JK Rowling’s original drawings for ‘Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone’ will be published in a new 25th anniversary edition

Author JK Rowling publishes his own drawings and those of his original illustrator, Thomas Taylor, in a new 25th anniversary edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

Taylor, whose career was launched by the book’s famous cover, was among the first to read it. (It has sold over 500 million copies to date.) He used The original manuscript and Rowling’s drawings as a guide to creating the images of the characters we recognize today. A selection of both sets of images will be released in this limited edition, which will be released on June 9.

One of JK Rowling’s original illustrations for Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. The character Gary was renamed Dean Thomas in the final release. Courtesy of JK Rowling.

Rowling has sold drawings at auction over the past few years, which gave some insight into what we can expect from the multi-talented author. The characters resemble their movie counterparts with startling similarity and echo the author’s evocative language. With a few lines of text on paper, Rowling reveals what she had in mind for her characters before the book was published.

Original cover by Thomas Taylor for the 25th anniversary edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

Original cover by Thomas Taylor for the 25th anniversary edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

“I’m often asked if I was paralyzed by the pressure of producing the cover art for the very first edition,” Taylor told the Guardian. “But that’s because nowadays it’s hard to imagine a time when no one had heard of Harry Potter. I was a newly graduated art student in 1996 and was looking for my first break in the drawing.

JK Rowling drew this illustration in a hand-annotated print of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone which sold for £150,000 (about $228,000) at Sotheby's in 2013. Courtesy of Sotheby's.

JK Rowling drew this illustration in a hand-annotated copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone sold for £150,000 (about $228,000) at Sotheby’s in 2013. Courtesy of Sotheby’s.

A sketch by Rowling, which appeared exclusively in the Guardian, shows Rubeus Hagrid, Professor Albus Dumbledore and Professor Minerva McGonagall huddled together on a moonlit Privet Drive. But much of the book’s content remains a closely guarded secret.

This 25th anniversary edition of the book will be on sale for one year only.

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