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 Weekly2 min read
Circuit Training
Few knew what to make of Jojo Rabbit’s world premiere in Toronto: The response in the room was ecstatic, but the reviews that followed were mixed. Taika Waititi’s sweet satire of a boy coming of age in Nazi Germany ultimately won over the TIFF crowd,
Entertainment Weekly2 min read
Love Underground
EIGHT YEARS AGO, SHE DELIVERED HER PHANTASMAGORICAL DEBUT NOVEL, The Night Circus, of which a staggering 3 million copies have been sold. Now, Erin Morgenstern, 41, returns with her new fantasy, The Starless Sea (Nov. 5): a love letter to all things
Entertainment Weekly1 min read
Right Said, Fred
Matthew Rhys was initially drawn to A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood out of an interest in Mister Rogers, who operated an ocean away from the actor’s childhood in Wales. But it was when Rhys first saw Tom Hanks in character on set that he really f