'Harry Potter' Books Get New Covers!

'Harry Potter' Books Get New Covers!

Check out the new covers for the “Harry Potter” book series!

Written by J.K. Rowling, the series got a cover makeover to celebrate the 15th Anniversary.

Designed by artist Kazu Kibuishi, each of the seven new covers will depict a distinctive and memorable moment from the respective book. The collection, which will also be released in September as a boxed set, will offer new readers just reaching the age to begin the series a glimpse of J.K. Rowling’s magical world and the epic story they are about to enter.

“The ‘Harry Potter’ covers by Mary GrandPré are so fantastic and iconic,” Mr. Kibuishi shared in a statement. “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.”

He added, “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.”

The inspired original art for the series, created by Mary GrandPré will continue to be featured on the U.S. hardcover and digest paperback editions.

WHAT DO YOU THINK of the new covers? Do you like them or do you prefer the originals?

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2 Comments

#1
Keith Bowden @ 6:49 pm on 02/14/2013

I think this artist is quite nice; based on the first one I prefer Kibuishi by far to GrandPré (sorry, I’ve never liked her illustrations for the books). However, I have the UK editions because I also prefer the original text to the alterations that Scholastic made in the first few books.

#2
Kris @ 7:29 pm on 02/14/2013

Prefer the originals…there always be the originals!

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