14 Jan 2015

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone: The Illustrated Edition

Scholastic & Bloomsbury are releasing illustrated editions of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone! Jim Kay, an award-winning British artist, has been commissioned for the project. The new deluxe hardcover editions will feature 110 illustrations, along with a new cover image (the US and UK editions will apparently have different covers).

In a press release from Scholastic, Kay said "To be given the opportunity to design the characters, the clothing, the architecture and landscapes to possibly the most expansive fantasy world in children’s literature, well let’s just say I’m extremely excited about it."

Kay will also be illustrating the other six books in the series, with one book being released each year (that means Deathly Hallows will be re-released in 2021!) I've got to admit, it's going to be like reliving my childhood all over again.  Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone is currently slated for release on the 6th October 2015. Let the countdown begin!

Hermione Granger
This picture of Hermione is my personal favourite - if you look closely, not only will you see a tribute to JKR, but you'll also find the names of different characters graffiti'ed on the wall behind her.
Ron Weasley

Hagrid

Draco Malfoy

A black and white draft of Harry...

... and the coloured final

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