Eight Indian kids feature in Rowling’s Ickabog
It has been lying in the attic of JK Rowling for more than 10 years. Finally, during the pandemic, the Harry Potter famed famous writer decided to wipe the dust off her children’s story book. And Ickabog saw the light of the day.
Over the period of a few weeks, the author released the whole book chapter wise online — for free — for the people to read it. The book is about two children going on an adventure in a fictional Kingdom of Cornucopia. And when she decided to publish it, Rowling thought of upping the game by including her audience in her book. Illustrations were invited from kids ranging age group 7-12 for the competition, wherein the winners’ drawings would get featured in the book.
And now that the book is out, 34 lucky and talented children got their illustrations published in the book. Out of these 34, eight are from India!
The Indian winners are Aron (7), Indrashis, Aria (7), Meghashree (8), Divyanshi (8), Radhya (9), Divymaan (10) and Sai Prasad (11).
Illustration by Radhya, 9, India. Photo courtesy: Hachette India. TM & © J.K. Rowling 2020
Illustration by Meghashree showing Hetty eavesdropping on the guards. TM & © J.K Rowling 2020
Aria’s drawing shows chicken feathers splattered with drops of blood. TM & © J.K Rowling 2020
Sai Prasad, age 11, shows Ickabog. TM & © J.K. Rowling 2020
Divyanshi’s drawing of a night scene where a morose little boy is seated outside a tavern. TM & © J.K. Rowling 2020
Aron’s illustration of Ickabog, a green hairy creature, has made it to the pages of a JK Rowling book. TM & © J.K. Rowling 2020
Divymaan’s illustration of Dovetail. TM & © J.K. Rowling 2020
Rowling's net royalties will go to her charitable Trust, Volant, to help medical and frontline charities supporting vulnerable groups impacted by Covid-19. The audiobook will be read by Stephen Fry, who also read the Harry Potter series audiobooks.