Sorry, You Asked WHY You Need the Illustrated Harry Potter Book in Your Life?!!!

March 25, 2016 Book Review 4

Story by J.K.Rowling . Illustrated by Jim Kay

So I was going to so a full on review for this book, but then I realised that I already have right here. Word-wise this book is no different from the original Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone. From the ‘Yer a Wizard Harry’ to the game of life size wizards chess!

But then when you look at the rest of the book (not including the words) there is of course one giant difference … it’s illustrated! (and beautifully done too!)

I was trying to think back to the last illustrated book I read and I honesty can’t remember what it was. I’m going to take a guess that I was probably around age 8, and I was totally obsessed with Percy the Park Keeper at the time. Now, no offence to Nick Butterworth, but he’s got nothing on Jim Kay’s beautiful illustrations in this book.


The entire book really is a work of art (so much that I always wash my hands before picking it up! I’m a nerd like that!) and I would love to have every single illustration within it in a frame on my wall at home. Some of my absolute favourite images include Platform 9 3/4, Hogwarts and the Mirror of Erised. There is also a totally creepy image of Voldemort’s eye peeking out from the back of Quirrell’s head as he unwraps his turban.

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And that’s just the full page/double page spread images. There are also tons of mini illustrations within the written pages that the story is told on. They make such great additions to the pages and it’s really cute to have owls etc flying through the pages.


So does it add anything to the story? Hells yes! Sure, I’ll admit that the way that Jim Kay has illustrated Harry & Hogwarts is not exactly how I imagined it, but it most definitely didn’t ruin the story for me.

Instead it adds extra layers of magic to an already magical book and gives us fans another beautiful book to add to our collections.


If you haven’t already, I would definitely recommend you getting yourself a copy of this book, and whilst you are at it, pre-order yourself a copy of the illustrated version of HP & the Chamber of Secrets too!

Buy Links

Harry Potter & the Philosophers Stone Illustrated
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Other books in the Harry Potter Illustrated Edition Series:

Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets Illustrated
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4 Responses to “Sorry, You Asked WHY You Need the Illustrated Harry Potter Book in Your Life?!!!”

  1. Amanda Marie

    It is a gorgeous book! I had been eyeing it since it was released and was actually about to purchase it twice. My sister gifted it to my yesterday as part of my birthday present. I cannot wait to take the time to read it! I also am going to have to add Illustrated Chamber of Secrets to my wishlist ASAP!
    Thanks for sharing and I hope you have a wonderful Easter (if you celebrate)!

    • Brocs Bookcase

      I got mine as a gift too. My sisters just seem to always get me Harry Potter presents now every birthday and Christmas, it’s perfect! I hope you enjoy it. Me too, I can’t wait to have all 7 on my shelf together! 🙂

  2. Becky @ A Fool's Ingenuity

    I already own a copy of this book and isn’t it just stunning? The artwork is perfect even when it doesn’t match your own ideas from the books because they add something to the story. They really have a magic of their own and make you see the book with fresh eyes again.

    This is the perfect book for younger children getting into the Harry Potter series. I know a lot of my friends parents read Harry Potter to them growing up before bed and this would be the perfect copy to do that with. But regardless of that, it’s a beautiful copy for anyone to own. I didn’t realise you could preorder the next one already! I got my copy cheap at Tesco, I probably should preorder a copy but I may keep my fingers crossed for Chamber of Secrets to turn up at Tesco for £15.

    • Brocs Bookcase

      Haha, that’s true. The same thing happened with the 7th HP book, I pre-ordered and the next day they were half the price. But totally worth it!
      I’m definitely going to be reading HP to my future kids!