More than 20 artists create Patronus postcards to be sold for charity
Bloomsbury is marking the 20th anniversary of the first publication of JK Rowling's Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by joining forces with BookTrust to celebrate the Patronus Charm. A protective spell that "manifests as a silvery animal guardian", the Patronus made its debut in Azkaban, the third book of the Harry Potter series.
More than 20 UK children's illustrators, Bloomsbury Harry Potter book artists, and the minds behind MinaLima are creating original postcard-sized illustrations of Patronus creatures. The artists taking part are: Dapo Adeola; Steve Antony; Rob Biddulph; Jonny Duddle; Jim Field; Emily Gravett; Mini Grey; Sophy Henn; Yasmeen Ismail; Jim Kay; Neal Layton; Steven Lenton; James Mayhew; Sarah McIntyre; Miraphora Mina; Eduardo Lima; Tom Percival; Liz Pichon; Levi Pinfold; Catherine Raynor; Chris Riddell; Nadia Shireen; Alex T Smith; Rachel Suzanne; Joe Todd-Stanton; and Ken Wilson-Max.
Prospective buyers will be able to bid for the pieces at BookTrust's eBay for Charity page, live at 6pm on 8 July, and the postcards will be displayed that week at Waterstones Piccadilly.
Diana Gerald, BookTrust CEO, said: "We are thrilled to be part of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban's 20th anniversary and we know that these exclusive, one-of-a-kind illustrations will be in high demand. It's lovely to think that a novel which has inspired children around the globe, along with some of the world's most talented illustrators, will help BookTrust to support families and get books into the hands of children across the UK."
Bloomsbury has released new House Editions of the book with art by Levi Pinfold, and is working with The Week Junior magazine to challenge children throughout the UK to create their own "Patronus on a Postcard" to win Harry Potter prizes. The competition runs 7th-27 June, and is judged by Pinfold and The Week Junior's editor-in-chief Anna Bassi.