Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - Illustrated by Jim Kay

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone: The Illustrated Edition - J.K. Rowling, Jim Kay

This review is more about the art. For a review of the text: click here.


I've been collecting these the past few years as Christmas presents for my husband. They're beautifully done, but as a crazy fan, I of course have some issues. Kay is a fine artist, but its seems like many of his choices of subject were arbitrary, if not bizarre. I was also disappointed in how long it took for any female character at all to be illustrated - Mrs. Dursely doesn't count and you know it!


Throughout the book there are a lot of extra touches, ink blots on the 'parchment' pages and so on, that help make up for it, but only a little.


This makes for a nice present, but I expected something better from a deluxe illustrated edition.


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