Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone Illustrated Edition

In the lead up to Christmas I am going to post everyday about Harry Potter. There will be short reviews of the Illustrated Editions of Philosopher’s Stone, Chamber of Secrets, Prisoner of Azkaban and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, plus the two companion books A History of Magic that were released in conjunction with the British Library exhibition, plus reviews of the stage play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, and the British Library’s Exhibition of A History of Magic.  

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone Illustrated Edition
J.K. Rowling
Illustrated by Jim Kay

I was in the mother of all reading slumps during the past month or so, and the book that got me back to reading was this. The festive period always coincides with the Harry Potter films being shown on television, but I rarely reread books as I have so many books I haven’t read yet that need to be read. But this year, I’ve decided to revisit the books that have been released in illustrated editions, and judging by this read, they are going to be the perfect festive reads. 

It has been a number of years since I last read the book, and I knew there would be differences from the film (which I’ve seen 257 times) and the book, but there were a few instances that took me by surprise…

  • Neville being with Harry, Ron and Hermione when they stumbled upon Fluffy. (I’ve seen the film so many times that this piece of information must have been replaced!)
  • Harry’s Christmas Presents: The 50 pence piece from Aunt Petunia and Uncle Vernon shocked me!
  • The task after the chess match…it has indeed been a while since I read Philosopher’s Stone, and the film is again different to the book in this regard.

Jim Kay’s illustrations are wonderful! The Hogwarts Express immediately makes a lasting impression on the reader when looking at the front cover. The detail is so intricate that it seems real. It is but one of my favourite images, but below are my favourite three from the book…
















And there we are, book one done, next up Chamber of Secrets!

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