New artistry has been applied to all seven of the Harry Potter books, giving the covers a complete makeover. The plan for new cover art was revealed on the same day as author J.K. Rowling’s birthday, July 31.
Fans will be able to purchase the new cover editions of all seven books in early September. The new art is a dramatic change from the covers Harry Potter fans grew up with, with both the boy wizard and his companions portraying a more modern look, as well as the cover’s graphics containing a much higher visual quality than the original seven. The colors in the new book covers also appear to be much more pronounced. Popular entertainment and celebrity gossip website RyanSeacrest posted pictures of all seven book covers on July 31.
Those commenting on the post primarily expressed discontent with the new versions. The explanation for many of those who did not approve was the popular query surrounding the necessity of fixing something if it is not broken. Fans state they had no issue with the previous covers, many even proclaiming their adoration of said original versions, and they feel confusion regarding the need to change the beloved original Harry Potter covers.
The Harry Potter book series began in June of 1997 with the United Kingdom release of Harry Potter & The Philosopher’s Stone. The book was released in the United States in 1998 with the revised title Harry Potter & The Sorcerer’s Stone. The reason for this change was the opinion of publishers at Scholastic Books that children would have little interest in reading a book with the word philosopher in the title. Rowling later stated that had she been in a position of higher power, she would have objected to this change as it made the book lose its primary connection with alchemy surrounding the stone itself, which was a key point in plot. A year later, after being primarily scoffed at by head literary reviewers, the book rose to the top of the New York Times bestseller list for fiction.
Rowling went on to create six more novels in the series, making it one of the bestselling book series in history. The series has been translated into 73 different languages. The last four books in the series became the fastest selling literary works in history. Indeed, the last installment sold over 11 million copies in the first 24 hours of its release.
The bestselling series also became the highest earning film series of all time, grossing approximately 7.5 billion dollars. The success of the books and movies led to the opening of a theme park in Orlando, Florida. There has also been a series of toys and games, which include action figures, video games, card games and board games. In total, the brand’s earnings have accumulated an approximate 15 billion.
It is unclear at this time what type of reception the new book covers will receive once the newly made over novels hit stores in September. At the current time, however, Harry Potter fans are none too thrilled with what they have seen so far surrounding the book series’ new look.
By Rebecca Grace