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Harry Potter books getting a new look for 20th anniversary

Harry Potter books getting a new look for 20th anniversary

Hermione, who is featured in miniature behind Harry on an original cover, dominates the cover of the same book in Selznick's rendering. Magically, when all seven Selznick covers are placed together, the images knit together into one large tapestry.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone first released in the United States on June 26, 1998, when it had already been out in the U.K. for nearly a year (that's why this anniversary just keeps going). 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. Selznick favors an antique black-and-while style, and his Potter jackets continue that theme.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child broke a Broadway record in preview sales with over $2 million gross last week - becoming the top-grossing play in Broadway history. The first book in the series hit British bookshelves back in 1997, and it wasn't until September of 1998 that the novels graced the states.

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Are you ready to see the gorgeous new Harry Potter covers side by side!?

Each of the black-and-white paperback covers (apart from the book titles and author J.K. Rowling's name) offer brand new interpretations of the characters and the stories contained within those volumes.

The production features seven of the original West End production's stars reprising their roles: Jamie Parker (Harry Potter), Noma Dumezweni (Hermione Granger), Paul Thornley (Ron Weasley), Poppy Miller (Ginny Potter), Sam Clemmett (Albus Potter), Alex Price (Draco Malfoy), and Anthony Boyle (Scorpius Malfoy).

The box set design came from artist Brian Selznick.