Westminster alumnus Jim Kay, had his new illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire reach the Amazon Best Seller chart on the day of its publication.

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His new illustration shows the titular Harry facing down a dragon breathing fire. The book is complete with the colourful hardback cover and foiled jacket, a ribbon marker and illustrated endpapers. 

Kay has previously illustrated the cover of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, as well as the cover and four illustrations of Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger, Draco Malfoy and Hagrid for Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. The talented illustrator was chosen in 2013 to illustrate the Harry Potter books, with J.K. Rowling personally involved in the decision. 

When speaking about Kay’s designs, 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.”

The award-winning illustrator’s breakthrough was the Kate Greenaway Medal that he won in 2012 for his illustrations for A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. After studying illustration at the University of Westminster, Jim worked in the Archives of Tate Britain and the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew. He has also produced concept work for television and contributed to a group exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. 

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