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Scholastic to publish new versions of ‘Harry Potter’ books with cover artwork by Brian Selznick

Scholastic, the US publisher of the Harry Potter books, will republish all seven novels with new cover artwork by Brian Selznick. The new editions will commemorate the 20th anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in the US and will be released in June.

Selznick’s seven black and white drawings combine to form a single image, “telling Harry’s story from his arrival at Privet Drive to the Battle of Hogwarts”.

Brian Selznick’s seven covers combine to form a single image

Says the artist, “I’m a huge Harry Potter fan (a proud Hufflepuff!) and to be asked to illustrate the 20th anniversary edition covers was an absolute honour … one of the most challenging and rewarding aspects of the process was drawing seven independent covers that would stand on their own, while making sure that they also lined up to create one single satisfying image. It took dozens and dozens of sketches to get it right, and I am thrilled to share my great love for the books with these new illustrations”.

First poster for ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’ revealed

As well as today’s trailer, Warner Bros. has revealed the first poster for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald featuring Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) and Jude Law (Albus Dumbledore).

First ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’ trailer released

First photos from ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’

Warner Bros. has released two promotional stills for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, the second in the Fantastic Beasts film series. The first shows Newt Scamander, with case, in a sewer. The second shows Newt (Eddie Redmayne) and Dumbledore (Jude Law) chatting on set.

Newt Scamander, with case, in a sewer

Eddie Redmayne (Newt Scamander) and Jude Law (Albus Dumbledore) chat on set

Second ‘Fantastic Beasts’ film titled ‘The Crimes of Grindelwald’, cast photo revealed

The second film in the Fantastic Beasts franchise will be called Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.

The title was revealed today alongside a cast photo featuring Jude Law (Albus Dumbledore), Ezra Miller (Credence), Claudia Kim (Maledictus, a witch that carries a magic “blood curse”), Zoë Kravitz (Leta Lestrange), Callum Turner (Theseus Scamander, Newt’s brother), Katherine Waterston (Tina), Eddie Redmayne (Newt), Dan Fogler (Jacob), Alison Sudol (Queenie) and Johnny Depp (Gellert Grindelwald).

The film will begin in 1927 — picking up months after Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them — and will be released on 16 November 2018.

‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ coming to Australia!

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will come to Melbourne in 2019, the play’s third location following London and New York. Playing at the Princess Theatre, dates and ticket information for the production will be revealed at a later date.