A UK-based illustrator has finally been given permission to reveal previously unpublished eBook covers for the Harry Potter saga, and they’re truly magical.
We’ve had two decades of pure magic since Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone first hit our bookshelves in 1997 – including many a colourful and creative cover to fulfill all of our bookworm fantasies.
As Harry Potter lovers, we thought we’d seen them all. Thankfully, though, we were mistaken: UK illustrator Olly Moss has basically just mic dropped previously a series of unreleased eBook covers for the entire magical saga.
Having been commissioned by JK Rowling’s website, Pottermore, to design covers for the release of the first Harry Potter eBook series in 2015, Moss created more covers than needed. Now he has finally been given permission to share the alternative versions with the muggle world, and they’re simply stunning.
Check it out:
Taking to Twitter, Moss wrote: “Finally got permission to post this.
“Here’s the original brace of ideas I sent in for the Harry Potter book covers.”
Moss also explained that they actually only asked for one design, but he was super keen to succeed so designed multiple (and we would definitely have done the same).
They asked for one sketch for one book but I really, really, really wanted to win it.— Olly Moss (@ollymoss) November 23, 2017
Each of Moss’ alternative series of covers, Heraldry, focuses on one iconic character: think the likes of Aragog, who is emblazoned across the Chamber of Secrets, to Hedwig on the Philosopher’s Stone.
Moss’ Silhouettes series, meanwhile, illustrates Harry’s face and how he ages along with the books - with incredible detailing.
And people on social media can’t get enough.
“I can’t even describe how great these are! Thanks for sharing!,” one user wrote.
I can’t even describe how great these are! Thanks for sharing!— Mark Golaszewski (@MarkGolaszewski) November 23, 2017
Elsewhere, one social media user showed particular love for the illustration of Diagon Alley.
“This one is crazy, Olly. I want to wallpaper my house with it,” they wrote.
“These are so beautiful. My God,” another user posted.
Which has resulted in some social media users saying they would buy the printed versions of them. And Moss has confirmed you can in fact buy two of the covers in print in France, China and Brazil.
It’s fair to say we’re in awe of his talents.
Images: Olly Moss