When I watched the first Harry Potter film I thought it was good, but childish. It seemed like there was a great deal of potential, but it wasn’t quite realized. Years, when I was around 26, the fellow I was dating suggested I read the books, explaining that the first two were crap but the third and beyond were fantastic. As it turned out, he was right, and I’ve read the entire Harry Potter series multiple times. There have even been tears involved while reading them. To say the series is a favorite of mine would be an understatement. I think it’s a modern day tale of overcoming the odds with the help of those you love.
I thought it would be fun to come up with a cover for the first Harry Potter novel, The Sorcerer’s Stone, as it’s the logical entry point. Your job is to create a cover that defines what Harry Potter is. You should forget about everything you’ve seen, on the book covers and on the big screen, and depict Harry and his friends as you imagine them. Be creative, have fun and let your style be the guiding force on this redesign.
The winner of this month’s contest wins $100 to Amazon and maybe more if I can dig something fun up.
• Please save your images as JPGs at 800px wide at 72 DPI/RGB mode, this is super important! There are no height restrictions (within reason). Feel free to play with the dimensions and have fun with what you make. Submitting a front and back cover will certainly help your chances, but is not required.
• Label your files “Firstname-Lastname-Harry-Potter.jpg”
• Send all entries to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “Re-Covered Books: Harry Potter“. Cut and paste what I wrote there, it’s super easy and it helps me keep track of your entry.
• All entries are due Saturday, April 28, 2012 by Midnight PST.
If there are any other questions feel free to leave them in the comments. I look forward to seeing what you come up with and be sure to tell your friends/classmates/pets to participate as well. Good luck and have fun!