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Cover of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling, Illustrated by Jim Kay. 

An Illustrated Version of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is Coming Soon

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Cover of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling, Illustrated by Jim Kay. 

Last year, British illustrator Jim Kay put a new spin on Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by coupling author J.K. Rowling's words with vivid illustrations. It was the first volume in the artist's project to illustrate all seven books in the series. This year, Scholastic (Bloomsbury Publishing in the UK) will be releasing the second book, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

The text, to be released on October 4, will feature 115 full-color images that playfully reimagine scenes of the original story. Readers can relive all the action as Harry Potter meets Dobby the house elf, professor Gilderoy Lockhart, the emotional bathroom spirit Moaning Myrtle, and more.

Click to enlarge // Illustrations by Jim Kay © Bloomsbury Publishing 2015

"Seeing Jim Kay's illustrations moved me profoundly," J.K. Rowling said. "I love his interpretation of Harry Potter's world, and I feel honoured and grateful that he has lent his talent to it."

You can pre-order it on Amazon, or pick up the first book here.

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A Hamilton-Themed Cookbook is Coming
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Fans of Broadway hit Hamilton will soon be able to dine like the Founding Fathers: As Eater reports, a new Alexander Hamilton-inspired cookbook is slated for release in fall 2017.

Cover art for Laura Kumin's forthcoming cookbook
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Called The Hamilton Cookbook: Cooking, Eating, and Entertaining in Hamilton’s World, the recipe collection by author Laura Kumin “takes you into Hamilton’s home and to his table, with historical information, recipes, and tips on how you can prepare food and serve the food that our founding fathers enjoyed in their day,” according to the Amazon description. It also recounts Hamilton’s favorite dishes, how he enjoyed them, and which ingredients were used.

Recipes included are cauliflower florets two ways, fried sausages and apples, gingerbread cake, and apple pie. (Cue the "young, scrappy, and hungry" references.) The cookbook’s official release is on November 21—but until then, you can stave off your appetite for all things Hamilton-related by downloading the musical’s new app.

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New Tolkien-Themed Botany Book Describes the Plants of Middle-Earth
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While reading The Lord of the Rings saga, it's hard not to notice J.R.R. Tolkien’s clear love of nature. The books are replete with descriptions of lush foliage, rolling prairies, and coniferous forests. A new botany book builds on that knowledge. Entertainment Weekly reports that Flora of Middle-Earth: Plants of J.R.R. Tolkien's Legendarium provides fantasy-loving naturalists with a round-up of plants that grow in Middle-earth.

Written by University of Florida botanist Walter Judd, the book explores the ecology, etymology, and importance of over 160 plants. Many are either real—coffee, barley, wheat, etc.—or based on real-life species. (For example, pipe-weed may be tobacco, and mallorns are large trees similar to beech trees.)

Using his botany background, Judd explores why Tolkien may have felt compelled to include each in his fantasy world. His analyses are paired with woodcut-style drawings by artist Graham Judd, which depict Middle-earth's flowers, vegetables, fruits, herbs, and shrubs in their "natural" environments.

[h/t Entertainment Weekly]

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