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.
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!