Sunday, 7 September 2014

Harry Potter Blog Tour: Deathly Hallows Cover Evolution, Jonny Duddle Facts + Why Rainbow Rowell Loves Harry!

I'm so, SO excited to be part of the UK blog tour celebrating the new covers of the Harry Potter series. This is the final stop on the tour so I have lots of Deathly Hallows related goodness for you, as well as a guest post from Rainbow Rowell and the best cover GIF I've ever seen.

I absolutely love these new editions of Harry Potter; my favourite covers, illustrated by Jonny Duddle, are Goblet of Fire and Half-Blood Prince. It was a tough decision, let me tell you, but the dragon and Inferi just clinched it for me. I've been a fan of Harry since late 2005 (I was very late, I know) and I've seen many cover incarnations over the years. This one just might be the best yet, though I'm going to have to do some serious comparing to reach any concrete conclusion. It's so difficult!

If you're a Potter fan, these new editions definitely need to be in your collection - they're amazingly eye-catching and portray the characters so well. I hope J.K. Rowling herself loves them too!

Without further ado, here are those promised Deathly Hallows extras. Do tweet me (@WondrousReads), Jonny Duddle (duddledum) or Bloomsbury (@KidsBloomsbury) with any cover thoughts or comments you might have!


First thing's first: here's the brand new UK cover art for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows...

...and this brilliant illustration of Harry and Hagrid from the back cover:

About Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
As he climbs into the sidecar of Hagrid’s motorbike and takes to the skies, leaving Privet Drive for the last time, Harry Potter knows that Lord Voldemort and the Death Eaters are not far behind. The protective charm that has kept Harry safe until now is broken, but he cannot keep hiding. The Dark Lord is breathing fear into everything Harry loves, and to stop him Harry will have to find and destroy the remaining Horcruxes. The final battle must begin – Harry must stand and face his enemy...

Three exclusive facts from Jonny Duddle about the cover design 

Jonny Duddle, jacket illustrator for the new Harry Potter children’s editions reveals three facts about the cover of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows:
  • My first rough was completely different to the final artwork, but Voldemort was deemed to be ‘too creepy’!
  • I photographed the hand of my daughter’s childminder for the wand hand of Voldemort, on the morning I had to send the artwork to Bloomsbury, after struggling to photograph my own hand in the middle of the night.
  • From the first cover to the last, I had a post-it-note on my drawing board with ‘Scar!’ written in big letters, so I wouldn’t forget to paint Harry’s scar on his forehead. Although in a few of the covers, it’s hidden by his hair anyway. You can just about make it out above Harry’s glasses on this cover.


Copyright: Augusten Burroughs

Why Rainbow Rowell Loves Harry Potter

Rainbow Rowell, author of Fangirl, explains why Harry Potter is so important to her:
I don’t even think of Harry Potter that way – as “a book” or a series of books. I think of it as a whole world. As ten years of my life. From 1997 to 2007, there was never a time when I wasn’t actively waiting for the next Harry Potter book.
And I’m still not done or over them.
I talk and think about Harry Potter every single day. “Muggle” has replaced “ordinary” in my vocabulary, and “Voldemort” has replaced “evil.” And I sort the whole world into Houses without consciously deciding to.
Most books – even really great books -- are transient experiences, things you feel most keenly while you’re reading them. But Harry Potter stays with you.


Last but not least, here's a GIF showing the new cover from concept to finished piece. Isn't the whole process amazing?!

I hope you've enjoyed this little insight into how Jonny Duddle created these works of art. Long live Harry!


Visit the new website!

Bloomsbury Publishing has relaunched its Harry Potter website to support the new children’s editions. The new Harry Potter site uses the Jonny Duddle artwork from the new children’s editions and includes pages of information on the bestselling series as well as exciting new content from Magical Downloads to a Harry Potter Quote Generator. Check out the new site at:


1 comment:

Bookmark Dragon said...

This post is SO AWESOME. I love that gif showing the evolution of the final cover from draft to final product. I have a set of the original books, but now I want this set as well!