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Friday Face Off: Wrap Around Covers

Friday Face Off is a weekly meme created by Books by Proxy, and run by Lynn’s Book Blog.

“It is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma.”

This weeks theme:  A wrap around cover.

My Choice: Harry Potter (US Covers)

As far as I can tell, there are only 4 different sets of US Harry Potter Covers and they all either wrap around, or have some sort of connecting pictures.


Original US Editions (art by Mary GrandPré)

Harry Potter Covers

I own the paperback versions of these, and unfortunately they don’t have the full wrap around covers:

Harry Potter Covers 2

2013 Special Edition Box Set (art by Kazu Kibuishi)

Harry Potter Series

These covers don’t wrap around, but when you stack them together, the spines form a picture:


Also, its fun to note that on the back of these covers you can see Harry’s back:

Harry Potter 2013 Special Edition Back Covers

2018 Special Edition Box Set (art by Brian Selznick)


Again, these aren’t wrap around covers but they do connect to form one really cool picture:

Harry-Potter-Cover-Art-Spread-20th-Anniversary (1)

Illustrated Editions (art by Jim Kay)


So far only four Illustrated Editions.  I know they all have wrap around covers but it was impossible for me to find good pictures:

Illustrated Covers

Least Favorites:

2018 Special Edition Box Set


I love the idea of the connecting covers but I am not a huge fan of the artwork in parts of these (particularly the large floating head)



This is pretty much a three way tie between the other three sets

Harry Potter Covers

Harry Potter Series


I own the original set so it will always hold a special spot in my heart.  And I love the artwork in both the 2013 and Illustrated sets and could never choose.


I can’t pick a winner! Other than the 2018 set I love them all ❤


Which is your favorite? Do you agree with my choice? Let me know in the comments!!

22 thoughts on “Friday Face Off: Wrap Around Covers

  1. It’s indeed to hard to choose! I do agree with your least favourite, the head in the middle is a bit weird..


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  2. Oh wow – you did a proper job on these… it didn’t occur to run a comparison on these the way you did. And yes, you’re right – they are all fabulous:)). I echo Lynn’s observation about the spine artwork. And I LOVE the fact we see Harry’s back on the back of the cover.

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    1. I own the original US ones but in paperback so they don’t have the wrap around covers. I also own the 2014 UK ones 😀 I thought about adding those to the list but didn’t because I wanted to stick to the US covers.

      Thanks! It was surprisingly hard to find them all haha


  3. Great post! I honestly love the original cover books the best. I especially love that they have illustrations at the start of every chapter. I had all the original book covers from when I was a kid, but I think moving around so many times, especially after I left home and my parents would pack my stuff away, meant that a few of the books have disappeared. Makes me incredibly sad! Lol

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    1. Thanks 😀 I forgot about the chapter art!! And I had a mix of the paperback and hardcover editions from the first set of covers but moving and lending them to friends I lost a bunch of them too 😦 I have replaced them and now have a full set of the paperbacks! Sorry you lost yours too 😦 That sucks!

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      1. Yes, to replacing! I’m planning to buy the full set of hardcovers that I saw at one of the bookstores around here a few months ago. I’m hoping that they still have it in stock and I’m not too late 😂

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