I got the illustrated edition of Prisoner of Azkaban for my birthday last December, and I’ve only just got the time to read it. Here’s just a few thoughts about some interesting points I found when reading the book. (NB this is really just a list of the pictures I loved in the edition, but I’m hoping if you haven’t already got the book it might tempt you!)
The front cover is so beautiful and I really like the adverts on the Knight Bus for Skele Gro and Bertie Botts.
This picture of the Weasley’s in the Daily Prophet is so cute, and for some reason one of the pictures I’ve always wanted to see since I first read the Prisoner of Azkaban. I really like when photos are described in the series and I love how it’s so easy to know who everyone is.
Some of my other favourite pictures are: the Monster Book of Monsters, the Knight wallpaper in the Knight Bus chapter (geddit!) and the Easter Egg of the Deathly Hallows sign in the tiles in another of the chapters. On the saucer Neville breaks in Trelawney’s first class, there is a cat chasing a mouse which symbolises Crookshanks chasing Scabbers.
The chocolate that Lupin gives to the trio on the train is “Somnus Leporinus”. Pravenclaw has a nice blog post which talks about the meaning of this, and Pravenclaw writes about the link between a hare that lives on the moon in many folklore myths, and the symbol of three hares on the chocolate ties back to this. Hares seem to be a recurrent theme throughout the edition, and it’s cool once you do a little research into the mythology surrounding them and their connection to the moon.
Another mythological picture depicts the Care of Magical Creatures class keeping salamanders warm by the fire. I didn’t realise until I read this edition that and researched for this post that salamanders are regularly associated with fire.
This picture of Snape is so cool as well. The book he is holding has HBP in tiny letters, and there is a lily of the valley sprig next to him, obviously tying back to Harry’s mother. In the jar there is an animal that looked to me like a niffler, but Pravenclaw suggests it might be a mole referring to Snape’s double life. I think it’s interesting it’s too big for the jar which to me suggests his double life is threatening to break out, as it does over the next few books as Voldemort returns.
There are a few gorgeous double spread pictures in the book including one of the grindylow and another of werewolf illustrations meant to be from Hogwarts textbooks.
The Marauder’s Map is clearly my favourite illustration in the whole book. There are some cute names of rooms which includes Mycology (study of mushrooms) and Scrying Stones room – apparently scrying is foretelling the future through crystal balls or reflective surfaces. The writing on this page is so tiny, I’d love to sit Jim Kay down and tell me all the things he’s written.
The Three Broomsticks pub has a logo of three broomsticks which was a cute touch and seemed very canon.
I loved this picture of Cho Chang too. I think Cho is completely reviled by the fandom and you tend to forget that Harry had a crush on her for a long time before that disastrous date.
A few other pictures I enjoyed were the badges on Hagrid’s jacket for Buckbeak’s hearing, including motorbike badges. I enjoy the image of Hagrid being in a motorbike gang! On page 219 there are some nice pictures of tarot cards, and Pravenclaw has analysed them all in her post but my favourite is the tower which means disaster and revelation.
This image above is a Ouroboros which symbolises rebirth and the circle of life. On top is a picture of Hermione’s time turner.
Another beautiful picture is that of Lupin in his office. I just really liked the picture of the full moon (obviously a “hint” at his werewolf status), as well as the skull – I’m reading too much into it but it seems like a foreshadow of Lupin’s future.
Have you read the illustrated edition of PoA? What did you think?