The New Harry Potter

21 Jan 2015 by Lauren Kisicki, No Comments »

Ever since its 1997 release, there have been many ways to enjoy J.K. Rowling’s world of Harry Potter, from books to movies to Pottermore.com. But now we’ll get to see the Wizarding World in a brand-new, fully illustrated way. That’s right- Scholastic publishing recently announced that the beloved books will be reimagined by artist Jim Kay, the recipient of Britain’s Kate Greenway Medal in 2012 for A Monster Calls. It was a surprising choice of illustrator, as most suspected the books would be done by the beloved original cover and chapter illustrator, Mary GrandPré. The new version of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone will be released on October 6th of 2015 and the rest will follow, one per year. As a preview for the upcoming release, five images have been revealed to the public of Harry, Ron, Hermione, Hagrid, Draco, and Hogwarts itself.

photo credits: http://static2.hypable.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/harry-potter-illustrated-character-2015.jpg?324e9a

 

photo credits: http://cdn.collider.com/wp-content/uploads/harry-potter-illustrated-ron-weasley.jpeg

 

photo credits: http://cdn.collider.com/wp-content/uploads/harry-potter-illustrated-hermione-granger.jpeg

 

photo credits: http://cdn.collider.com/wp-content/uploads/harry-potter-illustrated-hagrid.jpeg

 

photo credits: http://i.guim.co.uk/static/w-620/h–/q-95/sys-images/Books/Pix/pictures/2013/12/6/1386328681530/Hogwarts-as-imagined-by-J-013.jpg

 

It is evident from the illustrations that Jim Kay strayed from Mary GrandPré’s original character designs and strayed even farther from the Warner Brothers interpretation. However, a new perspective could be just what the Harry Potter fandom needs to rekindle the initial magic from reading the stories. The new versions offer yet another opportunity for readers to become hooked on JK Rowling’s classic tale of good versus evil and growing up.

Source:

http://sciencefiction.com/2015/01/19/first-look-illustrated-edition-harry-potter-sorcerers-stone/

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