Harry Potter and the Chambers of Secrets Illustrated Edition
Illustrated by Jim Kay
The second part in my Harry Potter Week is the Illustrated Edition of the Chamber of Secrets. Whenever I think of this part of the franchise, I have the image of Kenneth Branagh as Gilderoy Lockhart in my mind. The Chamber of Secrets is follows on from the Philosopher’s Stone and it has been shown on TV plenty of times, so the story is firmly fixed in our minds- luckily the film hasn’t had many changed made to it from the original source material.
There are not as many changes to the Chamber of Secrets in comparison to the Philosopher’s Stone, in terms of film adaptations, but there are numerous little tweaks to scenes and dialogue that makes the most of the action scenes, as I found the final chapter in the Chamber of Secrets to be very short. This is perhaps the only issue I have with the book, as the film makes the ending more climactic as there is more action in terms of the Basilisk chasing Harry.
Favourite Passage: I laughed out loud reading this part!
Context: The two halves of Ron’s wand is held together with spellotape…
“Ron looked as though he’d just been told he had to go and live in the Forbidden Forest.
‘Can you imagine me taking exams with this?’ he asked Harry, holding up his wand, which had just started whistling loudly.”
Along with the image of Harry wielding the sword of Godric Gryffindor, the next two are my favourite images from this gorgeous illustrated edition, Harry entering Tom Riddle’s diary, and the eye of the Basilisk.
Next up… Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Illustrated Edition…