Bloomsbury and Scholastic, British and American publishers of the Harry Potter books, have released four new images from the first ever fully illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, to be published later this year.

The illustrations have been created by award-winning artist Jim Kay, and they represent our first look at his vision of the Wizarding World. The images depict four major characters of the series: Rubeus Hagrid, Hermione Granger, Draco Malfoy and Ron Weasley.

Ron - Jim Kay

The illustrated editions were originally announced back in 2013, but this is our first substantial look at what might be in store for us coming this fall.

“To be given the opportunity to design the characters, the clothing, the architecture and landscapes to possibly the most expansive fantasy world in children’s literature, well let’s just say I’m extremely excited about it,” said artist Jim Kay in a press release. “The story is everything, and so I want to bring what I can to really show the depth of Rowling’s stories, to their best.”

Hagrid - Jim Kay

The Philosopher’s Stone illustrated edition (published as Sorcerer’s Stone in the US) will hit bookshelves on October 6, 2015. The hardback edition will include ribbon marker, head and tail bands, illustrated endpapers and artwork on every spread. It will be published globally, meaning that not only fans in the US and the UK will have access to this edition simultaneously, but it’s been revealed today that many of the original Harry Potter publishers around the globe will be joining the UK and the US in bringing this illustrated edition to life.

Hermione - Jim Kay

The rest of the books in the Harry Potter series will also get illustrated editions in due time. Beginning this October, the publishers will release one book per year.

We are truly excited about this! The details included in the illustrations, specially in the Hermione image (look at all the scribblings on the door), let us see the true dedication that has been put into the creation of these books, and we can’t wait to hold the finished product.

So what do you think? Are you planning to buy these new editions?

Draco - Jim Kay

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