2018 marks 20 years since the first Harry Potter book was published in the United States (!), and to celebrate the occasion, Scholastic has announced plans to release new editions.
The complete series will be re-published in paperback this July, with the new covers being illustrated by Caldecott Medal-Winning Artist Brian Selznick. He’ll also design a box for the complete set. The books will have no other special features.
“I’m a big Harry Potter fan and it is an incredible honor to illustrate J.K. Rowling’s iconic series,” said Selznick. “I am thrilled to play a part in this exciting 20th anniversary celebration and look forward to meeting Harry Potter fans and readers across the country.”
“Brian Selznick, with his unique and cinematic approach, is a visionary and the perfect artist to illustrate these new Harry Potter editions, for readers of all ages,” said Ellie Berger, President, Scholastic Trade. “As the longtime U.S. publisher of Harry Potter, we’ve seen firsthand the impact of the series over the past twenty years—from the early support and enthusiasm among booksellers and librarians, to kids discovering the books for the first time, and to families and friends lining up for midnight parties.”
“On this milestone anniversary, we are excited to join the legions of fans as we celebrate this cultural phenomenon, and look forward to introducing Harry Potter to a new generation of readers.”
Scholastic also announced that they’ll be “planning major events throughout the year including celebrations at bookstores, libraries, schools, and festivals around the country” to mark 20 years of Harry Potter.
The covers for Scholastic’s 20th Anniversary Editions were not released today.
The U.K.’s 20th Anniversary was last year, and Harry Potter publisher Bloomsbury had released House Editions of Philosopher’s Stone. Last week, to mark 20 years since Chamber of Secrets, the publisher announced that the Harry Potter sequel (and the remainder of the series) will be receiving House Editions too.
Bloomsbury’s new books are definitely a more exciting idea than Scholastic’s. We were hoping the latter publisher would copy the former.