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Seven new 20th anniversary covers for 'Harry Potter'

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta | Wed, April 11, 2018 | 06:44 pm
Seven new 20th anniversary covers for 'Harry Potter'

Scholastic has released the black-and-white covers of the Harry Potter books, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the first book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. (Shutterstock/Olga Konakova)

It was announced earlier this year that special 20th anniversary editions of all seven Harry Potter books would be released. The covers' illustrator is artist Brian Selznick.

Scholastic released the black-and-white book covers last Tuesday. Placed side-by-side, the seven covers become a long mural.

“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,” Selznick said in a statement as quoted by EW.

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“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.”

Scholastic has released the black-and-white covers of the Harry Potter books, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the first book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.Scholastic has released the black-and-white covers of the Harry Potter books, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the first book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. (Shutterstock/Olga Konakova)

The new book covers are meant to celebrate Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone being first released in the United Kingdom 20 years ago. These new paperback versions will be available starting from June 26 and will also be followed by a collectible set also designed by Selznick, released the following September. (ely/wng)

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