Harry Potter books getting new covers

BIV

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Not a huge story, of course, but interesting. When they changed the covers on the Dragonlance Chronicles I about went into apoplexy.

‘Harry Potter’ celebrates 15 years with new book covers

By Meriah Doty | Movie Talk – 21 hours ago
The new 'Sorcerer's Stone' cover, left, and the original (Photo: Scholastic)

It's hard to believe Harry Potter has been around for 15 years.

J.K. Rowling's first book in the series, "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone," launched in the late '90s, marking the beginning of a multibillion-dollar entertainment franchise.

In honor of the book series' 1998 U.S. debut (it launched in the UK in 1997), Rowling's American publisher, Scholastic, has unveiled the first of seven new book covers illustrated by graphic novel artist Kazu Kibuishi (the artist behind the New York Times bestselling series "Amulet"). Incidentally, Suzanne Collins' wildly popular "Hunger Games" trilogy is also published by Scholastic.

Kibuishi is said to be a longtime Potter fan and considers the experience "more than a little surreal."

All seven new covers will appear on paperback editions available in September and will depict a "distinctive and memorable moment" from each book. And this first one by Kibuishi clearly seems to be depicting Harry Potter's first tour of the magical world. Hagrid and his owl appear behind Harry as they walk through the cobbled wizard shopping area Diagon Alley. This is where Harry gets all of his Hogwarts school supplies, including his most essential tool: his wand.

The book series will also be released that month as a boxed set.

The original art for the books will continue to be featured on the U.S. hardcover and digest paperback editions. "The Harry Potter covers by Mary GrandPré are so fantastic and iconic," said Kibuishi. "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..."
http://movies.yahoo.com/blogs/movie-talk/harry-potter-celebrates-15-years-book-covers-170717056.html

Despite my traumatic Dragonlance experience, this time I think the new cover is much improved.

I still need to read these books. I should go through the first few like water.
 

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God I'm getting old. I remember taking my kid to a midnight release event at a Borders book shop when the second or third one came out.
 

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This reminds me of when OnA played this video from the release of Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince back on NEW.
the kid at the end was priceless.

Related to this video is a separate story about when the movie version of this that book came out. The whole Snape kills Dumbledore thing is the only thing i had ever known about any of the books or movies at the that point and I had no idea which book it was from. My GF wanted to go see Half Blood Prince. So we just got our tickets and were walking up to the ticket taker. I ask her, "Hey is this movie where Snape kills Dumbledore?" I figured she was going to tell me that was the movie before this one or something like that. She gave me this look like I had just strangled her first child in front of her. I was like, "What? Whats that look for? You read all the books didnt you? Thats the only thing i know about the ENTIRE series." Unbeknownst to me she had never read any of the books and she had only seen the movies, but the way she would talk about the series I assumed she did. When it dawned on me that i had just DESTROYED the movie for her it took all my strength not to laugh in her or she would of started swinging for my face instead of my ribs and arms