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Harry Potter - A Magical Year

Written by J. K. Rowling

Illustrated by Jim Kay

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Harry Potter - A Magical Year Review

Books of the Month Fantasy / Magical Featured Books for 11+ readers Featured Books for 9+ readers

A book to bring the magic of Harry Potter into every day of the year

November 2021 Book of the Month |

You might have all the books, know the films by heart, even be the owner of a Hogwarts wand, but here’s something that will delight and also surprise even the most dedicated Harry Potter fan. From New Year’s Day to December 31st, it takes readers through the year, each daily entry featuring a specially selected quote or favourite anniversary from the novels. And on each and every page are Jim Kay’s extraordinary illustrations, both black and white and colour. His paintings and pencil drawings of Hogwarts and its inhabitants dazzle, whether they’re of a dragon lounging dangerously across the page, Dumbledore in close up, or the spires of the school itself, glimpsed through winter’s fading light. They make you feel you are there in the Harry Potter world and bring a whole new way of experiencing these well-known stories. It’s beautifully produced and really will bring some Potter magic into the everyday.

Andrea Reece

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To celebrate the publication of Harry Potter - A Magical Year, you can now unlock a spellbinding quote for any day of the year from the Harry Potter novels! Simply select a date to find out what unforgettable quote falls on that day.

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Harry Potter - A Magical Year Synopsis

A Magical Year takes readers on an unforgettable journey through the seasons at Hogwarts. Jim Kay's incredible illustrations, paired with much loved quotations from J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter novels, bring to life all of the magic, beauty and wonder of the wizarding world.

This is an irresistible gift book for anyone who has ever been captivated by the Boy Who Lived. Each day features a favourite anniversary or meaningful memory from the Harry Potter novels. All around, Jim Kay's scenic artwork and decorative painter's marks bring that moment to life in breathtaking detail. His unique interpretation is both captivating and transporting - picture frozen icicles glinting on the snowy towers of Hogwarts, the dancing eyes of Professor Albus Dumbledore, or the infectious hustle and bustle of Diagon Alley. Inside, a selection of his most iconic illustrations are joined by previously unseen pencil sketches and preparatory pieces, offering a unique and fascinating insight into the artist's sketchbook.

Jim Kay's dazzling depiction of the wizarding world has been enchanting readers since the publication of the groundbreaking Illustrated Edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone in 2015. Now, as he continues to illustrate the stories, both lifelong fans and new readers can explore that world further. The Kate Greenaway Medal winner's bewitching character studies, sweeping landscapes and beautifully observed pencil details reveal the skill and process of an artist working at the peak of his powers.

This is the perfect gift to give at birthdays and Christmas, to share at bedtime or to make a friend smile. A Magical Year brings together Harry, Ron, Hermione and a host of other beloved characters in a glorious illustrated compendium that readers everywhere will cherish for years to come.

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ISBN: 9781526640871
Publication date: 05/10/2021
Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens Books an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781526640871
Publication date: 5th October 2021
Author: J. K. Rowling
Illustrator: Jim Kay
Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens Books an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 240 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Fantasy / Magical
Recommendations: Books of the Month
Collections: Our Top Children's Christmas Book Recommendations for 2021,

About J. K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone was J.K. Rowling's first novel, followed by the subsequent six titles in the Harry Potter series, as well as three books written for charity: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Quidditch Through the Ages and The Tales of Beedle the Bard. The Harry Potter novels have now sold over 450 million copies worldwide and been translated into 77 languages. Click here to see the new Harry Potter books site with illustrations by Jonny Duddle.

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