Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Scholastic To Release New Special Editions Of Harry Potter Series On August

Scholastic, the American publisher of the famed Harry Potter series, announced that the recently revealed new special editions to the series will be available on August 27, 2013. For those of you who adored the cover artworks created by Mary GrandPre, you might be a little disappointed that the new design, as you can see below, features the art of Kazu Kibuishi, a best-selling graphic novelist known for the Amulet series and Copper collection.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Special Edition Cover by Kazu Kibuishi

The release of these special editions will mark the fifteenth anniversary of the release of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. So far only the first, out of seven, new covers has been released and the reset are yet to see the light of the day. Each cover will depict the most memorable moment of each book as usual.

The Harry Potter covers by Mary GrandPr√© 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.

You could check the other new Harry Potter covers by Kazu Kibuishi in the following links.
1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
2. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
3. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
4. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
5. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
6. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

You can preorder the boxed set of the special editions here.