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Olly Moss

Check Out These Beautiful Unreleased Harry Potter Ebook Covers

Since Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was first published in 1997, there have been countless different covers created for J.K Rowling’s treasured books. As we entered into the technological age, graphic artists had the chance to recreate original book covers for the launch of their respective ebooks. Here, we take a look at the work of talented graphic artist Olly Moss, who’s website can be accessed here.


UK illustrator Moss was commissioned by Rowling’s website Pottermore to create covers for the release of the first ebooks series back in 2015, and has recently been granted permission to release a host of unpublished, never before seen alternatives and they are FIRE.


The chosen series of covers were called “Optical Illusions” for the digital release.


Olly Moss Design

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Moss made sure he created the most successful covers by stylising a range of alternatives which can all be viewed on his Google Drive link. Taking to Twitter for the release, the artist said “Finally got permission to post this. Heres the original brace of ideas sent in for the Harry Potter book covers.”


The other possible series for selection are called HeraldrySillouhettes, and Hogwarts.




Each book is represented by a simple, colorful icon. Designed to look distinctive at a distance and even in black and white, when looked at closely, each heraldic icon also incorporates a Harry potter lightening bolt. Icons include Hedwig for the first book, Aragog on the cover of the Chamber of Secrets, a Hungarian Horntail takes the cover of Goblet of Fire and Marvolo Gaunts ring graces the cover of the Half Blood Prince.



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Each installment of Sillouhettes shows Harry’s head in profile and each showcases a different scene from each book contained within it. A lovely touch added by Moss is the aging of Harry’s head as the books go on.


Harry's Head in profile

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These covers are my favorite, with each showing Hogwarts from the same angle and using the same composition of the castle in each. What differs from cover to cover is a seasonal change and a different mode of transport taken by the characters to the castle at the start of each book. They’re so well thought out and very touching graphic art, also. Olly Moss I take my wizarding hat off to you.



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The featured image is a picture of a large bookshelf stuffed with books.

5 Books by Latinx Authors You Have to Check Out In 2017

When many of us take a look at our bookshelves, we might not see diversity in terms of the authors that write our favorite novels. There are so many great books coming out this year from diverse writers.


Here are just a few 2017 books from remarkable authors such as Carmen Maria Machado to Jenny Torres Sanchez.


1. Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado


The cover of Her Body and Other Stories, which shows some pink fabric being wrapped up by a snake.

Image Courtesy of Amazon


This debut collection includes a wild novella that reinvents Law & Order: SVU as a tale featuring ghosts and other fantastic creatures. From Graywolf Press, Machado’s first release has been long awaited, and readers should be eager to experience her humorous yet serious take on sci-fi and fables.


2. A Good Idea by Cristina Moracho


The cover of A Good Idea, which features an empty bathtub in a dead forest.

Image courtesy of Penguin Random House


Old friends Finley and and Betty plan to room together at NYU when Betty suddenly goes missing. Her boyfriend confesses, but the confession is thrown out. Set on discovering the truth behind her friend’s disappearance, Finley is on the case. The problem is the disappearance is much worse than anybody initially imagined. 


3. The Education of Margot Sanchez by Lilliam Rivera


The Cover of Margot Sanchez, which features a black and white sketch of a young girl.

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After being forced to work in her family supermarket because she used her dad’s credit card, Margot Sanchez must climb her way back up the high school social strata. Plus, there’s that amazing beach party she absolutely, 100% must attend, and nothing will stop her.


4. They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera


The cover of They Both Die at the End, which features two silhouettes walking on a boardwalk. The backdrop is a twilit NYC skyline.

Image courtesy of Harper Collins


When two strangers, Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio, are alerted that they’re going to die that day, they both come up with the same idea. They have to make a new friend. Good thing there’s an app for that. When Mateo and Rufus meet, they must fit as many experiences as they can in the little time they have left. Let’s just hope the title is misleading.


5. Because of the Sun by Jenny Torres Sanchez


The cover of Because of the Sun, which features several silhouettes standing near a water tower, all in a purple and gold color palette.

Image courtesy of Penguin Random House


Dani never felt quite at home at home. Her mother was apparently cold-hearted, and her sudden death didn’t help matters. After her mother’s passing, Dani must live with her previously unknown aunt in New Mexico. Once her relationship with her aunt thaws, Dani learns more about her mother’s story. For better or worse, she has to face the truth.


Featured image courtesy of The University of Cambridge.