New images from the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Illustrated Edition

The Pottermore News Team

The Bloomsbury cover for the Illustrated Edition of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

Meet the Graphorn and Snallygaster from Bloomsbury’s new book, illustrated by Olivia Lomenech Gill.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, originally written by Newt Scamander in 1927 – or, of course, J.K. Rowling in 2001 – is being released on 7 November with a whole host of new illustrations showcasing its menagerie.

All the images will be in full colour and have been created by the Greenaway Medal-shortlisted artist Olivia Lomenech Gill. Here’s her depiction of a grumpy Graphorn, a creature sometimes seen with a mountain troll sitting on its back… although rarely, because they really don’t like being sat on by trolls (we understand completely).

A Graphorn from the illustrated edition of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Graphorn by Olivia Lomenech Gill © Bloomsbury Publishing Plc 2017.

And here’s a frankly terrifying Snallygaster, a beast which possesses ‘fangs of serrated steel with which it slices through its prey’. We wouldn’t like to meet him in a dark alley. Nope. Never. Not for us. We’re running away now.

Illustration of a Snallygaster from the new edition of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Snallygaster by Olivia Lomenech Gill © Bloomsbury Publishing Plc 2017.

If these images have tickled you, you might be interested to hear that they’re actually on display at the British Library’s Harry Potter: A History of Magic exhibition, which opens on 20 October. You can buy tickets for the exhibition here.

The book, published by Bloomsbury in the UK and Scholastic in the US, contains the fully updated 2017 text, which includes six new beasts and a new foreword by Newt Scamander. If you’ve been wondering what some of Newt’s favourite beasts might look like, now’s your chance to find out!

You can order the book here.