The deluxe illustrated Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone is a beautiful representation that will be appreciated by serious collectors. It was published on November 12, 2015, and there were a limited number of these books printed.
The price was daunting, but I couldn't resist and purchased this book. It was well worth the price and I am so glad I did. Words do not describe how beautiful this edition is! The biggest surprise for me, though, was how big this book is!
Included is a hardcover slipcase, so you can keep the book in the case. It also has a cardboard box, which it is shipped in (if you buy it new - used might not have the box). The box is perfect for storing the book if you don't want to risk damaging it, and has the outline of a purple Golden Snitch on it.
This is the same book as the illustrated edition, but there are a several important differences. I have created a table to make it easier to see how they differ.
Deluxe Illustrated Edition
Number of Illustrations
11 x 13 x 2 inches
6 x 10 3/4 x 1 inches
7 lbs, 8 oz.
3 lbs, 4 oz.
Printed in Italy
Gold Gilt Edges
Yes (2 - 1 yellow, 1 purple)
Yes (1 - red)
2 1/2 Foot Removable
Cardboard Storage Box
As you can see in the table above, this version of the Jim Kay's illustrated book has a large poster, seen below. I was blown away by the detail in the poster! It is gorgeous. I also want to say that the same image of Diagon Alley is in the smaller book, but it is part of the book and spread across two pages, not a poster that you can open and take out of the book. FYI - This book also has the image in its pages, but the poster lets you see all the amazing aspects of the drawings.
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Here is a video that I made of me unboxing this book. One of the things that I do in the video is compare this book to the smaller illustrated book and a regular edition book.
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