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High Res Poster for Bloomsbury Relaunch of "Fantastic Beasts" and "Quidditch Through the Ages" by J.K. Rowling

Posted by: sue
June 04, 2009, 04:09 PM

Previously we told you Bloomsbury was re-releasing Harry Schoolbooks, aka "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," and "Quidditch Through the Ages" written by Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling in support of the Comic Relief Charity. That relaunch is due to take place next month now on July 6th, complete with new cover art for the books which we showed you last month. Bloomsbury has now issued a new poster for the books, low res download here (PDF), high res download here (PDF). Pre-orders from the UK are available here via our Cauldron Shop.

Be sure to check out a transcript of the interview JKR gave in 2001 for the original release of the books (pdf here) where she noted:
Q. Did the books take you a long time to write? 
J.K. Not a very long time: I wrote them right after I’d finished Book 4, so compared to Book 4, which
as you probably know is a very, very long book, they didn’t take long at all.
Q. One of them has extra stuff written in it by Harry. What’s all that about? 
J.K. That’s Harry and Ron graffiti-ing the book, as you do to your schoolbooks. You do doodle on
them, I always wrote all over mine. Teachers reading this will not be happy that I’m saying it but you
do, don’t you? So they’ve just scribbled things on them and said rude things in them, the name of
their favourite Quidditch team and stuff in the book. 
Q. Can you tell me where and when Quidditch was invented? 
J.K. Quidditch started in the 11th century, at a place called Queerditch Marsh which you probably
won’t find marked on maps. But obviously that’s because wizards have made the place unplottable
(which means you can’t plot them on the map). Originally it was quite a crude game played on
broomsticks, and over the subsequent two centuries they added more balls until it became the game
we know now. 
Q. Is Quidditch just as popular as it is in England all around the world? 
J.K. It’s popular nearly everywhere, but not so much in the Far East as they prefer the flying carpet to
the broomstick, so it’s a real minority sport over there. But in most other places it’s fairly popular. 
Q. How many beasts are there in Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them? 
J.K. There are 75 but that’s not including the 10 different species of dragon. So that would be 84 if
you counted them. 

As stated on the website, sales of Fantastic Beasts "will go to Comic Relief, which means that the Pounds and Galleons you exchange for it will do magic beyond the powers of any wizard. If you feel that this is insufficient reason to part with your money, I can only hope that passing wizards feel more charitable if they ever see you being attacked by a Manticore. Albus Dumbledore.

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Posted by floridianhp*ROAR* on June 04, 2009, 04:15 PM report to moderator
1980 Points

wow 1rst comment

Posted by floridianhp*ROAR* on June 04, 2009, 04:15 PM report to moderator
3686 Points

i can’t wait untill these books come out again.
I didn’t get the qudditch one first time sooo i want it now!!!

Posted by sunshine123ROAR on June 04, 2009, 04:43 PM report to moderator
730 Points

Well, I’m not such a fan of the new cover art, but hopefully re-releasing these books will get more people to buy them, as there are loads of new fans by now. I love both of these books; they’re just as wonderful and entertaining as Jo’s novels. :)

Posted by RavenclawDancer on June 04, 2009, 05:37 PM report to moderator
594 Points

I have both in English and Norwegian, but I need to get these too! :D

Posted by Kissa on June 04, 2009, 06:05 PM report to moderator
4151 Points

i like the new cover art. i’ll make sure to get these :D

Posted by mai {beatnik owl} on June 04, 2009, 06:12 PM report to moderator
872 Points

I love the new cover art.

Posted by Heavenly_Horcrux on June 04, 2009, 06:15 PM report to moderator
1884 Points

I like the Beasts escaping from the Hogwarts Crest!!

Posted by Neil in Scotland * ROAR! * on June 04, 2009, 07:31 PM report to moderator
968 Points

very cool

Posted by theREALGinnyWeasley on June 04, 2009, 08:02 PM report to moderator
3455 Points


Posted by Catherine ( *SQUEE!*) on June 04, 2009, 11:59 PM report to moderator
3048 Points

The new cover art is absolutely gorgeous! I wish this were available in the United States!

Posted by Kirk on June 05, 2009, 12:06 AM report to moderator
2422 Points

Omg Sue! Lol the Slytherin came out again. I’ll get those books as soon as i get money. I’m broke atm. I really want to read them. Though i’m not sure which editions to choose. The old or the new ones…

Posted by Mr. Brightside on June 05, 2009, 04:34 AM report to moderator
222 Points

i should ask for these for my birthday!!:)

Posted by ROAR! lilyjames on June 05, 2009, 04:39 AM report to moderator
5439 Points


Posted by Fleur-de- Lily on June 05, 2009, 05:18 AM report to moderator
131 Points

I wish it would be available where I live.

Posted by koppyrd on June 05, 2009, 07:27 AM report to moderator
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