See the official 15th anniversary cover of 'Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone' -- FIRST LOOK

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It seems like just yesterday we got all the Harry Potter books in digital form, but now we have another reason to collect another set of physical copies. Scholastic is releasing a new set of trade paperbacks in Sept. 2013 — which will also be available in a box set — to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the release of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling. Kazu Kibuishi, the artist behind the best-selling graphic novel series Amulet, has created the cover art for the new editions. See Sorcerer’s Stone below!

“The Harry Potter covers by Mary GrandPré are so fantastic and iconic,” said Kibuishi in a press release. “When I was asked to submit samples, I initially hesitated because I didn’t want to see them reinterpreted! However, I felt that if I were to handle the project, I could bring something to it that many other designers and illustrators probably couldn’t, and that was that I was also a writer of my own series of middle grade fiction. As an author myself, I tried to answer the question, ‘If I were the author of the books – and they were like my own children – how would I want them to be seen years from now?’ When illustrating the covers, I tried to think of classic perennial paperback editions of famous novels and how those illustrations tend to feel. In a way, the project became a tribute to both Harry Potter and the literary classics.”

Mary GrandPré’s whimsical, instantly recognizable original art will still be featured on the hardcover and digest paperback editions in the U.S.

What do you think of Kibuishi’s distinctive new take? Do you see the influence of Japanese animation?

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