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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March Favourites: A Bit of Everything

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I almost thought I’d skip the monthly favourites this month but when I actually thought back over what I’ve used this month I realised there are a few products that I really liked, there’s nothing actually makeup in here and I think I managed to avoid posting anything in a previous monthly favourites but quite a few of these have been things I’ve reviews in the past on this blog. If I have then I’m going to link to the full review post if you want to read more.

There were a couple of other favourites, things I’ve been watching or listening to this month that I normally include in this bit. There weren’t many things I could think of that’s new and I did want to include a Cadbury crème Egg but I may have ended up eating all twelve in the box that I bought last month, they did last longer than I thought they would though. I know I put them in my monthly favourites this time last year but they’re just so good I had to put them again. If you haven’t had them they’re basically a small Cadbury chocolate egg with a very sweet white goo in the middle and a yellow bit that looks like a yolk, they’re sweet and sticky and it’s very hard to just eat one of them.

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Book Review: Harry Potter Magical Animals Colouring Book by Warner Brothers

magicalcreaturescolouring1Title: Harry Potter Magical Creatures Colouring Book

Author: Warner Brothers (I guess, there’s no author or illustrator given but I’ve included a photo of the names acknowledged in the back of the book)

Year written: 2016

Publisher and year: Studio Press, 2016

ISBN Number: 978-1-78370-582-5

Since starting with adult colouring I have found so many books that I wanted but held back from getting them as I’d have more than I could actually colour in. However, when I saw both of the Harry Potter colouring books I decided to get them as they combine two things I like. They were also half price at £4.99 on Amazon. One thing to note, which I didn’t realise until after I’d bought them, they aren’t sold as adult colouring books so most of the images are closer to those in traditional colouring books rather than being made of smaller areas and patterns within the big picture.

This is the second in the collection, I guess they’ll be making more given how popular these ones seem to be amongst others I know who enjoy colouring in, and is based around the magical creatures in the Harry Potter universe. As with the other Harry Potter colouring book there are colour pages at the back with a combination of movie stills and concept art, I think they’re all colour versions of designs within the book. There are 80 pages with lineart, including the introduction page which has a design around the words to colour in. There are 16 pages of colour at the end so overall there are more pages in here than quite a few of the colouring books I’ve seen online.

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Book Review: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling and Illustrated by Jim Kay

HPillustrated6Title: Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone (Illustrated Edition)

Author: JK Rowling

Illustrator: Jim Kay

Year written: 1997

Publisher and year: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, 2015

ISBN Number: 978-1-4088-4564-6

I’ve been a fan of Harry Potter for years, I think I got the first two books in 1999, and always said I’d only have the original copies that I owned and not get any of the newer versions they came out with. However I saw this illustrated version online recently, it was published in October last year, and I loved it so bought it when I saw that it was half price on Amazon. I wasn’t sure originally if it was a complete copy as it seemed thin compared to what I expected with the amount of illustrated pages that takes up space for words. I have compared it at random points throughout the story to the original copy and it matches exactly. HPillustrated2

This originally cost £30 but when I have ordered this it was £14.99. It is pretty big for a book and I have a photo of it next to the original Bloomsbury paperback from the UK for comparison. Size wise it’s around the same size as a few of the adult colouring books but thicker. It’s a hardback with an illustrated paper dustcover and the hardback underneath is red.

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