It’s hard to believe that Harry Potter is about to turn 15. J.K. Rowling’s boy wizard’s first adventure, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, was released in the United States in September 1998, spawning one of the biggest cultural phenomenons ever. The Potter series has sold more than 150 million copies worldwide.
To celebrate the 15th anniversary, Scholastic will re-release all seven books on August 27, 2013, with new covers illustrated by New York Times bestselling author and illustrator, Kazu Kibuishi.
In each of the new cover illustrations, Kibuishi captures a pivotal moment from that particular book. The most recent cover to be released is for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. The artwork depicts Harry and Dumbledore standing on a treacherous rock above the rushing waves and spray of salt air, near the entrance to a cave that holds secrets and dangers that Harry can’t begin to imagine.
Kibuishi is the Eisner-nominated creator of the #1 New York Times bestselling Amulet series of graphic novels, as well as the comic collection Copper, both published by Graphix/Scholastic. He is also the founder and editor of the Flight Anthologies, a critically acclaimed comic series; and the creator of Daisy Kutter: The Last Train, which was named a YALSA Best Book for Young Adults.
The final cover of the Potter series will be release in the next few weeks. Here’s a preview of the covers for the first six books.