New 15th Anniversary Cover Art for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone new cover art with Harry and Hagrid in Diagon Alley

In celebration of the 15th anniversary release of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in the US, Scholastic is releasing a new set of trade paperbacks, available September 2013. Graphic novel artist Kazu Kibuishi has created completely new covers for the anniversary editions. His art for Sorcerer’s Stone has been released and you can check it out below:

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone new cover art with Harry and Hagrid in Diagon Alley

Kibuishi had this to say about his daunting task of following Mary GrandPré’s famous work:

The Harry Potter covers by Mary GrandPré are so fantastic and iconic. When I was asked to submit samples, I initially hesitated because I didn’t want to see them reinterpreted! However, I felt that if I were to handle the project, I could bring something to it that many other designers and illustrators probably couldn’t, and that was that I was also a writer of my own series of middle grade fiction. As an author myself, I tried to answer the question, ‘If I were the author of the books — and they were like my own children — how would I want them to be seen years from now?’ When illustrating the covers, I tried to think of classic perennial paperback editions of famous novels and how those illustrations tend to feel. In a way, the project became a tribute to both Harry Potter and the literary classics.

What do you think of the new cover? Looking forward to seeing the whole series redone? Let us know in the comments below!

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