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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 Philosopher's Stone: MinaLima Edition

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone: MinaLima Edition

Author: J.K. Rowling Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/10/2020

An irresistible new edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone created with ultra-talented designers MinaLima, the design magicians behind the gorgeous visual graphic style of the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts films. J.K. Rowling's complete and unabridged text is accompanied by MinaLima's handsome colour illustrations on nearly every page, superb design, and eight exclusive interactive paper-engineered elements - including Harry's Hogwarts letter, the magical entrance to Diagon Alley, a sumptuous feast in the Great Hall of Hogwarts and more. Designed and illustrated by the iconic house of MinaLima - best known for establishing the graphic design of the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts films - this is the perfect gift for Harry Potter fans and a beautiful addition to any collector's bookshelf, enticing readers of all ages to discover the Harry Potter novels all over again.

Quidditch Through the Ages - Illustrated Edition A magical companion to the Harry Potter stories

Quidditch Through the Ages - Illustrated Edition A magical companion to the Harry Potter stories

Author: J.K. Rowling Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/10/2020

An essential companion to the Harry Potter series, this spectacular new full-colour edition of J.K. Rowling's Quidditch Through the Ages brings together one of the world's best loved storytellers with the creative genius of Emily Gravett. A sumptuous visual feast of a book, the pages are bursting with glorious illustrations, handmade memorabilia and two breathtaking gatefold spreads. This sporting almanac promises magic and wonder in equal measure for both newcomers to the Wizarding World and established Harry Potter fans. Each amazing page is waiting to pored over and enjoyed! 'Oh, you wait, it's the best game in the world.' Ron Weasley Devoured by Harry Potter in his first year, Quidditch Through the Ages is consulted on a daily basis by the young witches and wizards at Hogwarts. Kennilworthy Whisp's sporting bible whisks readers through a whistle-stop tour of the wizarding world's favourite sport. Packed with trivia, tales of on-pitch antics, and Quidditch stars past and present, the sports almanac also contains comprehensive profiles of Quidditch teams loved by readers of the Harry Potter novels - Chudley Cannons, Puddlemere United, Vratsa Vultures and many more ... Twice winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal, Emily Gravett joins the celebrated team of hand-picked talent who have brought their illustration magic to the world of Harry Potter. Her wildly creative imagination has conjured a cornucopia of sporting memorabilia to surprise and delight. Lovingly created in a dazzling range of media - drawn, sewn, thrown - and infused with her trademark visual wit, these charming and funny handmade artworks are the perfect pairing for J.K. Rowling's humorous insights into the magical, airborne sport. Quidditch Through the Ages is published in aid of Lumos, an international children's charity founded in 2005 by J.K. Rowling, and Comic Relief.

Quidditch Through the Ages - Illustrated Edition Deluxe Illustrated Edition

Quidditch Through the Ages - Illustrated Edition Deluxe Illustrated Edition

Author: J.K. Rowling Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/10/2020

Emily Gravett, Muggle and twice winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal, brings her artistic wizardry and wit to the Wizarding World's favourite sport in this spectacular Deluxe Edition of J.K. Rowling's Quidditch Through the Ages. A sumptuous visual feast of a book, bursting with glorious illustrations and lovingly handcrafted memorabilia, with two breathtaking pull-out double gatefold spreads, this edition is accompanied by an exclusive colour art print of the Sumbawanga Sunrays performing formation looping. Each amazing page is waiting to be pored over and enjoyed. Packed with Quidditch trivia, profiles of teams loved by readers of the Harry Potter novels - Chudley Cannons, Puddlemere United - and much more ... Quidditch Through the Ages is the definitive guide to the noble sport. This stunning almanac is the ultimate must-have edition for any Potter fan, collector or bibliophile. Quidditch Through the Ages is published in aid of Lumos, an international children's charity founded in 2005 by J.K. Rowling, and Comic Relief.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - Slytherin Edition

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - Slytherin Edition

Author: J.K. Rowling Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/06/2020

Let the magic of J.K. Rowling's classic Harry Potter series transport you to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. This Slytherin House Edition of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix celebrates the noble character of the Hogwarts house famed for its pride, ambition and cunning. Harry's fifth year at Hogwarts is packed with more great Slytherin moments and characters, including Harry's eventful Occlumency lessons with Severus Snape and the inauspicious arrival of Professor Dolores Umbridge ... Each Slytherin House Edition features vibrant sprayed edges and intricate silver foiling. The Order's iconic phoenix symbol rises from the flames at the very centre of the front cover, framed by stunning iconography of number twelve, Grimmauld Place, the historic Black family residence. In addition to a bespoke introduction, the book also includes new illustrations by Kate Greenaway Medal winner Levi Pinfold, including an imposing portrait of Slytherin alumna Dolores Umbridge. 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 SLYTHERIN!'

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - Slytherin Edition

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - Slytherin Edition

Author: J.K. Rowling Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/06/2020

Let the magic of J.K. Rowling's classic Harry Potter series transport you to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. This Slytherin House Edition of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix celebrates the noble character of the Hogwarts house famed for its pride, ambition and cunning. Harry's fifth year at Hogwarts is packed with more great Slytherin moments and characters, including Harry's eventful Occlumency lessons with Severus Snape and the inauspicious arrival of Professor Dolores Umbridge ... Each Slytherin House Edition features vibrant sprayed edges and intricate silver foiling. The Order's iconic phoenix symbol rises from the flames at the very centre of the front cover, framed by stunning iconography of number twelve, Grimmauld Place, the historic Black family residence. In addition to a bespoke introduction, the book also includes new illustrations by Kate Greenaway Medal winner Levi Pinfold, including an imposing portrait of Slytherin alumna Dolores Umbridge. 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 SLYTHERIN!'

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - Hufflepuff Edition

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - Hufflepuff Edition

Author: J.K. Rowling Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/06/2020

Let the magic of J.K. Rowling's classic Harry Potter series transport you to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. This Hufflepuff House Edition of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix celebrates the noble character of the Hogwarts house famed for its dedication, patience and loyalty. Harry's fifth year at Hogwarts is packed with more great Hufflepuff moments and characters - not least the colourful Auror Nymphadora Tonks, whose powers as a Metamorphmagus make her an invaluable member of the Order of the Phoenix. Each Hufflepuff House Edition features vibrant sprayed edges and intricate silver foiling. The Order's iconic phoenix symbol rises from the flames at the very centre of the front cover, framed by stunning iconography of that grand hive of industry, the Ministry of Magic. In addition to a bespoke introduction, the book also includes new illustrations by Kate Greenaway Medal winner Levi Pinfold, including an arresting portrait of Hufflepuff student Justin Finch-Fletchley. 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 HUFFLEPUFF!'

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - Ravenclaw Edition

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - Ravenclaw Edition

Author: J.K. Rowling Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/06/2020

Let the magic of J.K. Rowling's classic Harry Potter series transport you to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. This Ravenclaw House Edition of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix celebrates the noble character of the Hogwarts house famed for its wit, learning and wisdom. Harry's fifth year at Hogwarts is packed with more great Ravenclaw moments and characters, including the inimitable Luna Lovegood, whose Ravenclaw intelligence and insight make her a key member of Dumbledore's Army. Each Ravenclaw House Edition features vibrant sprayed edges and intricate bronze foiling. The Order's iconic phoenix symbol rises from the flames at the very centre of the front cover, framed by stunning iconography of the Hall of Prophecy, twinkling with floating orbs of light. In addition to a bespoke introduction, the book also includes new illustrations by Kate Greenaway Medal winner Levi Pinfold, including a mysterious portrait of Ravenclaw alumna and Divination teacher Sybill Trelawney. 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 Order of the Phoenix - Hufflepuff Edition

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - Hufflepuff Edition

Author: J.K. Rowling Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/06/2020

Let the magic of J.K. Rowling's classic Harry Potter series transport you to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. This Hufflepuff House Edition of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix celebrates the noble character of the Hogwarts house famed for its dedication, patience and loyalty. Harry's fifth year at Hogwarts is packed with more great Hufflepuff moments and characters - not least the colourful Auror Nymphadora Tonks, whose powers as a Metamorphmagus make her an invaluable member of the Order of the Phoenix. Each Hufflepuff House Edition features vibrant sprayed edges and intricate silver foiling. The Order's iconic phoenix symbol rises from the flames at the very centre of the front cover, framed by stunning iconography of that grand hive of industry, the Ministry of Magic. In addition to a bespoke introduction, the book also includes new illustrations by Kate Greenaway Medal winner Levi Pinfold, including an arresting portrait of Hufflepuff student Justin Finch-Fletchley. 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 HUFFLEPUFF!'

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