Harry Potter is being re-vamped by the publishers Bloomsbury with new covers of the series by illustrator Jonny Duddle, and the second cover has now been revealed.
Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets is the second title in JK Rowling's seven-book series. The new illustration depicts one of the moments at the climax of the novel, when the boy wizard battles the basilisk in Hogwart's basement tunnels with Godric Gryffindor's sword and the aid of Professor Dumbledore's Phoenix, Fawkes.
It's a comparatively lively scene in comparison to the original book cover for The Chamber of Secrets, which showed Harry, his friend Ron, and his owl Hedwig aloft in a flying car en route to Hogwarts at the start of the year.
Duddle, who told The Telegraph that he was reading the books for the first time after being commissioned by Bloomsbury, said he was "hugely excited to work my way through the wonderful books".
"I couldn’t have asked for more enjoyable subject matter. It’s exciting, daunting and I feel the weight of responsibility, and I’m just hoping that my illustrations faithfully reflect the characters and world created by JK Rowling."
All seven books will be released on September 1 this year, the same date that Hogwarts students return to the wizarding school. The cover for the first, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, was released in March, and shows a much younger Harry.
Rowling's forthcoming book, the detective novel The Silkworm, written under her pseudonym Robert Galbraith, is currently unavailable for pre-sale on the American version of the retail site, as The Times reports that a dispute has arisen between Rowling's American publisher, Hatchette Book Group, and the retailer over pricing. The book is available for pre-sale in the UK.
Warner Bros are continuing to look for a director for the new Harry Potter spin-off film, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, after Alfonso Cuarón, who directed 2004's Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, denied any involvement. The film is an adaptation of a short spin-off book of the same name, published by Rowling by Bloomsbury in 2001. It is set 80 years before the Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone.