Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Illustrated Edition) by J.K. Rowling and Jim Kay

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter, #2)

Genre: Fiction, Fantasy, Young Adult, Children’s, Classics

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Prepare to be spellbound by Jim Kay’s dazzling full-colour illustrations in this stunning new edition of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Breathtaking scenes, dark themes and unforgettable characters – including Dobby and Gilderoy Lockhart – await inside this fully illustrated edition. With paint, pencil and pixels, award-winning illustrator Jim Kay conjures the wizarding world as we have never seen it before. Fizzing with magic and brimming with humour, this inspired reimagining will captivate fans and new readers alike, as Harry and his friends, now in their second year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, seek out a legendary chamber and the deadly secret that lies at its heart …


After reading the first in this beautiful series the other week I had to pick up this one! This isn’t my first time reading the Harry Potter series as a whole however this is my first time reading the beautiful illustrated editions of the story.

Once again Jim Kay brings new life to this already amazing story, the illustrations are on every page and they are all so beautiful. Every single image contains so much detail and it is clear that a lot of time and effort has gone into creating them.

I haven’t read the Harry Potter series in years, it must be at least 6/7 years since I’ve read them so as well as showing the story in a beautiful new light it was almost like reading it for the first time because there are so many extra things that the films didn’t include. Professor Sprout is probably one of my new favourite characters as she is just so calm about the plants, she clearly has a love for plants but is also like a parent to them. Also the mandrakes were brilliant! I loved that they follow the human life stages with them having acne, throwing parties and moving into each others pots. I thought this part was hilarious and completely forgot about it as it wasn’t in the films!

I think Jim Kay’s illustrations of the pixies and gnomes were absolutely beautiful and managed to add a bit of their mischievous faces into every picture and they each had their own unique personality!

Overall I absolutely loved this book, I think everyone should read it. If you’ve read the series before this will show it to you in a new light. If you haven’t read it for a few years (like me) this will remind you of how much the films miss out and reminds you why so many people adore these books and that they are worldwide bestsellers. If you haven’t read the series before I would definitely recommend you read this book, the images make the story fly by and really help your imagination so that you can picture the characters as you are reading about them. This is another must read! The next book in the series I think is due to come out in October and I cannot believe I have to wait that long for the next book! I need it now!

Rating: 5/5

Summing up: Another beautiful rendition of an already fabulous book


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