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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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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - Ravenclaw Edition

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - Ravenclaw Edition

Author: J.K. Rowling Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/07/2021

This Ravenclaw House Edition of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince celebrates the noble character of the Hogwarts house famed for its wit, learning and wisdom. Harry's sixth year at Hogwarts is packed with more great Ravenclaw moments and characters - not least Luna Lovegood's debut Quidditch commentary. Each Ravenclaw House Edition features vibrant sprayed edges and intricate bronze foiling. The stunning cover design has a cameo-style portrait of the Half-Blood Prince as the central icon, framed by beautiful house-themed iconography. In addition to a bespoke introduction, the Ravenclaw Edition also contains new illustrations by Kate Greenaway Medal winner Levi Pinfold, including a portrait of inimitable Ravenclaw student Luna Lovegood, and a wonderful image of Gilderoy Lockhart signing copies of Magical Me to accompany a feature on magical books. All seven books in the series will be issued in these highly collectable, beautifully crafted House Editions, designed to be treasured and read for years to come. A must-have for anyone who has ever imagined sitting under the Sorting Hat in the Great Hall at Hogwarts waiting to hear the words, 'Better be RAVENCLAW'!

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Hufflepuff Edition

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Hufflepuff Edition

Author: J.K. Rowling Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/06/2021

Let the magic of J.K. Rowling's classic Harry Potter series take you back to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. This irresistible Hufflepuff House Edition celebrates the noble character of the Hogwarts house famed for its dedication, patience and loyalty. As Harry's story reaches its epic conclusion, his battle to vanquish Lord Voldemort brings unforgettable Hufflepuff moments and characters - the avalanche of golden Hufflepuff cups deep inside Gringotts; Professor Sprout deploying Mandrakes and Venomous Tentacula in the Battle of Hogwarts ... and many more! With vibrant sprayed edges in Hufflepuff house livery, this edition features beautiful house-themed cover artwork with gorgeous silver foiling. The bespoke introduction offers unique insights into Hufflepuff house and an exciting feature article celebrates the contribution made by heroic Hufflepuffs to the defeat of the Dark Lord. The book boasts exclusive new illustrations by Kate Greenaway winner Levi Pinfold, including a spectacular image depicting Tonks casting protective charms as Death Eaters attack Bill and Fleur's wedding. These highly collectable, beautifully crafted House Editions are lovingly designed to be treasured and read for years to come. A must-have for anyone who has ever imagined sitting under the Sorting Hat in the Great Hall at Hogwarts waiting to hear the words, 'Better be HUFFLEPUFF!'

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Hufflepuff Edition

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Hufflepuff Edition

Author: J.K. Rowling Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/06/2021

Let the magic of J.K. Rowling's classic Harry Potter series take you back to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. This irresistible Hufflepuff House Edition celebrates the noble character of the Hogwarts house famed for its dedication, patience and loyalty. As Harry's story reaches its epic conclusion, his battle to vanquish Lord Voldemort brings unforgettable Hufflepuff moments and characters - the avalanche of golden Hufflepuff cups deep inside Gringotts; Professor Sprout deploying Mandrakes and Venomous Tentacula in the Battle of Hogwarts ... and many more! With vibrant sprayed edges in Hufflepuff house livery, this edition features beautiful house-themed cover artwork with gorgeous silver foiling. The bespoke introduction offers unique insights into Hufflepuff house and an exciting feature article celebrates the contribution made by heroic Hufflepuffs to the defeat of the Dark Lord. The book boasts exclusive new illustrations by Kate Greenaway winner Levi Pinfold, including a spectacular image depicting Tonks casting protective charms as Death Eaters attack Bill and Fleur's wedding. These highly collectable, beautifully crafted House Editions are lovingly designed to be treasured and read for years to come. A must-have for anyone who has ever imagined sitting under the Sorting Hat in the Great Hall at Hogwarts waiting to hear the words, 'Better be HUFFLEPUFF!'

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Slytherin Edition

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Slytherin Edition

Author: J.K. Rowling Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/06/2021

Let the magic of J.K. Rowling's classic Harry Potter series take you back to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. This irresistible Slytherin House Edition celebrates the noble character of the Hogwarts house famed for its pride, ambition and cunning. As Harry's story reaches its epic conclusion, his battle to vanquish Lord Voldemort brings unforgettable Slytherin moments and characters - a mysterious silver doe leading Harry to the Sword of Gryffindor; Crabbe conjuring deadly Fiendfyre in the Room of Requirement ... and many more! With vibrant sprayed edges in Slytherin house livery, this edition features beautiful house-themed cover artwork with gorgeous silver foiling. The bespoke introduction offers unique insights into Slytherin house and an exciting feature article celebrates the contribution made by heroic Slytherins to the defeat of the Dark Lord. The book boasts exclusive new illustrations by Kate Greenaway winner Levi Pinfold, including a spectacular image depicting sisters Bellatrix Lestrange and Narcissa Malfoy at the side of Lord Voldemort. These highly collectable, beautifully crafted House Editions are lovingly designed to be treasured and read for years to come. A must-have for anyone who has ever imagined sitting under the Sorting Hat in the Great Hall at Hogwarts waiting to hear the words, 'Better be SLYTHERIN!'

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Slytherin Edition

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Slytherin Edition

Author: J.K. Rowling Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/06/2021

Let the magic of J.K. Rowling's classic Harry Potter series take you back to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. This irresistible Slytherin House Edition celebrates the noble character of the Hogwarts house famed for its pride, ambition and cunning. As Harry's story reaches its epic conclusion, his battle to vanquish Lord Voldemort brings unforgettable Slytherin moments and characters - a mysterious silver doe leading Harry to the Sword of Gryffindor; Crabbe conjuring deadly Fiendfyre in the Room of Requirement ... and many more! With vibrant sprayed edges in Slytherin house livery, this edition features beautiful house-themed cover artwork with gorgeous silver foiling. The bespoke introduction offers unique insights into Slytherin house and an exciting feature article celebrates the contribution made by heroic Slytherins to the defeat of the Dark Lord. The book boasts exclusive new illustrations by Kate Greenaway winner Levi Pinfold, including a spectacular image depicting sisters Bellatrix Lestrange and Narcissa Malfoy at the side of Lord Voldemort. These highly collectable, beautifully crafted House Editions are lovingly designed to be treasured and read for years to come. A must-have for anyone who has ever imagined sitting under the Sorting Hat in the Great Hall at Hogwarts waiting to hear the words, 'Better be SLYTHERIN!'

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Gryffindor Edition

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Gryffindor Edition

Author: J.K. Rowling Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/06/2021

Let the magic of J.K. Rowling's classic Harry Potter series take you back to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. This irresistible Gryffindor House Edition celebrates the noble character of the Hogwarts house famed for its courage, bravery and determination. As Harry's story reaches its epic conclusion, his battle to vanquish Lord Voldemort brings unforgettable Gryffindor moments and characters - Harry walking to meet his fate through the Forbidden Forest; Neville Longbottom with the flaming Sorting Hat ... and many more! With vibrant sprayed edges in Gryffindor house livery, this edition features beautiful house-themed cover artwork with gorgeous gold foiling. The bespoke introduction offers unique insights into Gryffindor house and an exciting feature article celebrates the contribution made by heroic Gryffindors to the defeat of the Dark Lord. The book boasts exclusive new illustrations by Kate Greenaway winner Levi Pinfold, including a spectacular image depicting Harry, Ron and Hermione as they camp out during their quest to destroy Lord Voldemort's Horcruxes. These highly collectable, beautifully crafted House Editions are lovingly designed to be treasured and read for years to come. A must-have for anyone who has ever imagined sitting under the Sorting Hat in the Great Hall at Hogwarts waiting to hear the words, 'Better be GRYFFINDOR!'

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Gryffindor Edition

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Gryffindor Edition

Author: J.K. Rowling Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/06/2021

Let the magic of J.K. Rowling's classic Harry Potter series take you back to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. This irresistible Gryffindor House Edition celebrates the noble character of the Hogwarts house famed for its courage, bravery and determination. As Harry's story reaches its epic conclusion, his battle to vanquish Lord Voldemort brings unforgettable Gryffindor moments and characters - Harry walking to meet his fate through the Forbidden Forest; Neville Longbottom with the flaming Sorting Hat ... and many more! With vibrant sprayed edges in Gryffindor house livery, this edition features beautiful house-themed cover artwork with gorgeous gold foiling. The bespoke introduction offers unique insights into Gryffindor house and an exciting feature article celebrates the contribution made by heroic Gryffindors to the defeat of the Dark Lord. The book boasts exclusive new illustrations by Kate Greenaway winner Levi Pinfold, including a spectacular image depicting Harry, Ron and Hermione as they camp out during their quest to destroy Lord Voldemort's Horcruxes. These highly collectable, beautifully crafted House Editions are lovingly designed to be treasured and read for years to come. A must-have for anyone who has ever imagined sitting under the Sorting Hat in the Great Hall at Hogwarts waiting to hear the words, 'Better be GRYFFINDOR!'

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