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New York, NY (June 8, 2007) -- Scholastic, the global children’s publishing, education and media company, today released the exclusive deluxe edition artwork for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, J.K. Rowling’s seventh and final Harry Potter book due in stores on July 21st.  The deluxe edition will be published simultaneously with the trade edition.  The dramatic art was created by Mary GrandPré, the acclaimed illustrator of all U.S. editions of the Harry Potter books.
David Saylor, Vice President, Creative Director, Scholastic described the art:  “Set during a highly dramatic sunset, Harry, Hermione, and Ron--clothes in tatters--cling atop a flying dragon in this astonishing artwork created by Mary GrandPré for the deluxe edition. As mist creeps down towering hillsides to a village below, questions arise about where the trio is headed and what has led them to this spellbinding moment.”
In addition to the stunning wraparound cover illustration, the deluxe edition includes never-before-seen full color frontispiece art on special paper.  There is also an “Illustration Showcase” insert that features near scale reproductions of Mary GrandPré's chapter openers. Additionally, the deluxe edition includes an exclusive bonus black-and-white illustration that appears at the end of the “Illustration Showcase”.  The custom-designed slipcase is foil stamped and contains a full-cloth case book that has been blind-stamped on the front and back cover with foil stamping on the spine.  The book includes full-color endpapers featuring jacket art from the trade edition.  The deluxe edition will be a total of 816 pages; the suggested retail price is $65.00 and the print run will be 100,000 copies.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, J.K. Rowling’s sixth Harry Potter book was released on July 16, 2005, and was the fastest-selling book in history selling 6.9 million copies in the first 24 hours.  All six Harry Potter books, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince have been number one bestsellers in the Unites States, Britain, and around the world.  Scholastic is printing an unprecedented 12 million copies of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows which will be released at 12:01 a.m. on July 21, 2007.  The American editions of the Harry Potter books are published under Scholastic’s Arthur A. Levine imprint.
Scholastic Corporation (NASDAQ: SCHL) is the world's largest publisher and distributor of children's books and a leader in educational technology.  Scholastic creates quality educational and entertaining materials and products for use in school and at home, including children's books, magazines, technology-based products, teacher materials, television programming, film, videos and toys.  The Company distributes its products and services through a variety of channels, including proprietary school-based book clubs, school-based book fairs, and school-based and direct-to-home continuity programs; retail stores, schools, libraries and television networks; and the Company's Internet site,

Kris Moran
Kyle Good