It’s been twenty years since Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone was released in the United States. The book became a huge phenomenon and the entire series garnered a movement that is still going strong today. Author J.K. Rowling couldn’t have dreamed that the world she created would resonate with so many people across the world but it has and it doesn’t look like it’ll stop anytime soon.
To celebrate the 20th Anniversary, Rowling partnered with artist Brian Selznick to release seven new paperback book covers for all seven books in the Harry Potter series. Check them out below:
If you put all seven books side by side, in order, they create a beautiful mural. Here’s what illustrator Brian Selznick had to say about the opportunity to design the covers:
“I’m a huge Harry Potter fan (a proud Hufflepuff!) and to be asked to illustrate the 20th anniversary edition covers was an absolute honor. I knew this project came with so much responsibilities to the stories, as well as to the readers. I revisited the books and was especially moved by the relationships between the characters in J.K. Rowling’s magical world, so I wanted these covers to reflect that. One of the most challenging and rewarding aspects of the process was drawing seven independent covers that would stand on their own, while making sure that they also lined up to create one single satisfying image. It took dozens and dozens of skeches to get it right, and I am thrilled to share my great love for the books with these new illustrations.”
All seven paperback editions will be available on June 26th along with a collectible box set designed by Selznick that is set for release in September. Are you excited for the new covers? How do you plan on celebrating the 20th Anniversary? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
SOURCE: Entertainment Weekly