If you have any interest in getting your children's novel published, by the way, make sure you click on the Barry Cunningham link. Excellent, excellent advice.
That's a great story! And your dad really only needs a bit more beard and he's there!
I love this! Your dad makes a wonderful wizard!
That's the wizard on the back of my copy - I didn't realise that he'd changed. I'll have to take a look next time I visit my bookshop!Love your magical Dad. Everyone should have a magical Dad :-)
Fascinating. I can definitely see the similarity. And I've always loved that illustration of yours. Well, always since I first saw it ...
Thanks for the comments. Yes, Dad's beard is getting a little silvery these days, but he's stil pretty magical:)
Wow, Thomas! Hadn't realised you'd drawn that cover. It's the copy I have. What a fab story--and good to have The Truth behind the many myths.
Thanks, Lucy. Copies of the book with the first wizard are a little more sought after by collectors, but only I have the amazing apron-wearing original:)
This is Thomas´Dad here.....Thanking you for your magical comments.Yes....life in many ways is a magical journey..and there are many ways we can cast a spell in other peoples lives.
A great story. I have the copy with your Dad-Wizard on the cover! I presumed that it was Professor Quirrel...so this makes for an interesting read. Did you illustrate any other Rowling books?
Hi, Trish. Thanks for commenting. I only illustrated the cover of the first book. If you like, you can read more about my experiences here:http://thatelusiveline.blogspot.com/2009/09/harry-potter-and-missing-artist.html
What a lovely story - that made me quite tearful!
How lovely that you get to spread the magic to those of us with neither wizards nor magical dads.
Brilliant, Thomas! I like your writing perhaps even more than your illustrations.Being mentioned in your blog I consider one of the great achievements of my life (not that I have many more). Thanks!
Hi, Rachel. I'm sorry to hear it!Childonias, thanks for that, and thanks also for getting in touch.
I'm obviously a Johnny-come-lately as my copy has Dumbledore on it. I think it's rather too easy to look at the whole HP phenomenon with hindsight and to imagine which characters were going to catch the readers' imagination. After all, Dumbledore doesn't appear that often in the first book. Why not a picture of Mr Dursley I ask you? ;-)
There is something about HP that seems to bring out the mystery busting side of human nature. It's amazing how many conspiracies there've been about it.
Interesting story! I've sent it around the Twitter machine...am sure there are plenty of Harry Potter fans out there who will love to read this.
Which makes me wonder why you are not on Twitter, since you have so many interesting things to say, you should spread the word.
Thanks, Ian. I'll join soon, especially as facebook might be about to decline. At least, so they say.
Woah Thomas! Your amazing, that picture is my childhood! Thanks so much, I did wonder who it was! :)
Why Dumbledore is Cunningham's old buddy Spike Milligan!
Thanks for that, Anonymous. I'm not sure what you're trying to say, but as this is the second time you've tried to say it, it would be churlish not to let you;-)
hi ive been searching for an answer to this for a long time, i know i have the copy with the picture of your dad on the back, its packed in a box somewhere, i have a question though, do you know which printing they changed the picture? i am just curious as someone has told me it is worth a lot and i would like to know if i need to insure it thanxp.s your dad makes a wonderful wizard!
Hi, Cake Ladie.Thanks for getting in touch. I'm afraid I don't know exactly which edition saw the change in the wizard pictures. All I can tell you (glancing at my own bookshelves) is that the 33rd edition still had the old wizard on it, while the 42nd has Dumbledore. As for its value, I would say that unless you have a very early hardback, your book probably wouldn't be worth insuring. But it is worth preserving it in good condition, as the early paperbacks are already falling apart.best wishesThomas
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