If I could have one of the books mentioned in the Harry Potter series as a real-life example directly from Hogwarts, The Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them would definitely be my choice. The first version of this book available to us muggles was interesting but quite a thin example, so of course I’m setting my hopes up for this new fully illustrated version.
And it seems that I’m in for a treat. Olivia Lomenech Gill’s illustrations look amazing
and she had a very commendable approach to the job:
“The Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Illustrated Edition is packed full of magical creatures, some of them never-before-visualised. When Olivia Lomenech Gill took on the task of drawing them, the artist decided to tackle the work as though it was a reference book.” Quote from Pottermore.
Because, what else could this book be than a reference book? It should be a magical beast encyclopedia with as realistic illustrations as possible. And there also lies the challenge:
“Olivia says she works from life, which is (obviously) rather difficult when magical creatures don’t exist. But some of the inhabitants of Newt’s book are an amalgamation of real animals, and that meant she had a starting point – such as with the Hippogriff.” Quote from Pottermore.
Clearly Lomenech Gill has tackled the problem excellently, as the pictures are superb. Can’t wait to read this one!