‘Sorcerer’s Stone’ Illustrated Edition cover revealed with a dragon-like Hogwarts Express

We don't remember seeing a train like this at Universal's Wizarding World.

12:31 pm EST, March 26, 2015

Bloomsbury and Scholastic today revealed the cover for the upcoming Illustrated Edition of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s / Philosopher’s Stone.

While the illustrations that we’ve seen from within the book appear to take queues from the Harry Potter film series, the Illustrated Edition’s cover is going a different direction. The Sorcerer’s Stone / Philosopher’s Stone cover, below, features the Hogwarts Express with an all-new design seemingly inspired by a dragon. Standing by the train is Harry Potter with his owl Hedwig.

Here’s the U.S. edition with the familiar Harry Potter font. Oddly, the “Harry Potter” text is covering up the train’s chimney featuring a dragon head:

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And the U.K. edition, where you can see the chimney:

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Here’s a side angle to further whet your appetite for this puppy:

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This cover will be used for both the United States and United Kingdom editions of the book, marking the first time that both countries will use the same cover for any edition in the Harry Potter series. Despite using the same cover, the name change for the U.S. still stands.

The Illustrated Editions — created by Jim Kay — will be published in 21 languages with a “ribbon marker, head and tail bands, illustrated endpapers and colour artwork on every spread,” according to a statement from Bloomsbury. The book includes over 100 illustrations.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s / Sorcerer’s Stone will be published October 5. You can pre-order now on Amazon for $28.06.

One Illustrated Edition will be published every year, meaning Deathly Hallows should be released in 2021 (Which is a very long time from now. Like, after Fantastic Beasts Movie #3).

What do you think of the new ‘Harry Potter’ cover?

And that unique design for the Hogwarts Express?

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