UK Cover Art Sketches for Prisoner of Azkaban Up for Auction


Apr 18, 2009

Posted by SueTLC

Two sketches drawn by artist Cliff Wright for the cover of the UK edition of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban are set to be auctioned later this month. The Scotsman reports that the pen and pencil sketches used to create the front and back cover artwork for the third Harry Potter novel will be on display then up for auction at the Glasgow Art Fair. The cover, which you can see here via the official Cliff Wright website, famously features Harry and Hermione flying on Buckbeak. The paper reports that “the front illustration, which features the bespectacled wizard and his
classmate Hermione Granger clinging to the back of hippogriff, is
expected to sell for £13,000. The second sketch, which features a
snarling dog, is predicted to raise £11,000.” Update: You can see both the sketches here in our galleries: One, Two (the dog).

Cliff Wright also gives new comments on working with author J.K. Rowling: “The images are part of a series of 10 which were sent to the publisher
Bloomsbury as rough ideas for character development and composition,”
he said. “Each drawing was submitted by fax and returned with
comments. The designs were also passed on to JK Rowling for her
approval and any comments passed back to me. “On deciding the
look of the characters and the picture composition, the watercolour
illustration that you see on the cover was then completed, and when the
book was published in the autumn of 1999 it became a global phenomenon.”

50 Responses to UK Cover Art Sketches for Prisoner of Azkaban Up for Auction

Avatar ImageSareptheRavenclaw says: Cool, wish I could afford them. Avatar ImageJaymie Brooks says: The Prisoner of Azkaban was one of my favorite Harry Potter covers! The only UK cover that beats it, in my opinion, was the Order of the Phoenix. In third place is GoF, DH in fourth, CoS in fifth, PS in sixth, and HBP in seventh place. I hated the Half-Blood Prince cover! But it was my favorite book, so it's pretty ironic.Avatar Imagecheeserpleaser says: I wish I possessed the assets needed to participate in this auction!Avatar Imageameema says: That's a gorgeous cover! Harry looks so young in it. Wish I could buy 'em.Avatar Imagehermyone08 says: that's a really well down picture! :)Avatar ImageLivelaughlovepotter says: ahaha! look at Hermione's face! she looks freaked OUT!Avatar ImageRosalieRickman says: Hermione's like "What the Hermione Granger", or in her case, "What the frickin Severus Snape, it's so high up here, Harry!"Avatar Imagemaimiaa says: loved it. if only i had the moneyAvatar Imagemaera-kyrie says: Lovely illustration!Avatar ImageFleur-de- Lily says: This is wonderful news.Avatar ImagePewterWolf says: *drools over pic* Me - want... Maybe we should do a "GetAClue" Drive... *smiles sweetly* Please... Avatar Imageluna.quibbler says: i love this illustration =) i have a few origional harry potter picyures drawn by the wonderful Ciff because i met him a while ago! he was so nice and his pictures are amazing!! xxxAvatar ImageWendelin the Weird says: Really nice illustration! I wouldn’t mind owning that one! Avatar ImageMidnightSun321 says: lol. the azkaban trailer is my fave!!!!Avatar ImageMidnightSun321 says: oops i mean cover!!! oops soz. thinking about the trailer!!!!!!Avatar ImageHappy_Orange says: I'll just get my checkbook out... haha as if I have the money :) Lovely pictures though.Avatar ImagePewterWolf says: *drools over pic* Me - want... Maybe we should do a "GetAClue" Drive... *smiles sweetly* Please... Avatar ImageRita_Dumbledore94 says: cool!Avatar ImageNargleCatcher says: Wow thats really good. If only i had the money HAHA!Avatar ImageHannah18 says: i think the british covers are the best but maybe i am biased lol i did order an american version of DH but it came with no cover on! Avatar ImageMr. Brightside says: The uk covers are so great and this one is one of my favourite. We get the UK versions here, thank god. The US versions although very nice, they seem like comic boooks. "snarling dog" lol, poor SiriusAvatar Imageclashcityrocker13 says: Ha Harry's face is funnyAvatar ImageLilly-Angel1 says: Where is the Sirius one. The 'snarling Dog'. ?????????????? Also, Guess what? I have just enough saved from Birthdays and Holidays past to buy BOTH. Harry/Hermione/Buckbeak and Sirius. *Buys them and puts them on the wall of my room* Wow. They look great on my wall! JK. LOLAvatar ImageJersey says: Those would look nice up on the wallAvatar Imagesiriuslysirius11 says: I wish I could have these!Avatar Imagelinnie95 says: Great illustration. Cool. Avatar ImageAnalise says: Excuse me while I whip out the Amex Black to pay for this. If only, right? Haha!Avatar Imagemugglemom4 says: This is awesome!Avatar ImageAriel says: Wonderful illustration!Avatar Imagemhaeyemhaeye says: I don't really like that illustration. Is it just me? LOL! :DAvatar ImageHorcruxalej says: Wish i had the money for stuff like this.... Avatar Imageshellybasson says: Really? That's about one week's worth of my allowance. NOT! LOL :)Avatar ImageTrinity Shadow says: Pics are fab... shame not in price range :(Avatar Imagelord kerol kentervil says: Grandiosely! Pictures simply magnificent. It is a pity, that at me they will not be. And auction-is valid fine event.Avatar Imagebecmajec says: i really like that coverAvatar Imageluna.quibbler says: THE DOG IS THE GRIM NOT SIRIUS!! LOOK HOW EVIL IT LOOKS AND LOOK AT IT'S EYE'S!! I ASKED CLIFF AND HE SAID IT IS THE GRIM!! Avatar Imagebecmajec says: you asked cliff? i'm sure. Avatar Imageluna.quibbler says: oh wait a mo silly me perhaps that is sirius... i thought it would be the same picture that is on the back of UK prisoner of Azkaban which IS the Grim... that on the other hand might be Sirius... sorry! Avatar Imageluna.quibbler says: your sure what? Avatar Imageluna.quibbler says: yes i know cliff through someone and he signed my books a while agoAvatar Imagebudgie says: Those are lovely art. Lovley prices too! Avatar ImageDanielBonnie28 says: cool!!Avatar Imagefirekeeper says: Wow! Those are really nice sketches.Avatar Imageavrenim says: hermione's face is priceless!Avatar Imagephantomdave79 says: Those are beautiful!Avatar Imagebobbblie says: I'm going into Glasgow on Thurday to see them. an't wait. I feel like somthing Potterish is finally happening in glasgow. woo hoo.Avatar ImageHGROSS44 says: Oh to be wealthy enough to bid on them.Avatar ImageGarden State Geek says: Beautiful art! Avatar Imageoldenoughtoknowbetter says: would be cool to own something like that!Avatar Imagemugglemom4 says: I hope they make a lot of money.

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