Scholastic Announces New Harry Potter Covers
Posted on February 16, 2013
Scholastic has announced there will be seven new Harry Potter covers. The first new cover is for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone . It is the first of the seven new covers to appear on trade paperback editions coming in September 2013 to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the first U.S. publication.
The cover art was created by Kazu Kibuishi, known for his graphic novel series, Amulet. Each cover will depict a distinctive and memorable moment from the respective book.
Kibuishi said in a statement, "The Harry Potter covers by Mary GrandPre 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."