Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone: New Illustrated Edition

Welcome to another Writing Wednesday πŸ™‚


(b/c “Book Wednesday” doesn’t sound as good)

I’m sure there are plenty of you who have at least one book that you reread over and over again. One set of books that I, and many others, constantly return to is the Harry Potter series.

These books mean so much to so many people, and I am definitely one of them. Never before (or since!) have I experienced the incredible sensation of growing up with the character I was reading about (the first US edition of Book 1 was published when I was 11). Harry Potter was (as far as he knew) just your average, mildly weird kid, trying to survive life without the love of his parents. Instead, he was forced to share a home with his dimwitted cousin, Dudley, and his aggressively ordinary aunt and uncle who spoiled their own son rotten while treating Harry like something the cat dragged in, ate, then spit up onto the carpet.

Discovering the intricacies of the wizarding world alongside Harry is so much fun, no matter how many times you do it. However, it’s amazing when someone finds a way to breathe new life into something you already love. On October 6th, the new edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, illustrated by Jim Kay, was released by Bloomsbury Publishing.

Jim Kay, the brilliant illustrator behind Patrick Ness’s A Monster Calls (another beautiful book), lent his talents to the new editions of the Harry Potter series with gorgeous results.

In addition to these gems of portraiture, there are double-page spreads of illustration providing the background (literally and figuratively) for the words you’re reading. Eye candy is, like, the understatement of the year.

I am so excited to dive into these new editions and rediscover the world I’ve wished so hard (for 17 years XD ) was real.

If you’re interested in learning more about Jim Kay and his process, check out this nifty video! It’s purdy cool.

Get your hands on a copy of the newly illustrated Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone asap! And don’t worry too much if your face starts to melt while you read it.


It’s gorgeous; I know.


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