The Harry Potter covers have gotten another artistic re-imagining, this time from The Invention of Hugo Cabret's author and illustrator Brian Selznick. His black-and-white interpretations of Sorcerer's Stone through Deathly Hallows are part of a yearlong initiative to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the series, which happens in September. Selznick's editions will become available over the summer with a collectible box set arriving in the fall.
American kids who grew up reading the series are familiar with the now-iconic illustrations of Mary GrandPré while English readers know those from Cliff Wright. Selznick is just the latest artist to be tapped for his unique take on Rowling's Wizarding World, now standing alongside GrandPré, Wright, Jim Kay (the U.S. Illustrated Editions), Clare Melinsky (Bloomsbury Signature Edition), Jonny Duddle (the U.K. Illustrated Editions), and Kazu Kibuishi (15th Anniversary Editions).
“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," Selznick, a Caldecott Medal-winner, said in an official statement. "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.”
"The wonder of Brian Selznick’s new cover interpretations is that he makes us see these beloved characters as if we’re just meeting them — and indeed we hope a new generation does exactly that," said Arthur Levine, the publisher of Arthur A. Levine Books and the U.S. editor of all seven Harry Potter books.
In addition to the new covers, Scholastic will be hosting Potter-related events at bookstores, libraries, schools, and festivals around the country. It will also be publishing Rowling's screenplay for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald and books tied to the New-York Historical Society exhibition, Harry Potter: A History of Magic.
Check out all seven of Selznick's covers in the gallery below, which combine to create one seamless mural.