Saturday, 13 January 2018
Review: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Illustrated Edition - J.K. Rowling & Jim Kaye
An extraordinary creative achievement by an extraordinary talent, Jim Kay's inspired reimagining of J.K. Rowling's classic series has captured a devoted following worldwide. This stunning new fully illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban brings more breathtaking scenes and unforgettable characters - including Sirius Black, Remus Lupin and Professor Trelawney. With paint, pencil and pixels, Kay conjures the wizarding world as we have never seen it before. Fizzing with magic and brimming with humour, this full-colour edition will captivate fans and new readers alike as Harry, now in his third year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, faces Dementors, death omens and - of course - danger.
Harry Potter Series:
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone: Illustrated Edition (Illustrated by Jim Kay)
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone: 20th Anniversary House Editions
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: Illustrated Edition (Illustrated by Jim Kay)
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: Illustrated Edition (Illustrated by Jim Kay)
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Play Script written with John Tiffany & Jack Thorne)
Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies (Short Story Collection)
Short Stories from Hogwarts of Power, Politics and Pesky Poltergeists (Short Story Collection)
Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide (Short Story Collection)
Other Harry Potter Books & Products:
Harry Potter: Winter at Hogwarts: A Magical Colouring Set (Colouring Book, Gift Tags & a build your own 3D Firebolt in a Keepsake Box)
Incredibuilds: Harry Potter: House-Elves (Deluxe Book and Model Set)
Incredibuilds: Harry Potter: Buckbeak (Deluxe Book and Model Set)
Incredibuilds: Harry Potter: Quidditch (Deluxe Book and Model Set)
J.K. Rowling's Wizarding World: Magical Film Projections: Creatures (Activity Book)
Harry Potter: Magical Film Projections: Patronus Charm (Activity Book)
Harry Potter: The Character Vault - Jody Revenson
IncrediBuilds: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Niffler (Deluxe Book and Model Set)
Visit J.K. Rowling's website or the Pottermore website for more information
Jim Kay talks about Illustrating the series:
It's no secret I'm a crazy Potterhead, I have a ridiculously large collection of books and merchandise but there is no doubt that these gorgeous illustrated editions are some of my favourite items. Jim Kay's gorgeous artwork just adds a whole new level to J.K. Rowling's incredible stories and I can't wait to have the whole collection complete.
As with the previous illustrated editions this is a fantastic quality hardback with glossy pages and illustrations on pretty much every page. The text is a good size and easy to read and I love the way the illustrations vary from tiny little pictures surrounded by text, to subtle background images with text over the top, right through to beautiful full double page spreads. This book in particular has images of Crookshanks and Scabbers scattered throughout which was a fantastic detail (if you remember Crookshanks spends a lot of time chasing Scabbers in this story!).
I've already reviewed the story of Prisoner of Azkaban (you can read that review HERE) so I'm not going to go into detail again but this is still one of my favourite books of the series and Jim Kay's illustrations have only added to that love.
I could have included hundreds of pictures with this review but I've tried to narrow it down to just a few favourites, you'll just have to buy the book if you want to see the rest!
Other reviews of this book:
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