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The stunning art for the new editions is by critically acclaimed artist Kazu Kibuishi, best known for his #1
New York Times bestselling graphic novel series, Amulet. Kibuishi is a longtime
Harry Potter fan who called this opportunity, "more than a little surreal." Each of the seven new covers will depict a distinctive and memorable moment from the respective book. The collection, which will also be released in September as a boxed set, will offer new readers just reaching the age to begin the series a glimpse of
J.K. Rowling's magical world and the epic story they are about to enter.
"The Harry Potter covers by
Mary GrandPre 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, and that was that I was also a writer of my own series of middle grade fiction. As an author myself, I tried to answer the question, 'If I were the author of the books-and they were like my own children- how would I want them to be seen years from now?' When illustrating the covers, I tried to think of classic perennial paperback editions of famous novels and how those illustrations tend to feel. In a way, the project became a tribute to both
Harry Potter and the literary classics."
The inspired original art for the series, created by the talented
Mary GrandPre will continue to be featured on the U.S. hardcover and digest paperback editions.
Ellie Berger, President, Scholastic Trade Publishing, "The brilliant artist Kazu Kibuishi offers his unique vision of the world of
Harry Potter, making each cover an incredible adventure that will transport new readers just discovering
Harry Potter for the first time directly into the rich world of
J.K. Rowling's imagination."
Scholastic also announced that in
November 2013, the company will release the first boxed set of the complete
Hogwarts Library in the U.S., including
Quidditch Through the Ages, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and
The Tales of Beedle the Bard. Sales of the
Hogwarts Library will support two charities selected by the author, J.K. Rowling: Lumos, a charity founded by
J.K. Rowling which works to end the institutionalization of children, and Comic Relief, a UK-based charity that strives to create a just world free from poverty.
Fifteen years after the first U.S. publication of
J.K. Rowling's first book,
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone in
September 1998, there are more than 150 million
Harry Potter books in print in
the United States alone and the series still hits bestseller lists regularly. The seven
Harry Potter books are published in over 200 territories in 73 languages and have sold more than 450 million copies worldwide.