Harry Potter Celebrates 15th Birthday with New Cover

Scholastic (NASDAQ: SCHL), the global children’s publishing, education and media company, today unveiled the new cover for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince – the sixth of seven trade paperback editions with new covers illustrated by New York Times bestselling author and illustrator, Kazu Kibuishi.

Kibuishi and David Saylor, Vice President, Creative Director, Scholastic, unveiled the new cover in San Diego, CA at the annual Comic-Con Convention.

The complete series of new books and a new boxed set will be available on August 27, 2013, as part of Scholastic’s celebration of the 15th anniversary of the U.S. publication of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, the original book in J.K. Rowling’s best-selling Harry Potter series.

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In each of the new cover illustrations, Kibuishi captures a pivotal moment from that particular book. For Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, the artwork depicts Harry and Dumbledore standing on a treacherous rock above the rushing waves and spray of salt air, near the entrance to a cave that holds secrets and dangers that Harry can’t begin to imagine.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Fifteen years after the first U.S. publication of J.K. Rowling’s first book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in September 1998, there are more than 150 million Harry Potter books in print in the United States alone and the series still hits bestseller lists regularly, according to Scholastic.

The seven Harry Potter books are published in over 200 territories in 74 languages and have sold more than 450 million copies worldwide.

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