New Looks for Harry Potter Books?

In honor of 15 years since first being published, the Harry Potter books are getting new illustrations on their covers in the U.S.

First of all, I cannot believe it’s been 15 years since Sorcerer’s Stone was published. That makes me feel super old.

The new cover (courtesy USATODAY)

Secondly, I don’t know how I feel about new covers for my all-time favorite book series. I grew up with those covers and LOVE them. Some people thought they were no good, but I appreciated the artistry and relative ambiguity of the covers. Besides, doesn’t the old saying “Don’t judge a book by it’s cover” apply here? Regardless of what you thought about the cover, it doesn’t take away from the supreme awesomeness that is the book inside.

USAToday talked to Ellie Berger, president of Scholastic Trade Publishing, and she said:

“We thought it was time for a fresh approach” for the trade paperbacks “as of a way of attracting the interest of a new generation of 8- and 9-year-olds who may know Harry mostly through the movies.”

I mean, she’s got a point there. We all know the importance of a good cover to market a book, old adages aside. I can see how the new cover (pictured above) is more visually attractive to today’s kids. It’s true that some kids can probably identify at least Harry and Hagrid off the cover without even having read the book, just based off of the movies, media, etc. In fact, I’d venture to guess that most of today’s kids know the storyline without having read the books, thanks to the movies.

Maybe I’m just becoming one of those fussy old anti-change folks, but at least the hardbacks are sticking with Mary GrandPre’s illustrations for now.

What do you think? New covers totally warranted? Or is it all just a ploy by Scholastic to re-energize the series and make people re-purchase the books?

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4 thoughts on “New Looks for Harry Potter Books?

  1. I think the new covers are totally a marketing ploy.. no idea why they need to sell MORE of them… doesn’t everybody on the planet own at least one??…lol!! The new cover makes it look more modern I guess… I’m with you… I like the old ones! ;o)

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