Published on Apr 28th 2021
Bloomsbury and Scholastic have announced a unique and beautiful gift book for every day of the year, celebrating the astonishing art of Jim Kay paired with magical quotations from the original Harry Potter novels by J.K. Rowling. Here’s your first look inside.

Coming this October, fans can soon look forward to Harry Potter: A Magical Year, The Illustrations of Jim Kay: a celebration of the award-winning artist’s rich and imaginative interpretations of the wizarding world paired with memorable excerpts from the Harry Potter books.

The visual content of the book is composed of a selection of iconic artwork from Bloomsbury’s four Illustrated Editions, complemented by unseen pencil sketches and preparatory studies from the Jim Kay art archive.

Each day features a favourite anniversary or meaningful memory from the Harry Potter novels (366 in fact – including one extra for the leap year) all delicately illustrated with scenic artwork along the way.

Alongside Jim Kay’s most iconic illustrations are previously unseen pencil sketches and preparatory pieces, offering a unique and fascinating insight into the artist’s sketchbook.

Jim Kay has so far illustrated four of the seven Harry Potter books in the series, with his most recent work in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire released back in 2019. The Illustrated Edition of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix will follow in 2022. For now, fans can take a closer look at Jim Kay’s craftmanship, with A Magical Year celebrating pieces from his previous offerings alongside never-seen-before sketches.

No detail has been spared here, with each page lovingly decorated with different wizarding world flashbacks, from the snowy towers of Hogwarts to the hustle and bustle of Diagon Alley.

Harry Potter: A Magical Year, The Illustrations of Jim Kay, is being released by Bloomsbury and Scholastic on the 5th October, while fans can look forward to The Illustrated Edition of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix in 2022.

Visit the official websites of Bloomsbury and Scholastic for more details on how to pre-order Harry Potter: A Magical Year, The Illustrations of Jim Kay.


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