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The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling, illus. Chris Riddell

October 23, 2018 Comments off

beedle the bardThe Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling, illus. Chris Riddell. Pub. Bloomsbury, 2018.

Witches and wizards have been reading these tales since the 15th Century but I have just read them in this illustrated edition that has been created for J.K. Rowling’s charity Lumos. I feel privileged to have received this copy because the tales are told in large hardback with large print and superbly illustrated by Chris Riddell.

The five tales are on the weird side as you would expect and they really are modeled on Muggle cautionary tales. Basically they are what not to do or attempt to do with magic. If you are going to be mean, try to grab power, deceive anyone with magic or bring someone back from the dead, then these tales will deter you I can bet you that.

Each tale is accompanied by notes of historical origins of the tale and comments by Prof Dumbledore on the tales and all brilliantly illustrated. I loved The Warlocks Hairy heart but they are all good.

If you are a big fan of Harry Potter then this is essential to get, even if you are not this is a volume well worth getting. Your kids will love you for it. I am giving it to my granddaughters.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone illustrated by Jim Kay

August 23, 2018 Comments off

illustrated potterHarry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone illustrated by Jim Kay. Pub. Bloomsbury, 2018.

What a way to start off a new generation of Harry Potter readers with the first novel illustrated as superbly as this volume.

It is a larger volume than the original books so that each illustration can have a whole page for the young reader to indulge over.

The Dursleys with their obnoxious son Dudly are first up along with Hagrid and Hedwig the owl. Later there are portraits of Snape in front of his potions, Malfoy with his intentness, the trolls, a beautiful unicorn, the three headed dog Cerebus and the scarily wicked man with two faces.

Of course there is a happy portrait of Harry, Hermione, Ron and co plus Diagon Alley and a host of others. A poster in the back shows the Norwegan Ridgeback Dragon that adds to a very positive reading experience.

Harry Potter. A Journey Through A History of Magic.

December 18, 2017 Comments off

potter magicHarry Potter. A Journey Through A History of Magic. Pub. Bloomsbury, 2017.

For enthusiastic readers who want to know all about the magic in the Harry Potter Series.

This well illustrated and very informative book has the original synopsis of the Harry Potter series that was sent to Bloomsbury and the rest is the history of magic throughout history that formed the basis of the magic curricula of Hogwarts as taught to Harry and his fellow students.

References to the text of the 7 books are illustrated by the roots of the magic from Leonardo da Vinci to the earliest atlas of the stars and the magical creatures.

Potions and Alchemy, Herbology, Charms and Defence against the dark Arts are covered. Does a mandrake root really scream when you pull it out of the ground? Is there a potion that can make you fall in love or tell the truth? When was the beginning of Palm reading.

The highlight for me was the original hand written scripts in JK Rowling’s own handwriting with alterations and some which never made it into the books.

Totally fascinating.