It's time for Muggle Monday, in which I highlight a significant piece of news from the Harry Potter franchise. This is somewhat inspired by the Mundane Monday posts by The Mundie Moms.
But let's be real as to why I made up this feature: I just want the opportunity to post something about Harry Potter.
About a year ago we were treated to brand new redesigns of the US covers of the Harry Potter series (see them here, here, and here) from artist Kazu Kibuishi. Just recently, UK publisher Bloomsbury decided it was their turn. Bloomsbury have now released all seven new cover redesigns from artist Jonny Duddle and they are a sight to behold:
I like these new covers a lot! They are definitely very pretty and detailed illustrations that depict each key scene very well, and I like the representative scene choices that were made for each book cover. Unfortunately, I really don't think I can justify buying a whole new set of HP books for the cost. I still prefer the US cover redesigns though (and of course nothing will ever replace the fondness I have for the original covers). I think the one thing that I dislike about these covers is that Harry doesn't really seem to be aging very much from cover to cover. Harry does NOT look like a seventeen-year-old on the cover for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, for instance. He looks closer in age to the eleven-year-old Harry on the cover of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. So I wish that had been done better, but overall I do like these new covers. Thoughts?