To mark 20 years since Harry Potter mania first gripped the world, a series of Hogwarts house–themed editions of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone were designed by award–winning illustrator Levi Pinfold. In conversation with Adele Walsh, he talks about the joys of delving into the world of Slytherin, Ravenclaw, Gryffindor and Hufflepuff; the responsibility he felt to the book’s devout fans; and why he thinks the story still means so much to so many. Rec. 9+

Levi Pinfold (Australian)

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Levi Pinfold is the cover illustrator of the Harry Potter 20th Anniversary Hogwarts House editions. Levi has been drawing from imagination for as long as he can remember. His published picture books are The Django, Greenling and Black Dog, which won the prestigious CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal in 2013. He is also the illustrator of The Song from Somewhere Else, written by A.F. Harrold. Originally from the UK, Levi now lives in northern NSW. He likes paintings, books, music, and some cats.

Adele Walsh (Australian)

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Adele Walsh joined the State Library of Victoria in 2011 as the Centre for Youth Literature’s Program Coordinator. Her experience as an avid Young Adult literature reader and a passionate youth literature advocate informed her successful Young Adult blog, Persnickety Snark. Adele has a professional background as a teacher and in her role provides content for the Centre for Youth Literature’s website, Inside a Dog, as well as programming events that promote literature to young adults. She is also the co-host of Unladylike, a podcast on women and writing. In 2018 Adele has been a Mentor for the Youth Curators as part of the 2018 All Day YA Program.