New covers commissioned for Harry Potter books
Graphic novelist Kazu Kibuishi adds his magic touch
NEW YORK (AP) -- The Harry Potter books are getting a makeover.
Scholastic Inc. announced Wednesday that new covers have been commissioned for U.S. trade paperback editions of J.K. Rowling's blockbuster series. The first new cover, for "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone," replaces Mary GrandPre's iconic sandy-colored design of Harry in flight with a purplish-blue street setting by graphic novelist Kazu Kibuishi. The GrandPre illustrations will still be used for hardcovers and mass market paperbacks.
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The new edition of "Sorcerer's Stone" is scheduled for September, the 15th anniversary of Potter's debut in the U.S. The British editions are published by Bloomsbury. They have long had separate designs from the U.S. versions.
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The bottom line is that there are so many iconic moments from each of the books, each iconic moment from each book would make a great cover.
The original cover from Sorcerer's Stone is classic, but this new cover shows more from a particular icon scene. They could have had Fluffy on the cover or a montage of characters. This series will live forever and be merchandised forever. That's okay.
They could have a cover with the quddich match or one with Harry, the mirror of Erised and Quirrell. There are many, many choices.