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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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95 Points

I’ll just get my checkbook out… haha as if I have the money :) Lovely pictures though.

Posted by Happy_Orange on April 19, 2009, 11:15 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, 11:41 AM report to moderator
208 Points


Posted by Rita_Dumbledore94 on April 19, 2009, 12:15 PM report to moderator
368 Points

Wow thats really good. If only i had the money HAHA!

Posted by NargleCatcher on April 19, 2009, 01:27 PM report to moderator
89 Points

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!

Posted by Hannah18 on April 19, 2009, 01:43 PM report to moderator
2422 Points

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 Sirius

Posted by Mr. Brightside on April 19, 2009, 03:41 PM report to moderator
1129 Points

Ha Harry’s face is funny

Posted by clashcityrocker13 on April 19, 2009, 04:44 PM report to moderator
274 Points

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!


Posted by Lilly-Angel1 on April 19, 2009, 05:05 PM report to moderator
1616 Points

Those would look nice up on the wall

Posted by Jersey on April 19, 2009, 05:26 PM report to moderator
3263 Points

I wish I could have these!

Posted by siriuslysirius11 {*SQUEE*} on April 19, 2009, 07:08 PM report to moderator
4844 Points

Great illustration. Cool.

Posted by Lady Grey OoM2,CW*ROAR* on April 19, 2009, 08:04 PM report to moderator
43 Points

Excuse me while I whip out the Amex Black to pay for this.

If only, right? Haha!

Posted by Analise on April 19, 2009, 08:07 PM report to moderator
8069 Points

This is awesome!

Posted by Melinae ♥Squee♥/Professor Truffle on April 19, 2009, 08:20 PM report to moderator
16564 Points

Wonderful illustration!

Posted by Ariel on April 19, 2009, 08:56 PM report to moderator
15914 Points

I don’t really like that illustration. Is it just me? LOL! :D

Posted by Mhæy™⌠R☺AR⌡ on April 20, 2009, 12:10 AM report to moderator
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