Let’s Talk… The Harry Potter Illustrated Versions

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Starting in 2015, the Harry Potter books were converted into illustrated versions. At the point of this post, the first 4 books have been made into illustrated versions, and the 5th book has been slated for a 2022 release. These versions are unabridged, and are not illustrated on every page, but there are some full page illustrations as well.

I personally did not find the books too hard to read from, although they are a little cumbersome to carry around. They are a little uncomfortable to hold, mainly because they are rather large. Every page is glossy and each book has a ribbon bookmark. For anyone who reads with a book light, it is a little difficult to be able to see the entire page, especially when you get to the middle of the book without having to move it. Each page is written into two columns, with a page break for each new chapter.

Personally, I think that the illustrations are kinda creepy at times. For example, Dobby in the illustrated version looks a lot grimier and wrinkled, while the movie version makes him look more palatable. All-in-all, it is a really cool collector’s item for someone who enjoys the series, but I think that it will become a popular way of reading the series as we head into a graphic novel-heavy society.

If you guys have any thoughts or ideas, feel free to leave a comment, find me on the social medias at @elizabooksblog, or email me at elizabethslick@elizabethsbookstore.blog. And as always, I’ll see you all in the next book!

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