Today, Scholastic announced that the US editions of the Harry Potter books would be re-released with all new covers this September.
The covers, designed by artist Kazu Kibuishi, are to be released in honor of the series’ fifteenth anniversary and to reach and introduce a new audience to Harry Potter. The cover art for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone was unveiled today, too, and you can see it below.
The other covers will be unveiled in due course and, according to the press release, “[each cover] will depict a distinctive and memorable moment from the respective book. The collection, which will also be released in September as a boxed set, will offer new readers just reaching the age to begin the series a glimpse of J.K. Rowling’s magical world and the epic story they are about to enter.”
The iconic original artwork by Mary GrandPré (the artwork of our childhood, the artwork that inspired a generation…) will continue to be used for the U.S. hardcover, small paperback editions. We suspect the e-book covers won’t change, but Scholastic didn’t mention anything about it in the press release.
Right now, Barnes & Noble online is listing the new editions for the following prices:
– Sorcerer’s Stone: $12.99
– Chamber of Secrets: $12.99
– Prisoner of Azkaban: $12.99
– Goblet of Fire: $14.99
– Order of the Phoenix: $14.99
– Half-Blood Prince: $14.99
– Deathly Hallows: $16.99
– Box set: $100.00
Barnes and Noble’s page also says that the books will be released on September 1, with bonus material included in the backs of all the books. However, friends at Hypable contacted Scholastic for a comment and they said that they don’t have a concrete release date set, and that the bonus material is still being worked. We’ll bring you more information as it comes.
Following suit with Bloomsbury, Scholastic also announced they would be releasing they would be releasing a Hogwarts Library box set, including Quidditch Through the Ages, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and The Tales of Beedle the Bard, in November 2013. We’ll give more information on that as it comes in.
What do you think about the new covers? Like or dislike? Share your thoughts in the comments below.