Scholastic, American publisher of the Harry Potter books, announced that all seven books are getting new covers in celebration of the 15th anniversary of the iconic series, according to USA Today.
Today, Scholastic released an image of the new cover for the first book in the series, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. The new covers will be featured on paperback versions of the books and will be released in September. The original artwork (by Mary GrandPré) will remain on hardcover editions.
Scholastic president Ellie Berger said in an interview “it was time for a fresh approach.” The new covers will feature a scene from the respective movies in an attempt to draw in a younger audience who may only be familiar with Potter from the big screen.
Kazu Kibuishi, the author and illustrator of the graphic novel series Amulet, designed the new artwork. In a statement released by Scholastic, Kibushi says that he felt the original covers were so “fantastic” that initially, he wasn’t sure he wanted to redesign them.
Kibuishi said, “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.”