Illustrated Edition (2015) Artwork by Jim Kay
On the eve of my family’s departure to Universal Studios Orlando to visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, I thought it only fitting to blog about the incomparable Harry Potter books, specifically Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone Illustrated Edition. For Christmas, we received new edition of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and it is absolutely gorgeous. One of our family’s most beloved stories seems fully renewed in this illustrated edition. In addition to the beautiful pictures by artist Jim Kay, the book also boasts a much larger size and has exceedingly high-quality presentation: gorgeous heavy duty high-gloss paper, well-bound hard back, and with enough heft to seem very important indeed.
This book is one to be curled up and read aloud, to be handled delicately, and to be treated as an heirloom rather than just another paperback to jam on the bookshelf. In fact, we did just that, we bundled up on the couch and started reading it as a family on Christmas night.
For those who have managed to avoid reading the Harry Potter books so far — or for those who decided they would wait to read it to their children when the time was right — I strongly recommend starting with the illustrated version. The story comes to life not only through JK Rowling’s amazing words but also now through the pictures of Jim Kay. In it, we travel from Surrey to London to Hogwarts Castle along side young Harry Potter and experience the amazing world of magic with him.
You can find a complete review of the first Harry Potter novel here: https://www.nytimes.com/books/99/02/14/reviews/990214.14childrt.html
These stories really are among the best books I have ever read and they have become a major part of the lives of my children, my husband, and I and we were thrilled to get this illustrated version and discover another way to celebrate that love.
I will be back to work posting on the blog in about two weeks!