You probably yawned, groaned or sighed, when you read the heading of this post. Maybe you thought: “When will she stop posting Harry Potter things?” or “Harry Potter? The illustrated version? That is a children’s book!” But since this is the my favourite series and nothing will ever come before it, I got I wanted to share my thoughts on it with you.
The Harry Potter illustrated versions are basically the same books like the original Harry Potter and the Philosopher’ Stone/Chamber of Secrets by J. K. Rowling, except they feature one of the most talented artists currently living – Jim Kay. The illustrations are beautiful and really nice to look at. My favourite part is that the illustrator wasn’t inspired how the characters looked from the movies to draw them, but found his inspiration from the books and e.g. Hermione has really frizzy hair and not just curls. Ron has a long nose and Harry really has messy hair. Also Aunt Petunia and Dudley are blonde and not brunettes. Everything is as the books described it.
If you don’t know the story of Harry Potter, because you were living under a rock (just kidding!), I will explain it once more. Harry Potter is an orphan, who is forced to live with his Uncle and Aunt and their terrible son Dudley. They don’t treat him well at all and always blame him for everything bad that happens. He never knew his parents, since they died, when he was a baby. One day a mysterious letter arrives and everything is about to change. His aunt and uncle won’t let him read them and even go on a trip to a small house on a small island in the sea to keep him away from these letters. When a giant called Hagrid knocks down the front door and tells him that he is a wizard, Harry’s whole live is about to change. He finds out that his parents were wizards too and that the mysterious letters are his acceptance letters for Hogwarts, a school for witchcraft and wizardry.
Both of the illustrated verions are beautiful and since they each have been released in October over the last two years, I’m hoping for Prisoner of Azkaban this year. In general I’m hoping for more illustrated versions, since my favourites – Order of the Phoenix and Halfblood Prince – are further down the line. It will be interesting to see the characters develop in Jim Kay’s art style. I wish him luck for Order of the Phoenix, because it is the longest in the series with 257.045 words. That’s a lot of pages to illustrate.