This year marks Harry Potter’s 20th anniversary, and Scholastic is celebrating by giving them a new cover treatment from Caldecott Medal-winning illustrator Brian Selznick.
The whole series of covers form one long mural when placed side by side, allowing readers to follow the characters through the entire series. Selznick had this to say about the project:
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. 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.
Here are the covers!
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
These brand new editions will hit shelves in the U.S. on June 26th. For more info, head over to Entertainment Weekly.