Few franchise have collected the imagination of readers like the Harry Potter books have. So it’s no wonder that in honor of it’s upcoming 20th anniversary, publisher Scholastic is releasing brand new cover art by Brian Selznick.
The covers are all in black and white, and feature important scenes from the books, like the Tri-Wizard Tournament or the Battle for Hogwarts. Selznick shared his excitement over the covers in a statement:
“I’m a huge Harry Potter fan (a proud Hufflepuff!) and to be asked to illustrate the 20th anniversary edition covers was an absolute honor. I knew this project came with so much responsibility to the stories, as well as to the readers.
I revisited the books and was especially moved by the relationships between the characters in J.K. Rowling’s magical world, so I wanted these covers to reflect that. One of the most challenging and rewarding aspects of the process was drawing seven independent covers that would stand on their own, while making sure that they also lined up to create one single satisfying image. It took dozens and dozens of sketches to get it right, and I am thrilled to share my great love for the books with these new illustrations.”
These new paperback editions will be available on June 26th, and a box set will be available in September 2018.