We previously reported on the release of Amazon’s Kindle in Motion e-book of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone Illustrated Edition by J.K. Rowling and Illustrated by Jim Kay.
After “twisting” a friend’s arm for an early birthday (October 15) present, I received the digital book as an e-gift from Amazon’s website. It took six minutes to download onto my Kindle Fire 7 (2017). In my opinion, that was due to the animated illustrations.
One of the cover pages noted that the animation can be “turned off.”:
Two ways to read: “This book features art and animation specifically designed to enhance this story. You can control your experience on compatible devices by using the Show Media option in the Aa menu.
If there are readers who choose to turn off the animations, they can still admire Mr. Kay’s artwork without being distracted by the small movements while reading the story. In my personal opinion, the animation seems to enhance the idea of magic in Harry’s world, thanks to the beautiful colors used by Mr. Kay.
As my finger slid through the digital pages, I discovered these to be a few of my favorite animated illustrations:
- Harry’s Hogwarts letters flying in a corner of the page
- McGonagall flicking her cat tail while reading the map
- Crackling fire while Hagrid tells Harry about Lily and James
- The Hogwarts ghosts floating at the bottom of the page
- The floating candles in the Great Hall
Some of the animation happens as soon as the page is clicked, like Draco flying up with Neville’s Remembrall and the frightened pawn, from Ron and Harry’s wizard chess game, who is shaking at the bottom of the page. If readers miss the animated movement, they can click on the illustration to replay it like a mini video clip.
Unlike the Amazon Kindle books that aren’t Kindle in Motion, this digital book cannot be read in landscape format which allows two pages on the screen to be seen at the same time. I was pleasantly surprised how well the animated effects work on Kindle apps, though it does take 663MB worth of space. It didn’t take long for my phone to warn me to check my storage space after the digital book was downloaded on my Samsung phone. Just the same, I’m still enchanted by this edition of the first Harry Potter book.
There were moments that I did feel like I was reading a book in the wizarding world. It brought back all the excited emotions I experienced the first time I read the book and watched the movie. As much as I admired Mr. Kay’s unique and wondrous images, especially in a digital platform, I appreciated the fact that they were not on every page. That allowed me to integrate my own imagination for certain details that were not interpreted by his illustrations.
I highly recommend Amazon’s Kindle in Motion e-book of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone Illustrated Edition by J.K. Rowling and Jim Kay for fans to add to their Harry Potter collection, even if they have the hardcover edition which we reviewed here. And I’m grateful to my friend for this early birthday gift so I can add it to my collection. Click here to purchase this Kindle in Motion e-book edition of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone Illustrated Edition.