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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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50 Comments

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3031 Points

Wish i had the money for stuff like this….

Posted by Horcruxalej on April 20, 2009, 12:52 AM report to moderator
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1126 Points

Really? That’s about one week’s worth of my allowance. NOT! LOL :)

Posted by shellymione {WBM} on April 20, 2009, 01:28 AM report to moderator
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Pics are fab… shame not in price range :(

Posted by Trinity Shadow on April 20, 2009, 06:35 AM report to moderator
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1017 Points

Grandiosely! Pictures simply magnificent. It is a pity, that at me they will not be. And auction-is valid fine event.

Posted by lord kerol on April 20, 2009, 07:16 AM report to moderator
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1046 Points

i really like that cover

Posted by bec majec *roar* on April 20, 2009, 08:07 AM report to moderator
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1812 Points

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!!

Posted by Freya-Storm on April 20, 2009, 08:12 AM report to moderator
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1046 Points

you asked cliff?
i’m sure.

Posted by bec majec *roar* on April 20, 2009, 08:13 AM report to moderator
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1812 Points

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!

Posted by Freya-Storm on April 20, 2009, 08:17 AM report to moderator
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1812 Points

your sure what?

Posted by Freya-Storm on April 20, 2009, 08:18 AM report to moderator
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yes i know cliff through someone and he signed my books a while ago

Posted by Freya-Storm on April 20, 2009, 08:20 AM report to moderator
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12005 Points

Those are lovely art. Lovley prices too!

Posted by budgie on April 20, 2009, 10:14 AM report to moderator
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212 Points

cool!!

Posted by DanielBonnie28 on April 20, 2009, 10:40 AM report to moderator
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159 Points

Wow! Those are really nice sketches.

Posted by firekeeper on April 20, 2009, 01:17 PM report to moderator
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hermione’s face is priceless!

Posted by avrenim [WBM!] on April 20, 2009, 01:55 PM report to moderator
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Those are beautiful!

Posted by phantomdave79 on April 20, 2009, 06:49 PM report to moderator
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