Book Review: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Illustrated Edition, Written by JK Rowling, Illustrated by Jim Kay

The title image for the review. It has a photo of the illustrated version of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban behind a text box.

This illustrated copy of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is the third in the series written by JK Rowling and illustrated by Jim Kay. These are pretty big books and every page in the standard edition is full colour, unless it’s a sketch style image, with illustrations of the characters and settings of the book. The RRP for these is £30 but they’re available on amazon for under £20

Most people reading this have probably either read the Harry Potter books or seen the movies, so I’m not going to go into too much detail when it comes to reviewing the story of the book. I love the art style that Jim Kay has and already have the first and second books in the Harry Potter series that he has illustrated. These are pretty big books so you get some nice sized illustrations with a lot of detail in there.

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Fantastic Beasts the Crimes of Grindelwald Original Screenplays by JK Rowling

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and the Crimes of Grindelwald original screenplays title image. Behind the text is a photo of the two covers

You may be aware that I love Harry Potter, I’ve loved the books for years and so when I saw these gorgeous hardback versions of the original scripts for the Fantastic Beasts movies I had to get them. I should probably say now that I haven’t actually seen the second one yet so reading the script book was basically a whole book of spoilers for the movie for me. I’m going on a plane soon so hoping they have the second one on there, it’ll make the four hours go a bit quicker.

These two books are the original screen play scripts for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Fantastic Beasts The Crimes of Grindelwald. If you don’t know, these are the two movies based in the Harry Potter universe about Newt Scamander and set about fifty years before the Harry Potter series starts. He wrote the book Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which is one of the books in the Hogwarts reading list. The original Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them book was released for charity in the UK and there have been a few variations since, all of them including this written by JK Rowling.

I have a feeling that most people who buy these will probably be doing it to be part of a collection, like me, but I am going to include a bit of a review of them anyway. Don’t worry, no spoilers for the storyline at all and I’ve made sure that photos of any pages are early enough that they won’t give any storyline away or just don’t have any text on them.

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Book Review: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets By J.K. Rowling and Illustrated by Jim Kay

chamberofsecrets1Title: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Illustrated Edition)

Author: JK Rowling

Illustrator: Jim Kay

Year written: 1998

Publisher and year: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, 2016

ISBN Number: 978-1-4088-4565-3

This is the second in the series of Harry Potter books that they’ve released in an illustrated version, I did a review of the first, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, here if you want to read that one. I have loved the Harry Potter series for years, I didn’t start reading them until the third one was released but I grew up with them and have read them so many times. If you’re reading this review and thinking about getting this book you’re probably familiar with the story and this post is mainly about this version rather than the storyline of the book itself but I will do a couple of paragraphs on that at the end, maybe skip there if it’s less the illustrated version and just the book you’re interested in.

If you’re not familiar with the books or films, or heard about it in general which would be surprising, Harry Potter is a young wizard who goes to the wizarding school of Hogwarts. On top of that there’s a bad guy who wants him dead, as with a lot of adventure books, and conveniently tries this once a year which is great considering there are seven books, one for each year of his school life. The Chamber of Secrets is the second in the series so it’s a good idea to read the first as it does set up the plot and the characters but it could be read by itself I think, you just might not get some of the references.

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Book Review: The Noticeably Stouter QI Book of General Ignorance by John Lloyd and John Mitchinson

QIgeneralignorance1Title: The Noticeably Stouter QI Book of General Ignorance

Author: John Lloyd and John Mitchinson

Year written: 2009

Publisher and year: Faber and Faber, 2009

ISBN Number: 0-571-24692-2

I don’t know how popular QI is in other countries but in the UK it’s a popular TV show hosted by Stephen Fry (until the next series) with Alan Davies and other guests who answer questions about pretty much anything as long as it’s quite interesting. It’s pretty much a show full of questions that you think you know the answer to but normally the answer you think is right is wrong. The Book of General Ignorance (first published in 2006) is a book full of answers to these kinds of questions, quite a few of them taken straight from the show directly.

This Noticeably Stouter version of the Book of General Ignorance includes more of these questions, a different cover and a list of the episodes to the date of publication (the F series in the alphabet) but most of it is the same content. I bought it as part of a big lot of QI books on eBay so it probably cost be around £1 or less given the overall price and number of books and it’s one I’ve seen in second hand and charity shops a few times, both versions. It’s a sort of pick up and put down book or a coffee table book that’s a bit different and you can open any page at random and read something rather than having to read it in order.

As I have both of the versions of this book I’m going to review the newer one to start with and then do a bit of a comparison as there are definitely plusses for both versions over the other and then you can see them side by side.

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