What happens when you take one of the most beloved young adult fantasy book series and ask a brilliant graphic designer to re-imagine the covers for them. Well if you are talking about the new Harry Potter e-book series and Olly Moss, you get magic, which is totally fitting since the books are chock FULL of magic.
Sir Moss, (surely he’s been knighted by now right?) is a huge Harry Potter fan so this opportunity was a blissful chance for him to draw upon his wit, talent and imagination and come up with something truly special. After seeing the end results, mission accomplished.
Olly was interviewed by J.K. Rowling’s website, Pottermore and had this to say.
‘Harry Potter has always been my favourite. I skipped [Philosopher’s Stone] because I was being a weird snob about it – I was ten. Then by the time Prisoner of Azkaban was out, I remember my mum saying I should read them.
‘I like things to have more than one layer. The initial “oh that’s an attractive image” then it’s got a secondary reveal when you look closer. It’s something that I’ve always enjoyed doing.’
‘Deathly Hallows is my favourite cover, because it’s the image that has summed up Harry Potter in my mind for such a long time. The scar – it feels like the culmination of the entire series and that’s the image that’s been stuck in my head.
‘This is a world where things often seem quite mundane on the surface and then have a secondary reveal. I love coming up with those images because it makes me feel that no one’s done this before – no one’s seen something in this specific way.’
‘For Half-Blood Prince I thought maybe I should have a Snape cover but then that could be a horrible spoiler. Really it’s the book; it’s Dumbledore and Harry fighting off the Inferi. That’s such a vibrant image from that book. Also it’s nice to get Dumbledore on a cover.’
When asked about the project he reveals his true inner passion for Potter.
‘I really pitched my heart out. I came up with four or five different approaches and sketched most of the books for each.
‘The next day I got on a plane to Comic-Con, crashed on a friend’s hotel room floor and figured I’d forget about it. Two days later I woke up really hungover – so, so hungover because we’d been in the hotel bar until four in the morning. I got that call that said I got the job and I lost my mind.’
We would LOVE to see these released as a poster series…. hint-hint J.K. Rowling…..hint-hint….
*All images and quotes are from the Pottermore website