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UK Cover Art Sketches for Prisoner of Azkaban Up for Auction

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Posted by: sue
April 18, 2009, 07:31 PM

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."

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5146 Points

Cool, wish I could afford them.

Posted by Sarep [WBM] [IFTC] [Penguin] on April 18, 2009, 07:39 PM report to moderator
196 Points

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.

Posted by Jaymie Brooks on April 18, 2009, 07:45 PM report to moderator
3048 Points

I wish I possessed the assets needed to participate in this auction!

Posted by Kirk on April 18, 2009, 08:07 PM report to moderator
1116 Points

That’s a gorgeous cover! Harry looks so young in it. Wish I could buy ’em.

Posted by ameema on April 18, 2009, 08:49 PM report to moderator
24135 Points

that’s a really well down picture! :)

Posted by hermyone*ROAR* on April 18, 2009, 09:19 PM report to moderator
4630 Points

ahaha! look at Hermione’s face! she looks freaked OUT!

Posted by Live Laugh Love Potter ♥ROAR♥ on April 18, 2009, 09:46 PM report to moderator
1317 Points

Hermione’s like “What the Hermione Granger”, or in her case, “What the frickin Severus Snape, it’s so high up here, Harry!”

Posted by Hands Up For Detention With Snape on April 18, 2009, 10:06 PM report to moderator
4151 Points

loved it. if only i had the money

Posted by mai {beatnik owl} on April 18, 2009, 10:13 PM report to moderator
9765 Points

Lovely illustration!

Posted by maera-kyrie on April 18, 2009, 10:21 PM report to moderator
5439 Points

This is wonderful news.

Posted by Fleur-de- Lily on April 19, 2009, 05:35 AM report to moderator
923 Points

drools over pic Me – want… Maybe we should do a “GetAClue” Drive… smiles sweetly Please…

Posted by PewterWolf on April 19, 2009, 10:04 AM report to moderator
1812 Points

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!!

Posted by Freya-Storm on April 19, 2009, 10:09 AM report to moderator
2579 Points

Really nice illustration! I wouldn’t mind owning that one!

Posted by Wendelin the Weird on April 19, 2009, 10:21 AM report to moderator
4452 Points

lol. the azkaban trailer is my fave!!!!

4452 Points

oops i mean cover!!! oops soz. thinking about the trailer!!!!!!

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