New Artwork Graces ‘Harry Potter’ Covers


Can you believe it’s been 16 years already? 16 years since “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” came out on June 26, 1997 in London, and 15 years since it arrived in the US in 1998. I feel old. But I get to live my beautiful childhood again through the new 15th anniversary Scholastic paperbacks that were released on August 27th!

Harry Potter has been with me for most of my life – more than half of it – and I loved every single minute of it. I’m still a Harry Potter fanatic; everyone around me knows that if you say the magic words ‘Harry Potter’ I will instantly perk up and look your way.

So it’s to my great delight that I saw the special edition box set on sale at Barnes and Noble. The art is soothing to the eyes and evocative of each novel’s spirit. Illustrated by Kazu Kibuishi, he doesn’t completely overpower Mary Grandpre’s previous works on the original Harry Potter covers; he merely adds to each book’s story, choosing to emphasize another aspect of the book that is also equally powerful and memorable.

My dream is to one day travel to the U.K. and purchase the Bloomsbury editions so that I can have those covers as well.

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  1. Yasmin 2 September, 2013 at 10:52 Reply

    Ooh, I have been waiting for these covers as well! I’d heard the romours but didnt think it would actually happen..I live in the UK so have the bloomsbury covers but I didnt know they were different to the U.S ones?

    • kaedejun 20 September, 2013 at 19:44 Reply

      Yes – they’re different! My life goal is to travel to U.K. and buy the British editions of the covers. Haha. And then maybe there’ll be more British slang in the books (since I think it was more or less edited out in the first three books).

  2. Danna 20 September, 2013 at 10:55 Reply

    This kinda makes me wish I had kids old enough to read these books even though I’m too young to even have….I can’t buy anymore HP books until I have kids…unless I can give them to someone else’s kids as a bday present or something…hmmmm

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