Book Cover Throwback: Harry Potter

This week’s Book Cover Throwback: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (aka Philosopher’s Stone).

Kind of frightening to think this was first published 18 years ago in 1997. I feel old!

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's StoneWhat I Love about This Cover:  Harry Potter looks like most clumsy, geeky 6th graders. It was a great way of hooking that demographic. Plus, the idea that he’s on a broom is an instant, “Wha?? to make readers pick up the book.

What I Don’t Love about This Cover: I really wish they’d left the original title with the philosopher’s stone instead. Just because we’re American doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy mythology.


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