Hello, fellow readers! My second book of the year is one of my favorites already! I have been a long time lover of Harry Potter. I have wanted the illustrated editions for awhile but could not justify the cost. But my husband surprised me for Christmas and had purchased the gift set of the first three illustrated books. I promise, the illustrated books will make the reading experience like (or better than!) the first time you read Harry Potter .
Description: The first book in the Harry Potter series introduces us to Harry Potter and the magical world of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Harry is the only person to have ever survived an attack from the dark wizard, Voldemort. His parents are killed, so he is sent to live with his Muggle (non-magic) aunt, uncle, and cousin. When he is 11 years old, he learns that he is a wizard and has been admitted to Hogwarts to study magic. The first book follows Harry’s journey to learning about himself, making friends, and finding a place where he feels he finally belongs.
What I Liked: Everything. I know that sounds impossible, but I think I will always give 5 stars to Harry Potter books. The nostalgia alone is enough to earn high ratings, but these books are pure magic. The illustrated version made me feel like I was reading the book for the first time all over again. The illustrations are stunning and match my own imagination perfectly.
What I Didn’t Like: When the book ended. I guess my only issue, if I had to have one, is that the illustrated edition is not a book I could easily take with me to read on the go. I always had to read it at home, which was fine, but I do like to read while my husband drives.
Final Thoughts: Obviously a 5 star read for me. I will continue to read the Harry Potter series throughout 2019. I am hoping the illustrated edition of Goblet of Fire is released by the time I get to that point in the series. The books continue to get longer as the series progresses, so I am curious to see the size and price of the final four books in the series! They will be massive books.
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