Updated: Jan 20, 2019
Thanks to Scholastic for providing a copy of this edition for the purpose of review.
Heading into Harry Potter: The Illustrated Collection, I wasn’t sure to make of these three new renditions of the iconic fantasy-adventure tales. My initial thought when they were announced was one of disgust as it seemed as author J.K. Rowling and publisher Scholastic wanted to milk as much money as possible from the series. But when actually examining it, and taking in the lush and gorgeous illustrations from Jim Kay, I found that this collection was anything but a cheap shot for money. Some of my fears and trepidations heading into the experience held true, but The Illustrated Collection still impresses thanks to Kay’s unique vision and interpretation of the world, visible in every fiery stroke of color on every page. Featuring a bold and creative direction from illustrator Jim Kay, Harry Potter: The Illustrated Collection marks itself as a fantastic gift for any avid Harry Potter fan or fantasy adorer who has yet to experience the magic.
Upon opening all three editions, the sheer quality of the production is tangible from the very beginning. The pages have a lush, almost canvas-like feel as your fingers move blissfully through the thickness. It’s a satisfying touch that truly enhances the experience, justifying in some way the outrageous price tag of $39.99 per book. However, when examining Prisoner of Azkaban closely, the dense weight of the book was off-putting at first. It felt hefty to even open and it was a flaw that had me concerned for the massive size of 2019’s Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – The Illustrated Edition. But what is living and breathing on those pages is even more magical.
The illustrations from Jim Kay is nothing short of breathtaking. Using vibrant colors, especially seen in the illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Kay never sticks to conven