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The cover for each Harry Potter book possess a similar style. The British publisher Bloomsbury does books in both adult and children's editions, with the adult edition depicting a particular object or place in the cover, and the children's one featuring a major event in the book. Bloomsbury has used several illustrators for their children's covers. The covers by American publisher Scholastic usually depict an amalgalm of objects and people from the book against a common backdrop; the art on all American editions is by Mary GrandPré. The cover art and design of either the British children's edition or the American edition is re-used on many, but not all, international editions of the books.

British covers

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
The cover of the children's edition, drawn by Thomas Taylor, depicts Harry Potter staring at the Hogwarts Express at Platform 9 3/4.The original Bloomsbury back cover includes a rather bizarre-looking figure (whose face also adorns the spine), whose name is Wizzy and who was created by the illustrator. After a few editions, the back cover was changed with a new image, this time clearly identifiable as Dumbledore, even holding a Put-Outer.

The original adult edition has the Hogwarts Express. The second adult edition depicts the Philosopher's Stone. The Signature edition has two Wizard's Chess pieces (a Queen and a Knight) in combat.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
The cover of the children's edition, by Cliff Wright, has Harry and Ron Weasley inside the Flying Ford Anglia. The Hogwarts Express runs below them. The back cover depicts Hogwarts. A cutout of the cover image of Hedwig in her cage adorns the spine.

The original adult edition has the Flying Ford Anglia. The second adult edition features the door to the Chamber of Secrets. The Signature edition has Fawkes, the Basilisk and the Sorting Hat.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
The cover of the children's edition, by Cliff Wright, depicts Harry and Hermione Granger riding Buckbeak. A lupine creature (either Sirius Black's Animagus or Remus Lupin in werewolf form) adorns the back cover and spine.

The original adult edition has a hippogriff flying in the clouds. The second adult edition depicts Azkaban. The Signature edition has Dementors along with Harry's stag Patronus.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
The cover of the children's edition, by Giles Greenfield, depicts the First Task of the Triwizard Championship, with Harry on his Firebolt being chased by a Hungarian Horntail. The back cover is an image of a Hogwarts staircase, with a ghost atop of it. A cutout of an owl statue in the back is on the spine.

The original adult edition has a dragon on the cover. The second adult edition depicts the Goblet of Fire. The Signature edition has the Dark Mark.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
The cover of the children's edition, by Jason Cockcroft, features a phoenix rising from flames.The battle in the Atrium of the Ministry of Magic appears on the back cover, with the symbol-filled ceiling and the gold statues of the Fountain of Magical Brethren. Harry and Dumbledore are seen amidst waves of water, wands out and ready. A golden feather decorates the spine.

The adult edition depicts a Phoenix. The Signature edition has a Prophecy Record.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
The cover of the children's edition, by Jason Cockcroft, depicts Albus Dumbledore and Harry inside the Horcrux cave, surrounded by a ring of fire created by the former. The back cover is the Horcrux Cave, with the lake and the basin filled with potion. The spine has Marvolo Gaunt's Ring. Both flaps feature Severus Snape and Narcissa Malfoy's hands making the Unbreakable Vow.

The adult edition depicts the Half-Blood Prince's copy of Advanced Potion-Making. The Signature edition has Harry and Dumbledore atop a small island, which is near to the Horcrux cave's location.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
The cover of the children's edition, by Jason Cockcroft, depicts Harry, Ron and Hermione breaking into the Lestrange Vault in Gringotts. A sword-weilding Griphook stands behind Harry.The back cover features Hogwarts, the front flap has Harry's deer Patronus, the back flap has Nagini inside a crystal ball, and the spine, the Deathly Hallows symbol.

The adult edition depicts Salazar Slytherin's Locket. The Signature edition has Godric's Hollow cemetery, with Ignotus Peverell's grave in the forefront.

Boxed Sets

American covers

All art by Mary GrandPré.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

HP1 Cover

The cover shows a Nimbus-riding Harry (in Muggle attire or Hogwarts arches) is about to catch the Golden Snitch, with other Quidditch players in the far distant background. Hogwarts castle appears behind Harry and the arched columns through which he is flying, the bottom of the entire cover shows a soft, red and blue tile floor, which is connected to the columns. The soft floor features a transparent fabric so we can able to see the bottom of the columns, and Fluffy's three vicious heads are visible in an opening in the castle wall. In the distance, the forest's pointed pine trees mirror the pointed towers of the castle, while a unicorn gallops by. The back cover shows a letter-carried owl, Dumbledore, a Bludger, and a key, which is dropped by an owl. The back flap shows an orange cutain with white stars is blown by the owl. The front flap has a mysterious candle-holding figure with no shoes or boots is coming from behind a light-green curtain with light-blue swirls and dots.

The alternate paperback edition has Snape running into the woods. The Tenth Anniversary Edition has Harry looking into the Mirror of Erised. The School Market Edition has Harry getting his wand in Ollivanders Wand Shop with Hagrid and Garrick Ollivander.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

HP2 Cover

The cover shows Fawkes flying Harry, Ron, and Ginny Weasley to safety after the defeat of Riddle in the Chamber of Secrets. Mrs. Norris is in the back cover, and the front flap has the Basilisk's lurking eye. The title (besides "Harry Potter") is written in blood on the walls like Ginny's messages while possessed.

The alternate paperback edition shows the Chamber of Secrets.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

HP3 Cover

The cover shows Harry and Hermione riding Buckbeak. It could be said that all four Marauders appear - Sirius Black is probably the silhouette toward the bottom of the front cover, Peter Pettigrew's rat form is in the front flop, Remus Lupin in Werewolf form runs in the back cover, and Harry's stag Patronus (which resembles James Potter's Animagus) is in the back flap. On the back, we see four Dementors prowling around the castle and the Whomping Willow in the distance. Crookshanks is waiting under the tree. On the back flap apppears a small house with smoke rising from its chimney -- probably Hagrid's hut.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

HP4 Cover

The entire art depicts the Third Task's maze, along with the Horntail (whose head and wings are on the back cover). The front cover features all Triwizard Champions - Harry Potter holding the Golden egg, Fleur Delacour, Viktor Krum, and Cedric Diggory. An acromantula (partly obscured by Fleur's hair ribbon), Sirius' dog form, distant stands full of spectators projecting above the maze and what looks like a Dementor are also visible.

In the back cover, a pair of red eyes, the Beauxbatons carriage and a hand holding the Goblet of Fire are visible.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
The picture depicts Harry in the circular room at the entrance to the Department of Mysteries. The back cover has Lupin, Tonks, and Moody opening one of the doors. The deluxe cover depicts 12 Grimmauld Place, with Hedwig flying in the front cover, and broomstick-riding wizards arriving.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
The picture has Harry and Dumbledore in front of the potion-filled basin on the Horcrux Cave. Ron, Hermione, Ginny and other DA members are in the back cover, with the Dark Mark in the sky. The deluxe cover is Harry and Dumbledore in Bob Ogden's memory, watching him arrive at the Gaunt shack.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
The cover depicts the Duel in the Great Hall, with Voldemort in the back flap and cover and Harry in the front cover. The deluxe cover depicts Harry, Ron and Hermione riding the blind dragon while escaping from Gringotts Wizarding Bank after their break-in.

Boxed Sets

Danish covers

The Danish translations of the books, published by Gyldendal, have been published with at least three cover designs. The original design had inset illustrations by Per Jørgensen. A second design used the same illustrations as the full cover, along with the familiar Harry Potter logo. A third design, to date used only on the first four volumes, has banners of a single colour across the top half of the cover and symbolic art on the lower half.

Dutch covers

The Dutch translations of the books are published jointly by Uitgeverij De Harmonie (in the Netherlands) and Standaard Uitgeverij (in Belgium). The cover art was created by Ien van Laanen and the covers were designed by Anne Lammers.

In 2010, pocket editions were created to boost sales in the Netherlands by Uitgeverij De Harmonie. Rob Westendorp created new cover designs for the book as well, as seen below.

French covers

The French translations of the books, published by Éditions Gallimard, have cover art by Jean-Claude Götting. Götting initially painted front covers only for the first three volumes, and full (front and back) cover art for later volumes; the publishers later commissioned him to repaint the first three covers in full. The covers for most books have Harry and friends in Hogwarts uniform - exceptions being Goblet of Fire, where he wears his Triwizard Tournament robes, and Deathly Hallows, where he wears a simple jacket.

Swedish covers

The Swedish translations of the books are published by Tiden. The cover art was created by Alvaro Tapia.

Other books

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
The original edition's cover was designed to look like Harry Potter's copy of the book, with a sticker featuring his signature, and claw gashes over the cover material. The 2009 edition has a painting of Hogwarts' coat of arms with the animals escaping the frame.

Quidditch Through the Ages
The original edition's cover was designed to look like a Hogwarts Librarybook, complete with seal. The 2009 edition has a painting of a Golden Snitch in a blue background.

The Tales of Beedle the Bard
The UK cover depicts a tree stump (from the story Babbitty Rabbitty and her Cackling Stump) and a skull (The Tale of the Three Brothers). The US cover has objects from each story: a tree stump, a hopping pot, a fountain (with the three witches and the knight climbing the hill toward it), a heart and three hands holding the Deathly Hallows. Most international covers follow the UK cover - though the German cover has a wizard, the hopping pot, Babbitty Rabbitty holding her wand and a skull, while the Spanish cover has Death, the hopping pot, the fountain, the heart, and Babbitty Rabbitty biting her wand alongside the stump, and the Japanese one just illustrates Babbitty Rabbitty.

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