Author: JK RowlingEdition: HardcoverRating: 5 Stars
I received the Illustrated Edition for Christmas and wanted to read it right away, but forced myself to hold off until summer when I could properly enjoy it and also get the chance to reread the rest of the series. I have a vague plan to reread them all before Cursed Child, but I'm not going to force myself to read them quickly because I want to sit back and enjoy every minute of returning to this world.
The first half of this book was a slog. I don't remember it being that boring. And maybe it's not, maybe that was just me not being the mood to read this book. But the second half- when Harry arrives at Hogwarts (so, really, much more than half) flew by so quickly! And I loved every second of it. There wasn't very much I had forgotten, and that might have something to do with the fact that the movie is so similar. The scene with the centaurs, though, was one that I needed a refresher for and was happy to have.
As for the art, it's absolutely gorgeous! The depiction of diagon ally? Amazing! I ran around my house showing everyone because they all just had to see! I'm so glad they decided to do this with these books, it's lent itself to them so well and has added another level of amazing to this already astounding world.