This year marks the silver anniversary of the first Harry Potter book’s publication in the United States by publisher Scholastic. See the newly designed paperback covers of now-iconic Mary GrandPré books here as a way to celebrate this occasion.
25 Years of Spellbinding Stories: Scholastic Celebrates Harry Potter
In 2023, Scholastic will celebrate a significant anniversary: it will have been 25 years since the publication of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. After 25 years, the series is still widely beloved, with an estimated 230 million copies sold in the United States alone.
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Mary GrandPré’s illustrations for each book have become as recognizable as the stories themselves, and this May, readers can get their hands on a gorgeous boxed collection of all seven novels in paperback, with each cover featuring an exquisite gold foil design.
Any Harry Potter fan with a keen eye will spot easter eggs across the borders of the book that refer to various parts of the series. Is the evil quill of Professor Umbridge, depicted in the book’s corners, a real thing, or are we imagining things?
The introduction of these redesigned, enhanced covers is just the beginning of Scholastic’s year-long celebrations.
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— Scholastic (@Scholastic) February 6, 2020
“The Harry Potter series has been responsible for inspiring and engaging young readers here and around the world for twenty-five years,” says President of Scholastic Trade, Ellie Berger. From midnight parties to Muggle Walls, we’ve seen firsthand the excitement and the power of J.K. Rowling’s brilliant storytelling, with themes of friendship and family, all still relevant today. Here’s to the next twenty-five years of reading magic!”
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Frequently asked questions
What Scholastic reading level is Harry Potter?
The Lexile level for this series is 870L, which means that a typical 8th grader should have little trouble reading them. The suggested reading ages and/or grade levels only indicate the earliest time in one's life at which the book could be enjoyed. Teens and adults alike tend to love this series.
Is the Scholastic version of Harry Potter different?
Cover art and typography are primarily responsible for distinguishing the Scholastic and Bloomsbury editions of the books (Scholastic uses American spelling for words such as symbolise, which is spelt as symbolize). Furthermore, the first book's title is different between the two printing houses.