By A Staff Writer
Bloomsbury Children’s Books has published House Editions of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets to mark 20 years since the book was first published in July 1998. Illustrated by Levi Pinfold, who created 2017’s spectacularly successful House Editions ofHarry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, the covers feature an interpretation of the door to the Chamber of Secrets, with beautiful iconography and features woven in to the design that are particular to that house.
The House Editions were published on 28th June 2018 in time for the anniversary on 2nd July 2018.
There are complementary hardback and paperback editions of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. The hardbacks are in each house colour with artwork in black and striped sprayed edges. The paperbacks are black with artwork in the corresponding house colours. Both editions contain additional content including an illustration of the house common room by Levi Pinfold, a house introduction and a mini-feature on house-elves.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets was first published in 1998 and continued Harry Potter’s adventures at Hogwarts. It introduced some of the most-loved characters from the wizarding world, including Dobby the house-elf.
The 20th anniversary House Editions of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone published last year were a huge success across all eight editions. They became the backbone of the huge campaign for the 20th anniversary that included breaking a Guinness World Record, a celebratory video of fan favourite moments that has been viewed over 10 million times, and the must-see Harry Potter: A History of Magic exhibition at the British Library. Overall sales of Harry potter books were up by more than 50% in 2017 and the entire series has now sold over 500 million copies worldwide.
Bloomsbury will also publish House Editions of the remaining five novels in the Harry Potter series. Dates yet to be decided.
J.K. Rowling is the author of the record-breaking, multi-award-winning Harry Potter novels. Loved by fans around the world, the series has sold more than 500 million copies, been translated into over 80 different languages and made into eight blockbuster films.
She has written three companion volumes in aid of charity: Quidditch Through the Ages and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (in aid of Comic Relief and Lumos), and The Tales of Beedle the Bard (in aid of Lumos).
In 2012, J.K. Rowling’s digital company and digital publisher Pottermore was launched, a place where fans can enjoy the latest news from across the wizarding world, features and original writing by J.K. Rowling.
Her first novel for adult readers, The Casual Vacancy, was published in September 2012 and adapted for TV by the BBC in 2015. Her crime novels, written under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith, were published in 2013 (The Cuckoo’s Calling), 2014 (The Silkworm) and 2015 (Career of Evil), and have been adapted for TV as a major BBC detective drama, Strike, produced by Brontë Film and Television.
J.K. Rowling’s 2008 Harvard commencement speech was published in 2015 as an illustrated book, Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination, and sold in aid of Lumos and university-wide financial aid at Harvard.