Review: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: Illustrated Edition

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: Illustrated Edition

J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter #1

Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books
Publication date: 6-Oct-2015
Date Finished: 5-Nov-2017
Format: Hardback
Pages: 256
Genres: Juvenile, Fantasy
ISBN: 9780545790352
Source: Barnes & Noble
Reading Challenges: Goodreads Reading Challenge & Beat the Backlist Challenge


“The beloved first book of the Harry Potter series, now fully illustrated by award-winning artist Jim Kay.

For the first time, J.K. Rowling’s beloved Harry Potter books will be presented in lavishly illustrated full-color editions. Kate Greenaway-award winning artist Jim Kay has created over 100 stunning illustrations, making this deluxe format a perfect gift as much for a child being introduced to the series, as for the dedicated fan.

Harry Potter has never been the star of a Quidditch team, scoring points while riding a broom far above the ground. He knows no spells, has never helped to hatch a dragon, and has never worn a cloak of invisibility.

All he knows is a miserable life with the Dursleys, his horrible aunt and uncle, and their abominable son, Dudley–a great big swollen spoiled bully. Harry’s room is a tiny closet at the foot of the stairs, and he hasn’t had a birthday party in eleven years.

But all that is about to change when a mysterious letter arrives by owl messenger: a letter with an invitation to an incredible place that Harry–and anyone who reads about him—will find unforgettable.”



On this blog I have reviewed Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone twice before (in 2012 here, and in 2013 here), so this is more a review of what makes this an illustrated edition, AKA the illustrations. Since this version was published I had been saying I was going to start rereading the series again (because I was long overdue), but alas two years have past and I just now got around to it. Although now I get to reread the series with the first three as illustrated editions.

This version of the novel is much more like a bedtime story (that takes a few nights to read). This is mainly due to the size of the book. To showcase the beautiful illustrations, the publisher enlarged the book and it has 256 full-color pages making it a bit heavy as well. I don’t find the size and weight to be a detriment though because if someone wanted this book as a light, transit-able read they could buy the paperback.

While I do not think the illustrations added much to the story, (as it is already a wonderful story), they are very intricate and interesting illustrations done in a variety of mediums. Favorites of mine include the castle and when Hagrid drops off Harry in chapter 1. While they don’t add to the story, they do give the characters a little more life.

I will always recommend this series it is full of magic and tells a wonderfule tale. I would recommend this version in particular to new, young readers to get them into the series.

About the Author

“Although she writes under the pen name J.K. Rowling, pronounced like rolling, her name when her first Harry Potter book was published was simply Joanne Rowling. Anticipating that the target audience of young boys might not want to read a book written by a woman, her publishers demanded that she use two initials, rather than her full name. As she had no middle name, she chose K as the second initial of her pen name, from her paternal grandmother Kathleen Ada Bulgen Rowling. She calls herself Jo and has said, “No one ever called me ‘Joanne’ when I was young, unless they were angry.” Following her marriage, she has sometimes used the name Joanne Murray when conducting personal business. During the Leveson Inquiry she gave evidence under the name of Joanne Kathleen Rowling. In a 2012 interview, Rowling noted that she no longer cared that people pronounced her name incorrectly.”



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