Bookshelf Beauty – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Illustrated Edition)

I love Harry Potter. I grew up reading the series and waited impatiently with millions of other fans for each new book to be released. I was already an avid reader, but Harry’s world captivated me and I wished so hard for a letter to arrive inviting me to Hogwarts. (There’s obviously been some sort of terrible admin error, but I’ve still got my fingers crossed for next year!)

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When the illustrated books were announced I’d not heard of the extremely talented Jim Kay before. I read with interest about his awards and his down to earth nature in various newspaper articles and interviews about the new books. I wondered how he would fair in transforming the books into a visually pleasing medium. It seemed almost an impossible task to please everyone, since the characters are already so well-known and loved.

I think Kay has done a wonderful job of bringing Rowling’s world to life in a fresh and interesting way. I absolutely love the illustrated version of The Philosopher’s Stone and can’t wait for The Chamber of Secrets to be released next month.

Copyright: Rowling, Kay Bloomsbury Publishing PLC 2015
Copyright: Rowling, Kay, Bloomsbury Publishing PLC 2015

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The characters have a realness to them and the settings are wonderfully magical. One of my favourite illustrations is of the Forbidden Forest.

Copyright: Rowling, Kay Bloomsbury Publishing PLC 2015
Copyright: Rowling, Kay, Bloomsbury Publishing PLC 2015

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I’m really looking forward to seeing all of the other books in the series and I think that these books will be a wonderful addition to any book lovers’ bookshelves.

Wishing you all Magical Sandy Toes!

Lou x

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