Just last night, one of my book lover friends posted a photo of her copy of the illustrated Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. The book has been on my wishlist since news of it came out some time back.
On my way home from work today, I thought I’d go look at the bookstore if it was available. Turns out it was, and without second thought, I got it.
I was lucky. Many of the books were reserved beforehand, and it wasn’t even on display at the store. Luckily, I asked one of the sales ladies, and she pointed me to the customer service section of the store. The books were still in boxes!
The Illustrated Harry Potter and the Socerer’s is undoubtedly beautiful. The story is familiar, like a friend you’ve known for a very long time and see often. Yet this is the first time that the story has been fully illustrated. The Scholastic versions have an illustration per chapter, but this one has one on almost every page. While I have my ideas on how people and places in the Potterverse appear, Jim Kay’s illustrations offer a fresh perspective on the story.
The artwork is breathtaking, but it’s the details that got to me. There were these small things that made me go “A ha!” because it was so clever I can’t help but think if it had been in the book or not. The chapter about Diagon Alley made the place more real, as well as the illustrations of Hogwarts. I loved the cheekiness of some of the drawings, particularly on pages 20 and 21. And I swear that the illustration on page 24 is a nod to a very popular board game. Blooey says it’s “a gift that keeps on giving”, and I can’t help but agree.
One of the cooler parts of the illustrations were the portraits of the characters. Not everyone was portrayed though, but the ones that are there are very striking. Dumbledore is one of them, and when I saw his page I literally got chills.
I also liked the pages that were ‘excerpts’ from other books in the Potterverse. Dragon eggs and a guide to trolls are there, as well as various landscape illustrations of Hogwarts.
Copies of this are available in Fully Booked and National Bookstore. So far, it seems that only the US version is available here. I bought this for P1,690 (or something like that) at the National Bookstore Cubao. I heard it’s already out of stock in Fully Booked. So many eager Potterheads.
I can’t wait for Chamber of Secrets!
P.S. Do check out Blooey’s giddy report about her copy!
P.P.S. Here is an interview with Jim Kay at the Pottermore website, plus more illustrations!
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