It's been 15 years since the American literati first encountered the world of witches, wizards, house elves and sorting hats in "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone"... and like all 15-year-olds, the series has obviously been aching for a hip, new look to go with its newly mature status! Or at least, that's one possible explanation behind today's announcement from Scholastic that every Harry Potter book, beginning in September of this year, will be getting a trade paperback makeover in celebration of the 15th anniversary of the series' U.S. publication—with new original cover art by illustrator Kazu Kibuishi.
For those who grew up loving the Harry Potter series, and its amazing cover illustrations by Mary GrandPré, don't freak out: All the hardcover and digest paperback editions of the books will keep their original artwork. But Kibuishi, who's already known as an illustrator and graphic novelist with a serious gift for the fantastical (seriously, look at this stuff!), is clearly taking his duty to reboot the covers extremely seriously...as you can see, because the first one is already online. Oooh, and look at this lovely luminescent depiction of Harry's first trip to Diagon Alley! We particularly love Hagrid's super-stylin' shearling overcoat, which would certainly make him the HBOC at Hogwarts.
What do you think of the Harry Potter makeover?