Believe it or not, the Harry Potter series turns 20 this year. There are probably a million ways a hardcore fan could observe this, but Scholastic has created a new line of paperback covers for the whole series. The Harry Pottter 20th anniversary covers are by artist Brian Selznick, who also released a press statement about his enthusiasm for 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.”
I’m sure Scholastic is pretty enthusiastic about this too, since they know that all the Potter nerds out there will want to buy all seven of these new editions for their collections. You’ll be able to do just that on June 26, but the real fans will probably want to wait until September, when a collectible box set also designed by Selznick collecting all seven Harry Potter 20th anniversary covers (and the novels in between as well) is reported to be coming out.