Thursday 19th Oct 2017
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).
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.
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.