Jim Kay Blogs About His Chamber Of Secrets Illustrations

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If you are as obsessed of Harry Potter as we are then you are going to love when the new illustrations for Chamber of Secrets comes out Oct. 4.

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As Jim Kay had spent two and a half years illustrating Sorcerer’s Stone, it only took  Kay eight months to complete Chamber of Secrets: The Illustrated Edition. Jim Kay recently wtote a blog entry where he talked about the entire process.

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“I’m trying to be more colourful you see, and that was an ideal opportunity. I’m also a big fan of the Templar ‘Ology’ series of books, which this kind of reminds me of. I grew up fascinated with fact books about animals though, and cross-sections in ‘Eagle’ comics. There was originally a lot more information and a few more illustrations on that spread, but it looked very cluttered, so I stripped them out. It’s really tricky doing layout on these things.”

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It seems like the style and designs draw you in to make it feel real. It’s only fair to say that Jim does the Harry Potter world justice. When it came to Hagrid’s portrait Kay says:

“This was a study of Hagrid’s face that ended up going in the COS book. I love Hagrid, he’s great to draw, one day I’m going to do my own book about giants, I’ve scribbled down a loose idea for a story (set in China), but it will have to wait til Potter is in the bag. Anyway, here is Hagrid’s Hut. It seems sensible to me that, living by a lake, you might recycle an old boat. Can’t wait to work on the interior, all that framing. I need to build a model of this at some point.”