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Review: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Illustrated) by JK Rowling and Jim Kay


The first Harry Potter illustrated book has a 4.9 average rating on Goodreads.  That should tell you something.  We all know the story (and if you don’t love it, well then, move along) so I’m rating this based on the illustrations themselves.  And, they are freaking gorgeous.  Honestly, they couldn’t be better.  Jim Kay, I bow down to you.

For this post, I’ve captured a few of my favorites to share with you.  In a perfect world, I would go out, buy a second copy of the book, cut out the pictures and hang them all around my office.  I’m obsessed.  Can you tell?  Anyway, enjoy these collages of my favorite illustrations.


Mixed Up Monday – Books vs. Films

When I finished reading World War Z, I was pretty disappointed.  I’m usually the one that always prefers the book to the movie version.  However, in this case I’m thinking the movie might be a little more fun.

As I was thinking about books vs. films, I realized that there are actually several instances where I loved BOTH.

harry potter

Harry Potter (entire series).  J. K. Rowling created a world that so many of us want to visit again and again.  The books are wonderful examples of the YA phenomenon – many adults starting reading YA after Harry Potter.  Some installments are definitely stronger than others but as a whole they are original, exciting, enchanting and emotion-filled.

The movies stand up well to the written word.  While there were some things changed for film, they were able to keep the essence of the story.

I recently ordered the entire book set for my niece’s birthday and may just have to get her all of the DVDs next year.

gone with the wind

Gone With the Wind is a classic book and movie.  While the book is one of my favorites, I may prefer the movie (Clark Gable as Rhett Butler, swoon!)  It is basically a story about war and its’ aftermath.  But, it is the relationships that make it special.  Yes, I love Scarlett and Rhett.  But, truly, I think the heart of the story is the relationship between Scarlett and Melanie.  Scarlett is so blinded by her false love for Ashley that she cannot see how special Melanie has become to her.  It breaks my heart every time I see the goodbye scene when Melanie dies.  Scarlett’s realization of her mistakes with Melanie, Ashley and Rhett is hard to watch.  Is it too little too late?  Margaret Mitchell and the filmmakers leave that up to us.

lion the witch and the wardrobe

As a child, I loved this C.S. Lewis series.  One of my school projects was based around the symbolism found throughout the books.

When The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe came out as a movie a few years ago, I was skeptical.  However, I fell in love with the characters all over again.  I am getting teary right now just thinking about Aslan.

If you haven’t read the series and haven’t seen the movie, you are missing out on something special.

What are your favorite book/film combos?