‘The Patronus turned. It was cantering back towards Harry across the still surface of the water. It wasn’t a horse. It wasn’t a unicorn, either. It was a stag. It was shining brightly as the moon above … it was coming back to him …’Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban’.
Monday 8th July 2019 marks 20 years since the first publication of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – the spellbinding third book in the phenomenally successful Harry Potter series.
The book introduced readers to the notion of casting their Patronus – a protective spell that manifests as a silvery animal guardian. Along with brand new House Editions featuring stunning artwork by Levi Pinfold, Bloomsbury will be celebrating this momentous occasion with a very exciting project.
Bloomsbury has joined forces with BookTrust, the UK’s largest reading charity, to mark the anniversary with a thrilling event that celebrates the Patronus Charm in all its magical forms.
A stellar line-up of over 20 top children’s book illustrators are creating ORIGINAL postcard-sized illustrations of Patronus creatures. The artists include Bloomsbury Harry Potter book artists Jim Kay, Jonny Duddle, Levi Pinfold, Emily Gravett and Chris Riddell, as well as the amazing design minds behind MinaLima
Diana Gerald, BookTrust CEO said they are thriled to be part of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban’s 20th anniversary.
“We know that these exclusive, one-of-a-kind illustrations will be in high demand. It’s lovely to think that a novel which has inspired children around the globe, along with some of the world’s most talented illustrators will help BookTrust to support families and get books into the hands of children across the UK,” said Diana.
The full list of illustrators taking part:
Dapo Adeola Steve, Antony Rob Biddulph, Jonny Duddle, Jim Field, Emily Gravett, Mini Grey, Sophy Henn, Yasmeen Ismail, Jim Kay, Neal Layton, Steven Lenton, James Mayhew, Sarah McIntyre, Miraphora Mina, Eduardo Lima, Tom Percival, Liz Pichon. Levi Pinfold, Catherine Raynor, Chris Riddell, Nadia Shireen, Alex T Smith, Rachel Suzanne, Joe Todd-Stanton, Ken Wilson-Max.
For more information on the auction and bidding online, go to the BookTrust website.