Over the next seven years Scholastic is going to release new, animated versions of the Harry Potter books. The first, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, is due out Oct. 6. Ahead of its release Scholastic revealed today four new images by British artist Jim Kay.
Last year The Guardian spoke with Kay about his work on the Harry Potter series. When asked how he felt when he was first chosen to animate the blockbuster novels he had a hilariously blunt response:
Scientists say the Big Bang is to be followed by the Big Crunch. I feel I have first hand experience of this theory, for hearing the news that I'd got the commission was an explosion of delight, followed instantly by an implosion of brain-freezing terror. From my point of view it is, without doubt, the best commission you can be given - I'm a bit of a control freak, so to be given the opportunity to design the characters, the clothing the architecture and landscapes to possibly the most expansive fantasy world in children's literature, well lets just say I'm extremely excited about it. However, I am also mindful of the huge responsibility this represents, I just want to make sure I do the best job I possibly can.
Hopefully Kay has stopped freaking out now that these new images have been released and no one has called for his head to be hit with the Cruciatus curse.
Check out all of the new images below.