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  1. Discussion topic This October, you can pick up a newly designed, full-colour version of the first Harry Potter story, brought to life by MinaLima; the design studio who mastermind the artistry that helps bring Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts to life.
  2. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone vs Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone So why did the name change? It dates back to when the rights were sold for the first book: Scholastic Corporation bought the U.S. publishing rights for what was then known as Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, forking out a comparably high $105,000 for the privilege. It was changed by the American publisher, Scholastic, because it thought American children wouldn't want to read a book with "philosopher" in the title. Eventually, the author suggested Sorcerer's Stone, and that's how the book is known in the U.S. market where Scholastic had the rights. Other quotes from around the world; "The publisher thought "Sorcerer" would better convey the magical tone of the series. So uninformed children would know it's about a wizard, not a philosopher." " Because apparently they thought Americans wouldn't know what a philosopher's stone is..." Rowling later admitted in a web chat for BBC Red Nose Day in 2001 that she regretted the decision. When asked if it bothered her that the name of the book had been changed in the U.S., she wrote that "they changed the first title, but with my consent. To be honest, I wish I hadn't agreed now, but it was my first book, and I was so grateful that anyone was publishing me I wanted to keep them happy ..." What name do you prefer?
  3. NEW YORK: Scholastic, the global children's publishing, education and media company, today revealed the cover of a stunning new edition of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Scholastic Inc. Trade Hardcover Edition ISBN 978-1-338-59670-0; $37.99; All Ages) to be published on October 20, 2020. This innovative edition of the first book in the Harry Potter series is designed and illustrated by the award-winning design studio MinaLima, best known for establishing the visual graphic style of the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts films. With brilliant full-color illustrations on nearly every page, this new edition also includes eight interactive special paper craft features. Readers can open the beautifully designed, elaborately folded Hogwarts letter and Diagon Alley shopping list, reveal the magical entryway to Diagon Alley, open a die-cut, fold-out Hogwarts Castle, make a sumptuous feast appear in the Great Hall, and more. This new edition of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone is the perfect way to start a new generation of readers on their Hogwarts journey, and at the same time is sure to be a treasured keepsake for fans to add to their collection, said Ellie Berger, President Scholastic Trade. The Harry Potter series continues to inspire readers of all ages with its universal themes of friendship, imagination and the triumph of good over evil. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone was published by Scholastic in the U.S. in September 1998 with a first printing of 50,000 copies. More than 20 years later, the Harry Potter book series has sold more than 500 million copies worldwide. Twenty years of designing for the Wizarding World have come full circle in this extraordinary opportunity to depict Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone in a whole new way. From creating Harry's Hogwarts acceptance letter for the first film, to envisioning his world for this new illustrated edition, MinaLima's many invitations to visualize this fantastic universe never cease to beguile. We have sought to bring together our artistry with J.K. Rowling's singular storytelling to offer the reader a completely fresh experience of this now new classic work, said Eduardo Lima & Miraphora Mina. MINALIMA DESIGN is an award-winning graphic design studio founded by Miraphora Mina and Eduardo Lima, best known for their ten-year involvement in the Harry Potter film franchise, where they established the visual graphic style of the film series. From their London studio they have continued telling stories through visuals from designing books and packaging to creating graphic props for films such as Sweeney Todd (2007), The Imitation Game (2014), and the Fantastic Beasts films. They also designed the bestselling books The Case of Beasts Explore the Film Wizardry of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, The Archive of Magic Explore the Film Wizardry of Fantastic Beasts The Crimes of Grindelwald, J.K. Rowling's screenplays for the Fantastic Beasts films, Peter Pan, The Jungle Book, Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid and Other Fairy Tales, The Secret Garden, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, and The Adventures of Pinocchio. Look out for the new edition of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, coming 20 October 2020, published by Bloomsbury in the UK and Scholastic in the US. News Source: Scholastic

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