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Harry Potter e-books get gorgeous new covers designed by Olly Moss

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The digital versions of the Harry Potter books just got stunning new covers from Olly Moss, the British artist renowned for his striking dual-meaning movie posters.

Pottermore, the internet home of the Harry Potter universe and the publisher of the series' e-books, hired Moss to design new covers for the worldwide digital re-release of the bestselling novels. The Harry Potter books were first published digitally in 2012, followed by iBook-exclusive "enhanced editions" from Apple this past October.

Moss is a huge fan of the Harry Potter books, which he grew up reading, and he brought his distinctive style to the cover project.

"I like things to have more than one layer," Moss told Pottermore. "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."

The way Moss sees it, that design philosophy is well-suited to the world of Harry Potter.

"This is a world where things often seem quite mundane on the surface and then have a secondary reveal," said Moss. "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."

Moss' covers feature some kind of hidden meaning or clever image within an image, though he said he was careful to leave out any visual spoilers. So it's safe to buy these e-books for people who don't already know what kind of man Severus Snape is.

All seven of Moss' covers are available in the image below. (Although the artwork for the first book features its original name, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, the cover of the American version of the novel does bear Scholastic's U.S. title, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.) The Harry Potter e-books have been updated worldwide with Moss' covers, and the revised digital books will be available from the Pottermore Shop in 2016. You can see more of Moss' work in Firewatch, for which he is the art director at developer Campo Santo.

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