'Harry Potter' fans: Get ready to swoon over 20th anniversary edition covers

The new cover art for the beloved series was created by artist Brian Selznick.

April 10, 2018, 8:51 AM

It's been almost two decades since the first book in J.K. Rowling's beloved "Harry Potter" series was published in the U.S.

To celebrate the milestone anniversary, Scholastic revealed mesmerizing new book covers for the entire series on "Good Morning America" today, featuring dramatic illustrations from artist and self-described "huge Harry Potter fan" Brian Selznick.

PHOTO: Scholastic's new book covers for J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series feature thrilling moments and beloved characters from across the series captured in art by Brian Selznick.
Scholastic's new book covers for J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series feature thrilling moments and beloved characters from across the series captured in art by Brian Selznick.
Brian Selznick (c) 2018 by Scholastic Inc.

Selznick, a Caldecott Medal winner, drew some of the series' most thrilling moments for the new book covers. When put side by side, the seven covers connect to create a mural, where Harry Potter fans can follow the story of the series' beloved characters.

PHOTO: Scholastic's new book cover for "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," featuring art by Brian Selznick, is pictured here.
Scholastic's new book cover for "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," featuring art by Brian Selznick, is pictured here.
Brian Selznick (c) 2018 by Scholastic Inc.

In a statement announcing the new covers, Selznick said he is "a proud Hufflepuff."

PHOTO: Scholastic's new book cover for "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," featuring art by Brian Selznick, is pictured here.
Scholastic's new book cover for "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," featuring art by Brian Selznick, is pictured here.
Brian Selznick (c) 2018 by Scholastic Inc.

He added that "to be asked to illustrate the 20th anniversary edition covers was an absolute honor."

PHOTO: Scholastic's new book cover for "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," featuring art by Brian Selznick, is pictured here.
Scholastic's new book cover for "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," featuring art by Brian Selznick, is pictured here.
Brian Selznick (c) 2018 by Scholastic Inc.

"I knew this project came with so much responsibility to the stories, as well as to the readers," Selznick said. "I revisited the books and was especially moved by the relationships between the characters in J.K. Rowling’s magical world, so I wanted these covers to reflect that."

PHOTO: Scholastic's new book cover for "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire," featuring art by Brian Selznick, is pictured here.
Scholastic's new book cover for "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire," featuring art by Brian Selznick, is pictured here.
Brian Selznick (c) 2018 by Scholastic Inc.

Selznick said it was both "challenging and rewarding" to create seven unique book covers that would also come together to create a "single satisfying image."

PHOTO: Scholastic's new book cover for "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban," featuring art by Brian Selznick, is pictured here.
Scholastic's new book cover for "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban," featuring art by Brian Selznick, is pictured here.
Brian Selznick (c) 2018 by Scholastic Inc.

September 2018 will mark the 20th anniversary of when the first book in the series, "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone," was published in the U.S., but Scholastic is celebrating the anniversary all year long.

PHOTO: Scholastic's new book cover for "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets," featuring art by Brian Selznick, is pictured here.
Scholastic's new book cover for "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets," featuring art by Brian Selznick, is pictured here.
Brian Selznick (c) 2018 by Scholastic Inc.

Since the first Harry Potter book was introduced to American readers nearly 20 years ago, the series has gone on to sell more than 180 million copies stateside and more than 500 worldwide.

PHOTO: Scholastic's new book cover for "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone," featuring art by Brian Selznick, is pictured here.
Scholastic's new book cover for "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone," featuring art by Brian Selznick, is pictured here.
Brian Selznick (c) 2018 by Scholastic Inc.

The books featuring the new cover art will be available in stores nationwide on June 26.

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