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!
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:
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.