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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 Prisoner of Azkaban - Ravenclaw Edition

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - Ravenclaw Edition

Author: J.K. Rowling Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/06/2019

Let the magic of J.K. Rowling's classic Harry Potter series take you back to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Issued to mark the 20th anniversary of first publication of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, this irresistible Ravenclaw House Edition celebrates the noble character of the Hogwarts house famed for its wit, learning and wisdom. Harry's third year at Hogwarts is packed with thrilling Ravenclaw moments, including the appearance of the inimitable Professor Trelawney! With vibrant sprayed edges in Ravenclaw house livery, the book features beautiful house-themed cover artwork with intricate bronze foiling. With an exciting, bespoke introduction exploring the history of Ravenclaw House, and exclusive insights into the use of the Patronus Charm by favourite Ravenclaw characters, the book also boasts a spectacular image by Kate Greenaway winner Levi Pinfold of Cho Chang conjuring her Patronus. 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 Prisoner of Azkaban - Hufflepuff Edition

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - Hufflepuff Edition

Author: J.K. Rowling Format: Hardback Release Date: 13/06/2019

Let the magic of J.K. Rowling's classic Harry Potter series take you back to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Issued to mark the 20th anniversary of first publication of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, this irresistible Hufflepuff House Edition celebrates the noble character of the Hogwarts house famed for its dedication, patience and loyalty. Harry's third year at Hogwarts is packed with thrilling Hufflepuff moments, including the appearance of Quidditch captain - and Hufflepuff heart-throb - Cedric Diggory! With vibrant sprayed edges in Hufflepuff house livery, the book features beautiful house-themed cover artwork with intricate silver foiling. With an exciting, bespoke introduction exploring the history of Hufflepuff House, and exclusive insights into the use of the Patronus Charm by favourite Hufflepuff characters, the book also boasts a spectacular image by Kate Greenaway winner Levi Pinfold of Nymphadora Tonks conjuring her Patronus. 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 Prisoner of Azkaban - Gryffindor Edition

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - Gryffindor Edition

Author: J.K. Rowling Format: Hardback Release Date: 13/06/2019

Let the magic of J.K. Rowling's classic Harry Potter series take you back to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Issued to mark the 20th anniversary of first publication of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, this irresistible Gryffindor House Edition celebrates the noble character of the Hogwarts house famed for its courage, bravery and determination. Harry's third year at Hogwarts is packed with thrilling Gryffindor moments, including the appearance four of its most memorable alumni, Messrs Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot and Prongs! With vibrant sprayed edges in Gryffindor house livery, the book features beautiful house-themed cover artwork with intricate gold foiling. With an exciting, bespoke introduction exploring the history of Gryffindor House, and exclusive insights into the use of the Patronus Charm by favourite Gryffindor characters, the book also boasts a spectacular image by Kate Greenaway winner Levi Pinfold of Hermione Granger conjuring her Patronus. 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 Prisoner of Azkaban - Ravenclaw Edition

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - Ravenclaw Edition

Author: J.K. Rowling Format: Hardback Release Date: 13/06/2019

Let the magic of J.K. Rowling's classic Harry Potter series take you back to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Issued to mark the 20th anniversary of first publication of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, this irresistible Ravenclaw House Edition celebrates the noble character of the Hogwarts house famed for its wit, learning and wisdom. Harry's third year at Hogwarts is packed with thrilling Ravenclaw moments, including the appearance of the inimitable Professor Trelawney! With vibrant sprayed edges in Ravenclaw house livery, the book features beautiful house-themed cover artwork with intricate bronze foiling. With an exciting, bespoke introduction exploring the history of Ravenclaw House, and exclusive insights into the use of the Patronus Charm by favourite Ravenclaw characters, the book also boasts a spectacular image by Kate Greenaway winner Levi Pinfold of Cho Chang conjuring her Patronus. 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 Prisoner of Azkaban - Slytherin Edition

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - Slytherin Edition

Author: J.K. Rowling Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/06/2019

Let the magic of J.K. Rowling's classic Harry Potter series take you back to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Issued to mark the 20th anniversary of first publication of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, this irresistible Slytherin House Edition celebrates the noble character of the Hogwarts house famed for its pride, ambition and cunning. Harry's third year at Hogwarts is packed with thrilling Slytherin moments, including Draco Malfoy's typically sneaky attempts to sabotage the Gryffindor Seeker ... With vibrant sprayed edges in Slytherin house livery, the book features beautiful house-themed cover artwork with intricate gold foiling. With an exciting, bespoke introduction exploring the history of Slytherin House, and exclusive insights into the use of the Patronus Charm by favourite Slytherin characters, the book also boasts a spectacular image by Kate Greenaway winner Levi Pinfold of Severus Snape conjuring his Patronus. 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 Prisoner of Azkaban - Slytherin Edition

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - Slytherin Edition

Author: J.K. Rowling Format: Hardback Release Date: 13/06/2019

Let the magic of J.K. Rowling's classic Harry Potter series take you back to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Issued to mark the 20th anniversary of first publication of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, this irresistible Slytherin House Edition celebrates the noble character of the Hogwarts house famed for its pride, ambition and cunning. Harry's third year at Hogwarts is packed with thrilling Slytherin moments, including Draco Malfoy's typically sneaky attempts to sabotage the Gryffindor Seeker ... With vibrant sprayed edges in Slytherin house livery, the book features beautiful house-themed cover artwork with intricate gold foiling. With an exciting, bespoke introduction exploring the history of Slytherin House, and exclusive insights into the use of the Patronus Charm by favourite Slytherin characters, the book also boasts a spectacular image by Kate Greenaway winner Levi Pinfold of Severus Snape conjuring his Patronus. 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!'

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