Accio 'Harry Potter' covers: See the dazzling new 20th anniversary artwork

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Do your well-worn Harry Potter books need a new look for spring? In honor of the 20th anniversary of  the U.S. publication of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Scholastic is releasing new paperback editions of J.K. Rowling‘s entire series, featuring gorgeous cover art by Brian Selznick. When the seven books are placed side by side, the intricate black-and-white illustrations form a single piece of art chronicling Harry’s adventures. Scroll down to see the covers, which are full of tiny details for readers to discover. (Can you spot the Hogwarts Express? How about Harry’s Patronus?)

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Selznick, author and illustrator of The Invention of Hugo Cabret (which Martin Scorsese adapted into the Oscar-winning Hugo), describes himself as “a proud Hufflepuff” who considered it “an absolute honor” to illustrate Rowling’s classics. “I knew this project came with so much responsibility to the stories, as well as to the readers,” the Caldecott Medal winner said in Scholastic’s press release. “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.”

When Selznick’s <em>Harry Potter</em>&nbsp;covers are placed side by side, they form a single illustration of Harry’s journey.
When Selznick’s Harry Potter covers are placed side by side, they form a single illustration of Harry’s journey.

Harry Potter and the Sorceror’s Stone was first published in the U.S. in September 1998, six months after its publication in the U.K. as Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

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