I was just looking at this Dust Cover of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Illustrated Edition) and noticed this creature. My first guess as to what it was was a bowtruckle. But Bowtruckles arent that big.

Maximum of eight inches in height, made of bark and twigs with two small

So if anyone could help me out that would be great!

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I hate making this an answer rather than a comment, but I can't post the image in a comment. I reached out to artist Jim Kay and asked him directly - he responded that the answer is revealed in the third book. Anyone w/ that book feel free to answer and I'll toast this post

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    "Next time i revealed"? – Valorum Sep 16 '18 at 16:00
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    @Valorum - shrug the man is a painter, not a writer :) – NKCampbell Sep 16 '18 at 21:58
  • There doesn't appear to be anything in the book that resembles this image aside from 'Dumbledore with a phoenix on his head'; youtube.com/watch?v=Iw6l3jW99z0 – Valorum Sep 16 '18 at 22:29

It resembles the Bloomsbury logo

This may be an "Easter egg" regarding the publisher of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Illustrated Edition).

The Bloomsbury Publishing logo — seen in the bottom right corner of the cover — features a humanoid archer with antlers:

Bloomsbury logo

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On the cover, the figure among the trees is similarly depicted as a silhouette, apparently with antlers.

Jim Kay, the book's artist, included a number of hidden details in his illustrations for the previous novel. While many of these details come from Harry Potter canon, the appearance in Diagon Alley of Kay's dog Leroy is whimsical, just as a hidden publisher's logo might be.


Given that it is an easy-to-miss silhouette my guess is that the painting intentionally left the identity of the creature unknown as it is more mysterious and magical that way.

That being said, you can (not so clearly) see that it is indeed a humanoid figure peering out over a tree and while artist impressions may vary, I would say these over-sized humanoids are a great place to start:

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