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A young Harry Potter heads to Hogwarts

Hermione works her magic

An unfinished Ron Weasley

Draco Malfoy is up to no good

Hagrid is as imposing as ever

Hogwarts in all its majesty

Publishing companies Bloomsbury in the UK and Scholastic in the US are working on fully illustrated and full-color versions of J.K. Rowling's "Harry Potter" heptalogy. The first book is set to be released in October 2015, followed by the other seven books in subsequent years.

Award-winning UK illustrator Jim Kay will provide the illustrations. He released the first series of drawings on Tuesday. Here's what Harry Potter will look like in "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone."

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Caption by / Photo by Jim Kay © 2014 by Bloomsbury Publishing Plc.

And here's our first look at the new Hermione Granger, whom illustrator Jim Kay calls the cement that really holds it all together. She's always ready to hop in with a little magic.

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Caption by / Photo by Jim Kay © 2014 by Bloomsbury Publishing Plc.

This sketch of Ron Weasley may be unfinished (or uncolored, anyway), but it still captures Ron's freckles and mop-like hair from the books and movies.

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Caption by / Photo by Jim Kay © 2014 by Bloomsbury Publishing Plc.

The complicated nemesis of the "Harry Potter" series, Draco Malfoy, is pictured here with his trademark shock of white-blond hair.

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Caption by / Photo by Jim Kay © 2014 by Bloomsbury Publishing Plc.

Artist Jim Kay really captured Hagrid's imposing stature in this portrait. Kay tells The Guardian that Hagrid is his favorite character, at least visually, saying Hagrid has "a wonderful heart, clothed in an enormous, shabby body." We tend to agree.

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Caption by / Photo by Jim Kay © 2014 by Bloomsbury Publishing Plc.

Finally, we have Hogwarts, the school where would-be wizards learn about wizardry. Hogwarts is a magical place -- heck, it's even fully supported by magic -- and Jim Kay's illustration fully demonstrates the majesty of the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

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Caption by / Photo by Jim Kay © 2014 by Bloomsbury Publishing Plc.
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