Harry Potter’s getting a new look in the UK.
The publisher Bloomsbury, which releases the “Potter” novels in the UK, will be publishing new editions of the books in September, with new covers and content from the websiter Pottermore added to the back of the books. Artist Jonny Duddle is behind the new covers, which will appear on the hardcover and paperback editions of the "Potter" books as well as the e-books.
“I was gobsmacked,” Duddle said in a Q&A with Bloomsbury of hearing the news that he was chosen to create the new covers. At the time, he was still working on book covers for the later novels in the series. “And then I worried that I just wasn’t qualified for the job, having only read the first book years ago. I felt like an impostor, amongst millions of Harry Potter fans. A proper Muggle. But then I realised that this gives me a fresh perspective, and I’m hugely excited to work my way through the wonderful books, reading each one as I produce artwork brimming with fantastic creatures and unforgettable characters.”
According to Bloomsbury, the biography of author J.K. Rowling will also be updated in the books and e-book versions of the novels with the new covers will come out on Sept. 1, the same day as the paper versions (and also, as “Potter” fans know, the day on which Harry traditionally headed to his school Hogwarts).
Check out the new UK covers above.