions box set is the perfect tribute to the house famed for its pride, ambition and cunning and is sure to be treasured for years to come.

Harry Potter Ravenclaw House Editions Paperback Box Set

Harry Potter Ravenclaw House Editions Paperback Box Set

Author: J.K. Rowling Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 03/02/2022

Celebrate all things Ravenclaw with this glorious paperback collection of the iconic House Editions. The beautifully crafted slipcase emblazoned with the house emblem the Ravenclaw eagle contains all seven novels from J.K. Rowling's classic series in a spectacular alternating colour scheme, with cover artwork and illustrations by celebrated Kate Greenaway Medal winner Levi Pinfold. Home to the wise, Ravenclaw house has produced some of the most famous witches and wizards in history, including Luna Lovegood and Filius Flitwick. The seven lovingly designed covers are individually decorated with enchanting details that capture favourite house themes from each novel. Charming vignettes of the Ravenclaw eagle in a series of playful poses across the seven book spines complete the decoration scheme. An exclusive colour bookmark depicting house ghost the Grey Lady makes for a highly collectable keepsake. The seven books in this collection are accompanied by a magical miscellany of exciting feature articles, quizzes and fascinating fact files packed with trivia about the history and alumni of Ravenclaw house - ideal to dip into and enjoy time and time again. More than twenty exclusive illustrations capture the magic of Ravenclaw house and favourite characters - Luna Lovegood, Professor Trelawney, Cho Chang, Gilderoy Lockhart, Filius Flitwick and many more ... A must-have collection for Ravenclaws young and old, this Ravenclaw House Editions box set is the perfect tribute to the house famed for its wit, learning and wisdom and is sure to be treasured for years to come.

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