Bloomsbury’s global celebration of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter stories is back in 2023, with a few changes …
The Ickabog to be published this autumn
J.K. Rowling’s The Ickabog, an original fairy tale, is to be published as a hardback, ebook and audio book in the English language in November, with international editions to follow soon after.
First serialised for free online this summer on The Ickabog.com, the author wanted to share the personal family favourite, which she wrote over ten years ago as a bedtime story for her younger children, to help entertain children, parents and carers confined at home during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Keen for children to be involved as the story unfolded, J.K. Rowling invited them to send in their own illustrations of her story and its colourful characters as it appeared online. After an incredible response, the winners of each artwork competition will see their illustration in the published book.
J.K. Rowling will be donating her royalties from The Ickabog to The Volant Charitable Trust to assist those who have been particularly impacted by coronavirus.
For more details including the donation of royalties to The Volant Trust visit www.theickabog.com
Pottermore Publishing and Audible have announced an extraordinary milestone – over one billion hours of the Harry Potter stories have now been listened to on Audible globally, since the audiobooks were first made available there seven years ago! Mind you, that’s just a number (even if it is a massive one)! What’s immeasurable is the love that fans have for these stories. To help you visualise that figure, in one billion hours you could hypothetically:
The Wizarding World invites fans to come together and celebrate a very special date in the Wizarding World calendar: Back to Hogwarts. The day J.K. Rowling wrote about Harry Potter and his friends Ron and Hermione first boarding the Hogwarts Express at Platform 9¾ to be whisked off to the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry that would change their lives forever.