Harry Potter undergoes creepy makeover in illustrated edition

Draco Malfoy, Ron, Hermione and Hagrid appear in the new drawings from artist Jim Kay

If you thought the last couple of Harry Potter films were dark, just wait until you see these creepy new images from the first illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, due to be published in October.


Drawn by Jim Kay, the illustrations include key characters from JK Rowling’s first novel – though there’s no sign of Hogwarts Headmaster Albus Dumbledore or the Boy Who Lived himself. Their new looks will presumably be revealed nearer the publication date.

The pictures released do however include Draco Malfoy apparently getting measured for his robes in Madame Malkin’s, where he and Harry first met in the Philosopher’s Stone – bad never looked so good. 

Another of the drawings shows half-giant Hogwarts gamekeeper Hagrid struggling to fit inside a small building – perhaps the cabin he rescues Harry from early in the novel.

Finally, there’s a peek at Harry’s partners-in-crime Hermione and Ron, who look slightly different from their film portrayals by Emma Watson and Rupert Grint, and closer to the book’s description of them (note Ron’s long nose).

Kay has previously illustrated Partrick Ness’ novel A Monster Calls, for which he won the Kate Greenaway medal in 2012.

“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,” Kay said in a statement.

“The story is everything, and so I want to bring what I can to really show the depth of Rowling’s stories, to their best.”


The illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone will be published in hardback on 6th October 2015