It was recently announced that all seven books in the Harry Potter series, with all cover and chapter illustrations originally designed by Mary GrandPré, will be re-launched in refreshed and vibrant editions. Jim Kay, 2012 winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal for illustrations featured in A Monster Calls by Patrick (Loch?) Ness, has courageously taken on the task of creating the new illustrated novels in a style that embodies both Harry’s character in the books and his on-screen character, portrayed by Daniel Radcliffe. Kay dubbed this undertaking as “the commission of a lifetime,” and also stated that it brought “an explosion of delight, followed instantly by an implosion of brain-freezing terror.”
Kay first discovered J.K. Rowling’s magical series through an audio reading of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by Stephen Fry, and has been an avid fan ever since (yay!). He realizes that, without a doubt, everything he designs must show the vast depth of the story that Rowling tells. Noting his admiration for the world of magic created by Rowling, he said, “It’s like a spell that jumps from person to person, recasting itself as it goes. I want to keep that spell going, perhaps adding my own little twist, if possible.”
Not only does Kay understand what the foundation for his illustrations should be, but also the enormous responsibility of personifying this beloved series in a way that is both enthralling and classically accurate to the world of Harry Potter that we know and love. He mused that picking one favorite character form the world of Harry Potter was “like trying to choose the shiniest object in Aladdin’s Cave; you pick up one treasure, and another gem catches your eye.” Well, you’ve certainly caught our eye Mr. Kay, and we can’t wait to see your enchanting adaptations!
The special edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is set to be published by Bloomsbury Publishing in September of 2015, with each subsequent novel being released annually.
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