It was announced earlier this year that special 20th anniversary editions of J.K. Rowling’s seven ‘Harry Potter’ books would be released, with new covers illustrated by artist Brian Selznick. The finished products are finally here!
The new black-and-white covers were unveiled Tuesday by Scholastic, and when placed side by side, the seven covers become one long mural, as seen in the above image (click to enlarge).
The redesign is part of a yearlong campaign to remember ‘Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone’ being released in the U.S. two decades ago. The new paperback versions of the Harry Potter series will be released June 26 and will be followed by a collectible box set designed by Selznick coming in September.
In a recent statement, Selznick expressed his excitement regarding the project, saying:
“I’m a huge ‘Harry Potter fan’ (a proud Hufflepuff!) and to be asked to illustrate the 20th anniversary edition covers was an absolute honor. I knew this project came with so much responsibility to the stories, as well as to the readers. I revisited the books and was especially moved by the relationships between the characters in J.K. Rowling’s magical world, so I wanted these covers to reflect that. One of the most challenging and rewarding aspects of the process was drawing seven independent covers that would stand on their own, while making sure that they also lined up to create one single satisfying image. It took dozens and dozens of sketches to get it right, and I am thrilled to share my great love for the books with these new illustrations.”
Just in case you need more magic in your life, plans to celebrate the 20th anniversary of ‘Harry Potter’s’ U.S. publication are also in place for bookstores, libraries, schools, and festivals, according to Pottermore. Additionally, ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ will make its Broadway debut later this month, the ‘Harry Potter: A History of Magic’ exhibit is opening at the New-York Historical Society in October, and ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’ will open in theaters Nov. 10.
Check out the new covers below!