Although there will probably never be sanctioned comic adaptations of the Harry Potter series, beginning this fall fans will get the next best thing: fully illustrated editions of J.K. Rowling's bestselling fantasy novels.
Today Scholastic and Bloomsbury UK debuted four illustrations by Jim Kay (A Monster Calls) from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone: Rubeus Hagrid, Hermione Granger, Draco Malfoy and Ron Weasley. The new hardcover will be published globally on Oct. 6.
“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.”
Check out the Rowling-approved illustrations by Kay below.