Scholastic has officially released all seven of the new Harry Potter book covers! The new look was illustrated by Kazu Kibuishi and will be released on the paperback editions of the books starting August 27th!
Will you be picking up the newest paperbacks or sticking to the original book covers?
UPDATE: An anonymous bidder has won the Harry Potter author’s rare first edition!
A rare first edition of “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” took a massive price at charity auction in aid of the English Pen writers’ association in London on May 21. Featuring J.K. Rowling’s handwritten notes as well as original illustrations, the 1997 book was sold to an anonymous bidder, who bid for it over the telephone, for $228,000.
The “Harry Potter” book appeared along with books from other notable names at the auction hosted by Sotheby’s. Among them were a copy of “Life of Pi“, which got $3,900 and has author Yann Martel’s notes on why the chapters were switched from the original Canadian edition, and a first edition of Margaret Atwood’s “The Blind Assassin”, which fetched $5,460.
“This is a triumphant conclusion to a wonderful project, which has involved the hard work and good will of so many people,” said Rick Gekoski, who curated the collection of annotated first editions for the sale. “I am sure that the buyers of the individual books will be thrilled with their purchases.”
If you haven’t seen the new Harry Potter cover art, here it is.
The Mary Sue reported on the information regarding the new cover and the artist.
Kazu Kibuishi‘s lovely illustrations aren’t going to be replacing Mary GrandPré‘s iconic dust jackets on the US hardcover editions of theHarry Potter books. They’re going on the 15th anniversary paperbacks, which will begin their release with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone this fall.
Said Kibuishi of the opportunity to illustrate Harry Potter:
When I was asked to submit samples, I initially hesitated because I didn’t want to see [Mary GrandPré’s art] 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.
If you like the art, you’ll have to wait until September to pick up any books with it.
Who else (besides me- I love the new art) is planning on getting new copies?