Harry Potter Gets a Makeover
For all those Harry Potter fans out there, meet the new Harry.
Scholastic announced that the Harry Potter series would be getting new cover artwork. The publisher unveiled the first of the seven new paperback covers with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.
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The other books in the series with new covers will be in stores in September 2013 to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the U.S. publication of J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.
The illustrator behind the new art is critically acclaimed artist Kazu Kibuishi, best known for his no. 1 New York Times bestselling graphic novels series Amulet.
Kibuishi, a longtime Harry Potter fan, said in a press release, “The Harry Potter covers by Mary GrandPré are so fantastic and iconic."
“When I was asked to submit samples, I initially hesitated because I didn't want to see them reinterpreted! However, I felt that if I were to handle the project, I could bring something to it that many other designers and illustrators probably couldn't, and that was that I was also a writer of my own series of middle grade fiction. As an author myself, I tried to answer the question, ‘If I were the author of the books - and they were like my own children - how would I want them to be seen years from now?' When illustrating the covers, I tried to think of classic perennial paperback editions of famous novels and how those illustrations tend to feel. In a way, the project became a tribute to both Harry Potter and the literary classics.”
Each of the new covers will portray a distinct and memorable moment from that particular book.
It will be interesting to see how long time Harry Potter fans take to the new artwork. Whether they like it or not, the new covers will offer a glimpse of the magical world of Harry Potter to a new generation. If people want to stick to the original artwork created by GrandPré they will continue to publish the U.S. hardcover and digest paperback editions.
With the Harry Potter movie franchise at an end, fans are still getting more Harry and more Hogwarts.
Scholastic also announced that in November 2013, the company will release the first boxed set of the complete Hogwarts Library in the U.S., including Quidditch Through the Ages, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and The Tales of Beedle the Bard.
The proceeds from the books will go to two of Rowling’s two charities: Lumos, a charity created to end the institutionalization of children, and Comic Relief, a UK-based charity that strives to create a just world free from poverty.
Compare the new and original covers below.
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