Wednesday, February 20, 2013

New Harry Potter covers



I'm so excited to hear that Kazu Kibuishi has been selected to create all new covers for the 15th anniversary of Harry Potter. I love seeing different artists interpret the series in different way. This new cover may even rival my favorite version so far, the Signature covers, featuring J.K. Rowling's signature and a simple image on a cream background. Seeing the 10th anniversary edition cover, with Harry gazing into the Mirror of Erised by Mary GrandPré, the same artist who did the covers for all the American editions, was also a special treat, but I have to say, I'm even more thrilled with the Kibuishi design. I like this moment - when Harry and Hagrid go shopping for school supplies on Diagon Alley. Hedwig's wings, spread behind Harry make him look particularly angelic. I'm glad they kept the iconic Harry Potter jagged lightning font. And those bored wizards milling around in the background totally complete the scene! I'm really looking forward to seeing the rest of the Kibuishi covers.

3 comments:

  1. I love, love, love this updated cover. I think better identify with this style of cover since graphic novels are so popular these days. Maybe the cover attracts the comic reader, helping to transition them to a full-on chapter book? Not that one needs to out-grow comics...

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  2. I love the new cover! I know a lot of people aren't liking it very much, but I think it's fantastic. There's so much depth to the drawing and, I can't put my finger on why, but it feels like a homage to the book.

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