Harry Potter is one of the best things that has happened to the world. If you disagree with me, there is a horde of fervent Harry Potter lovers behind me. The saying goes, don't judge a book by its cover.  But for something like Harry Potter and the sheer world of awesomeness that you get sucked into as soon as you open the book, (kind of like when Harry gets sucked into Riddle's diary in Chamber of Secrets), it deserves a pretty kickass cover. Take a look at these book covers from around the world, while some fall flat, some are pure awesome-juice.

UK Children edition illustrated by Thomas Taylor

The Harry Potter editions that we got in India were UK Children edition illustrated by Thomas Taylor. Though neat and uncluttered, the illustrations were a tad bit boring and obvious.

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In 2014, Bloomsbury stepped up its game and how! John Dudley created these super snazzy covers which just invite you in.

This vivid stag patronus against the bleak, dark, dementor-ridden sky. *sigh*

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These very fierce-looking, cool thestrals.

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New American edition illustrated by Kazu Kibuishi

Kazu Kibuishi did a pretty neat job with these illustrations. Hagrid's beard's character stays true to the book, massive and bushy.

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This Hungarian horntail looks every inch the mean devil it is.

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Original American covers illustrated by Mary GrandPré

Every scene depicted in a cover brings on a fresh wave of nostalgia. This illustration on The Sorcerer's Stone, in the Harry Potter series depicts Harry riding a broom for the first time.

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A very cheerful-looking Harry holds onto Fawkes' tail.

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UK Adult edition designed by Michael Wildsmith

The illustrations in this edition are simple and elegant.

Bloomsbury signature covers designed by Clare Melinsky

This signature series has a cleaner design. 

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Penguin Classics style designed by M.S Corley

These very suave cover illustrations have mostly been spotted online and raved about.

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The illustrations have a very unconventional and edgy feel and succeeds in grabbing attention.

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French edition designed by Jean-Claude Gotting

These illustrations which look like they have been done up in paint, possess a certain charm.

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Also, the buckled hats make you want to own one.

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The Japanese edition

Just beautiful.

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The Danish Harry Potter book covers

This Danish book cover illustrations just ticks all the right boxes with the yellow-eyed merpeople.

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Dutch Pocket Edition 

Ladies and gentlemen, we present to you the only pocket edition.

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German covers illustrated by Sabine Wilharm

This one is hilarious because Harry manages to look quizzical in all the books with one upturned eyebrow. Also looks like he's photobombing the chubby dragon's picture in The Goblet Of Fire.

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The Chinese edition

A very innovative-looking Fluffy slash lion hybrid.

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The Chinese Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows edition has a gigantic Voldermort crouching over tiny Harry and Hermione.

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Swedish edition illustrated by Alvaro Tapia

There is so much happening on this book cover, including a levitating Harry.

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This boat is SO cool.

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And as a special treat for Harry Potter fans who are also die-hard bookworms,


Custom, leather-bound Harry Potter book with a lock on it.

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Here's how you can make one.


Have died and gone to heaven.