Those of you who have been following my blog, may be familiar with one of my favorite past articles – Let’s judge books by their cover!. But for those of you who are not familiar, I can give you the idea of it. In that particular article I speak about how and why I encourage breaking the famous unwritten rule of “judging books by their cover”. And my reasons are stated pretty clear in that particular article, which I encourage you to check out.

But for those who may not be in the mood to go and read another article, I can save you the time. Because all of my reasons can be summed up to the fact that in today’s modern world we have many more choices. And this includes the field of book design. So why not pick your favorite cover for your favorite book if you can? So, to sustain my point of view, in today’s article I will be showing you one of my book choices. And proving that if you wait long enough and do your research, you can end up with the best version of a book that you can have.


Harry Potter Books (illustrated by Jim Kay)

So in order to prove my point, I have chosen the famous Harry Potter book series as my example. Because I grew up with these books and the movies. And I can admit without guilt that I did saw the movies before reading all the books. But I plan to rectify that. And now I have the perfect way to do it. Because I have seen over the years plenty of variations of these books. And I am sure you have, as well. I even got close to buying one of these versions at some point. But now I am so glad that I didn’t. And if you take a look at the pictures below, you will understand why.

Photo via jimkay


Illustration via jimkay


Photo via jimkay


Illustration via jimkay


Photo via jimkay


I mean, just how gorgeous are these illustrations? From the level of detail to the sense of magic that surrounds them. I can admit that I fell in love with them at first sight. And I don’t regret for a moment waiting, or the fact that I still have to wait for the rest of the books to come out in order to have the full collection. These is my unquestionable favorite version of the Harry Potter books and it will remain so for years to come.

And I don’t just love them for my sake. I mean yes, I really appreciate the design, the level of talent that went into these and the work of the incredibly skilled illustrator known as Jim Kay. But I also think that my children will appreciate these books when they get a change to read them. They will be enticed by the colorful and beautiful images and then be locked in the story. And I really hope they will love these books, or books in general, as I do.

Order, pre-order, and catch them all!

So, for those of you, who are interested in the works of the lovely artist Jim Kay. Or simply if you want what I consider to be the best version of the Harry Potter book series that has come out so far. Or even if you simply like the design and consider adding these books to your library. I will add the links to all the books which you can order so far below.

The first two books (Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets) are out and can be ordered right away. The third one (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban) is available for pre-order with delivery coming this autumn. And for the rest of the collection, we will have to wait a bit more. But I can promise you that it will be worth it.


Photo and product via Amazon


Product and photo via Amazon


Photo and product via Amazon


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