The new Harry Potter covers from Brian Selznick have way too many snakes.

The very first Harry Potter book was released 20 years ago today, so the original publisher Scholastic announced a re-release of the entire series featuring seven all-new covers. Ophidiophobics beware! There are so many snakes on these covers that Samuel L. Jackson would totally freak out. Despite the series having only a handful of snakes throughout, every single new cover has bits of snake on it, even the ones with zero serpents featured in the plot of the book.

Scholastic announced the new covers on Tuesday morning. Illustrated by Brian Selznick, the new covers actually represent one continuous image that fuses together various symbols and characters from across the series. Of course, Harry himself appears in almost every single one. But you know what does appear in every single cover? Bits of snake.

To be fair, Harry’s body in the Chamber of Secrets cover is reaching out and casting his Patronus spell in the Prisoner of Azkaban cover, where his hand does appear. But still, these covers have way more snake in them than they do Harry Potter. At least they’re also chock full of nostalgic references from every book in the series.

Check out the new covers right here:

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

The Sorcerer's Stone cover has baby Harry, Hedwig, some kind of goblin, and even Hagrid with his dragon egg. And of course, bits of snake wrapped right around poor Harry's neck.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Fretful Dobby, Aragog in the background, mean-looking Draco, and Tom Riddle's diary appear in the 'Chamber of Secrets' cover, with Harry, Ron, and Hermione getting prominent placement. Note the snake tail tip, which makes you realize that this entire series of covers actually features a single snake. Is it Nagini? Or the Basilisk? Maybe that friendly snake Harry released that dreamed of Brazil?

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Hermione justly gets huge placement here in 'Prisoner of Azkaban' with her time-turner, as does Harry's stag Patronus. There's also a pack of dementors and Sirius peaking from behind a bit of snake.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

The 'Goblet of Fire' cover pretty much exclusively references the people and tasks from the Triwizard Tournament, and it does a good job of reminding us how young Harry was at the time compared to the rest of the competitors. Also: big, huge pieces of snake.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Plenty of hints here to the final confrontation at the Ministry of Magic, mainly the Prophecy Record globes. There's also the villainous Dolores Umbridge, but before you point out the absence of snake, look at the top portion of the cover or even the bottom-left corner. Snake.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

This one's all about the horrible death of Albus Dumbledore and the final scene with Snape while Harry's hidden under his Invisibility Cloak. Dumbledore totally looms large here, but not even he can obscure the huge piece of snake.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Oh wow! It was one snake all along with a very unimpressive head. There's a lot going on in the series's big finale, including Harry and Voldemort's final showdown, but the most important item is probably the reveal that the snake was Nagini all along. Still, too much snake for these covers.

Harry Potter 20th anniversary cover art

Harry Potter 20th Anniversary Cover Art

That snake is insanely long for having such a tiny head.


The new paperback editions featuring these covers will be released June 26 with a collectible box set designed by Selznick due out in September.

Selznick self-identifies as “a proud Hufflepuff,” which could explain his immense fear of snakes. In a statement, he said, “One of the most challenging and rewarding aspects of the process was drawing seven independent covers that would stand on their own, while making sure that they also lined up to create one single satisfying image.” In all seriousness, he accomplished just that in a series of covers that most fans of Harry Potter will enjoy.

But way too much snake.