We’ve been counting down the days until the release of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: The Illustrated Edition ever since we first set eyes on Jim Kay’s perfect depictions of The Sorcerer’s Stone. And October just feels like the perfect month for revisiting Harry’s second year at Hogwarts. Between the giant spiders and the Deathday Party and the general air of spookiness, Chamber of Secrets practically screams fall. We can’t wait to see how Jim Kay works his magic on this installment—especially with these scenes!
10. Fred and George and the Ford Anglia. This moment is pure joy: Harry is sad and desperate and alone, when all of the sudden, Fred and George (and Ron, too) appear in a flying car to save the day. Bonus: Vernon shouting “HE’S GETTING AWAY” as Harry and Hedwig escape. We’ve gotten a taste of this scene from the cover reveal of the new book, but we want more, more, more!
9. Harry and Draco dueling. We will forever love any scene featuring Draco and Harry, but this one holds a special place in our hearts. After all, who but Harry would begin a duel with a tickling curse? Toss in the look on Justin Finch-Fletchley’s face as Harry speaks Parseltongue, and yep, we can’t wait to see this drawn out.
8. Aragog and company. How surprising was it to learn that Hagrid used to keep a man-eating spider as a pet? Not at all. But how great will it be to see Ron looking extremely nervous as giant arachnids cover every page? Very. We can’t wait to see how Kay handles this one.
7. Filch nursing a petrified Mrs. Norris. There’s not much to like about Argus Filch, but if there’s one thing we can definitely relate with him over, it’s his love for his cat. He may be kinda gross and super mean, but the man is clearly devoted to Mrs. Norris, and we don’t want to miss out on this humanizing, anxious pet-parent moment.
6. Harry trying to get away from Gilderoy Lockhart. In the bookstore, during detention, after breaking his arm—pick any “Harry desperately tries to avoid Lockhart” scene, because they’re all perfect. We can practically picture it already: Harry wishing he could summon his invisibility cloak, Lockhart’s gleaming white smile, and Colin Creevey capturing it all on camera.
5. Nick’s Deathday Party. Hands down, Harry, Ron, and Hermione awkwardly hanging out at an all-dead party is our favorite ghost scene in the series. We’re hoping for detailed illustrations of the moldy food and varied spirits, not to mention Peeves.
4. Ron puking slugs. Poor Ron and his havoc-wreaking broken wand—we’d feel sorry for him if we didn’t appreciate the comic relief so much. Between seeing Ron vomit buckets of slugs and getting a glimpse of the inside of Hagrid’s hut, we’re really looking forward to this one.
3. The Weasleys de-gnoming the garden. This scene is a double-whammy: not only do we get to see the entire Weasley clan (including Molly giving her younger sons the what-for), but also gnomes. Gnomes! And not just gnomes, but gnomes being flung through the air and dejectedly traipsing across the lawn. It’s bound to be quirkily adorable.
2. Harry freeing Dobby. Beating Voldemort is all well and good, but the real victory of Chamber of Secrets is Harry rescuing Dobby from Lucius Malfoy’s evil clutches. We’re not sure what we’re more excited about seeing: Dobby’s lovable, lamp-like eyes, or Harry’s grubby, nasty sock.
1. Hermione polyjuicing into a cat. Because honestly, what’s better than seeing our favorite girl wonder with a pair of fuzzy ears and a tail? Nothing, that’s what. We’re sure Jim Kay will work some magic (pun intended) in this illustrated edition.
The illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is on B&N bookshelves October 4!