Preview Jim Kay’s Illustrations for Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Preview Jim Kay’s Illustrations for Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

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Harry Potter

“Perhaps it had something to do with living in a dark cupboard, but Harry had always been small and skinny for his age. He looked even smaller and skinnier than he really was because all he had to wear were old clothes of Dudley’s and Dudley was about four times bigger than he was. Harry had a thin face, knobbly knees, black hair and bright green eyes. He wore round glasses held together with a lot of Sellotape because of all the times Dudley had punched him on the nose. The only thing Harry liked about his own appearance was a very thin scar on his forehead which was shaped like a bolt of lightning. He had had it as long as he could remember and the first question he could ever remember asking his Aunt Petunia was how he had got it.”

Taken from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Chapter Two ‘The Vanishing Glass’. Text copyright © J.K. Rowling 1997

Illustration by Jim Kay © Bloomsbury Publishing Plc 2015, taken from Chapter Two ‘The Vanishing Glass’, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone Illustrated Edition

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Ron Weasley

“Harry sat down next to the window where, half-hidden, he could watch the red-haired family on the platform and hear what they were saying. Their mother had just taken out her handkerchief.

‘Ron, you’ve got something on your nose.’

The youngest boy tried to jerk out of the way, but she grabbed him and began rubbing the end of his nose.”

Taken from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Chapter Six ‘The Journey from Platform Nine and Three-Quarters’. Text copyright © J.K. Rowling 1997

Illustration by Jim Kay © Bloomsbury Publishing Plc 2015, taken from Chapter Twelve ‘The Mirror of Erised’, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone Illustrated Edition

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Hermione Granger

“The compartment door slid open again. The toadless boy was back, but this time he had a girl with him. She was already wearing her new Hogwarts robes.

‘Has anyone seen a toad? Neville’s lost one,’ she said. She had a bossy sort of voice, lots of bushy brown hair and rather large front teeth.”

Taken from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Chapter Six ‘The Journey from Platform Nine and Three-Quarters’. Text copyright © J.K. Rowling 1997

Illustration by Jim Kay © Bloomsbury Publishing Plc 2015, taken from Chapter Eleven ‘Quidditch’, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone Illustrated Edition

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Albus Dumbledore

“A man appeared on the corner the cat had been watching, appeared so suddenly and silently you’d have thought he’d just popped out of the ground. The cat’s tail twitched and its eyes narrowed.

Nothing like this man had ever been seen in Privet Drive. He was tall, thin and very old, judging by the silver of his hair and beard, which were both long enough to tuck into his belt. He was wearing long robes, a purple cloak which swept the ground and high-heeled, buckled boots. His blue eyes were light, bright and sparkling behind half-moon spectacles and his nose was very long and crooked, as though it had been broken at least twice. This man’s name was Albus Dumbledore.”

Taken from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Chapter One ‘The Boy Who Lived’. Text copyright © J.K. Rowling 1997

Illustration by Jim Kay © Bloomsbury Publishing Plc 2015, taken from Chapter Six ‘The Journey From Platform Nine and Three-Quarters’, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone Illustrated Edition

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Rubeus Hagrid

“A low rumbling sound had broken the silence around them. It grew steadily louder as they looked up and down the street for some sign of a headlight; it swelled to a roar as they both looked up at the sky – and a huge motorbike fell out of the air and landed on the road in front of them.

If the motorbike was huge, it was nothing to the man sitting astride it. He was almost twice as tall as a normal man and at least five times as wide. He looked simply too big to be allowed, and so wild – long tangles of bushy black hair and beard hid most of his face, he had hands the size of dustbin lids and his feet in their leather boots were like baby dolphins. In his vast, muscular arms he was holding a bundle of blankets.”

Taken from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Chapter One ‘The Boy Who Lived’. Text copyright © J.K. Rowling 1997

Illustration by Jim Kay © Bloomsbury Publishing Plc 2015, taken from Chapter Four ‘The Keeper of the Keys’, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone Illustrated Edition

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Draco Malfoy

“In the back of the shop, a boy with a pale, pointed face was standing on a footstool while a second witch pinned up his long black robes. Madam Malkin stood Harry on a stool next to him, slipped a long robe over his head and began to pin it to the right length.

‘Hullo,’ said the boy, ‘Hogwarts too?’

‘Yes,’ said Harry.

‘My Father’s next door buying my books and Mother’s up the street looking at wands,’ said the boy. He had a bored, drawling voice. ‘Then I’m going to drag them off to look at racing brooms. I don’t see why first-years can’t have their own. I think I’ll bully Father into getting me one and I’ll smuggle it in somehow.’

Harry was strongly reminded of Dudley.”

Taken from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Chapter Five ‘Diagon Alley’. Text copyright © J.K. Rowling 1997

Illustration by Jim Kay © Bloomsbury Publishing Plc 2015, taken from Chapter Five ‘Diagon Alley’, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone Illustrated Edition

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Severus Snape

“Professor Quirrell, in his absurd turban, was talking to a teacher with greasy black hair, a hooked nose and sallow skin.

It happened very suddenly. The hook-nosed teacher looked past Quirrell’s turban straight into Harry’s eyes – and a sharp, hot pain shot across the scar on Harry’s forehead.

‘Ouch!’ Harry clapped a hand to his head.

‘What is it?’ asked Percy.

‘N-nothing.’

The pain had gone as quickly as it had come. Harder to shake off was the feeling Harry had got from the teacher’s look – a feeling that he didn’t like Harry at all.”

Taken from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Chapter Seven ‘The Sorting Hat’. Text copyright © J.K. Rowling 1997

Illustration by Jim Kay © Bloomsbury Publishing Plc 2015, taken from Chapter Eight ‘The Potions Master’, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone Illustrated Edition

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Illustrated by Jim Kay)

Prepare to be spellbound by Jim Kay’s dazzling depiction of the wizarding world and much loved characters in this full-colour illustrated hardback edition of the nation’s favourite children’s book – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

Brimming with rich detail and humour that perfectly complements J.K. Rowling’s timeless classic, Jim Kay’s glorious illustrations will captivate fans and new readers alike.

Leaving his unsympathetic aunt and uncle for Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Harry stumbles upon a sinister mystery when he finds a three-headed dog guarding a room on the third floor.

An incredible adventure is about to begin!