Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Harry Potter #1) Illustrated Edition by J.K. Rowling & Jim Kay ~ Book Review #UltimateReadingChallenge May

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Harry Potter #1)


J.K. Rowling, Jim Kay (Illustrator)



From Goodreads:

The beloved first book of the Harry Potter series, now fully illustrated by award-winning artist Jim Kay.

For the first time, J.K. Rowling’s beloved Harry Potter books will be presented in lavishly illustrated full-color editions. Kate Greenaway-award winning artist Jim Kay has created over 100 stunning illustrations, making this deluxe format a perfect gift as much for a child being introduced to the series, as for the dedicated fan.

Harry Potter has never been the star of a Quidditch team, scoring points while riding a broom far above the ground. He knows no spells, has never helped to hatch a dragon, and has never worn a cloak of invisibility.

All he knows is a miserable life with the Dursleys, his horrible aunt and uncle, and their abominable son, Dudley–a great big swollen spoiled bully. Harry’s room is a tiny closet at the foot of the stairs, and he hasn’t had a birthday party in eleven years.

But all that is about to change when a mysterious letter arrives by owl messenger: a letter with an invitation to an incredible place that Harry–and anyone who reads about him—will find unforgettable.


My thoughts on this book:

I first read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone right out of high school. I can still remember purchasing the first book at Barnes and Noble. Now, I had the pleasure in reading the new illustrated version with my children. Most of the movies were already released before the majority of my kids were born. So, they watched them before reading the series and I feel that these illustrated editions keep their interest well as they’re still young readers.


What an imagination J.K. Rowling must have to craft such a magical story full of characters we love and simply can’t forget, including those we love to hate. There are numerous life lessons we can take from this story including the power of love, standing up for yourself, and friendship to name a few.


When I first learned that this series would be adapted into illustrated versions I instantly became thrilled. I love illustrated versions and felt that these would be even more enchanting and dear to my heart. I was first introduced to this illustrator when reading A Monster Calls a few years ago.  Once again, Jim Kay’s vivid and detailed illustrations in this edition bring the story to life. These illustrated versions are books any Harry Potter fan will enjoy and fall in love with all over again.


A few of my favorite parts in the book include the mysterious unstoppable letters that begin to arrive for Harry at his aunt and uncle’s home, when Hagrid took Harry shopping for school supplies, when Harry receives his father’s invisibility cloak, and certainly when they visit the Forbidden Forest where peculiar things live.


I plan on purchasing all volumes for our home library. These are the original full novels, but with beautiful, full-color illustrations.

I chose this book for May because it’s a perfect choice for the Ultimate Reading Challenge. May’s pick is to be ‘set in a place you’d like to visit’ and of course I’d love to visit Hogwart’s Wizardry Academy, but certainly not the Dursleys’ house on Privet Drive.

My rating on this book is 5*****

Find this on Goodreads and Amazon:

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Grade Level: 3 – 6
  • Series: Harry Potter (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books; Illustrated edition (October 6, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545790352
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545790352

This is my May choice for the Ultimate Reading Challenge. To see both of my reading challenges, you can click here.


Thanks for reading my review! I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend. 🙂

23 thoughts on “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Harry Potter #1) Illustrated Edition by J.K. Rowling & Jim Kay ~ Book Review #UltimateReadingChallenge May

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  2. I’m with you in giving the Harry Potter series 5 stars. For me, the most Illuminating aspect of the characters was that very few of them could be deemed completely bad or completely good. They all had their backgrounds and their reasons for ending up the way that they did. Even truly despicable characters like Luci’s Malfoy still loved his son and had that as a redeeming characteristic. It just goes to show that we all have our stories and they all contributed to making us who we are. That was the most important lesson I learned from this book series, though so many others can be thought of as well. I’m so glad you blogged at this book and I hope you Blog the entire series.

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    1. I totally agree! We all have our own backgrounds and flaws too. I also love the way the characters grow throughout the series and so much even in just book one alone as Harry evolves into a much more confident child and learns to trust. There are so many lessons to be taken from this series.

      I will definitely share the others! I don’t believe they’re all out yet, and I still need to read the last two books anyway. We’ve watched the movies repeatedly though. 😉 ❤ Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Vanessa. I'm glad you enjoyed the post.

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  3. My son has been buying these for me for birthday and Christmas gifts and I plan to read them while simultaneously listening to the audiobooks. I just have to find the time. It must be so much fun to be sharing them with your kids now! I will have to wait for grandchildren, which I hope won’t be too soon because my son is still in college. Ha ha. ☺

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    1. The audio books by Jim Dale are perfect! We loved those. It was really fun reading them together. I’d read them even if I didn’t have kids haha, but I enjoy reading middle grade and YA occasionally. Good luck! ❤💗❤😁


  4. Aditya Kumar

    Wow !! Such beautiful pictures !! 😍😍 I’ll check if these are available in India yet …. I definitely want to gift this to a kid to get them started with the potterverse !!

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