New Harry Potter Covers Book Release in August

Lyn Francisco —  March 6, 2013 — 4 Comments

It’s been known for at least the last month that graphic novel author and illustrator Kazu Kibuishi had been tapped to design the new covers of the Harry Potter series for U.S. publisher Scholastic to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the American release of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. A release date had been announced for late August (August 27, to be exact) and that these new books, which will be released in paperback, will contain bonus material not found in the original editions.

Sorcerer's Stone Covers

Mary GrandPré’s original Sorcerer’s Stone cover (l) and Kazu Kibuishi’s new cover (r)

Of course, for those who grew up with the Harry Potter series in the United States, the illustrations of Mary GrandPré are very closely tied to the Scholastic editions of the books. However, after having a look at Kibuishi’s covers, in my opinion, he does a great job in depicting what might be a significant scene in the book, which is Harry, Hagrid, and Harry’s new owl, Hedwig, walking through the streets of Diagon Alley during Harry’s initial return to the wizarding world after being away from it for so long. It is a very attractive way to introduce a new generation of readers to the Harry Potter series.

What are your opinions of the new Sorcerer’s Stone cover? Would you purchase this new anniversary edition just for the covers and the bonus materials? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

Lyn Francisco


I am a chemist by training and education, having completed a Ph.D. in Natural Products Chemistry in 2000 at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts, USA. I was a Ruth Kirschstein NRSA post-doctoral fellow at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I've been out of the chemistry field since 2007 and have been working as a church organist ever since then. I also serve as copy-editor for

4 responses to New Harry Potter Covers Book Release in August

  1. Hmmm. New cover is OK. I’ll check out a copy to see what the “bonus” material is. I’ll check out the bonus material, then decide whether or not to buy it.

  2. Oh, so tempting! I wonder if the bonus content is the same information in Pottermore (which I have yet to visit ! ).

  3. To be honest, I haven’t had much of a chance to explore Pottermore lately. I’d love to go back, though. It sounds like they’ve introduced a lot of really nice features. If I have the money, I probably would get this set. I tend to like Japanimation and Anime, and these new covers are quite appealing to me. As far as I’m concerned, the only minus is that they’re going to be issued as paperback books.

  4. I like the new covers, though I prefer the Canadian/British ones I got originally. They are definitely worth checking out though, I love the colours and the clarity.

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