Scholastic on Tuesday morning released four illustrations by Jim Kay from the upcoming version of “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.”
The book, set to be released on Oct. 6, will be the first of J.K. Rowling’s “Potter” novels to be fully illustrated. Scholastic will release one illustrated book per year over the next seven years.
Kay, an illustrator in England, won Britain’s Kate Greenaway Medal in 2012 for “A Monster Calls,” by Patrick Ness (Candlewick). In a statement released Tuesday, he said, “To be given the opportunity to design the characters, the clothing, the architecture and landscapes to possibly the most expansive fantasy world in children’s literature, well let’s just say I’m extremely excited about it.”
Pressed to name his favorite Potter character, Kay said, “Visually, it has to be Hagrid. He’s got a wonderful heart, clothed in an enormous, shabby body. Hagrid’s hut is, for me, like an extension of his physique: It makes him a part of Hogwarts, but keeps him at a distance, too.”