This is the second installment of the illustrated Harry Potter books. I love reading these books with my 7-year old son. They have just enough illustrations to keep him interested from page to page, especially since this is an unabridged version of the books. There are even a few extras, like this page:
Not only is it relevant to the story, but it offers a little bit of extra information for those who can’t get enough of the wizarding world.
In this story, we meet new characters like Gilderoy Lockhart, the charming, narcisistic new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher. We also get to know new places, like the whimsical Burrow, where the Weasleys call home. And there are new spells and potions to learn, central of which is the polyjuice potion, which can temporarily turn you into someone else. Of course, we also get more history into Hogwarts and the Dark Lord himself, which is so important for the books to follow.
I could read the Harry Potter books over and over, and I will definitely reach for these illustrated books for my re-reads. They are every bit as beautiful as the stories they depict, and a great addition to your library.
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