Scholastic Unveils New HP Cover

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):

The new Sorcerer's Stone cover by Kabu Kibuishi.
The new Sorcerer’s Stone cover by Kazu Kibuishi.

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!

  • Kara

    Wow. I don’t know if I need another copy of any of the books, but this would be so cool as a poster. I’m so excited to see the rest now!

    • Brad Ausrotas

      I think it’s worth it just in terms of collectability. I have the Canadian/British covers, but also an American box set, and I’ll definitely be picking these up too. They’re just too gorgeous to pass up!

      • Flitzy

        What is the best place to get the UK hardcover box set? I’d love a copy but I’m in the US! :(

        Supposedly you can gift the Pottermore digital copies to yourself but I’m not sure about the physical versions.

        • Brad Ausrotas

          I’d look on Amazon, I believe that’s where I got my US boxset.

  • Flitzy

    Dear JK Rowling: Please write a series of four books entitled “The Marauders” – one for each. <3

  • Tricia

    This looks stunning, but I’d love if there was another way of purchasing the art. I feel like I just got all of the Signature Edition (and I am still in love with the artwork on there) and don’t know if I can fit a third version of all the Harry Potter books in my apartment.

  • Bridget Girton

    I love all the original US covers, but this reinterpretation is interesting. It has a much darker feel to it.

  • Uzbuz

    This is so gorgeous and makes me feel all giddy!
    Cant wait to see the others!

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  • Ivette Estrada

    I think the new covers are really nice! I’m excited to see what Kibuishi has done for book five! I hope Luna’s on it! :)