Bloomsbury Unveils New Harry Potter Holiday Book: “Christmas at Hogwarts”

Bloomsbury Children’s Books has just announced a new addition to the Harry Potter universe with the release of “Christmas at Hogwarts.” This new book, set to enchant Harry Potter fans of all ages, is scheduled to hit shelves on October 15th, 2024. The book promises a beautifully illustrated journey into the magical holiday season at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, capturing the essence of a wizarding Christmas.

Drawing on the rich narrative of J.K. Rowling’s first novel, “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone,” “Christmas at Hogwarts” is designed to transport readers into the magical world that has captivated millions. Illustrator Ziyi Gao, renowned for her evocative artwork, brings to life the snow-covered landscapes and festive decorations of Harry’s first Christmas at Hogwarts. The book will feature text based on Rowling’s original work, promising a nostalgic trip back to the beloved series.

Mandy Archer, Head of Harry Potter Publishing, shared her enthusiasm for the project, highlighting its potential to become a cherished holiday tradition among families. Ziyi Gao, whose own journey from Beijing to New York has been as magical as the world she illustrates, expressed her honor in contributing to the Harry Potter series. Gao aims to blend the magical with traditional Christmas festivities to offer readers an immersive visual experience of spending the holidays with Harry and his friends.

“Christmas at Hogwarts” is not just a book release; it’s an event, with an extensive international campaign planned, including advertisements, social media initiatives, and festive events to engage fans worldwide. Published in the United States by Scholastic, Ellie Berger, President of Scholastic Trade, commented on the book’s potential to inspire a new holiday reading tradition. Berger emphasized the book’s role in celebrating friendship, family, and the joy of the season, complementing the original series’ legacy.

The book is priced at $19.99 in the United States and £16.99 in the United Kingdom, featuring a hardcover edition with a dust jacket and extending over 48 pages.

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