– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Can you believe it? It’s been nearly 20 years since Scholastic still brought Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone stateside — and yes, before anyone says anything, we’re more than aware that that’s not the official title. 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. Now, 20 years later, the franchise is still going strong: it’s had a successful film franchise, has an ongoing stage play with Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, an ongoing film franchise spinoff in the form of Fantastic Beasts, and that’s not even counting all the merchandise and theme park deals they have.

Now, Scholastic has revealed their new series of covers they will be releasing in celebration of this anniversary. Interestingly enough, these new covers will be about as different as one can imagine. Rather than go with a full-color aesthetic, they went for more of a black-and-white illustration look.

Check them out below:

But that’s not all. These book covers also seemingly link together into one massive drawing, which can be seen down below.

The box set design came from artist Brian Selznick.

“I’m a huge Harry Potter fan (a proud Hufflepuff! [WRITER’S NOTE: Ew]) and to be asked to illustrate the 20th anniversary edition covers was an absolute honor,” Selznick said in a statement. “I knew this project came with so much responsibility to the stories, as well as to the readers. I revisited the books and was especially moved by the relationships between the characters in J.K. Rowling’s magical world, so I wanted these covers to reflect that. 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. It took dozens and dozens of sketches to get it right, and I am thrilled to share my great love for the books with these new illustrations.”

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.