Harry Potter is to be given a full-colour makeover in a complete set of new editions of the JK Rowling books, Bloomsbury has announced.
Rowling was involved in the selection of the artist. Jim Kay, who has a degree in illustration and has previously produced artwork for A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness, has taken on the challenge of giving the internationally popular wizarding world of Harry, Hogwarts and boarding-school magic a fresh look.
The artwork, which is a departure from the look of the original books and the film series, will be used in new editions of all seven of the Harry Potter books.
Kay claims he is a Harry Potter fan, and was first introduced to the series through the audio books recorded by Stephen Fry.
He said that "to design the characters, the clothing, the architecture and landscapes to possibly the most expansive fantasy world in children's literature, well let’s just say I'm extremely excited about it.
"However, I am also mindful of the huge responsibility this represents. I want to make sure I do the best job I possibly can."
Kay has been working as an illustrator for around six years.
The first book with the new art will be Harry Potter and the Philospher's Stone, to be published in 2015.
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