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New Harry Potter artist reacts to fan Backlash

September 10th, 2014 by Marc Comments

The Harry Potter series of novels have been given a shiny new re-release in the Uk, with publisher Bloomsbury choosing artist Jonny Duddle’s designs to grace the covers.  

Four artists were approached by Bloomsbury, with Duddle landing the job after writer  J.K. Rowling discovered and liked a character he created, from a ten-year-old Pirates of the Caribbean game. In the years since, Duddle’s been working on his own series of books, including The Pirates Next Door.

But not everyone is happy.  As each of his new covers are revealed, Duddle receives a a constant stream of abuse on Twitter, but he has a very interesting response to any criticism for his artwork.  “All I can really do, as an artist, is draw my vision of that scene,” Duddle says. But he didn’t have complete free reign, his covers were shaped by feedback from Braithwaite, Rowling’s agent Neil Blair and Rowling herself. For each rough copy he produced, Duddle would have a number of changes and revisions suggested, with the artist never sure which of them came from Rowling herself.

Duddle’s covers have been launched  online, where Potter’s enormous fan base is active and make their voices heard. He knows when Bloomsbury have released a new cover because his usually quiet Twitter account goes into overdrive as fans give their verdicts.

Usually the biggest complaint he receives is that Harry looks too young, especially on the cover for the final book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. “He’s only meant to be 17, and he’s always described as being quite slight. Ron is meant to be tall and skinny. The problem is in the film Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint are grown men by that point, and they’ve been working out.”

Source: i09

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Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….