Author: J.K. Rowling & Jim Kay (Illustrator)
Released: 6 October 2015
Series: Harry Potter #1
Prepare to be spellbound by Jim Kay's dazzling depiction of the wizarding world and much loved characters in this full-colour illustrated hardback edition of the nation's favourite children's book – Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. Brimming with rich detail and humour that perfectly complements J.K. Rowling's timeless classic, Jim Kay's glorious illustrations will captivate fans and new readers alike.
When a letter arrives for unhappy but ordinary Harry Potter, a decade-old secret is revealed to him that apparently he's the last to know. His parents were wizards, killed by a Dark Lord's curse when Harry was just a baby, and which he somehow survived. Leaving his unsympathetic aunt and uncle for Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Harry stumbles upon a sinister mystery when he finds a three-headed dog guarding a room on the third floor. Then he hears of a missing stone with astonishing powers, which could be valuable, dangerous – or both. An incredible adventure is about to begin!
Like a majority of the population on the planet, I LOVE Harry Potter! J.K. Rowling created such a fantastical magical world and flawlessly created a storyline, where a small detail in one book, suddenly appears as a major plot point in the next.
Upon hearing that the books were going to be re-released with illustrations, I was super excited, like most people within the Potter Fandom. Having a legitimate excuse to buy more Harry Potter books (other than just 'I want to own every single book in every single edition, just because!), was also a good bonus!
Rereading the series is always a highlight for me. I love jumping back into the world and I always find things I had forgotten, or something I didn't notice before. It really does feel like coming home! This edition was such a fabulous way to dive back into the series again, since it's been a few years since I've done a reread.
The illustrated edition is gorgeous - from small illustrations around the page, to single and double full-page artwork, Jim Kay has done a fabulous job bringing to life the Wizarding World and the characters we've grown to love. His interpretations feel very acurate to my imagining of the world, and he really brought the characters to life.
I recommend that any Harry Potter fan pick this book up if they haven't already, because it is such a beautiful addition to your collection. I can't wait for Chamber of Secrets to be released, and the rest of the series, and seeing how Jim Kay brings new characters and places to life.
Check out some of my favourite illustrations: