Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is being re-released with a new cover and artwork, Pottermore announced March 7.
The novel, which was originally released July 8, 1999, introduces Harry’s godfather, Sirius Black, and gives Potterheads the first look into Harry’s father, James Potter. Readers also meet Remus Lupin, James’ other best friend, and see Hermione Granger become a Time Lord.
The new images and cover are creations by English award-winning illustrator, Jim Kay, who also displayed his artistic abilities in the 2015 and 2016 re-releases of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
“I’d not really drawn children. And I’m not known for a cheerful style of illustration,” Kay told The Telegraph in 2015.
“You don’t want to be known as the person who ruins the most popular children’s book in history,” Kay said.
Far from ruining the childhood favorite, Kay instead brought a new vibrance to the world of Harry Potter, and will continue to do so for the remaining four novels to be re-released in the future.
Scholastic, the multinational publishing company that released the American copies of the novels, shared the stunning new cover on its Twitter page.
The cover features the scarlet Knight Bus that lets Harry escape the Dursleys after he accidentally blows up his “Aunt” Marge, and its driver, Ernest Prang.
One does wonder why the cover for a novel about the Prisoner of Azkaban no longer features the prisoner, however.
Or the Marauders that are heavily featured (one does hope that the lack of a Marauder cover is because Rowling is saving it for her Marauders novel.)
Nevertheless, the new cover is a masterpiece, and definitely one Potterheads will want to have on their bookshelf.
In addition, the over 115 new graphics include new images of Hogwarts, as well as a more vivid look at Professor Severus Snape that paints him as more human than the villainous image he previously had under Mary GrandPré.
“With paint, pencil and pixels, Kay conjures the wizarding world as we have never seen it before. Fizzing with magic and brimming with humour, this full-colour edition will captivate fans and new readers alike,” Bloomsbury stated on their website.
The Illustrated Edition of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban will be translated into over 21 different languages, and “will include a ribbon marker, head and tail bands, illustrated endpapers,” wrote Business Insider India.
Hardback copies will be released Oct. 3 and are available to preorder on the Bloomsbury website at 30 percent off for UK and Republic of Ireland residents.
The books can also be preordered on Amazon, and will hopefully include colorful, vivid images of the four Marauders.