Bloomsbury releases Chamber of Secrets house editions

The Pottermore News Team

To celebrate 20 years since the UK publication of Chamber of Secrets, Bloomsbury have once again created special editions of the books. Here's a look inside and out, including some gorgeous house common room illustrations.

It was only last year we were celebrating Philosopher’s Stone's 20th anniversary in the UK, and now we’re doing the same with Chamber of Secrets. Yes, on 2 July, it will have been two whole decades since we met Dobby, Gilderoy Lockhart, and learnt the dreaded secrets of the mysterious Chamber dwelling in Hogwarts. Where did all that time go?

To celebrate the anniversary, UK publishers Bloomsbury have once again reimagined the books with these special house-themed editions of Chamber of Secrets, as they did with Philosopher’s Stone. And, once again, the jackets have been lovingly designed by illustrator, Levi Pinfold.

So, whether you’re a Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Slytherin or Ravenclaw, you can make sure your edition is boasting your house colours.

As well as being house-themed, each cover has its own special array of symbols and details embedded within the main crest – so that each house cover is unique.

As Levi explains…

‘The crests are based upon the symbolism of medieval heraldry, so there’s foliage in there, and animals and weird hands, all sorts of strange symbolism that they used to use back in the Middle Ages.’

Have a look at these annotated guides to see what each crest means…

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As each book is loyal to its chosen house, you’ll also find an illustration of your house’s common room on the back cover, as well as an introduction to that house inside. You can take a look at Levi’s illustrations of the common rooms here too!

Bloomsbury Gryffindor common room illustrated by Levi Pinfold
Illustrations by Levi Pinfold. Images from Bloomsbury.

Bloomsbury Ravenclaw common room illustrated by Levi Pinfold
Illustrated by Levi Pinfold. Image from Bloomsbury

Bloomsbury Hufflepuff common room illustrated by Levi Pinfold
Illustrated by Levi Pinfold. Image from Bloomsbury

Bloomsbury Slytherin common room illustrated by Levi Pinfold
Illustrated by Levi Pinfold. Image from Bloomsbury.

The editions will be available in both hardback and paperback, and you can order your copies from today – right here.

A lovely way to mark 20 years indeed. On to the next!