Diving back into the world of Harry Potter has been really fun. I forgot just how much I missed this series. Jim Dale is extraordinary as he reads the book. I am catching so many things that I either skimmed over when I read it the first time because I was inhaling the book, or just plain forgot. It's still as fresh and new to me as it was the first time I read it more than 10 years ago.
I am using this for the Magical Realism bingo square!
My reread of CoS this time included the audiobook (read by Jim Dale) and the illustrated version.
The audiobook is great. I'm not sure how I feel about the illustrated version. The illustrations are beautiful, but sometimes they don't match up with my own vision of Diagon Alley or Hogwarts or even the characters. I think they're nice as a supplement to the original series, but I don't feel any need to own these copies (the books are so large that I found reading this copy awkward).
If you are a fan of Harry Potter and have never listened to one of the audiobooks read by Jim Dale, check one out if you can. Rowling's writing makes for easy listening. And Jim Dale is a brilliant reader.
Books one through four were bedtime listening when I was a kid. This proved to be dangerous when I tried to listen to them while driving as an adult (I got veeerrry sleeeepy).