To say that Sirius Black wasn’t looking his best the first time Harry Potter laid eyes on him in human form would be an understatement. This has never rang more true than in Jim Kay’s illustration of the beloved animagus in the new ‘Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – Illustrated Edition.’ Check it out below!
Yikes. Sirius clearly wasn’t having his best day here. Which makes sense. The wizard had escaped Azkaban about a year earlier and had been spending months hiding, living off scraps, and keeping an eye on his godson. All while also trying to track down his former friend, Peter Pettigrew. He was hungry, dirty and angry, and Kay’s rendering captures these emotions perfectly.
Fans of the franchise will find this image a bit different from the Gary Oldman version of the character…
Kay’s illustration is a near perfect interpretation of J.K. Rowling’s description of the character, at the time that Harry Potter first met him face to face:
A mass of filthy, matted hair hung to his elbows. If eyes hadn’t been shining out of the deep, dark sockets, he might have been a corpse. The waxy skin was stretched so tightly over the bones of his face, it looked like a skull. His yellow teeth were bared in a grin. It was Sirius Black.
This illustration is featured in the chapter titled ‘Cat, Rat and Dog’ of the newly released illustrated edition of ‘Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.’ It is one among many stunning images included in the book, which can be found on Amazon.
Also included in the illustrations are a detailed glimpse at the Marauder’s Map, and a look at Harry’s Patronus, the Dementors, and the previously released illustration of Severus Snape.
‘Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – Illustrated Edition’ is the third illustrated edition to be released in the series. ‘The Sorcerer’s Stone’ released an illustrated edition in 2015, while ‘Chamber of Secrets Illustrated Edition’ came out last year. Though there has been no official announcement, it’s likely fans could see ‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire’s’ illustrated edition in Fall of 2018, assuming future releases follow the same pattern as the first three.
The wait won’t be nearly as long for the ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them’ illustrated edition. The textbook from the ‘Harry Potter’ series on which the film franchise is loosely based is set to release its illustrated edition in November 2017.