Jim Kay's illustrated edition now reads like a newspaper from the Wizarding World

By Christian Holub
September 05, 2017 at 01:24 PM EDT
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Finally, our experience reading an actual Harry Potterbook will feel like the characters themselves do when reading The Daily Prophet, moving pictures and all.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone is now available as an ebook featuring whimsical animations, thanks to Amazon’s Kindle in Motion technology. The new Kindle in Motion ebook takes Jim Kay’s 2015 illustrated edition of the book and animates a few sequences, such as the portrait of Hogwarts Headmaster Albus Dumbledore. Check out the trailer above to see what else you can expect from the ebook.

Harry Potter & The Sorcerer's Stone animated
Credit: Jim Kay/Pottermore

“There’s a painter that was active in England in Henry the Eighth’s court called Holbein, and he’d do these beautiful oil portraits of very wealthy members of the court. What I like about early portrait painting is that you often have images, objects that are representative of that person’s trade or character,” Kay told EW in 2015 about the Dumbledore drawing. “So in Dumbledore’s portrait, the dried plant there is honesty, but on the honesty is also a little camouflaged praying mantis insect. It’s saying there is honesty, but with a catch, with Dumbledore.”

Aside from Dumbledore, this version of Sorcerer’s Stone will also feature animations of Harry and Hagrid traveling by boat, or the smoke wafting off the train at Platform 9 and 3/4.

The Kindle in Motion version of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone is available now, exclusively through Amazon.

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