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At Book Expo America this morning, Scholastic unveiled the new Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets cover designed by Kazu Kibuishi.

The new Harry Potter cover can be seen below in its high-res glory. Click for full size!

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets new cover

This cover depicts Harry and Ron arriving at The Burrow via their flying Ford Anglia. There are slight orange and red hues, which are sort of a throw back to Mary GrandPre’s original United States cover.

UPDATE: Hypable spoke with Kibuishi at BEA today to discuss the new cover, J.K. Rowling’s thoughts on new designs, and paying tribute to Mary GrandPre!

Below is a photo of Kibuishi with Scholastic editor Arthur Levine posing with the cover:

Chamber of Secrets BEA cover reveal

All seven Harry Potter books with new covers will hit store shelves this August. They will only be available in the paperback format. A box set will also be available and feature new artwork too.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone’s new cover was unveiled in February. The remaining six covers will be unveiled throughout the summer, and we love looking forward to each new design.

While designing the covers, Kibuishi was hesitant to take on the huge task, he said in February. “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.”

Hypable is at Book Expo America and will be speaking with Kibuishi after his signing today. We’ll share our interview with him later this afternoon.

What do you think of the new ‘Chamber of Secrets’ cover?

  • http://ravenclaw1991.tumblr.com/ ravenclaw1991

    That’s beautiful. I can’t wait to see the rest.

  • Sonia Mines Lowry

    I like the concept of the cover but I miss Mary Grandpre illustrations. I realize times much grow and change so I am more than willing to accept this cover. When you think of the movie the most vivid images are that of the Ford angula and the Weasley’s house so it is more than appropriate.

  • Kathleen

    I like this a lot!! Very fairytale-ish. Something about the roundness of the images reminds me of the Shire and hobbit-holes. Lovely!!

  • http://hypable.com Selina

    Awww babies.

  • Ali

    love it!

  • Emily Bryan

    I love seeing The Burrow illustrated! :D

  • ShireMagic

    I quite like this design but my favourite covers are actually the new UK covers. Simple and elegant.

    • Zeyu

      Agree, likes these ones better than the new Scholastics covers.

    • Laura Jurgensmeyer

      Hmm. I’m actually not really a fan of these. I prefer the other UK covers. I think these look…old? Like they were made a decade or two ago.. I dunno.

    • Larael

      These are classic looking. Similar to some 1970s era Lord of the Rings trilogy Ballantine editions. I like it!

    • http://daydreamsandwhispers.tumblr.com/ Hermione Granger

      Stylistically, I love these. I think they’re beautiful and elegant.

      Nostalgically, I have to say the original UK covers (and somewhat the original US covers) definitely have the most memories connected to them.

    • Serah

      Wow, they’re great! Very classy and not over the top

    • Maria Wang

      “Philosopher’s Stone!” Thank you! And yes, these are better.

    • filibustersneakoscope

      I couldn’t agree more. I have all the books in this edition and the original Bloomsbury UK edition and I much prefer this one (Signature Edition). It is also the one on Pottermore.

  • Victoria

    By including Ron and The Burrow, I have no choice but to love it! Can’t wait to see the rest of the covers.

  • jose8180

    love it, will be buying all the new covers

  • Taylor

    The illustration is technically beautiful, but I do wish it looked less like clip art, especially Ron and Harry. And the Burrow itself would have been a better choice for back cover art: this scene has very little to do with the title and completely excludes Hermione. Feels weird to just feature only 2/3 of the trio.

    • Maddy323

      Hermione, though always important, is less involved in this book since she’s petrified so I don’t think it’s a huge deal that she’s not in on the action in the cover.

    • Steve

      She’s not on Mary Grandpre’s cover either…

      • Taylor

        But the Chamber was. I’m just saying, if there’s going to be a more or less random scene, I wish the whole trio had been included.

  • lego5ker

    There shall unlikely ever be a set that shall even touch Mary Grandpre’s covers and chapter illustrations. The new UK covers looked dated and garish the moment they were revealed and these new US ones are nice but can’t beat the referential signposts of the plot as a whole hidden within the piece you get in Grandpre’s work.

  • Me

    Wow. That looks great! Has anyone seen the Casual Vacancy-style book covers?

  • http://hypable.com John Thrasher

    Not sure I like Ron’s characterization, but love Harry’s.

  • http://twitter.com/TokoMasho Matthew Potter

    I think it looks great!

  • Matthew Goldenberg

    I absolutely love it! The flying Ford Anglia reminds me a lot of the original UK cover which, although it isn’t the cover I grew up with, seems like a nice throwback while still including new elements like the Burrow.

  • Sofia Malik

    I like it, and I need a new copy of chamber of secrets anyways so I’ll probably getting this!

  • Glaciusx

    I still prefer the old ones, but Harry and Ron look so adorable here! Aw, wee lambs. <3

  • Mariel

    I don’t like it. It’s not quite as magical as it should be. A car and a house: a little mundane.

  • celtise

    Call it nostalgia or stubbornness but the original UK covers will always be the real/best covers to me.

    • Charlie

      Yeah, I think I’ll always have a preference for the original UK covers purely because those were the ones I owned… even though I actually dislike a couple of the cover illustrations themselves. That said, these new American ones are quite cute. It’s nice to see the Burrow on the cover for once.

  • Jake

    I’m actually really in love with these new covers so far. They’re fun and, for lack of a better word, magical.

  • Jake

    Also, I wonder if an owl will be on every cover.

  • HermioneKatniss1

    I’m actually glad I have all the original American hard cover copies. For some reason, they’re the ones I’m most drawn to.

  • humanbeing

    I still love the U.S. Mary Grandpre covers, since they’re the ones I associate with my discovery of and burgeoning love of the Harry Potter books. However, I think these new covers by Kazu Kibuishi could be really neat, when all is said and done. I really like his style, sort of a mix of anime/Disney. They may not be everybody’s cup of tea, but so far I like what I see. I understand that nostalgia will always play a big part in which editions people prefer (as well as whether they grew up reading the British versions, the American versions, or the multitudes of others out there). I can remember feeling a very deep affection for the editions of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings that came out back in the late 1970s or early 1980s, the ones illustrated by Darrell K. Sweet, because they were the ones that caught my eye in the school library when I was 9 years old, and therefore will always feel the most magical to me. This being said, many people were critical of how Bilbo looked in these editions (a little like a caveman) or how Aragorn or a number of other characters were depicted. But things like a cover’s absolute fidelity to the text don’t usually matter to most readers; it’s whether a cover is able to invoke the feelings of the book, to draw a reader in and get them to open to that first page.

  • http://twitter.com/dreamfall31 Kevin Slechta

    When I saw the image on the main site, I thought Studio Ghibli was doing an animated version of the movies or something!!

  • Maria Wang

    I found it very … kiddish

    • tadma

      it’s a kid book

      • Maria Wang

        i know. I keep forgetting that it’s read by 8 year olds, but still enjoyed by 28 year olds. Still, cover is too kiddish for me – like it’s designed for 8 year olds but not teens.

  • Gage

    Looks great. Love the look of the burrow.

  • Danny

    It’s a visually inviting cover, but a bit odd in that it makes the burrow, if you go by regular rules of perspective, appear to be a large as a massive tower. When the Ford Anglia lands, it would be no larger than a tricycle next to that building.

  • JohannaafSwe

    The Swedish covers are the best ones out there, for sure.

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