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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

I have read "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" already and loved it, so I was happy to read the illustrated version. Despite staggering under the weight of it, I think that it is a highly enjoyable book.

I think that the front cover really expresses what is happening. I like how detailed the picture of the Hogwarts Express is. The pictures are really useful. They help me to imagine what is going on and what the characters look like. My favourite picture is on Page 103 of Nearly Headless Nick. I like it best because you can see that he's a ghost. The picture of Snape on Page 110 just shows how horrible Snape is. On page 114/115 Hagrid's hut is really cheerful, even though it is small.

On page 170, there is a really expressive picture of Harry looking into the Mirror of Erised. In my opinion, it is a really bitter-sweet picture. His parents died, which is so sad, but he sees his family for the first time in his life, which is what is happy about it. He leans against the mirror as though to be close to them.

On page 244, there is a picture of Harry, Ron, Hermione and Neville in the Great Hall. You can just see the happiness and triumph in it because Voldemort failed to get his hands on the Philosopher's Stone. The picture on P234 is of Quirrell and Voldemort. It is quite scary. It shows the back of Quirrell's head and Voldemort's eye peeking out from under his turban.

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves reading, likes novels and Harry Potter. Read the book first and then see the movie. Once you read this book, you'll definitely want to read the illustrated version of "The Chamber of Secrets." I certainly do.

Posted on: 12th April 2017 at 05:21 pm

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