The Importance of Illustrations proven by Harry Potter

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Art and words blend so well and they are two of my favourite things. Now imagine how delighted I was to hear that the Harry Potter series is being treated to a glorious illustrated makeover from Jim Kay! Since Harry Potter started out as a children’s series, it only seems fitting.

With each book in the series’ illustrated edition being published every year, I have six more years of looking forward to these lovely editions.

If you’re one to crib about how the characters in the illustrations look different than the actors in the movies, this may not be your cup of tea. I’d read an article about how Jim Kay drew from real life inspiration, happening upon some children he thought he could base characters like Ron, Harry and Hermione. Kay has illustrated the characters and settings as he envisioned them which is delightful since they feel more true to the descriptions in the book particularly in the case of Ron.

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Of all the illustrations, my favourites were the ones containing glowing elements. I was immediately struck by how beautiful the ghosts were illustrated, like a streak of laser lights dancing across the room not to mention the unicorn in the Forbidden Forest  reminding me of a lighthouse in a dark sea.

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Suffice to say I find the whole process fascinating! The attention to detail is inspiring and brings so much of the series to life.

Not only are illustrations ogle-worthy but it’s been known that they are useful in educating children. At a young age, a child tends to think in non-abstract terms and with the help of illustrations, his or her imagination can develop as well as help them associate words with objects and more complex actions with sentences.  They’re also important for capturing the attention of a child because of their visual appeal.

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