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J.K. Rowling - Author

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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 Slytherin House Editions Hardback Box Set

Harry Potter Slytherin House Editions Hardback Box Set

Author: J.K. Rowling Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 11/11/2021

Celebrate all things Slytherin with this glorious collection of beautifully crafted House Editions in hardback. The sumptuously foiled presentation case emblazoned with 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 artistic wizard and 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 artwork print depicting house founder Salazar Slytherin holding his family heirloom, the Slytherin locket, 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 Gryffindor House Editions Hardback Box Set

Harry Potter Gryffindor House Editions Hardback Box Set

Author: J.K. Rowling Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 11/11/2021

Celebrate all things Gryffindor with this glorious collection of beautifully crafted House Editions in hardback. The sumptuously foiled presentation case emblazoned with 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 artistic wizard and 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 artwork print depicting house founder Godric Gryffindor holding the Sword of Gryffindor 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 Hardback Box Set

Harry Potter Hufflepuff House Editions Hardback Box Set

Author: J.K. Rowling Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 11/11/2021

Celebrate all things Hufflepuff with this glorious collection of beautifully crafted House Editions in hardback. The sumptuously foiled presentation case emblazoned with 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 artistic wizard and 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 artwork print depicting house founder Helga Hufflepuff holding the cup of Hufflepuff 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 Ravenclaw House Editions Hardback Box Set

Harry Potter Ravenclaw House Editions Hardback Box Set

Author: J.K. Rowling Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 11/11/2021

Celebrate all things Ravenclaw with this glorious collection of beautifully crafted House Editions in hardback. The sumptuously foiled presentation case emblazoned with 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 artistic wizard and 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 artwork print depicting house founder Rowena Ravenclaw wearing the Ravenclaw diadem 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.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: MinaLima Edition

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: MinaLima Edition

Author: J.K. Rowling Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/10/2021

Prepare to be dazzled by this new edition of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, designed and illustrated by MinaLima. With over 150 full-colour illustrations and eight exclusive, interactive paper-engineered elements, readers can travel via the Floo Network, encounter the Whomping Willow, reveal the spiral staircase to Dumbledore's office and even pull Mandrakes from their pots! This spectacular edition is the perfect gift for Harry Potter fans of all ages, a wonderful addition to any collector's bookshelf and an enchanting way to introduce this beloved series to a new generation of readers.

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