The United States publisher of the Harry Potter books announced today that the paperback editions of J.K. Rowling’s series will have new covers in September 2013.
These new covers are designed by Kazu Kibuishi, and you can see the Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone cover below. The publisher says these new covers are in honor of the series’ fifteenth anniversary.
EDIT: Want the extremely high-res version? We’ve uploaded it here. It was 10 MB in size, we scaled it down to 2.5 MB. Still huge. We’re so afraid of its bandwidth that we didn’t even upload it to Hypable’s server.
Says Kibuishi about taking on this prestigious honor, “When I was asked to submit samples, I initially hesitated because I didn’t want to see them reinterpreted! However, I felt that if I were to handle the project, I could bring something to it that many other designers and illustrators probably couldn’t, and that was that I was also a writer of my own series of middle grade fiction. 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.”
According to a press release, “the seven new covers will depict a distinctive and memorable moment from the respective book. The collection, which will also be released in September as a boxed set, will offer new readers just reaching the age to begin the series a glimpse of J.K. Rowling’s magical world and the epic story they are about to enter.”
The hardback and digital versions of the books will still use original illustrator Mary GrandPre’s art.
Scholastic also confirmed today that Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Quidditch Through The Ages, and The Tales of Beedle the Bard will be released as a Hogwarts Library Box Set for the first time in the U.S. this November.