Bloomsbury’s new “Chamber of Secrets” cover is here!

We teased that Bloomsbury would be releasing Jonny Duddle’s new cover for Chamber of Secrets today, and it’s finally here!

In case you missed it, his cover for Philosopher’s Stone can be seen here. You can check out Bloomsbury’s page for the new editions here.

From the official Bloomsbury press release:

As part of the new look for the children’s hardback and paperback editions of the phenomenally successful Harry Potter series, Bloomsbury Children’s Books today reveals the cover for Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

Illustrated by award-winning artist Jonny Duddle, the jacket depicts Harry’s battle with the monstrous Basilisk. All seven new editions will be published on 1 September 2014.

Jonny Duddle is best known for his award-winning picture books, including The Pirate Cruncher and The Pirates Next Door (winner of the Waterstones Children’s Prize and shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize). He has a background in the computer games industry and is highly skilled at character development. His work has appeared in Aardman films and Terry Pratchett novels.

What do you think of the new cover? Were you hoping a different scene would be depicted? Any ideas for what will be on the cover of Prisoner of Azkaban? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

Click on the cover image to see it in Hi-Res:

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  • Carol

    Another fabulous cover, I really love it. As for Prisoner I think it should be a pic of Harry about to save Sirius by the lake x

  • Joe

    spoils the book, though! I know it has been 16 years since the book was
    released, and many people have now watched the movie. However, you
    spend the book wondering, “What is the monster within the chamber? Why
    is Harry hearing voices?” It is a big reveal when Hermione discovers it
    is a Basilisk.

  • Ravenclawesome

    I agree with Joe, the cover is a major spoiler! And visually I love everything except Harry’s face… I don’t know, it’s sort of feminine, and the hair is way too slick…

  • James

    Do not like it. Harry looks like a girl. And i hate it when covers illustrate the ending of a book. It’s a major spoiler for all the new young readers that will buy the book in a few years.

  • Sophie

    I agree that maybe this wasn’t the best moment to pick to depict, but a lot of the other versions do have snakes or similiar on the front. Anyway, I do LOVE Jonny’s illustrations, and I’m so excited for these new editions!

  • Ani

    I like the illustration of Harry. Yes, as other commenters have said, he looks kind of stereotypically “feminine” but that’s not necessarily a bad thing, just a reimagining of the appearance of the character. It’s different from the versions we’ve seen before, and I’m interested to see the rest of the covers. I like the art style.

    It says on the website that the books will be ‘reset to create a child-friendly reading experience’ as well, so I’m wondering if there will now be a different number of pages in each book. The UK editions have smaller print and the lines closer together, I think, compared to to the US editions, so maybe the print and/or line spacing and/or margins will be made larger?

    As a side note, Bloomsbury seems to be coming out with new covers for the books rather quickly, one after the other. A new “adult” set just came out last year, and the signature editions just a few years before that.

    I already have the UK books and don’t plan on buying more anytime soon. I think it would make a cool gift for a new readers (or to replace books that have long been worn out by older fans).

  • Silverdoe25

    Love the rich detail and colors in the illustration, but Harry seems to be sporting a bit of movie-Goblet hair!

  • atb2700

    So true!

  • Anggiebabee

    So gorgeous… maybe it is time to add onto one of the two HP tattoos that I have:)

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  • Kristen Keys

    I really love these new covers! I can’t wait to see what the rest of the series cover art will look like!

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