Exciting news for Harry Potter fans! (Even though it’s not very newsy news when you’ve been online, unlike me, who’s been living under a rock the past few months
Earlier this week, I discovered a new edition that will be coming out soon (October 2015) of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J. K. Rowling. It’s an illustrated edition by Jim Kay and you can check out some of the illustrations used in the book on his website here, which might help you decide whether you want to buy it or not.
Bloomsbury Children provides two editions: the deluxe illustrated edition and the less expensive illustrated edition. Besides the enormous price difference (read: £135 versus £27) there are a few other things that you might want to consider before pre-ordering/purchasing one (
or both, who knows?) of these stunning editions.
The deluxe edition comes with a purple slipcase and an exclusive pull-out double gatefold of Diagon Alley (The idea renders me breathless; the heart is thumping wildly in my chest). It has head and tail bands and two ribbon markers. That’s not all though! This edition is printed on premium grade paper (in case your wondering: it’s described as designer, fancy paper, facilitating outstanding print performance –
I’ ve got the sudden urge to stroke this edition). The only downside to this edition, besides the price, it comes out later than the other one: on 5 November 2015.
Is it worthy of paying £108 more than the other edition? I don’t know and it’s something each one of you should have to think through and decide upon for yourselves. Especially as I can’t figure out whether or not the cheaper edition has the same quality. The website is obnoxiously vague about this edition’s specifications.
On the plus side, no matter what illustrated edition you decide on pre-ordering in the end, you’ll receive an owly tote bag anyway! YAY!
And with that, I salute you all and as Professor Snape would say: