Thanks to Wizarding World and the team at MinaLima, we have an exciting first-look at the new illustrated edition of Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone!
The latest illustrated edition of The Philosopher’s Stone comes from MinaLima, the renowned duo that created numerous designs (including the Marauder’s Map) for the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts films. The cover art for the new edition was revealed a couple of weeks ago, but now you can get an even better look at the beautifully illustrated edition.
Discussing their work on the new edition of The Philosopher’s Stone, Miraphora Mina and Eduardo Lima said, “It’s been a real honour to be invited into this exclusive club of illustrators, and to do it and stay true to our style.”
The pair are far from the first to illustrate one of J.K. Rowling’s beloved Harry Potter novels, but they worked incredibly hard to ensure that their edition looks and feels different to previous works, particularly Jim Kay’s popular illustrated editions. Talking about their approach to the book, the duo said, “I think the biggest challenge was trying to un-think working on the films. And re-think, in a very from-the-heart way, what we felt we could best do for the text. This was a lovely opportunity to be fresh, and think – what would a child really love to see?”
Take a look at some of the illustrations, which have just been released, below:
Released alongside a handful of new illustrations was this stunning piece, which re-creates Harry and Dumbledore’s iconic heart-to-heart in the hospital wing.
This stunning illustration gives us an amazing look at one of the books most iconic locations, the Hut-On-The-Rock, which is where Harry first discovers he’s a wizard.
It’s always fun to see how a new artist approaches an iconic moment or location from one of the books, but it’s fair to say MinaLima hit a home-run with this stunning illustration of the Hogwarts Express in King’s Cross station!
As teased in this stunning illustration, which shows Albus Dumbledore arriving in Privet Drive (alongside Professor McGonagall), the new edition of The Philosopher’s Stone will offer unique and refreshing twists on some of the books most beloved and iconic moments.
Everyone remembers the first time they laid eyes on Hogwarts Castle, whether it was in an illustration or one of the movies, and we suspect this beautiful illustration will be responsible for helping children around the world discover and fall in love with the Wizarding World.
Looking at each of these gorgeous illustrations, it’s clear that MinaLima has achieved its goal of creating a beautiful, fresh and unique edition of The Philosopher’s Stone. While the images certainly tease a very different and creative interpretation, it’s clear that the artists worked incredibly hard to preserve the heart and soul of J.K. Rowling’s beloved story.
This stunning edition of Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone will be released on October 20, 2020! Readers in the UK can pre-order through MinaLima or the Bloomsbury website. If you’re in the US, you can pre-order using the Scholastic website.
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