In honor of the 20th anniversary of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, Scholastic has debuted the all-new special editions covers for the seven books in the magical franchise. Illustrated by artist Brian Selznick (The Invention of Hugo Cabret), these black-and-white covers can be placed side by side to create a long mural.
These new paperback editions highlight a yearlong campaign celebrating Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, which hit shelves in the U.S. two decades ago. The seven new versions of the original series will be released on June 26, followed by a collectible box set designed by Selznick in September.
“I’m a huge Harry Potter fan (a proud Hufflepuff!) and to be asked to illustrate the 20th anniversary edition covers was an absolute honor,” Selznick said in a statement. “I knew this project came with so much responsibility to the stories, as well as to the readers. 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. One of the most challenging and rewarding aspects of the process was drawing seven independent covers that would stand on their own, while making sure that they also lined up to create one single satisfying image. It took dozens and dozens of sketches to get it right, and I am thrilled to share my great love for the books with these new illustrations.”
According to Pottermore, countless other bookstores, libraries, schools, and festivals have plans in place to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter’s U.S. publication. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is also making its Broadway debut later this month, while Harry Potter: A History of Magic exhibit is opening at the New-York Historical Society in October. Additionally the sequel to the 2016 fantasy film, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, hits theaters on November 10.