Earlier this year, Scholastic announced intentions to redesign the entirety of the North American “Harry Potter” book covers. They released them over the past few months, and the fandom’s opinions have been rather mixed. Some people love them and think they are stunning; others think it’s not that great. Others still feel as if their whole childhoods have been ruined by the changes. However, Mary GrandPre’s covers aren’t the only ones that are worth seeing – and it’s a shame we don’t see the international covers very often. Today, I saw the Swedish “Harry Potter” covers for the first time, and I have to say, they are absolutely stunning! Above, you can see “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”, or, as the rest of the world calls it, “Philosopher’s Stone”.
Above, you can see the cover of “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” – though any fan would instantly recognize the scene! The illustrations were done by artist Alvaro Tapia, and are very different from the Mary GrandPre and Kazu Kibuishi versions. Kibuishi’s designs are much more smooth, in line with the current art style used on Pottermore; GrandPre’s designs are whimsical and a little cooky. You can purchase the prints of Tapia’s artworks, sans logos and titles that would normally be found on a book cover, on the artist’s website.
This image is Harry and Buckbeak, on the cover of “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” – which, by the way, is my absolute favorite book of the whole series!
I always felt the GrandPre version of “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” could have used a little bit more dragon.
This is the cover of “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix”, and holy crap, this is exactly what I imagined Thestrals would look like.
The cover to “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” gives me feels.
And, finally, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows”… so strange to see it in anything but shades of orange!
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