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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 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!'

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - Gryffindor House Edition

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - Gryffindor House 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 Gryffindor House Edition of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix celebrates the noble character of the Hogwarts house famed for its courage, bravery and determination. Harry's fifth year at Hogwarts is packed with more great Gryffindor moments and characters, including Harry's leadership of Dumbledore's Army - not to mention Ron's unexpected triumph as Gryffindor Keeper! Each Gryffindor House Edition features vibrant sprayed edges and intricate gold 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 Burrow, home of the Weasley family. In addition to a bespoke introduction, the book also includes new illustrations by Kate Greenaway Medal winner Levi Pinfold, including a spectacular portrait of Sirius Black. 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 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 - 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 - Ravenclaw Edition

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - Ravenclaw 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 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: 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 - Gryffindor House Edition

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - Gryffindor House 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 Gryffindor House Edition of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix celebrates the noble character of the Hogwarts house famed for its courage, bravery and determination. Harry's fifth year at Hogwarts is packed with more great Gryffindor moments and characters, including Harry's leadership of Dumbledore's Army - not to mention Ron's unexpected triumph as Gryffindor Keeper! Each Gryffindor House Edition features vibrant sprayed edges and intricate gold 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 Burrow, home of the Weasley family. In addition to a bespoke introduction, the book also includes new illustrations by Kate Greenaway Medal winner Levi Pinfold, including a spectacular portrait of Sirius Black. 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!'

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