Harry Potter and the magical cover art makeover

Scholastic is releasing seven brand-new covers for the book series starting in September.

The boy with the lightning scar is getting a makeover.

Scholastic announced Tuesday that it will release seven new covers to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the U.S. publication of "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone."

The covers, to be released starting in September individually and as a boxed set, "will depict a distinctive and memorable moment from the respective book," Scholastic said in a news release.

Scholastic hopes to hook readers who are just now reaching the appropriate age to start reading the series and may have missed it when it began 15 years ago.

A graphic artist best known for his work on the "Amulet" series, Kazu Kibuishi, has been charged with creating the new cover art.

"When I was asked to submit samples, I initially hesitated, because I didn't want to see them (the books) reinterpreted," Kibuishi said.

A longtime "Potter" fan himself, Kibuishi called the opportunity "more than a little surreal."

"We wanted to give 8- and 9-year-old readers just coming to the 'Harry Potter' series a special trade paperback version that would appeal to them," Ellie Berger, president of Scholastic Trade Publishing, said. "Often these young readers come to the series mostly knowing the movies, games, theme park, etc., and we wanted to remind them that it all starts with the amazing books."

Hardcover and digest paperback editions will continue to feature the original cover art by Mary GrandPré.

"Harry Potter" was published in American in September 1998 and has since sold more than 450 million copies worldwide.


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