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Q&A with Harry Potter anniversary illustrator Levi Pinfold

Q&A with Harry Potter anniversary illustrator Levi Pinfold

Levi Pinfold is the award-winning illustrator behind the 20th anniversary Hogwarts House edition of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. 

Goblet of Fire new editions

Originally born in the United Kingdom, Levi Pinfold now lives in northern NSW. He is known for his picture books The Django, Greenling and Black Dog, which won the prestigious CILIP Kate Greenway medal in 2013.

Ravenclaw illustrated cover

How long was your process for drawing The Goblet of Fire?

It’s a bit of a time warp to tell the truth. I tend to keep working until all the work is done, which leaves me confused about what day, month or year it is most of the time! As far as I can recall, actual drawing time took around a month and a half. We discussed what should be in the pictures for a while longer than that, so the whole process was spaced out over 2-3 months.

Did you get to collaborate with J.K. Rowling or was it your project entirely?

Mostly I collaborate with a creative team at Bloomsbury over email. Once we have settled on more finalised images in house, we send the pictures off for approval. We’ll receive some helpful feedback, and then I’ll disappear into my studio to finish everything off. The whole thing is a collaboration with lots of people giving input, so it's a team effort.

Gryffindor illustrated cover

Your character drawings feature pretty intense detailing - which was the most challenging? 

They all have their challenges! Nagini’s scales took a bit of head scratching, but Cedric was the hardest to reach a consensus upon. It took quite a few versions before he was deemed attractive enough!

 Which Hogwarts House do you think you would belong to?

Ravenclaw. I’d hang out in the library all day if I could.

The new Hogwarts House editions will be released on the 23rd of January.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: 20th Anniversary Hogwarts House Edition by J K Rowling (illustrated by Levi Pinfold) is published by Bloomsbury.