With the illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone set for a worldwide release on October 6, Mumbai fans can't wait to fall under the spell, all over again. Here's what lies inside, along with reactions from city Potterheads
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, JK Rowling, illustrated by Jim Kay, Bloomsbury, 256 pages, Rs 1,999, releases worldwide on October 6.
Harry Potter sits lonely in his room below the stairs. Illustrations courtesy/bloomsbury
Hagrid promises to be as benevolent as we all imagined him to be
Hermoine with her curly top, casts a spell
Draco Malfoy at his pale best
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Deepa Mehta, 47, sari designer
I will be able to revisit the whole story. I have read all the books but they are all mixed up in my head. I am excited, more so, because my son, Satya, has been a Potter fan only because of the movies, and hasn’t read the books. He reads a lot of Manga and Amar Chitra Katha; we would always have discussions on why there isn’t an illustrated version of a famous series like Harry Potter or Lord of The Rings.
Avani Yashwin, 28, hair stylist
I’d love to read it all over again. When you read a book, you imagine how the characters would be. I’m curious to see if the illustrations will be true to the descriptions in the book. I’m fond of all the characters, but particularly keen to to see how Hagrid looks. In the movies, Cedric and Krum didn’t turn out as I imagined.
Avani has a Hogwarts School coat of arms tattoo
Vikas Khanna Chef, restaurateur and author
The Harry Potter series has been magic created by JK Rowling. Get ready to be charmed again with the illustrated edition of JK Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone; Jim Kay’s fabulous illustrations complement this classic. This book will draw in an entire generation of new readers!
Divya Palat, Theatre person
I was happy when I heard the news. When it comes to the visual aspect of the characters, the movies made a fixed association for a lot of people and ingrained images in our head.So, when the illustrated version is released, I want to see how far away it moves from the film’s description of the characters. Also, the movies skimmed over a few topics; hope they are covered in the book.
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