Harry Potter Play

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A Harry Potter play is currently in development. JK Rowling announced that she had received numerous offer to adapt the story into a play in the past. She has now found theater producers with a unique and interesting vision that she is keen to work with. JK Rowling will collaborate with producers Colin Callender and Sonia Friedman on the play. Acting as co-producer on the project, JK Rowling will work with a yet to be appointed playwright, but will not be writing the stage play herself.

Details are thin on the ground at the moment. We do know that the play is to be staged in London, but with the everlasting popularity of Harry Potter there is little doubt it will transfer to New York’s Broadway at some point, with national and international tours likely to follow.

Harry Potter stage play for 2015

Stage plays often spend years in development, but the good news from the Rowling camp is that the Harry Potter stage play is scheduled for opening night sometime during 2015, which means we have less than two years to wait.

The Harry Potter stage play will focus on the early years of Harry Potter, before he knew he was a wizard and lived under the stairs at his aunt and uncle’s house. This means a completely new story for Potter-fans. Rowling has also promised the involvement of established characters from the Harry Potter universe, which will hopefully include the likes of Dumbledore and Hagrid keeping a watchful eye over a young Harry Potter.

Warner Bros are understood to be involved in the development of the project, continuing their strong links to the Harry Potter universe that started with the release of the motion pictures.

Harry Potter musical

Initial rumors were that the Harry Potter play was going to be the Harry Potter musical, but this looks unlikely. What is sure though is that Harry Potter fans around the world will be rejoicing at news of the further adventures of the boy wizard who gripped our hearts and freed our minds.

New Harry Potter Illustrations

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Bloomsbury Publishing has announced that it is working on a set of fully illustrated Harry Potter novels. The re-released novels will feature artwork from renowned illustrator, Jim Kay. The first novel is slated for release in the U.K. in September 2015 with subsequent titles being released on an annual basis.

Bloomsbury, who publish the Harry Potter books in the U.K. have been planning on releasing fully illustrated versions of the books since 2012. They reported that JK Rowling was fully involved in the appointment of the illustrator, so this exciting project.

Jim Kay is a winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal which is awarded for distinguished illustration of a children’s book, which he won for “A Monster Calls”, a children’s fantasy novel published in 2011.

Take a look at Jim Kay’s work on “A Monster Calls” here

Following announcement of the project, Jim Kay was full of praise for the creative mind of JK Rowling and the detailed world she has created for Harry Potter. While explaining his excitement at the prospect of entering the Harry Potter universe, the illustrator also admitted to feeling nervous at the challenge of taking on a project to re-imagine a world that is so universally loved.

Harry Potter Illustrations

To mark this announcement, Bloomsbury revealed the first two images from Kay’s work. The first, shown above, is a watercolor of a young Harry Potter full of innocence and purity. The second, gives the illustrator’s re-imagining of Hogwarts, a mythical, enchanted place at one with the nature around it.

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U.S. Releases

There is no word from Scholastic yet, on whether they intend to release the fully illustrated versions in the U.S., but Bloomsbury is believed to be working with publishers all around the world to arrange a global release of these books.

But for now, you can Take a look at Jim Kay’s work on “A Monster Calls” here

Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them

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Warner Bros Studios have made a special announcement that there will be a new series of movies set in the Harry Potter Universe. These movies will not feature Harry Potter and his associates, but will be set in the same magical world of Wizards, Witches and Magic.

The first movie will be “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.” JK Rowling has confirmed that she will be writing the screenplay, her first attempt at screenwriting. Fans of Harry Potter will know this title from the Hogwarts textbook that Hagrid teaches the students in the Care of Magical Creatures class.

Despite being published as part of the extended Harry Potter universe in 2001, JK Rowling has said that the published book will only serve as the inspiration to a completely original and fresh story, which will begin in the city of New York 70 years before the start of Harry’s story.

Read more about Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

More details will be posted as they are revealed.

JK Rowling Interview on Good Morning America

JK Rowling Interview – Who does she miss most…

In an interview shown on Good Morning America on August 27th 2013, JK Rowling revealed the character she misses most from the Harry Potter series.

How about a stand-alone book about this fan-favorite, Miss Rowling? Showing how he came to be the person he was, and the journey that led him to be so instrumental in Harry Potter’s life.

JK Rowling – New Book Released

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It is official! The news we have been waiting for from publishing sensation JK Rowling – New book now on release. Written under the pen-name of Robert Galbraith, The Cuckoo’s Calling is a detective novel that was released in April 2013 through Mulholland Books in the U.S. and Sphere Books in the U.K.

The Cuckoo’s Calling is JK Rowling’s second novel written for an adult audience following 2012’s The Casual Vacancy. It is her first detective novel. You can read all about it here at JK Rowling – New Book.

The Plot

In the glitziest part of London, supermodel Lula Landry falls to her death from her apartment balcony. Known as Cuckoo to her friends, Lula had all the trappings of fame; wealth, constantly snapping paparazzi, even a drug-using rock-star boyfriend.

Retired military policemen Cormoran Strike, who lost his leg in the Afghan war, now works as a private investigator. Having recently split up with his girlfriend, with his business failing, and plunging ever further into debt; Strike’s life is falling apart, and he is forced to live in his office on a repetitive diet of noodle soup.

A few months after Lula’s death is ruled a suicide, her brother approaches Strike and employs him to prove that Lula did not commit suicide, but was murdered. As Strike pieces together the last few days of Lula’s life, he is drawn into a dangerous and secretive world he is unfamiliar with, of rappers, rock-stars and high powered lawyers, as he tries to unravel the mystery of The Cuckoo’s Calling.

Writing Style

JK Rowling’s incredible talent for building vivid images in the reader’s mind is evident from the very start of the book:

“The buzz in the street was like the humming of flies. Photographers stood massed behind barriers patrolled by police, their long snouted cameras poised, their breath rising like steam. Snow fell steadily on to hats and shoulders; gloved fingers wiped lenses clear. From time to time there came outbreaks of desultory clicking, as the watchers filled the waiting time by snapping the white canvas tent in the middle of the road, the entrance to the tall red-bricked apartment block behind it, and the balcony on the top floor from which the body had fallen.”

All of JK Rowling’s trademarks are on display here. From well-crafted characters, to a devious roving plot, to an elaborate and clever finale.

Reviews

The reviews have been overwhelmingly positive; with many critics praising it’s blistering pace, and detailed insight into the glitterati world of fame and fortune.

The New York Times described it as “a highly entertaining book” saying that “its narrative moves forward with propulsive suspense.”

USA Today said it was “One of the books of the year.”

The Guardian newspaper said it was “an enjoyable, highly professional crime novel.”

So what are you waiting for?

Get your copy of the “The Cuckoo’s Calling” now, before stocks run out.

     U.S. version           U.K. version

What does JK Rowling have in store for us next? Find out here.

Harry Potter and the Re-Releases

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On 27th August 2013, Scholastic books re-released all 7 Harry Potter books in paperback with new cover artwork by Kazu Kibuishi. Over the past few months, Scholastic have been slowly drip-feeding the artwork for the covers to fans, culminating in the artwork for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows being released on July 31st on JK Rowling and Harry Potter’s birthdays, ahead of the books re-release on August 27th 2013.

The spines of the book combine to make up a brand new picture of Hogwarts. This new set pitches a darker tone on to the cover, a more fantastic, eerie, dangerous world for the young wizard and his friends.

A must for die-hard fans is the new collectors box-set which features yet another brand-new piece of artwork this time of Hogsmeade. The books also feature brand new back cover artwork.

Don’t miss out on this special Collectors Edition. Pick up your copy now:

 

The books are also available individually from August 27th:

There are currently no plans to re-release the Hardback Editions which still feature the original artwork.