New Back Cover Art for First Four Books Released
August 03, 2013, 08:43 PM
Scholastic has unveiled the back cover artwork for the upcoming 15th anniversary editions of the Harry Potter books. Kazu Kibuishi designed each book so that the back would feature an important scene from the book. Sorcerer's Stone shows Harry looking into the Mirror of Erised, Chamber of Secrets shows Harry entering the chamber, Prisoner of Azkaban shows Professor Lupin's boggart class, and Goblet of Fire shows Harry stepping out to face the Hungarian Horntail.
The back cover artwork for the final three books will be released next week and the new editions will be released August 27th.
Very clever to use a simple silhouette of Harry from the rear repeatedly in different situations! It unifies the series beautifully.
The only bit I don’t like is the depiction of James and Lily – they look too much like anime-style faces for such a British series.
And as it’s supposed to be illustrating the book, there should be other relatives visible as well as the parents.
I find this artwork on the whole a little bit dull and lifeless.
They’re very nice illustrations, however, I’m very attached to my original covers! It will be quite an adjustment (: