Illustrated Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

By J.K Rowling                Illustrated by Jim Kay

Publisher: Bloomsbury   Pages: 259

Rated: 5 stars

 As everyone knows, Harry Potter is an amazing and a well-loved series – so as soon as they started adding illustrations to the series I had to start collecting them of course!

I loved a lot of the illustrations in the Philosopher’s Stone and here I am adoring the pictures in the second book, the Chamber of Secrets – especially the iconic picture of the flying car. Who wouldn’t want one of those?

On the inside covers you have a large, two-page spread of the greenhouse where the mandrake root was grown. If I had green fingers, it would definitely be a place I would spend a huge amount of my time. It looks so inviting.

The picture on page 12 of Dobbie has aspects that we have obviously seen in the movies, but Jim Kay has definitely made him his own. The big green doe eyes that you just want to drown in are the thing that draws you into this illustration. To me personally, Dobbie is all about his big eyes that just beg and have ‘I am totally innocent’ look.

The two-page spread (pages 208-209) of the spiders creeps me out completely, and that to me says Jim Kay hit the spot! These massive spiders are meant to be scary, disgusting and generally give “the heebeegeebi’s”. It makes me shiver just thinking about it!

There are, of course, many other amazing illustrations in this book, but these specifically spoke to me on my “flip-throughs”.

I yearn to have the time to sit and re-read all the books again, with the stunning pictures to enjoy!

I can’t wait until late in the year when the third illustrated book comes out!


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