Today marks the on sale date for J.K. Rowling’s seven Harry Potter books, re-released as a special edition paperback boxed set featuring new stunning artwork by Kazu Kibuishi. Each book has received an entirely new cover illustrating a key scene from the book it adorns, as well as a new piece of artwork on the back of the book. In addition, when sat side by side, the spines of all seven books form an extra piece of artwork — Hogwarts — and the box for the set of books features a painting of Hogsmeade.
Kazu Kibuishi is an author and illustrator best known for his work creating and editing the comic anthology Flight and his work on Amulet. Kibuishi was chosen, much to his own surprise, after Scholastic found his artwork. The young illustrator will now become the face of a new generation of Scholastic Harry Potter books!
Scholastic’s aim with the new covers is simple: by releasing the series with a new face to celebrate Harry Potter‘s fifteenth anniversary, the publisher hopes to introduce a new generation of readers to the Harry Potter series. The brilliant and beloved artwork of Mary GrandPre, the original cover artist for Scholastic’s Harry Potter series, won’t be going anywhere; GrandPre’s work will still be seen on all copies of the series sold in hardcover.
Earlier this morning, Good Morning America ran an exclusive interview clip with J.K. Rowling in which she discussed which living person she would choose to meet Dumbledore in real life, if it were ever possible. The author’s answer is priceless and telling:
Earlier this summer, Scholastic released a fun and stunning book trailer for the new series’ covers:
The entire paperback boxed set is now available through Amazon for only $54!