When I first read the Harry Potter series as a kid the imagery and descriptions were so vivid in my mind, I was sure that any actors they would cast in the roles would fall short. I thought that there was no way they could find actors that would suit the vivid imagery that existed solely in my imagination.
To the surprise of my incredulous eleven-year-old self, the actors exceeded my expectations! That's not to say that they were better than what I had come up with, but they were damn close.
Now that I'm an adult-ish type person, I have trouble rereading the series without picturing Emma Watson as Hermione and Rupert Grint as Ron. Luckily, for the first time in years, Bloomsbury UK and Scholastic in the U.S. are challenging what I conjure up when reading the stories of these classic literary characters.
With the stamp of approval from Rowling herself, artist Jim Kay will create an entirely illustrated version of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Time gives us a brief look at some of Kay's reinterpreted versions of our favorite characters below:
The boy who lived is finally has green eyes just like his mother. I also love the little snap in his glasses. Probably because of Dudley.
Young Hermione is just so cute! Look at her casting adorable spells and whatnot under her giant frizzy mop of hair.
This Ron looks nothing like Rupert Grint, but his big ears and long face suggest he'll look as lanky as the books described.
This Draco as a much more punchable face than the adorable Tom Felton who I find impossible to hate. This is a kid I could actually imagine saying, "Wait until my father hears about this." What a little jerk.
Whether it's in the original illustrations or the Robbie Coltrane, Hagrid always ends up looking exactly as I imagined him. Perfect.
As was astutely pointed out by my coworker, this more natural take on Hogwarts is reminiscent of Brett L. Helquist's work on A Series of Unfortunate Events, and I'm not complaining.
Each of these illustrations are less cartoonish than the covers of the past, making the characters seem much more realistic. I don't know about you, but I can't wait to buy a copy to check out these awesome drawings and relive the magic once again.
The illustrated hardcover edition of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone will be released on October 6, 2015.
Which of these illustrations is your favorite?