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  • Jenny Kawecki 4:00 pm on 2016/09/30 Permalink
    Tags: don't forget the giant spiders, , , , jim kay, new in fiction, ,   

    10 Scenes We Can’t Wait to See in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: The Illustrated Edition 

    We’ve been counting down the days until the release of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: The Illustrated Edition ever since we first set eyes on Jim Kay’s perfect depictions of The Sorcerer’s Stone. And October just feels like the perfect month for revisiting Harry’s second year at Hogwarts. Between the giant spiders and the Deathday Party and the general air of spookiness, Chamber of Secrets practically screams fall. We can’t wait to see how Jim Kay works his magic on this installment—especially with these scenes!

    10. Fred and George and the Ford Anglia. This moment is pure joy: Harry is sad and desperate and alone, when all of the sudden, Fred and George (and Ron, too) appear in a flying car to save the day. Bonus: Vernon shouting “HE’S GETTING AWAY” as Harry and Hedwig escape. We’ve gotten a taste of this scene from the cover reveal of the new book, but we want more, more, more!

    9. Harry and Draco dueling. We will forever love any scene featuring Draco and Harry, but this one holds a special place in our hearts. After all, who but Harry would begin a duel with a tickling curse? Toss in the look on Justin Finch-Fletchley’s face as Harry speaks Parseltongue, and yep, we can’t wait to see this drawn out.

    8. Aragog and company. How surprising was it to learn that Hagrid used to keep a man-eating spider as a pet? Not at all. But how great will it be to see Ron looking extremely nervous as giant arachnids cover every page? Very. We can’t wait to see how Kay handles this one.

    7. Filch nursing a petrified Mrs. Norris. There’s not much to like about Argus Filch, but if there’s one thing we can definitely relate with him over, it’s his love for his cat. He may be kinda gross and super mean, but the man is clearly devoted to Mrs. Norris, and we don’t want to miss out on this humanizing, anxious pet-parent moment.

    6. Harry trying to get away from Gilderoy Lockhart. In the bookstore, during detention, after breaking his arm—pick any “Harry desperately tries to avoid Lockhart” scene, because they’re all perfect. We can practically picture it already: Harry wishing he could summon his invisibility cloak, Lockhart’s gleaming white smile, and Colin Creevey capturing it all on camera.

    5. Nick’s Deathday Party. Hands down, Harry, Ron, and Hermione awkwardly hanging out at an all-dead party is our favorite ghost scene in the series. We’re hoping for detailed illustrations of the moldy food and varied spirits, not to mention Peeves.

    4. Ron puking slugs. Poor Ron and his havoc-wreaking broken wand—we’d feel sorry for him if we didn’t appreciate the comic relief so much. Between seeing Ron vomit buckets of slugs and getting a glimpse of the inside of Hagrid’s hut, we’re really looking forward to this one.

    3. The Weasleys de-gnoming the garden. This scene is a double-whammy: not only do we get to see the entire Weasley clan (including Molly giving her younger sons the what-for), but also gnomes. Gnomes! And not just gnomes, but gnomes being flung through the air and dejectedly traipsing across the lawn. It’s bound to be quirkily adorable.

    2. Harry freeing Dobby. Beating Voldemort is all well and good, but the real victory of Chamber of Secrets is Harry rescuing Dobby from Lucius Malfoy’s evil clutches. We’re not sure what we’re more excited about seeing: Dobby’s lovable, lamp-like eyes, or Harry’s grubby, nasty sock.

    1. Hermione polyjuicing into a cat. Because honestly, what’s better than seeing our favorite girl wonder with a pair of fuzzy ears and a tail? Nothing, that’s what. We’re sure Jim Kay will work some magic (pun intended) in this illustrated edition.

    The illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is on B&N bookshelves October 4!

    The post 10 Scenes We Can’t Wait to See in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: The Illustrated Edition appeared first on Barnes & Noble Reads.

     
  • Molly Schoemann-McCann 8:22 pm on 2016/06/02 Permalink
    Tags: , author recs, , harry potter and the chamber of secrets: illustrated edition, , jim kay   

    Jim Kay, the Artist Behind the Illustrated Harry Potter, On 5 Books He Love to Give as Gifts 

    Last fall illustrator Jim Kay enchanted us with his work on the illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, and next November he’ll do it again with Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. His meticulously detailed, gorgeously rendered artwork infuses every page, allowing us to see these beloved books in an entirely new light. A lifelong artist who previously worked for the Tate Gallery, Kay made a name for himself with his award-winning collaborative work with author Patrick Ness on A Monster Calls. Here’s Kay to talk about five books he loves giving as gifts.

    Micrographia, by Robert Hooke
    There is a long history of science and illustration working in symbiosis, but few have surpassed Hooke’s masterpiece, which revealed the mysterious world of the microscopic in beautifully executed fold-out illustrations. A landmark in scientific study, and as visually stunning now as it was over 300 years ago. This is what the print press was made for.

    Man on the Moon, (a day in the life of Bob), by Simon Bartram
    I keep returning to this story by Bartram, because it’s everything a good children’s book should be: funny, endearing, and full of immersive little details. It is also illustrated to a standard that makes me green with envy. It’s simply a beautiful book.

    Lost London (1870–1945), by Philip Davies
    A heartbreaking visual document of the streets and architecture lost to wrecking balls, blitz, and decay. Visually inspiring, an illustrator’s gold mine, and a reminder of how city streets never stand still.

    Night Animals, by Brecht Evens
    I’ve only seen this once, and I desperately want it. There’s something wonderfully seedy and lurid about Evens’s comic books; it’s as if he was born and raised in a night club. You’ll have nothing else like this on your bookshelf—a truly unique, wordless tale of monsters and a man in a rabbit costume.

    Soonchild, by Russell Hoban, Illustrated by Alexis Deacon
    Difficult to choose between this and Jim’s Lion, also by Hoban and Deacon. A strange book that perfectly marries Deacon’s haunting imagery and extraordinary draughtsmanship with the peculiar wit of Hoban’s writing. The book is both contemporary and timeless. (I hope that makes sense—sort of Beowulf in a beanie!).

     
  • Molly Schoemann-McCann 2:31 pm on 2016/03/30 Permalink
    Tags: , , , , , jim kay, squeee   

    Cover Revealed for Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: The Illustrated Edition! 

    Harry Potter fans, our House Cups runneth over these days. Even as our heads are still spinning from all the Potter-related news and excitement surrounding the release of the script book for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child this July, we’ve just gotten a first look at the stunning cover of the series’ second illustrated edition, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Gaze once more upon artist Jim Kay’s masterful work, and be inspired!

    Chamber of Secrets Cover

    Note that the cover features Harry and Ron’s notorious trip in the Weasleys’ flying Ford Anglia. (I, for one, can’t wait to see Kay’s depiction of the car’s crash landing in the Whomping Willow at Hogwarts.) Fans will also recall that Chamber of Secrets features an introduction to such beloved characters as Dobby the House-elf, dubious wizarding celebrity (and professor) Gilderoy Lockhart, and the ghostly Moaning Myrtle. (And if anyone can perfectly immortalize Moaning Myrtle in illustration, it will be Mr. Kay.). Finally, Hogwarts students begin mysteriously turning to stone in Chamber of Secrets, which in the illustrated edition is sure to be as visually enchanting as it is disturbing.

    Last fall, the first illustrated Harry Potter knocked our socks off, burned them, and buried the ashes, and then smacked a brand-new package of socks out of our hands (and into a nearby House-elf’s). And if this stunning cover is anything to go by, we have no reason to expect anything less from the second book in the series.

    So while you’re waiting for the illustrated Chamber of Secrets to drop, dig out your copy of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: The Illustrated Edition and reenter Kay’s magical world. Keep yourself busy coloring Harry Potter’s Magical Creatures, Places & Characters, or, come June, Magical Artifacts, all the while daydreaming of November, when the film adaptation of Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (with a screenplay also written by J.K. Rowling) will hit theaters.

    It’s always a great time to be a Harry Potter fan, but it’s an especially great time right now!

    Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: The Illustrated Edition is available for preorder and will be in stores on October 4.

     
  • Jenny Kawecki 8:00 pm on 2015/10/05 Permalink
    Tags: , , , , jim kay, we can't believe it's finally here   

    Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: The Illustrated Edition Is On Sale Now! 

    Grab your wands and hold on to your cloaks, because Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: the Illustrated Edition is finally here and IT. IS. BEAUTIFUL. Ever since we first saw Jim Kay’s gorgeous cover illustration, we’ve been longing for this book, which is the very first fully-illustrated edition of Rowling’s beloved story. Now it’s arrived, and it surpasses all our expectations. If you, like us, are jealous of any reader who gets to experience Harry Potter for the first time, you’re in luck: these lavish, imaginative illustrations give you a way to see Harry and his world through new eyes.

    Read on for a glimpse at the wonders you’ll find in this new edition.

    Here is Kay’s incredible visualization of Hogwarts, with its crawling branches and leaning towers.

    Jim Kay  ©2014 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

    Jim Kay ©2014 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

    These sketches of Ron and Harry are full of life. It’ll be a blast to see how Jim Kay handles these characters as they get older over the course of the series.

    Jim Kay  ©2014 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

    Jim Kay ©2014 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

     

    Jim Kay  ©2014 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

    Jim Kay ©2014 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

    And then there’s Hermione, who simply leaps off the page.

    Jim Kay  ©2014 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

    Jim Kay ©2014 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

    Jim Kay’s style captures the tone and style of Rowling’s fictional universe. His illustrations are magical and whimsical, but shaded with darkness and deep emotion.

    Jim Kay  ©2014 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

    Jim Kay ©2014 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

    What can we expect for the Chamber of Secrets? Grimmauld place? The final battle?

    Jim Kay  ©2014 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

    Jim Kay ©2014 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

    Okay, easy. There’s plenty in this first installment to marvel over while the countdown to the next illustrated edition begins.

    Jim Kay  ©2014 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

    Jim Kay ©2014 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

    Jim Kay captures the multifaceted bad guys, who are dimensionally flawed, not just purely evil.

    Jim Kay  ©2014 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

    Jim Kay ©2014 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

    Does anyone else think it’s no coincidence that Jim Kay’s initials are J. K.? Some collaborations are meant to be.

    Jim Kay  ©2014 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

    Jim Kay ©2014 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

    Pause the Celestina Warbeck album and go get your spell-casting hands on this magical book immediately, because once you do, you won’t want to let it out of your sight.

    Jim Kay  ©2014 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

    Jim Kay ©2014 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

    Which character are you most excited to see Jim Kay bring to life?

     
  • Jenny Kawecki 6:30 pm on 2015/09/18 Permalink
    Tags: , , , , , , jim kay, moving pictures   

    Just Enough Amazing Art from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: The Illustrated Edition to Leave You Longing for More 

    Waiting for October 6 to roll around and bring me my copy of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: The Illustrated Edition is making me feel like Harry sitting in his room at the Dursleys, counting down the days until he can finally go back to Hogwarts.

    Jim Kay and the good people at Scholastic have released just enough illustrations to give us a sense of what the forthcoming book will be like, while whetting our appetites for what’s to come on the sixth. Here are just a few of the many, many thoughts I have on what we’ve seen so far.

    Ron

    Jim Kay  ©2014 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

    Jim Kay ©2014 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

    How do I love thee, Ron? Let me count the ways: the tousled hair. That slightly clueless look. All those Weasley freckles. Yep, I absolutely adore the way Jim Kay has captured the essence of the sometimes goofy, but always lovable Ron Weasley.

    Hagrid

    Jim Kay  ©2014 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

    Jim Kay ©2014 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

    Oh, this takes me back—all the way to Chapter 4, when Harry meets Hagrid for the first time and we see him (for a brief moment) for his rather imposing physical presence, rather than the soft-hearted personality we’ll come to know. And with all of Jim Kay’s marvelous details, I can almost picture Hagrid pulling a cake out of one of his millions of pockets.

    Hagrid Giving Dudley a Tail

    Jim Kay  ©2014 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

    Jim Kay ©2014 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

    Since this particular illustration makes up 48% of all the reasons I need to get my hands on this book, I am THRILLED to be seeing it now. (Not, however, as thrilled as I will be to see it accompanied by the words “NEVER — INSULT — ALBUS — DUMBLEDORE — IN — FRONT — OF — ME!”) The little poof! Hagrid’s umbrella wand! Dudley’s slippers! This is a work of true beauty.

    Draco Malfoy

    Jim Kay  ©2014 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

    Jim Kay ©2014 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

    I’ll admit, I have the teensiest bit of an unhealthy crush on Draco Malfoy, but in my defense, the dude has dragon-guarded vaults full of serious cash and some not-too-shabby wizarding skills (look, not just anyone could have repaired that vanishing cabinet). And, as we see here, he knows the importance of dressing well.

    One Tired Owl

    Jim Kay  ©2014 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

    Jim Kay ©2014 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

    I’m not sure which owl this is—perhaps one belonging to the Weasleys? One of the school’s owls? One of the many bringing Hogwarts letters to Number 4 Privet Drive?—but it sure does look exhausted. (I’ll probably look strikingly similar when I have to go to work on October 7 after staying up all night drinking in the wonders of this book.) From its feathered tail to the tip of its charmingly crooked ear, it’s incredible how much detail Jim Kay puts into even the smallest illustrations.

    Hogwarts

    Jim Kay  ©2014 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

    Jim Kay ©2014 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

    Oh, how I’ve longed to go to Hogwarts myself! But, muggle that I am, I’ll have to settle for a blown-up printout of this illustration pasted to the front of my house. Really, though, Jim Kay captures all of the magic and mystery of the Hogwarts grounds—trees holding up one end of the castle, random bits of turret growing out at odd angles. I just can’t wait to see how he renders the Forbidden Forest.

    Hermione

    Jim Kay  ©2014 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

    Jim Kay ©2014 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

    This illustration has been out for a while now, but we just can’t stop looking at it. I didn’t think I’d ever love any version of Hermione as much as I loved Emma Watson, but this one is just so perfect! And if you really want to have a bit of fun, try to figure out all the names scribbled on the door behind her.

    Hagrid’s Hut

    Jim Kay  ©2014 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

    Jim Kay ©2014 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

    I didn’t think I could want to go to Hogwarts any more than I already do, and then I saw this illustration of Hagrid’s hut. With all those bright colors, the dragon scarecrow in the garden, and the ship’s hull for a roof, it looks just like I would expect the Hogwarts’ Gamekeeper’s home to look. It just needs its loyal and brave guard-dog Fang, and all will be complete.

    Hagrid’s Motorbike

    Jim Kay  ©2014 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

    Jim Kay ©2014 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

    This image is simply gorgeous: Hagrid flying across a moonlit sky, infant Harry in arms, headed to meet up with Albus Dumbledore, with the city below lit up in yellow and blue. I hope infant Harry soaked up all the excitement of this moment, because he was in for 10 dull, torturous years with the Dursleys. Now, if Jim Kay could only stop creating genius art long enough to tell me where to get my hands on a flying motorcycle, I could die happy.

    Harry

    Jim Kay  ©2014 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

    Jim Kay ©2014 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

    And, last but not least, we’re finally getting a glimpse at our hero: Harry Potter himself. (Glasses broken as always, of course.) Just a little more than two weeks until we see this adorable eleven-year-old Harry scrambling across the pages, getting into all sorts of trouble with Hermione and Ron. We’ll be counting down the days! And can I just say, you have your mother’s eyes, Harry.

    Are you excited for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: the Illustrated Edition? (Hint: Yes. Yes you are.)

     
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