After it was not so recently revealed that the classic, original covers were to go out of print and replaced with new, shiny covers, I thought I'd do something crazy this Monday. Harry Potter. But not the first book, no! This Monday I'm showcasing... entire sets of the books. Cool, but a lot of work. And a lot of tabs.
These won't just be the covers you know and love, I've included international sets of the books too, which I've never seen before. Not all of the covers are here, but most of them are.
(Ignore the random pattern for the last image. I wanted to tile them right)
UK - these are the new covers revealed by Bloomsbury recently. At first, I was bowled over and in love with the gorgeous artwork on these covers but now, I'm not so sure. It brings up a lot of questions - why do these covers seem so juvenile? Why does Harry never age? And why choose to put such massive spoilers on these covers? However, if you read this post you may find that these covers are nothing to worry about as the UK releases new covers practically every year.
US - The original Scholastic covers. Some reprints may have sneaked in here, but the art is all the same. It seems in America they were content with just changing the font colour every so often, whereas in the UK you could walk into a single bookstore and pick out three very different covers. We even had 'adult editions'! I really like these covers. They're not spoilery but very eye catching and I love that the art seems to get better with age. Although, the US felt that changing Philosopher's to Sorcerer's Stone would be best, as apparently you're all too stupid to know what a Philosopher is.
UK - The original covers, even though Goodreads keeps showing me the American covers. I don't think there's a single cover where Harry isn't pulling a stupid face (except Phoenix) and the art is clearly not done by the same artist. However, these are the covers I grew up with, that I waited months and months for. I was 8 when I started this series, and 16 when it ended, so Harry Potter has always been a big part of my life.
UK - Back to UK again and these are the 'Signature Editions'. I'm not sure how much the rest of the world knows of our cover obsession. The new cover set at the top has gained a lot of attention, but these, released around 2010, have never really taken off. They would make great tattoos though.
German - I nearly cracked up laughing when I saving these covers. Harry seems to be looking suspiciously at the reader, almost as he's accusing them of something. Then there's the Harry doppelgangers for apparently no reason. Great art, but very weird. One thing that this book has that no other cover set has above though - have you spotted it? - Joanne K. Rowling. Clearly they're not as fussy as other publishers.
this is what happens when you line up all the spines. Not enough jealousy? Here's the box too. I think I need to buy this set.
look at a large image of the last cover if you want. They do follow the same patter however - Flying, Phoenix, Griffin, Dragon, Gold Statues, Boat, The Three Friends. These are all published by a company called... А-БА-БА-ГА-ЛА-МА-ГА - really.
Phew! It took me a full day to make this post, one of the longest times I've ever spent on a post. I'm going to be a little boring and say that the original UK covers are my favourites, simply because grew up with them and have a weird emotional connection to them!
Which is your favourite?