Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine highlighting exciting upcoming releases.
This week’s WoW features Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, the illustrated edition by J.K.Rowling and Jim Kay.
I’ve only recently gotten around to reading the illustrated edition of Philosopher’s Stone and fell in love with the book all over again.
The illustrations are just marvellous. They really do bring something more to the books, and I love being able to see someone else’s interpretation of the wizarding world. Although there are illustrations, they still don’t detract from my imagining of the story, and in a way enhances it, especially if my own image is a little bit fuzzy.
In my local area this summer there is going to be an exhibition featuring Jim Kay’s illustrations for Philosopher’s Stone, and I’m hoping there will be a preview of some of the artwork from Chamber of Secrets. I may have totally paid out for the steam train and old London bus journey to get to the event on one of the special Magic Express days. I still need to decide whether, as a 25 year old, I should dress up or just wear one of my many Primark Harry Potter tops.
Published 4th October
Synopsis: The Dursleys were so mean and hideous that summer that all Harry Potter wanted was to get back to the Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. But just as he’s packing his bags, Harry receives a warning from a strange, impish creature named Dobby who says that if Harry Potter returns to Hogwarts, disaster will strike.
And strike it does. For in Harry’s second year at Hogwarts, fresh torments and horrors arise, including an outrageously stuck-up new professor, Gilderoy Lockhart, a spirit named Moaning Myrtle who haunts the girls’ bathroom, and the unwanted attentions of Ron Weasley’s younger sister, Ginny.
But each of these seem minor annoyances when the real trouble begins, and someone — or something — starts turning Hogwarts students to stone. Could it be Draco Malfoy, a more poisonous rival than ever? Could it possibly be Hagrid, whose mysterious past is finally told? Or could it be the one everyone at Hogwarts most suspects… Harry Potter himself?