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Alhambra artist Kazu Kibuishi unveils final Harry Potter cover

Alhambra-based artist Kazu Kibuishi gave Harry Potter fans a magical treat Wednesday when he revealed the last of his redesigned covers for the Harry Potter series at the Scholastic store in New York City. Fans inside the children publisher's store were greeted by the book's lovable giant Hagrid and led into rooms of live snakes, owls, and toads. The first 50 who showed up in costume also received lithographs of Kibuishi's art for "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" signed by the artist.  

Kazu Kibuishi with Scholastic Vice President and Creative Director David Saylor

Scholastic commissioned Kibuishi in February to redesign book covers for J.K. Rowling’s beloved Harry Potter series. The publisher is hoping to attract a new generation of fans to the books while celebrating the 15-year anniversary of the first book's publication in the United States. The new box set will go on sale Aug. 27.  

Fans at the store had another reason to celebrate: Wednesday was Rowling and her main character's birthday. Happy birthday, Harry Potter!

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