Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Review: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J.K. Rowling. Illustrated by Jim Kay

Synopsis: Prepare to be spellbound by Jim Kay's dazzling depiction of the wizarding world and much loved characters in this full-colour illustrated hardback edition of the nation's favourite children's book – Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. Brimming with rich detail and humour that perfectly complements J.K. Rowling's timeless classic, Jim Kay's glorious illustrations will captivate fans and new readers alike. 

When a letter arrives for unhappy but ordinary Harry Potter, a decade-old secret is revealed to him that apparently he's the last to know. His parents were wizards, killed by a Dark Lord's curse when Harry was just a baby, and which he somehow survived. Leaving his unsympathetic aunt and uncle for Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Harry stumbles upon a sinister mystery when he finds a three-headed dog guarding a room on the third floor. Then he hears of a missing stone with astonishing powers, which could be valuable, dangerous – or both. An incredible adventure is about to begin!

Review: I have truly fallen in love with this book! I have only read (or rather my mum read to me) the first three Harry Potter books, but that was so long along when I was really young. It's about time to read the books properly and what better way to do it than with this beautiful illustrated version?

Jim Kay really did the magic of the story justice. I loved how he managed to make his own mark on how he pictured the characters. For anyone who has seen the films there is all ways the risk that reader will want the images to match the picture they have of characters from. This book manages to bring the characters to life without just sticking to these, you can really love each character again.

I really hope that they bring out the rest of series in this edition. If you have read Harry Potter before I would suggest reading this one as it brings the magic alive all over again. For those who haven't then you are in for a treat! Potter heads are going to love this.

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