Seven Magical Facts About Harry Potter’s 20th Anniversary Edition


Over the past 20 years, Harry Potter has worked its way into the hearts of millions of people across the world. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of its U.S. publication, Scholastic has released a special anniversary edition of the bestselling and iconic series!

This edition is distinguished by the unique black-and-white covers created by artist Brian Selznick, which when placed side by side, form a panoramic mural illustrating Harry’s entire journey through the wizarding world.

Here are 7 magical facts about the 20th anniversary edition:

1. The series is a phenomenon

Since its release twenty years ago, the series has sold more than 180 million copies in the U.S. alone and over 500 million copies worldwide. The books are published in over 200 territories in 80 languages. Of course, they have also been adapted into a blockbuster film series and an award-winning two-part play.

2. The covers are designed by artist Brian Selznick

He is a celebrated American illustrator and writer who was awarded the 2008 Caldecott Medal for U.S. picture book illustration for his first long work, The Invention of Hugo Cabret, which was adapted into Martin Scorsese’s Oscar-winning Hugo.

3. Brian is a Potterhead too

He’s a huge Harry Potter fan too (and a proud Hufflepuff!). When illustrating the covers, he was inspired by the relationships between the characters in J.K. Rowling’s magical world, so he wanted these covers to reflect that.

4. Creating the covers wasn’t easy

If you think it would be hard to draw seven independent covers that would stand on their own, while also able to form one satisfying image when put together, then you’re right! This was Brian’s biggest challenge with creating these covers.

5. You can shop for them today

This special edition is now available in National Book Store branches nationwide! Head to the branch near you and get all 7 books.

6. You can also order them online

Shop at today and just wait for the books to be delivered right to your doorstep. You can pay with credit and debit cards, over-the-counter payments, bank transfers, PayPal, or cash on delivery!

7. They are at 20% off – only in NBS

This is a limited offer, running until July 1, 2018. Don’t miss out on the big savings – from a total P4,693 for all seven books, you can now get them for just P3,753!

Let’s all relive the magic!

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HARRY POTTER characters, names, and related indicia are trademarks of and © WBEI. Harry Potter Publishing Rights © J.K. Rowling. SCHOLASTIC © Scholastic Inc. Art by Brian Selznick © 2018 by Scholastic Inc.

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