Mesmerizing new 'Harry Potter' covers out today to mark the series' 20th anniversary in US

PHOTO: Scholastics new book covers for J.K. Rowlings Harry Potter series feature thrilling moments and beloved characters from across the series captured in art by Brian Selznick.PlayBrian Selznick (c) 2018 by Scholastic Inc.
WATCH Meet the illustrator behind the mesmerizing new 'Harry Potter' covers

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 is out with a new set of the beloved books, featuring dramatic new illustrations from artist and self-described "huge Harry Potter fan" Brian Selznick.

The special editions featuring the mesmerizing new covers are out today.

PHOTO: Scholastics new book covers for J.K. Rowlings 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.
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.

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: Scholastics 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.
Scholastic's new book cover for "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," featuring art by Brian Selznick, is pictured here.

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

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

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

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

"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: Scholastics 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.
Scholastic's new book cover for "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire," featuring art by Brian Selznick, is pictured here.

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: Scholastics 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.
Scholastic's new book cover for "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban," featuring art by Brian Selznick, is pictured here.

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: Scholastics 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.
Scholastic's new book cover for "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets," featuring art by Brian Selznick, is pictured here.

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 million worldwide.

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

The books featuring the new cover art will be available in stores nationwide today.

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