1. Scholastic and Bloomsbury, the publishing houses that put out the Harry Potter books in the United States and the United Kingdom, today released the first four images from the first fully illustrated version of the Harry Potter books.
Jim Kay, an award-winning British artist, is set to do the artwork for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s — erm, Philosopher’s — Stone, which is due out in the U.S. and the U.K. on Oct. 6, 2015.
“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 release from Scholastic.
This new deluxe hardcover edition will feature 110 full-color illustrations, as well as separate cover images done by Kay for the American and British editions. A representative for Scholastic told BuzzFeed there is no release date for the cover images yet.
Kay will also do the art for the fully illustrated editions of the other six Harry Potter books, which Scholastic plans to release once a year for the next six years, with the release of an illustrated Book 7, Deathly Hallows, in 2021.
3. And there’s Kay’s interpretation of Draco Malfoy, who’s looking eerie while getting magically measured for his Hogwarts robes in Madam Malkin’s Robes for All Occasions, where he and Harry meet during Harry’s first trip to Diagon Alley.
4. There’s also an illustration of Hermione, who appears to be conjuring Bluebell Flames, which she used to set fire to Snape’s robes during a Quidditch match, and also to save Harry and Ron from the Devil’s Snare at the end of Sorcerer’s Stone.
6. Plus a nod to J.K. Rowling: a quill and ink.
If you zoom in on the main image, you’ll find even more, including carvings from another former Hogwarts professor and a past minister of magic.
7. And finally there’s Hagrid, towering inside the Hut on the Rock, where he rescued Harry from the Dursleys on his 11th birthday and introduced him to the wonders of magic.
Look at the little sock monkey hanging from his belt! And the skull-and-crossbones detail on his tie!
8. Kay also posted a sketch of Harry Potter himself on his personal website.
“I am very pleased to announce that I will be working with Bloomsbury Publishing for the next few years, illustrating the complete series of Harry Potter, by J.K. Rowling,” Kay wrote. “More news soon, I’ve got to get busy drawing!”
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