Harry Potter series gets new book covers

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Harry Potter series gets new book covers
Wed, 02-13-2013 - 2:55pm

Scholastic is giving the Harry Potter series a new look to celebrate it's 15th anniversary.  What do you think of the new look?  Should they have left Mary GrandPre's iconic illustrations alone?  

*article courtesy of Yahoo.com

New 'Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone' illustrated by Kazu KibuishiThe new 'Sorcerer's Stone' cover, left, and the original (Photo: Scholastic)It's hard to believe Harry Potter has been around for 15 years.

J.K. Rowling's first book in the series, "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone," launched in the late '90s, marking the beginning of a multibillion-dollar entertainment franchise.

In honor of the book series' 1998 U.S. debut (it launched in the UK in 1997), Rowling's American publisher, Scholastic, has unveiled the first of seven new book covers illustrated by graphic novel artist Kazu Kibuishi (the artist behind the New York Times bestselling series "Amulet"). Incidentally, Suzanne Collins' wildly popular "Hunger Games" trilogy is also published by Scholastic.

Kibuishi is said to be a longtime Potter fan and considers the experience "more than a little surreal."

All seven new covers will appear on paperback editions available in September and will depict a "distinctive and memorable moment" from each book. And this first one by Kibuishi clearly seems to be depicting Harry Potter's first tour of the magical world. Hagrid and his owl appear behind Harry as they walk through the cobbled wizard shopping area Diagon Alley. This is where Harry gets all of his Hogwarts school supplies, including his most essential tool: his wand.

The book series will also be released that month as a boxed set.

The original art for the books will continue to be featured on the U.S. hardcover and digest paperback editions. "The Harry Potter covers by Mary GrandPré are so fantastic and iconic," said Kibuishi. "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..."

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Thu, 02-14-2013 - 10:03am

Hmmm... that's a hard question; I usually opt for "old school", prefering the original artwork. But the new one is pretty cool, too. It gives you a glimpse of more characters and I like that! 

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Thu, 02-14-2013 - 10:07am

Oh gosh... I like them both! We already have two sets... hardbacks and paperbacks, but I DO have grandkids -- that will be my excuse to buy the set again, with the new artwork! LOL Really, as much as we all love re-reading the books, a third set won't go to waste!

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Registered: 12-20-2004
Sat, 03-02-2013 - 10:40am

I'm not usually big on change just for the sake of change (or the dollar), but I do like the new cover. I'll have to look for them in the bookstore. Just don't know if I can justify a new set - even with my discount!