Susan Booth Staff Writer
Just when thing’s start to quiet down in the wonderful world of Harry Potter, you come to discover that it will always be one of those things you talk about, whether your a child who grew up with it, or an adult who came to love and embrace this amazing tale. Scholastic revealed the first of seven new covers for the Harry Potter series, which will come out in September just as we celebrate the 15th anniversary of the U.S publication of the series.
The cover artist for the books is Kazu Kibuishi, who is known for his bestselling graphic novel series, Amulet. Each book cover will depict a pivotal scene from each respective book. Kibuishi told Scholastic for their press release “The Harry Potter covers by Mary GrandPre’ are so fantastic and iconic,” “When I was asked to submit samples, I initially hesitated because I didn’t want to see them reinterpreted! However, I felt that if i were to bring something to it that many other designers and illustrators probably couldn’t ,and that was that I was also a writer of my own series of middle grade fiction. As an author myself, I tried to answer the question, if I were the author of the books- and they were like my own children- how would I want them to be seen years from now?’ When illustrating the covers, I tried to think of classic perennial paperback editions of famous novels and how those illustrations tend to feel. In a way, the project became a tribute to both Harry Potter and the literary classics.”
Mary GranPre’s original art will still be featured on the hardcover and digest paperback versions of the books. There are more than 150 million Harry Potter books in print in the U.S alone and the series is still hitting the bestseller lists on a regular basis. The series has been published in over 200 places in 73 different languages and has sold over 450 million copies worldwide.
So, what do you folks think of the new cover art?