A FATHER-OF-TWO has been chosen to illustrate the new covers for the Harry Potter books.
Award-winning Flintshire illustrator and children’s author Jonny Duddle from Nannerch was handpicked by JK Rowling and publishers Bloomsbury for the new editions coming out in September.
Mr Duddle said he was hugely excited about the project.
“I couldn’t have asked for more enjoyable subject matter,” he said. “It’s exciting but it’s also daunting and I feel the weight of responsibility.”
Having won the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize in 2012 for his picture book The Pirates Next Door, Mr Duddle is kept busy working on his own writing as well as illustrations for other commissions.
With a background in the computer games industry and four of his own picture books to his name, one of which is being televised by a French television company, Mr Duddle’s artwork has also appeared in Aardman films and Terry Pratchett novels.
However, Harry Potter was too good an invitation to miss so when a few artists were asked to submit a test copy, everything else was briefly put on hold.
“They told us what they wanted,” said Mr Duddle, 40, who is married to wife Jane and has two daughters Daisy, eight, and Rosie, four,
It’s the scene in the story when the children get off the train. They’re being helped along by Hagrid and they see Hogwarts across the lake for the first time.
“It was just a case of working out a nice way of doing it,” he said.
Just two weeks after submitting his picture, he heard he’d been chosen.
With all seven to be published on September 1, Mr Duddle is busy working his way through what he described as Rowling’s “wonderful books”.
“I’m just hoping my illustrations faithfully reflect the characters and world she created,” he said.