Review: (The Illustrated) Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

Posted October 20, 2017 by Jessica in Jessica, Middle Grade, Reviews, Urban Fantasy / 3 Comments

Review: (The Illustrated) Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
Series: Harry Potter #3
Published by Arthur A. Levine Books
Published on: October 3 2017
Genres: Middle Grade, Urban Fantasy
Pages: 336
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
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Picture the magic – discover J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world with glorious full-colour illustration by Jim Kay, winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal.

An extraordinary creative achievement by an extraordinary talent, Jim Kay’s inspired reimagining of J.K. Rowling’s classic series has captured a devoted following worldwide. This stunning new fully illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban brings more breathtaking scenes and unforgettable characters – including Sirius Black, Remus Lupin and Professor Trelawney. With paint, pencil and pixels, Kay conjures the wizarding world as we have never seen it before. Fizzing with magic and brimming with humour, this full-colour edition will captivate fans and new readers alike as Harry, now in his third year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, faces Dementors, death omens and – of course – danger.

Last week when I posted my bookfessional on special edition books, I’d just started thumbing through this year’s illustrated edition of Harry Potter. Now that I’ve finished . . . WHUH.

Last year, when I saw the the beautiful depictions of the Herbology greenhouse on the inside covers of HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS, I’d thought it would hard for future editions to compete, and when I saw the dementors that graced the covers of HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN, I (prematurely) wrote it off as inferior.


Not that that isn’t an excellent dementer . . . *shudders*


Then there was Harry furiously completing his homework under blankets, and THE MONSTER BOOK OF MONSTERS, and the first of many illustrations of Crookshanks (my favorite literary cat ever), and a scraggly Fawkes on Dumbledore’s head:


And we were just getting started. *waves at Aunt Marge as she floats away*


I still think last year’s book is beautiful, but Herbology greenhouses, gorgeous as they were, cannot compete with the majestic hippogriff.


They just can’t. *shrugs*

BUT. I’ve learned my lesson about (prematurely) deciding that any of these new versions is the “best.” I mean, come on . . . We haven’t even gotten to HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE yet. *begins the looooooong wait for next year’s book*

Verdict: an absolute must for any Harry Potter fan. Even if you’re a staunch adherent to the no-multiple-editions school of thought. Gift your lesser versions to the child of a family friend and get these for yourself.

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My name is Jessica and I live in Chattanooga, Tennessee. I’m trying my hand at writing, but mostly I read. My favorite genres are Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Science Fiction, Urban Fantasy, and the YA versions of those genres, but if there is a book of a different color getting lots of buzz, I’ll read it too, just to be informed. If I’m not reading or writing, I’m probably on Goodreads or Pinterest or baking blueberry pies because I love them.



3 responses to “Review: (The Illustrated) Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

  1. Honestly, I feel like Harry Potter has so many editions out there its getting kind of annoying but every time I see these illustrations all I want to do is GET THEM!!!!