Scholastic this week released four exclusive new images from the eagerly anticipated fully illustrated edition of J.K. Rowling’s bestselling Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.
Illustrated by Kate Greenaway Medal winner Jim Kay, the images show major characters from the Harry Potter books—Harry Potter, Rubeus Hagrid, Hermione Granger, Draco Malfoy and Ron Weasley plus Hogwarts.
Published globally on October 6, 2015, the deluxe hardcover edition will be full color throughout and will include an elegant ribbon marker and illustrated endpapers. This will be the first time that a fully illustrated Harry Potter book has been published. Many of the original Harry Potter publishers around the globe will be joining the US and the UK in bringing this illustrated edition to life and it is set to be the landmark publishing event of 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,” said Kay. “The story is everything, and so I want to bring what I can to really show the depth of Rowling’s stories, to their best.” Over 450 million copies of the Harry Potter books have sold worldwide and the series continues to appear on bestseller lists in the U.S. Scholastic plans to publish fully illustrated editions—one per year—of each of the seven Harry Potter books.