Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Illustrated Edition by J.K Rowling with art by Jim Kay
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Illustrated Edition by J.K Rowling with art by Jim Kay

Genre: Fiction, Fantasy
Format: Oversized Hardcover
Series: Harry Potter #2
Publisher: Scholastic
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 259
Source: Purchased

The Book:
From the publisher:

Award-winning artist Jim Kay illustrates year two of Harry’s adventures at Hogwarts, in the same beautiful, gift-ready format as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.
The Dursleys were so mean and hideous that summer that all Harry Potter wanted was to get back to the Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. But just as he’s packing his bags, Harry receives a warning from a strange, impish creature named Dobby who says that if Harry Potter returns to Hogwarts, disaster will strike
And strike it does. For in Harry’s second year at Hogwarts, fresh torments and horrors arise, including an outrageously stuck-up new professor, Gilderoy Lockhart, a spirit named Moaning Myrtle who haunts the girls’ bathroom, and the unwanted attentions of Ron Weasley’s younger sister, Ginny.
But each of these seem minor annoyances when the real trouble begins, and someone — or something — starts turning Hogwarts students to stone. Could it be Draco Malfoy, a more poisonous rival than ever? Could it possibly be Hagrid, whose mysterious past is finally told? Or could it be the one everyone at Hogwarts most suspects . . . Harry Potter himself?

My Thoughts:
I’m not going to bother to talk about the story because we all know it. I’ve read it multiple times, listened to it once (the Jim Dale versions) and plan to listen to it again (the Stephen Fry versions) so obviously, I love it.

I adored the illustrated edition of the first book. I read it last January and after I bought this one in October I knew I’d save it to read after the New Year. I hope to make that an annual tradition if the publisher and Jim Kay can get them out every year.

It’s an oversized (coffee table size) book printed on high quality paper with an attached ribbon bookmark. I’m still a little worried about what they’re going to do with Order of the Phoenix. I have to think it’ll be a two volume set or I won’t be able to lift it.

Jim Kay has done a masterful job with the illustrations. They are beautiful. I am amazed that he has managed to create these images. They are wholly new, yet at the same time remain true to both the drawings in the original editions and the sets and actors from the movies.

I felt that Jim Kay managed to take the images in my head and make them even more beautiful than I hand imagined.

The tough part was all the spiders. I had to read the pages with spiders very fast. Aragog doesn’t really bother me because he is so not a real spider. There is one two-page layout that I had to flip as quickly as possible and was very thankful there was no text on that page. Nightmare inducing for us arachnophobes.

5 stars Rating 5/5