Let’s shed a little Lumos on the Top 5 Harry Potter Book Cover Editions Ranked
We love Harry Potter as much as Fred and George Weasley love to play pranks. That is to say: a whole lot! Every reader of the series has their own version of Harry’s Wizarding World in their mind’s eye thanks to J.K. Rowling’s magical storytelling ability — but also in part because of the wonderfully creative artists who have lent their talents to designing the book covers. While they’re available for free at many local libraries, some editions are truly collectible in their own right. We’ve put together a list of our top five favorite Harry Potter book cover editions. We do have to warn you, though…they’re not all easily attainable, even with an Accio spell!
Bloomsbury House Hardcover 20th Anniversary Edition, Illustrated by Levi Pinfold
If you’re a completionist, you’re out of luck with the Bloomsbury House 20th Anniversary Edition! As of this writing, only the first two books of the eight book series have been released. This particular edition is for experienced — and committed — Harry Potter fans. There’s a themed version for each of the Hogwarts houses, so we predict only those who’ve already survived their first year and been judged by the Sorting Hat will collect the 20th Anniversary Edition. We love that each house’s qualities and mascot are featured in a unique crest emblazoned in black against the house color. What makes this set so unique? They come with a fantastic illustration of your chosen house’s common room AND a feature on house-elves. Give Dobby a sock, sir! Are you a courageous Gryffindor, cunning Slytherin, loyal Hufflepuff or a creative Ravenclaw?
Scholastic Illustrated Edition, Illustrated by Jim Kay
We can’t get enough of award-winning illustrator Jim Kay’s richly detailed rendition of the Harry Potter Universe! Jim Kay has created three deluxe full-color editions of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, and lastly, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Heck, if you really want to apparate into the universe, you’ll also want to collect the gorgeous companion novels he illustrated too, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and The Tales of Beedle the Bard. You’ll spend hours just examining the detailed illustrations alone! This edition has bonus pages, double spread illustrations and hidden details any Harry Potter fan will delight in exploring. Mischief Managed, indeed.
Bloomsbury 2014 UK Edition, Illustrated by Jonny Duddle
Bloomsbury chose the perfect artist to introduce an entirely new generation to the Harry Potter universe! However, you’ll have to break out the floo powder because we’re headed to the United Kingdom to snag a set of Bloomsbury’s 2014 edition gorgeously illustrated by Welsh artist, Jonny Duddle. We love this particular set of books because he genuinely captures the Patronus – er – the spirit of each individual novel. Buckbeak the Hippogriff especially caught our eye on the blazing red-hued cover of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.
Scholastic 15th Anniversary US Edition, Illustrated by Kazu Kibuishi
No need to search high and low at Diagon Alley, you’ll be able to easily find illustrator Kazu Kibuishi’s take on the wizarding world. In celebration of the 15th Anniversary of J.K. Rowling’s iconic series, Scholastic released a new version of all the Harry Potter books. Kibuishi’s illustrations are instant classics that will mesmerize an entirely new generation of fans without the power of Dark Magic or potions! We’re not sorting hat specialists, but if we had to guess, we’d say the creative and original Kazu Kibuishi is a Ravenclaw!
Scholastic US Edition, Illustrated by Mary GrandPré
Unless you’ve been living under a Horcrux, you’re familiar with the now instantly recognizable boy with a distinctive scar and round glasses. Before Daniel Radcliffe portrayed him in film, Harry Potter was rendered in pastels by the uber talented illustrator, Mary GrandPré. The Boy Who Lived was brought to life for the first time for readers in the US by GrandPré. If we had Hermione’s Time-Turner, we’d go back to November 14, 2001, and buy a first edition printing of the now infamous Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets…and then every other edition too, because we’re greedy and can’t get enough of Harry Potter!