SALT LAKE CITY — Prepare to spend more money on Harry Potter swag.
“I’m a big Harry Potter fan and it is an incredible honor to illustrate J.K. Rowling’s iconic series,” Selznick said, according to Entertainment Weekly. “I am thrilled to play a part in this exciting 20th anniversary celebration and look forward to meeting Harry Potter fans and readers across the country.”
These new books will launch in July 2018. A specialized box set of all the new books will be available in September.
Selznick is the Caldecott Award-winning artist of "The Invention of Hugo Cabret," which was made into the Martin Scorsese film "Hugo" in 2011 and "Wonderstruck," which also got a film adaptation and starred the young Utah actress Millicent Simmonds.
The Selznick illustrated books will celebrate Harry Potter’s 10-year anniversary, as the books were launched on Sept. 1, 1998, in the U.S., according to Mashable.1 comment on this story
“Brian Selznick, with his unique and cinematic approach, is a visionary and the perfect artist to illustrate these new Harry Potter editions, for readers of all ages,” Ellie Berger, president of Scholastic Trade, told Mashable. “As the longtime U.S. publisher of Harry Potter, we’ve seen firsthand the impact of the series over the past twenty years — from the early support and enthusiasm among booksellers and librarians, to kids discovering the books for the first time, and to families and friends lining up for midnight parties. On this milestone anniversary, we are excited to join the legions of fans as we celebrate this cultural phenomenon, and look forward to introducing Harry Potter to a new generation of readers.”
U.S. fans can also rejoice that there will be plenty of celebrations across the country, according to Pottermore. In fact, the “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” Broadway show will hit the U.S. in April.
The Harry Potter universe-based film “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” will open in November.
So far, more than 400 million Harry Potter books have been sold, making it the best-selling book series of all-time.