When "Harry Potter" fans think of iconic characters like the titular boy wizard, they likely conjure one of two mental images: Daniel Radcliffe, who played the be-spectaled character in all eight of the film adaptations of the books, or the colorful smudged pastel character gracing the covers of the first U.S. editions of the books.
Mary GrandPre's cover art and charcoal chapter illustrations were long the most familiar renderings of the characters and settings of J.K. Rowling's magical world, but a new edition of the books, published by Scholastic, will feature the work of a different artist.
Get your first look at the world of Hogwarts and Harry through the eyes of Jim Kay. A deluxe illustrated hardcover version of "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" will be available October 6, but we have a look at four of Kay's renderings today.
Draco MalfoyJim Kay
Ron WeasleyJim Kay
Hermione GrangerJim Kay
Rubeus HagridJim Kay
"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 press release. "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."