Scholastic to re-release Harry Potter series with brand new cover art

Harry Potter fans across the United States had cause for celebration on Wednesday, as Potter publisher Scholastic announced they would rerelease the entire seven-book series with brand-new cover art illustrations to help celebrate the 15th anniversary of the books in the U.S.

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The editions with the new covers, which were drawn by artist Kazu Kibuishi, will be released in September.

"The Harry Potter covers by Mary GrandPré are so fantastic and iconic," said Kibuishi. "When I was asked to submit samples, I initially hesitated because I didn't want to see them reinterpreted!"

According to Scholastic, each of the seven new covers will depict a distinctive and memorable moment from the respective book. The collection, which the company says will also be released in September as a boxed set, "will offer new readers just reaching the age to begin the series a glimpse of J.K. Rowling's magical world and the epic story they are about to enter."

"When illustrating the covers, I tried to think of classic perennial paperback editions of famous novels and how those illustrations tend to feel," said Kibuishi. "In a way, the project became a tribute to both Harry Potter and the literary classics."

Scholastic says that the original artwork, created by illustrator Mary GrandPré, will continue to be featured on the U.S. hardcover and digest paperback editions.

There are more than 150 million Harry Potter books in print in the United States alone, and the series has sold more than 450 million copies worldwide, according to the publisher.

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