Harry Potter covers redesigned–for fun

A book cover can grab a reader–or push them away. I know a book cover can gain my initial interest if it’s good. And I know some people who’ve bought books solely based on the book cover. So a book cover’s design is pretty important.

Illustrator M.S. Corley redesigned (just for himself, for fun) the Harry Potter book covers with a retro, Penguin Classics feel and posted them on his blog.

I’ve shown here the redesigned cover that I thought was the most dynamic and well redesigned. Some of the others don’t work as well for me.

What do you think? Would they appeal to kids? To teens? Or more to adults? Do you like the redesigned covers more or less than the current, actual covers?

Corley also played at redesigning the covers to the Spiderwick Chronicles books, and the Lemony Snicket books. Check them out.

Thanks to 100 Scope Notes for the link!

About Cheryl Rainfield

I write the books I needed and couldn't find as a teen. I write teen fiction--paranormal fantasy and gritty realistic fiction. I'm the author of SCARS (WestSide Books, 2010) #1 ALA QuickPicks, and Governor General Literary Award Finalist, HUNTED (WestSide Books, Oct 2011), STAINED (Harcourt, 2013), The Last Dragon (HIP Books, Sept 2009), and Walking Both Sides (HIP Books, 2011). I also enjoy drawing, surfing the web, connecting with people I like, doing crafts, and being with my dog.
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2 Responses to Harry Potter covers redesigned–for fun

  1. Jena says:

    They’re all so… retro. They look like books from the 60s or maybe early 70s. HP#2 looks like a Greek mythology. HP #6 looks like it should be an Ayn Rand book.

    They wouldn’t inspire me to buy or read them, though.

  2. Cheryl says:

    Yeah. I hear you, Jena. They wouldn’t get me to read them, either. Except maybe the first cover. They seem to appeal to a bunch of adults, though.

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