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Harry Potter ready for watercolour adventures

books Updated: Dec 09, 2013 16:19 IST
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Harry Potter’s got a new face, courtesy award-winning artist Jim Kay and his fully illustrated Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, which is to be
published by Bloomsbury.

A tousled mop of black hair sits atop the studious face whose green eyes are framed by a pair of round, brown, broken-arm spectacles.

And a September 2015 publication date (with the six other books in the series to follow), as distant as it may be right now, means there’s time enough for ardent and amorous Potterheads to raise a new generation of miniature enthusiasts in time for the projected release.

Kay already has a strong track record, having shared the 2012 Carnegie Medal with two-time winner Patrick Ness for A Monster Calls.

“It’s like trying to choose the shiniest object in Aladdin’s Cave; you pick up one treasure, and another gem catches your eye,” he says of the JK Rowling
collaboration ahead.

“I want to bring what I can to really show the depth of Rowling’s stories. It’s amazing to think, all of Potter’s world, the streets, the shops, the creatures, the characters, all of these wonderful things come from the brain of one person,” says the artist.

“I want to keep that spell going, perhaps adding my own little twist, if possible. I hope, over the years, we will see lots of different illustrators having a go, in the way that Alice In Wonderland has inspired artists for over a century.”