How do you get people to buy a new edition of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone? Scholastic is hoping they can do it with pretty pictures. The publisher is releasing Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone illustrated edition, which will include illustrations from Jim Kay, who previously won Britain’s Kate Greenaway Medal in 2012 for A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness, a book that is currently being adapted J. A. Bayona.
Four images from the illustrated edition have been released, and it’s interesting to see how these versions compare to their film counterparts. Additionally, I’m curious as to why they didn’t hire Mary GrandPré, who did the covers and chapter images for the original books. That question isn’t to disparage Kay’s work, which looks quite lovely, and should tempt Potter fans into buying the books again. Hit the jump to check out images from the Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: Illustrated Edition, which will be released on October 6th. Scholastic plans to release one illustrated edition per year for the next seven years.
Via Washington Post.