Entertainment Weekly

SKETCHING THE STONE

It was the first time American readers ever saw an image of Harry Potter, and yet 20 years later, the cover of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone still holds some surprises. Illustrator Mary GrandPré, creative director David Saylor, and editor Arthur A. Levine revisit a cover sketch of the first book—and the decisions that would change everything.

1 PLANTING EASTER EGGS

“It was tough to know how much to put in or keep out. If we weren’t seeing enough of Dumbledore, perhaps we’d put him on the back,” says GrandPré. “I wanted you to

You're reading a preview, sign up to read more.

More from Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly3 min read
Let’s Hear It For The Boys
On the occasion of milestone anniversaries of “I’ll Make Love to You” and “Cool It Now,” members of two of the most enduring vocal groups of all time—Boyz II Men and New Edition—reflect on a pair of hits in the boy-band pantheon.
Entertainment Weekly2 min read
The Way We Get By
R&B legend MAVIS STAPLES on new music, overcoming fear, and the secret to saving your voice.
Entertainment Weekly1 min read
Pokémon Detective Pikachu
STARRING Ryan Reynolds, Justice Smith, Kathryn Newton DIRECTED BY Rob Letterman RATING PG LENGTH 1 hr., 44 mins. SURE TO BE A HIT WITH the pint-size set and in states where recreational marijuana use is legal, Pokémon Detective Pikachu is Hol