9:51 pm EDT, June 27, 2013

‘Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban’ new cover unveiled!

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

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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.

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'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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