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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 - Slytherin Edition

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - Slytherin Edition

Author: J.K. Rowling Format: Hardback Release Date: 21/01/2021

This Slytherin House Edition of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince celebrates the noble character of the Hogwarts house famed for its pride, ambition and cunning. Harry's sixth year at Hogwarts is packed with more great Slytherin moments and characters - not least Professor Slughorn's return to Hogwarts and the unveiling of Tom Riddle's past. Each Slytherin House Edition features vibrant sprayed edges and intricate silver 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 Slytherin Edition also contains new illustrations by Kate Greenaway Medal winner Levi Pinfold, including a portrait of proud Slytherin student Draco Malfoy, and a thrilling image of a young Severus Snape studying Advanced Potion-Making 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 SLYTHERIN!'

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - Slytherin Edition

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - Slytherin Edition

Author: J.K. Rowling Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/01/2021

This Slytherin House Edition of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince celebrates the noble character of the Hogwarts house famed for its pride, ambition and cunning. Harry's sixth year at Hogwarts is packed with more great Slytherin moments and characters - not least Professor Slughorn's return to Hogwarts and the unveiling of Tom Riddle's past. Each Slytherin House Edition features vibrant sprayed edges and intricate silver 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 Slytherin Edition also contains new illustrations by Kate Greenaway Medal winner Levi Pinfold, including a portrait of proud Slytherin student Draco Malfoy, and a thrilling image of a young Severus Snape studying Advanced Potion-Making 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 SLYTHERIN!'

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - Hufflepuff Edition

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - Hufflepuff Edition

Author: J.K. Rowling Format: Hardback Release Date: 21/01/2021

This Hufflepuff House Edition of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince celebrates the noble characters of the Hogwarts house famed for its dedication, patience and loyalty. Harry's sixth year at Hogwarts is packed with more great Hufflepuff moments and characters - not least Tonks's rescue of Harry from the Hogwarts Express, and the intense Hufflepuff-Gryffindor Quidditch match. Each Hufflepuff House Edition features vibrant sprayed edges and intricate silver 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 Hufflepuff Edition also contains new illustrations by Kate Greenaway winner Levi Pinfold, including a portrait of proud Hufflepuff student Ernie Macmillan, and a fascinating image of Newt Scamander out in the field researching Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 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 HUFFLEPUFF!'

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: 21/01/2021

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 Half-Blood Prince - Hufflepuff Edition

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - Hufflepuff Edition

Author: J.K. Rowling Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/01/2021

This Hufflepuff House Edition of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince celebrates the noble characters of the Hogwarts house famed for its dedication, patience and loyalty. Harry's sixth year at Hogwarts is packed with more great Hufflepuff moments and characters - not least Tonks's rescue of Harry from the Hogwarts Express, and the intense Hufflepuff-Gryffindor Quidditch match. Each Hufflepuff House Edition features vibrant sprayed edges and intricate silver 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 Hufflepuff Edition also contains new illustrations by Kate Greenaway winner Levi Pinfold, including a portrait of proud Hufflepuff student Ernie Macmillan, and a fascinating image of Newt Scamander out in the field researching Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 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 HUFFLEPUFF!'

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - Gryffindor Edition

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - Gryffindor Edition

Author: J.K. Rowling Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/01/2021

This Gryffindor House Edition of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince celebrates the noble character of the Hogwarts house famed for its courage, bravery and determination. Harry's sixth year at Hogwarts is packed with more great Gryffindor moments and characters - not least Dumbledore's quest to find and destroy Lord Voldemort's Horcruxes. Each Gryffindor House Edition features vibrant sprayed edges and intricate gold 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 Gryffindor Edition also contains new illustrations by Kate Greenaway Medal winner Levi Pinfold, including a portrait of distinguished Gryffindor Albus Dumbledore, and an atmospheric image of Harry Potter enjoying Quidditch Through the Ages 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 GRYFFINDOR!'

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - Gryffindor Edition

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - Gryffindor Edition

Author: J.K. Rowling Format: Hardback Release Date: 21/01/2021

This Gryffindor House Edition of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince celebrates the noble character of the Hogwarts house famed for its courage, bravery and determination. Harry's sixth year at Hogwarts is packed with more great Gryffindor moments and characters - not least Dumbledore's quest to find and destroy Lord Voldemort's Horcruxes. Each Gryffindor House Edition features vibrant sprayed edges and intricate gold 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 Gryffindor Edition also contains new illustrations by Kate Greenaway Medal winner Levi Pinfold, including a portrait of distinguished Gryffindor Albus Dumbledore, and an atmospheric image of Harry Potter enjoying Quidditch Through the Ages 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 GRYFFINDOR!'

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - Ravenclaw Edition

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - Ravenclaw Edition

Author: J.K. Rowling Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/01/2021

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'!

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