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Scholastic unveils new cover for Harry Potter books to celebrate 15th anniversary

By Daniel S Levine,

It’s hard to believe it, but it has been 15 years since J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone hit bookshelves in the U.S. To celebrate the milestone, Scholastic is printing new copies with a new cover designed by Kazu Kibuishi. Scholastic will publish new editions of all seven books.

Scholastic unveiled the new cover on Wednesday and it will start appearing on new paperback copies in September, notes USA Today. Each cover by Kibuishi, who wrote and illustrated Amulet, will feature a scene from the book. His Sorcerer’s Stone cover shows Harry and Hagrid in Diagon Alley.

“The cover for Sorcerer’s Stone depicts the moment when Harry and Hagrid go to Diagon Alley to pick up school supplies, and really who could forget that scene?” Kibuishi told The Wall Street Journal, admitting that he did it from memory. “I chose this scene because it is the reader’s first real step into the world of magic, a prelude to the adventure that is about to begin. It was a fitting portrait for the feeling of the first book, and it provided me with a great composition to work from.”

“We thought it was time for a fresh approach...as of a way of attracting the interest of a new generation of 8- and 9-year-olds who may know Harry mostly through the movies,” Ellie Berger, president of Scholastic Trade Publication told USA Today.

Mary GrandPré’s familiar illustrations will still cover hardcover editions and the cheaper mass market paperback editions.

Scholastic is also releasing a collection of J.K. Rowling’s Hogwarts Library, which includes Quidditch Through the Ages, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and The Tales of Beedle the Bard.

The Sorcerer’s Stone has sold 450 million copies worldwide. Scholastic says that 150 million copies of Rowling’s Potter novels are in print in the U.S.

image: Scholastic

 

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