When I was browsing through book tags today and I saw this one — Book Traveling Thursday! It was created by Cátia at The Girl Who Read Too Much and Danielle at Danielle’s Book Blog, and you can learn more about it right here. But essentially you find a cover that fits this week’s theme and discuss different versions of it. This week’s theme is a favorite childhood book, so I went with the book that first turned me on to reading: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. I liked reading those endless series chapter books (Babysitter’s Club, Magic Tree House), but Harry Potter was the first book I read that challenged me and engaged me in a way that made me feel like I really “got” reading. Also it’s so popular that I’m guessing there will be a lot of unique covers to discuss.
The original cover as it was published in the United Kingdom. Design-wise, it seems more functional than artistic, so its not my favorite image. But I also kind of love it because its the one that started it all. I actually bought a copy of this version at King’s Cross Station when I was studying in London, and I love it.
COVERs from my country (usa):
The left one is the one that I grew up with, and the one on the right is the 15th Anniversary edition. I liked the first one out of pure nostalgia, but I think the one on the right is better designed. That’s such a quintessential moment in the series, and I like the darker color scheme.
The Chinese version is so beautiful! I love the watercolor aesthetic and the Quidditch field in the background. It’s definitely my favorite. I also really like the Spanish-language version, too, because it looks like a more focused version of the American cover. It’s got the same general imagery, but much more simplified. I also like how you can see the unicorn’s reflection in the water.
least favorite covers:
Harry is suffering from major resting bitch face in the German editions (left). I like the chess board aesthetic and the perspective, but I’m not into Harry’s expression, especially because it doesn’t fit the scene at all. And I don’t know what to see about the Italian version. It’s bizarre, and especially so coming from the land of amazing art.
If you’re interested, you can see a ton of the covers here!