To celebrate the 15th anniversary of its publication, North American Harry Potter publisher Scholastic has announced that the series will be re-released with new covers as paperback editions starting this fall. The new artwork by artist Kazu Kibuishi, an American graphic novel author and illustrator known for his work on Flight, will replace Mary GrandPre’s artwork on the paperback versions only.
The entire collection of books, featuring all seven covers re-imagined to celebrate the series’ anniversary, will release as a box set in September 2013. Scholastic promises that all “seven new covers will depict a distinctive and memorable moment from the respective book.”
Illustrator Kazu Kibuishi had this to say of his work and tackling such a coveted project:
“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.”
Here’s a look at the new cover for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone:
There’s no announced date for the reveal of the final six Harry Potter covers, but you can be sure that you’ll find them here on Lytherus once they’re released!
What do you think of the new cover?