It just goes to show you how behind I am on news that, several years ago, I would’ve been aware of AGES before it happened. Today, on one of my Barnes & Noble visits, as I was making a bee-line for the Children’s Books section, I passed by a 4-step display and once THIS COVER registered in my mind ❗ , I doubled back to get a better look. As if put under the Imperius Curse 😕 , as I stepped forward my arms raised and I snatched a copy from its perch. I greedily put it in a basket to peruse along with the dozen other picture books I would gather. Of course, I saved looking at this for last 😎 .
As soon as I opened the book and saw the caliber of the illustrations, I was compelled to attempt capturing them to share with you. A few are blurry (I’m sorry; I’m photographically challenged ), but these are only a handful of what fills this glorious book anyway. You simply MUST see this in person for yourself!
I just love how Jim Kay, the extraordinarily talented illustrator, captured the essence of the characters, creatures and settings according to J. K. Rowling’s descriptions. Remember you can click on each picture to get an enlarged view. Enjoy!
First we come upon the despicable Dursleys:
Hagrid arrives on Sirius’s motorcycle:
Harry in his cupboard under the stairs:
The grappling for Harry’s letter from Hogwarts:
Hagrid comes to rescue Harry from Vernon Dursley at the shack on the sea:
The first leg of Harry’s journey into the wizarding world as he and Hagrid depart:
DIAGON ALLEY! I think this is just incredible 😀 :
The magnificent Hogwarts Express:
When Harry first meets his best bud, Ron Weasley:
I really think this Sorting Hat is amazing looking:
Hermione working her magic:
Quidditch above Hogwarts!
As Professor Quirrel reveals none other than Voldemort!
A misty Hogwarts:
Are these illustrations stunning or what?!
What do you think? Have you gotten a chance to see this book yet? I want to know! I just LOVE it! 😀