How many different versions can you actually want of the Harry Potter books? I mean, there are already loads of different editions of the standard text only books. But, having seen the first two illustrated versions, the third one is also a must. The Prisoner of Azkaban is one of my favourites among the Potter books, together with the Half Blood Prince, so this volume just can’t escape my Bookworm’s Wishlist for Santa.
Jim Kay has created an original view of the Harry Potter world, slightly different from the movie aesthetics, but very alluring. The painting of Severus Snape e.g. is a wonderful work with all the characteristics of the classic paintings of the Middle Ages. Jim Kay uses intricate visual references to bring out the nature of Snape in this painting, just as was the style in the old masterful portraits.
The illustrated books are luxurious (and heavy) items, quite like those old illustrated manuscripts exhibited at the Harry Potter exhibition at the British Library. I wonder how the four last books will be as illustrated versions, as they are quite a tome-like as text only already.
I can only imagine what it must be like to be the illustrator of these books (and the Fantastic Beasts book). I certainly would be over the moon the do a job like that. Here you can see a page to page video of the book: