TV shows have a way of getting remade and rebooted as do movies and movie franchises. In some cases, TV shows are rebooted as movies and vice versa. When you have a property as popular as the Harry Potter book series, it’s only a matter of time before someone gets the wild idea to reboot that as well. Bloomsbury publishing has announced that they plan to rerelease the entire series of Harry Potter books with new covers and artwork approved by author J.K. Rowling to inspire a new generation of readers (and, likely, to tempt the older generations who have already bought the books to re-purchase the new versions). Thankfully, the text of the books will be left completely intact but the look of the books will be completely revamped. Have a look below at what the new Harry Potter will look like.
Harry Potter is to be given a full-colour makeover in a complete set of new editions of the JK Rowling books, Bloomsbury has announced. Rowling was involved in the selection of the artist. Jim Kay, who has a degree in illustration and has previously produced artwork for A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness, has taken on the challenge of giving the internationally popular wizarding world of Harry, Hogwarts and boarding-school magic a fresh look. The artwork, which is a departure from the look of the original books and the film series, will be used in new editions of all seven of the Harry Potter books. Kay claims he is a Harry Potter fan … He said that “to design the characters, the clothing, the architecture and landscapes to possibly the most expansive fantasy world in children’s literature, well let’s just say I’m extremely excited about it. However, I am also mindful of the huge responsibility this represents. I want to make sure I do the best job I possibly can.” Kay has been working as an illustrator for around six years. The first book with the new art will be Harry Potter and the Philospher’s Stone, to be published in 2015.
I mean, it was bound to happen. Even now, there are various incarnations of the Harry Potter book series. The UK hardcover and paperback versions, the US hardcover and paperback versions … there is a version of the books aimed at adult readers and there are versions of the books published in an array of languages. It makes sense that the book publisher would want to come up with new ways of inspiring sales of these books. I’m all for anything that gets people reading. There are little kids who have yet to be introduced to the world of Harry Potter and a fresh set of books with new art would be perfect for them, I think. Now, when they start talking about rebooting the Harry Potter movie franchise, then we might have a problem. But mark my words, that day will come … oh yes, it will.