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Book Review: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: The Illustrated Edition

This illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone is simply BREATHTAKING!

Book Review: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: The Illustrated Edition

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harry potter and the sorcerer's stone illustrated edition book review

Title & Author: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: The Illustrated Edition (Harry Potter, Book 1) by J.K. Rowling, Jim Kay

Genre: Middle Grade – Fantasy

Release Date: October 6, 2015

Series: Harry Potter Illustrated #1

Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books

How I Got the Book: Bought

Description:

“For the first time, J.K. Rowling’s beloved Harry Potter books will be presented in lavishly illustrated full-color editions. Kate Greenaway-award-winning artist Jim Kay has created over 100 stunning illustrations, making this deluxe format a perfect gift as much for a child being introduced to the series, as for the dedicated fan.

Harry Potter has never been the star of a Quidditch team, scoring points while riding a broom far above the ground. He knows no spells, has never helped to hatch a dragon, and has never worn a cloak of invisibility.

All he knows is a miserable life with the Dursleys, his horrible aunt and uncle, and their abominable son, Dudley — a great big swollen spoiled bully. Harry’s room is a tiny closet at the foot of the stairs, and he hasn’t had a birthday party in eleven years.

But all that is about to change when a mysterious letter arrives by owl messenger: a letter with an invitation to an incredible place that Harry — and anyone who reads about him — will find unforgettable.”

A Harry Potter Fan’s Dream

This is the type of Harry Potter collectible that is completely and utterly worth the cost. The illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone is stunningly imagined.

The book is quite large – roughly 11 x 10 – and very thick.

harry potter and the sorcerer's stone illustrated edition book review


The text is identical to the original first book of the series, but instead of the small illustrations at the beginning of each chapter, there are full layouts of illustrations and little drawings set off to the side or in the middle of the page.

harry potter and the sorcerer's stone illustrated edition book review


The illustrator, Jim Kay, did an incredible job imagining up a world we’ve all seen depicted in the movies. His interpretation of pivotal moments and our favorite characters is spot on.

harry potter and the sorcerer's stone illustrated edition book review


He adds a level of dreaminess and whimsy that is special and vivid.

harry potter and the sorcerer's stone illustrated edition book review


harry potter and the sorcerer's stone illustrated edition book review


harry potter and the sorcerer's stone illustrated edition book review


My photos of this book simply cannot do it justice. I’m in LOVE with the attention to detail and how extraordinary Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone illustrated will be for children – and adults – to come.

I can’t wait to see how the remaining six books are illustrated as well! Just take my money, J.K. Rowling. TAKE IT ALL.

Note: Currently this title is out of stock on Amazon. I purchased this version at Target, and it details for $31.99. I’ve been told Target does price match, which is great because the book is also available at Barnes and Noble for $24.99!

OVERALL:

This new edition of the beginning of Harry Potter’s adventures is a must-have for fans. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: The Illustrated Edition is a treasure to those of us who want to continue to escape into the most beloved fantasy worlds in literature.

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.
  • Jolien @ The Fictional Reader

    I really love this! I want one sooo badly, but I think I’ll ask for one for Christmas or something. Great review, I love the pictures :)

    • http://www.readbreatherelax.com Lisa@Read.Breathe.Relax.

      Great idea :) If you think about it, we’re actually doing our families a favor by giving them something great to buy for us 😀

  • http://aimzeebeauty.blogspot.com.au/ Aimee

    This sounds amazing, definitely is a Harry Potter Fan’s dream!
    x Aimee / http://www.ponderingbooks.com/