Here's a preview of the upcoming illustrated version of 'Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone'

Artist Jim Kay is doing the artwork for the new version of the first book of the 'Harry Potter' series, which will be released this October.

Illustrations by Jim Kay, Bloomsbury Publishing Plc.
Illustrations depict Rubeus Hagrid (top row, l.), Ron Weasley (top row, r.), Draco Malfoy (bottom row, l.) and Hermione Granger (bottom row, r.).

Looking for a new take on the world of “Harry Potter”? A deluxe hardcover edition of the first book in the series, “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” will be fully illustrated.

The illustrations are done by Jim Kay, who was the recipient of the Kate Greenaway Medal. Four of his pieces, which are takes on famous “Potter” pals Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger, Rubeus Hagrid, and enemy Draco Malfoy, have been released. 

“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," Kay said in a statement. "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.” 

The book is being published through Scholastic this October and will also include a ribbon bookmark and illustrated endpapers.

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