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Pottermore set to publish new edition of J.K. Rowling’s ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ by Newt Scamander

New edition of the Hogwarts Library eBook features more beasts and new foreword by J.K. Rowling

eBook published by Pottermore 14 March 2017; hardback published simultaneously by Bloomsbury in the UK, Scholastic in the US

5 January 2017

London, England - A new edition of the Hogwarts Library eBook, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling, writing as Magizoologist Newt Scamander will be published by Pottermore on 14 March. It features a new foreword by Newt Scamander, the addition of six new beasts, new line illustrations from Tomislav Tomic that bring many of the beasts roaring to life, and a brand new cover by Olly Moss who designed the seven most recent Harry Potter eBook covers in 2015. Proceeds from the sale of this edition will go to Comic Relief and J.K. Rowling’s own international charity Lumos, charities which help some of the world’s most vulnerable children and young people, to help them have a better life.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them has been an approved textbook at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry since its publication. Newt Scamander’s masterpiece has entertained wizarding families through the generations and is an indispensable introduction to the magical beasts of the wizarding world. Scamander’s years of travel and research have created a tome of unparalleled importance. Some of the beasts will be familiar to readers of the Harry Potter books – the Hippogriff, the Basilisk, the Hungarian Horntail. Others will surprise even the most ardent amateur Magizoologist.

This essential companion to the Harry Potter stories has been revisited by J.K. Rowling, bringing the original classic up to date with new content that reflects the exciting developments in her Wizarding World, with the release of the movie event of 2016, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which was inspired by the original edition of the book.

Pottermore will publish the new eBook edition of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, simultaneously with the print publishers. The print editions will be published by Bloomsbury (United Kingdom) and Scholastic (United States). The eBook edition is priced at £5.99 GBP, €6.99 EUR, and $6.99 USD.

The Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them eBook is available for purchase at the Pottermore Shop beginning 14 March. Copies can be pre-ordered now at major eBook retailers.

About Pottermore

Pottermore, the digital publishing, e-commerce, entertainment and news company from J.K. Rowling, is the global digital publisher of Harry Potter and J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World. As the digital heart of J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World, is dedicated to unlocking the power of imagination. It offers news, features, and articles as well as new and previously unreleased writing by J.K. Rowling.

Notes to editors

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a Hogwarts Library book, which is distinct from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay, which was released in 2016. While both were written by J.K. Rowling, the Original Screenplay is the authentic screenplay of the feature film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, published to coincide with the movie release in November 2016. The new edition of the Hogwarts Library book first appeared as the title of one of Harry Potter’s school books within the Harry Potter novels. It was published by Bloomsbury Children’s Books and Scholastic along with Quidditch Through The Ages in March 2001 in aid of Comic Relief. The new edition will feature a new foreword and content by J.K. Rowling.

About Comic Relief

Since 2001, Quidditch Through the Ages and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them have raised nearly £20 million for Comic Relief – a magic amount of money that is already hard at work changing lives. Money raised through the sale of this new edition will be invested in children and young people around the world, preparing them to be ready for the future – to be safe, healthy, educated and empowered. We are particularly interested in helping those children who start their lives in the most difficult circumstances, where there is conflict, violence, neglect or abuse.

About Lumos

Lumos is an international charity founded by J.K. Rowling to help the estimated eight million disadvantaged children in orphanages around the world to be returned to their family or placed in a loving family environment.

J.K. Rowling is the author of the record-breaking, multi-award-winning Harry Potter novels. Loved by fans around the world, the series has sold over 450 million copies, been translated into 79 languages, and made into 8 blockbuster films. She has written three companion volumes in aid of charity: Quidditch Through the Ages and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (in aid of Comic Relief and Lumos), and The Tales of Beedle the Bard (in aid of Lumos), as well as a film script inspired by Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them , her screenwriting debut, and a further extension of the Wizarding World, which was released as a Warner Bros film in November 2016. In 2012, J.K. Rowling’s digital company Pottermore was launched, where fans can enjoy news, features and articles, as well as original content by J.K. Rowling. Her first novel for adult readers, The Casual Vacancy was published in September 2012 and adapted for TV by the BBC in 2015. Her crime novels, written under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith, were published in 2013 (The Cuckoo’s Calling), 2014 (The Silkworm) and 2015 (Career of Evil), and are to be adapted for a major new television series for BBC One, produced by Brontë Film and Television. J.K. Rowling’s 2008 Harvard commencement speech was published in 2015 as an illustrated book, Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination, and sold in aid of Lumos and university–wide financial aid at Harvard. J.K. Rowling has recently collaborated with writer Jack Thorne and director John Tiffany on the stage play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two, which is now running at The Palace Theatre in London’s West End. As well as receiving an OBE for services to children’s literature, she has received many awards and honours, including France’s Légion d’Honneur, and the Hans Christian Andersen Award.

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