Harry Potter has been an obsession of mine for far too many years to count, I’ve read the books numerous times, seen the film, been to the studio tour and the Wizarding World in Orlando. Yet as more Potter elements are unleashed into the world I’m as excited as I was when the publication date for the Deathly Hallows finally arrived.
I’ve gained tickets to see the eighth instalment of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child as it enters the West End later this year, although still quite a while away. But my most recent Potter acquisition is the very first story: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone has been beautifully illustrated by Jim Kay, bringing magic and mischief to Harry’s much loved world.
It’s a new awakening to a tale many of us are familiar with, yet these different faces, Harry’s in particular seem to capture more of the character then I think the films may have done. There’s a sadness in Harry’s face that truly depicts his miserable existence at the Dursley’s, Hagrid booms through the page, the very half giant of his description. I also love the settings from the quirky Diagon Alley, with shops all shapes and sizes to the enormous grandeur of Hogwarts transporting us to the magical world.
The story now contains through Kay’s illustration elements of Harry’s Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them textbook, to Hagrid’s borrowed Dragon Breeding library book. The illustrations enhance Rowling’s story, capture all the magic and suspense of the tale, it’s beautifully done and cleverly intertwines all aspects of Potter’s new-found world.
This is a brilliant book for any potter fan, or to entice those who are yet to enter the wizarding world, published by Bloomsbury and priced at £30, it’s a book to add to your shelves.