Buckbeak by Jim Kay

‘Prisoner of Azkaban’ Has Just Been Illustrated and It’s Beautifully Haunting

Do you ever wish that you could wipe your memory clear of all things having to doing with Harry Potter just so you could experience the thrill of reading it again for the first time?

 

Well, you can’t.

 

But artist Jim Kay might be able to provide the next best thing.

 

For the past several years, Jim Kay has been working on illustrating the entire Harry Potter series and, just this week, The Prisoner of Azkaban was finally released for sale.  Bloomsbury Publishing has been releasing Kay’s illustrated editions since 2015, which means that if they stick to this timeline, we should be able to expect a new illustrated edition to be released every year. 

 

While it’s not exactly the same as reading the series for the first time, the illustrated editions do provide a fresh new way to read J. K. Rowling’s words. And even though there’s no shortage of Harry Potter fan art, Jim Kay’s work is special in that he draws inspiration from outside of the books to create his images. He used his niece as inspiration for his depiction of Hermione, and a total stranger he’d seen on the street for his depiction of Hagrid. He also packs an insane amount of detail into every illustration, meaning you can spend hours examining each page and discovering hidden treasures. 

 

Hagrid

Image Via Pottermore

 

So no, if you’ve already read the Harry Potter series and watched all of the movies and listened to all of the audiobooks, you can’t do it all over again for the first time. But snuggling up with Jim Kay’s illustrated editions and poring over ever intricate detail might just be the next best thing.

 

Feature Image Via Pottermore