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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.


“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

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