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New edition of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban hits shelves with alumnus Jim Kay’s illustrations

Art and Design 26 October 2017

Harry Potter Prisoner of Azkaban cover illustrated by University of Westminster alumnus Jim Kay

In celebration of the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter, on 3 October Bloomsbury released the third book from J.K Rowling’s classic book series in a full-colour edition with Jim Kay’s illustrations conjuring the wizarding world in a way never seen before.

The new cover of the book features Harry stepping out of the path of the Knight Bus, driven by Ernie Prang. Harry’s encounter with the magical triple-decker bus is a memorable moment from J.K. Rowling’s third book.

The stunning new fully illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban brings more breath-taking scenes and unforgettable characters, including Sirius Black, Remus Lupin and Professor Trelawney.

The first two books from the series, which depict Harry Potter’s adventures through dazzling illustrations, are also the creation of talented Westminster alumnus Jim Kay, who studied Illustration (now Illustration and Visual Communication BA Honours) at the Westminster School of Media, Arts and Design.

He was the one to visualise the characters of Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger, Draco Malfoy, and Hagrid by illustrating them for Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Jim Kay was chosen in 2013 to illustrate the Harry Potter books with J.K. Rowling personally involved in the decision.

Speaking of Jim’s designs of Harry Potter books, J.K. Rowling said: “Seeing Jim Kay's illustrations moved me profoundly. I love his interpretation of Harry Potter's world, and I feel honoured and grateful that he has lent his talent to it.”

Also, marking the 20th anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, an exhibition at the British library entitled Harry Potter: A History of Magic takes the visitors on a magical journey to the wizarding world, unveiling rare books, manuscripts and magical objects, related to the sequel. Jim Kay’s original drafts and drawings will also be on display at the exhibition, along with those by J.K.Rowling, including her original synopsis for the first ever Harry Potter book.

Learn more about Harry Potter: A History of Magic and book tickets to visit.

Learn more about studying on the Illustration and Visual Communication BA Honours course.

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