Illustrated Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

By J.K Rowling and Illustrations by Jim Kay

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc   Pages: 247

Rating: 4.5 stars

Everybody knows the Harry Potter books and their stories. We have now been lucky enough to be given the excuse to read them again.

For me this book is all about the amazing illustrations inside. Most of us have seen the films who knows how many times, and read the books just as many. These pictures come so close to how I envisaged the story as a child when the books first came out.

The two-page spread (pages 80-81), and the front dust jacket, of the Hogwarts Express gives off a magical feel with the owls flying, steam making everywhere hazy and billowing from the dragon chimney really gives off fearful excitement.

Each illustration has a magical feel about it and draws you in just like J.K. Rowling’s writing. Some of the drawings give off information, such as the Dragon Eggs (page 184) and the two-page spread of Newt Scamander’s Guide to Trolls (pages 146-147). I really think that those were an ingenious idea.

My favourite picture is on page 238 and is a simple drawing of Harry himself. It is not brightly coloured or vibrant; it has the look and feel of a pencil portrait and just had me falling in love with the story illustrator.

I think this book is brilliant for younger and older readers, first timers and for those who know the stories by heart.

Harry Potter Illustrated book 1 (2)

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