Exclusive: Artist Jim Kay on the joy of illustrating Diagon Alley

Harry in Tom Riddle's diary,  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Illustrated Edition
Illustration by Jim Kay © Bloomsbury Publishing Plc 2015, taken from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Illustrated Edition

’I think the most fun I’ve had though is working on Diagon Alley, because that’s your chance to let rip and do things that aren’t mentioned in the book….’

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Illustrated Edition is out today. So, to whet your appetite, here’s Jim Kay talking exclusively about the nineteenth century ailments that inspired his illustration of Diagon Alley…

Mr Trismus, Mouth Magician? We love it.

Published by Bloomsbury, this sumptuous new hardback follows the international success of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Illustrated Edition, which was released last year to unanimous acclaim.

In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Illustrated Edition, you’ll be reunited with those familiar faces Gilderoy Lockhart, Moaning Myrtle and everyone’s favourite house-elf, Dobby – all in breathtaking full colour.

Jim Kay's illustration of Dobby the house-elf from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Illustrated Edition
Illustration by Jim Kay © Bloomsbury Publishing Plc 2015, taken from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Illustrated Edition

You’ll see Mr Weasley’s Ford Anglia flying over The Burrow, Harry and Ron’s meeting with Aragog and the battle with the Basilisk rendered in Jim Kay’s unique and glorious style.

Featuring colour artwork on every page, it’s a wonderful interpretation of the story, guaranteed to keep you captivated as you delve into this dazzling depiction of J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World.

Jim Kay's illustration of Professor Lockhart, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Illustration by Jim Kay © Bloomsbury Publishing Plc 2015, taken from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Illustrated Edition

And you can see more of Jim’s stunning illustrations – including Fawkes and Hagrid – brought to life in this animated trailer showcasing the brand new Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Illustrated Edition:

All seven beloved Harry Potter novels are set to become beautiful illustrated editions. Jim Kay and Bloomsbury are already hard at work on Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, which will be published in October 2017. We can’t wait either.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Illustrated Edition is available to buy today. UK readers can order a copy from Bloomsbury here and US readers can order a copy from Scholastic here.