Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Bloomsbury announces that J K Rowlings signs the first copy of 'Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince' for the National Library of Scotland

In advance of the publication launch at Edinburgh Castle on Saturday 16 July, Bloomsbury is releasing an EPK of J K Rowling signing the first copy of her new book 'Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince' to be donated to the National Library of Scotland in Edinburgh. It will be delivered to the National Library on publication day, Saturday 16 July.

Martyn Wade, National Librarian says: 'I am delighted that J K Rowling has signed and donated the first copy of 'Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince' to the National Library of Scotland. The Harry Potter books continue to enthral readers of all ages across the world, and we are delighted to add this special copy to the Library, which is located close to where Harry Potter was written, and lies in the heart of the first UNESCO City of Literature. We look forward to welcoming the many children — and adults — who will want to come to the National Library of Scotland and see this unique book.'

In addition to the footage of J K Rowling, Bloomsbury is also releasing footage of the new book jacket's illustrator Jason Cockcroft talking about his artwork. On the Harry Potter fansites The leaky cauldron and Mugglenet there are over 85 pages of speculation about 'hidden meanings' in the front and back cover artwork. Jason Cockcroft, the British illustrator, reveals that he hasn't read the new book but was commissioned to paint the dramatic front cover image of Dumbledore and a 'more handsome, more dashing' Harry 'with spiky rather than floppy hair' in a cave facing something 'truly terrifying.'

Jason Cockcroft says: 'As I found with illustrating the previous book 'Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix', it's exciting but sometimes daunting drawing the artwork for the Harry Potter book jackets. I see my drawing everywhere when the book comes out. On the front cover, I think that I've made Harry and Dumbledore look scared enough for whatever terror is approaching. I'm proud of it as I think it's my best work to date and, like everyone else, I'm looking forward to reading the book on 16 July and finding out how the images I have drawn fit into the story.'

Bloomsbury is also releasing footage of Bow Bus Depot in East London with buses donning their Harry Potter livery 'All aboard for Harry' as part of the 2,000 'Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince' buses throughout the UK and Ireland.

10 July 2005




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