Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Harry Potter and the illustrated edition (or one grown woman's fangirl confession)

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, illustrated edition, £15, Amazon
They say don't judge a book by its cover but with some it's really hard not to.

I am one of the fortunate ones who was growing up when Harry Potter hit the shelves. The world of muggles and wizards entered my life when I was 10 years old and to say it completely and utterly absorbed me is an understatement. I am a total fangirl - I mean, I don't have a shrine or anything, but HP completely utterly rocks my socks.

This purchase was a total no brainer for me. When the first editions of each Harry Potter instalment came out, I pre-ordered them through Amazon, to make *absolutely* sure they were there for my reading marathon on the very first day I could get my hands on them.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, illustrated edition, £15, Amazon
So back when this gorgeous illustrated edition was first listed, I did the same. To tween-age me's horror, however, I completely forgot I had done so until this parcel arrived at my door on the day it was released. But what a treat it turned out to be.

For me, Harry Potter will never really be Daniel Radcliffe's movie adventures, I'm a total true to text girl, inspired by Hermione's ballsy attitude and frizzy hair, following her, lanky Ron and the chosen one on their Hogwarts adventures. It's not often you can say that an illustration is just as you imagined but for me these drawings are pretty darn close.

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