Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
I am so excited and honored to be taking part in the blog tour for the release of the new UK children's Editions of Harry Potter. I love the Harry Potter books and I love the new covers. I read Harry Potter when I was 12 or 13 and fell in love with them, I am now 25 and still love them. I think they are going to become a classic of our time. Children for generations will love them and I hope to pass on that love to as many children as I can as I think they are a much read for all children!
Dark times have come to Hogwarts. After the Dementors’ attack on his cousin Dudley, Harry Potter knows that Voldemort will stop at nothing to find him. There are many who deny the Dark Lord’s return, but Harry is not alone: a secret order gathers at Grimmauld Place to fight against the Dark forces. Harry must allow Professor Snape to teach him how to protect himself from Voldermort’s savage assaults on his mind. But they are growing stronger by the day and Harry is running out of time...
Jonny Duddle, jacket illustrator for the new Harry Potter children’s editions reveals three facts about the cover of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix:
· I wanted this cover to be really, really red!
· I had to draw loads of perspective lines to get Hogwart’s perspective right.
· I moved around the figures on the Thestrals in the background, to make sure Ron, Hermione and Luna were just about recognizable.
Author Amy Ewing on why she loves Harry Potter!
Amy Ewing, author of The Jewel, explains why Harry Potter is so important to her:
I remember distinctly coming home from college one summer to find a copy of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone on my mother’s bedside table. My mother and I often exchange books and I couldn’t believe she was reading Harry Potter. Why? Because I was stupid and assumed that because it was popular, it was probably bad. This logic, in hindsight, really makes no sense. But my mother insisted that I should read it and, grudgingly, I did.
I read the first four books (at the time, the only books that were available) in one week. I was addicted. I never wanted the story to end. I pushed it on anyone and everyone. To this day, if ever I meet someone new, I ask, “Have you read Harry Potter?” If they have, I know we’re going to get along. I think it says that you have a common view on life, that you share similar values even if you are different sorts of people.
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