Potterheads, look out! A brand new cover series, by artist Kazu Kibuishi, is coming, and from our first glimpse, it looks pretty extraordinary (you scan see the FULL HI RES here):
This stunning new art is the first of seven to be unveiled as Scholastic re-releases the extremely famous series as trade paperback editions in a box set this September, just in time for the 15th anniversary for the US publication of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, arguably the book that really took the Potter craze to the next level.
Kibuishi, who is a big Potter fan himself, called the opportunity “more than a little surreal.” And for fans of Mary GrandPré’s work, not to worry, the hardcover and digest paperback editions will remain the same.
Kibuishi is actually a big fan of GrandPré’s work, but notes that he tried to approach the job as an author first:
“The Harry Potter covers by Mary GrandPré 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 handle the project, I could 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.”
In the same press release, Scholastic also notes that it will be re-releasing the Hogwarts Library books, that is, Quidditch Through The Ages, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and The Tales Of Beedle The Bard, in its own boxset come November. This is the first time the complete collection has been offered together. Sales will go to benefit two charities: Lumos, J.K. Rowling’s charity which works to end the institutionalization of children across Europe, and Comic Relief, a UK-based charity that works to end poverty.
What do you think about this new cover? Which of the other books are you most excited to see get the Kibuishi treatment? What scenes do you think they’ll use? Tell us in the comments!