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Scholastic has unveiled the new Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban cover ahead of its August re-release in paperback.

Prisoner of Azkaban’s new cover features a more simplistic design than the Sorcerer’s Stone and Chamber of Secrets covers we’ve seen released so far. The illustration depicts Harry casting a Patronus on the Black Lake.

Take a look below…

'Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban' high-res cover

Hypable spoke to illustrator Kazu Kibuishi in late May when the Chamber of Secrets cover was unveiled. He told us that Prisoner of Azkaban’s cover was the easiest for him to design because he knew right away that the Black Lake moment was the one to illustrate.

His idea for Prisoner of Azkaban paved the way for the remaining covers. “I had just done the Prisoner of Azkaban one – it was nothing like the rest,” he told us when explaining how he designed the series on a whole. “And then I got the notes back from Scholastic, and they said, ‘We love THAT one. That’s the one. Can you make the rest like that?’ And I was like, ‘Yes I can.’ So everything that you see now is derived from what happened on the third cover.”

We have four more cover unveilings to go, and Scholastic has promised that each one will debut before they all hit book store shelves at the end of August. We are also looking forward to brand new artwork on the complete box set’s case.

Speaking of new covers, this morning Bloomsbury U.K. revealed new Harry Potter covers for the adult editions. The new designs are bold and vibrant.

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  • Rachel

    i think this is my favorite cover so far

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

    I love it! :) Its really awesome. Its the perfect scene for the cover of PoA.

  • Maria Wang

    like this better than the 1st 2

  • hp481516

    I knew it wouldn’t be, but I am so glad that it is not the same Harry and Hermione flying on Buckbeak cover, which is the scene used for nearly all of the other Prisoner of Azkaban covers. This is SO much better!!!!

  • http://thebeatis.com/ Kyle Stewart

    Ugh… none of these are as good as the UK editions. ;)

  • Alyssa

    I LOVE IT!!

  • sarahd15

    Fantastic. Brilliant. Beautiful. Spectacular. MAGICAL!!!!!!

    If you can’t tell, I’m pretty excited to own these.

  • Ultron

    O my god these covers are amazing. Why can’t they be hardback!!!!!

    • Jake

      I have a feeling that they’re going to see how much money they make with the paperbacks, and if it’s enough, then they’ll come out on hardback. I’m almost positive.

  • Emily Bryan

    I love that he did that scene! The Patronus looks amazing!

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  • Megan

    Beautiful!! But what is up with Sirius Black? His eyes are terrifying!

    • rdh014

      I think this is supposed to be from time-travel harry’s perspective, looking at his past self watching his future self conjure the stag patronus. The eyes are not Sirius, but past Harry’s glasses reflecting the light of the patronus.

      …if that made any sense at all…

      • Megan

        Thank you!! That makes sense.

        • GOParty

          Unless, of course, Harry was saving Sirius from the dementors just in time to keep them from sucking out his godfather’s soul. Why he bothered to do the same for Dudley Dursley, I’ll never understand!

  • Jake

    Of course, this one is completely awesome. My only complaint, if I had one, would be that it’s hard to read the title and author because the stag is nearly the same color. But, oh well. My favorite is still the Chamber of Secrets cover, thus far.

  • Cover Lover

    I am a fan… not a critic. Thats why I like it

    • Chaz Morton

      that just made my day!

  • Vanessa

    I need this made into desktop wallpaper ASAP!

  • ladybirds

    Nice :-)

  • Esmeblabbed

    Even though altogether I like the original UK covers the best, I will admit this one is amazing!! I never understood why the artist chose to put Hermione and Harry on Buckbeak because it wasn’t really as important as say this cover.

    Something like this cover would probably catch more people’s eye than the original.

  • Winkyxx

    I like the first 2 a lot more..

  • Patrick Fincutter

    I am so in love with this cover!!!! Way way way better than that first 2.

  • nat

    I like the drawing but the font is horrible.

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  • jkredwine

    I really want to like these re-release covers, but the font is terrible and the designs have all left me wanting more… idk, something about them rubs me the wrong way. Love the concept, not a huge fan of the execution.

  • http://xyue-mayx.deviantart.com/ Dreamer

    I really like the illustration! The font is still weird though.

  • Annie Frannie Cream Cheese

    AHHHH :D :D So….much….beauty!

  • http://www.eigakanthemovietheater.blogspot.com Jenny Leigh

    These covers just keep getting better and better I think.

  • Jill

    This is amazing and pretty. Can’t wait to buy it.

  • Lauren D

    The art style is more similar to the UK covers – I like it.

  • Plat

    This one is epic! Boy the 4th one will probably blow me away. :) That was the first really big book.

  • Kristen Keys

    Oh I love it!!

  • Michael Vartanian

    This is my favorite of the new covers

  • Meh

    These new covers give away too much of the plot.

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