Friday Face-Off: A Blue Road

The Friday Face-Off is a bookish meme hosted by Books by Proxy that compares book covers to decide which is best. Since I wasn’t able to do a Friday Face-Off last week, I’ll combine last week’s theme with this week’s. So that’s

Last week’s theme:

Like One, That on a Lonesome Road

A cover which features a road

This week’s theme:

You Got the Blues

A cover which is predominantly blue

A hybrid theme:

Rolling down a blue road

A cover which is blue with a road

Okay, so I’m cheating the whole way with this post because the book I’ve decided to go with is Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. I mean, it kinda hits the mark being mostly blue and it sorta features a road. Sure, it’s a street in Diagon Alley, but I’m sure we could drive on it. I mean, if all magic fails and brooms sticks and magic carpets stopped working, the only way to get that many books to Flourish and Blotts is by a truck. But anyways, here’s the


Is it more cheating if I say I’ve done something similar before when I compared all the Harry Potter book covers? I’ll go with “no” to make myself feel better.

I really like both these covers. The one on the left is the US cover. Illustrated by Kazu Kibuishi, it shows Harry and Hagrid in the crowded street of Diagon Alley. The cover is mostly blue, which gives it a mystical feel. When we look at it, our eyes easily pick out Harry since he’s highlighted by Hedwig’s snowy white feathers and the looming figure of Hagrid, who is of course taller than everyone else in the picture. So there, I got my blue, cobbled road. I like the use of color here. The blue is light, you almost don’t notice it, which makes the yellow of the buildings’ light stand out. It gives me a cozy feel (or maybe that’s because I love the book).

The cover on the left is the UK cover illustrated by Jonny Duddle. I really like it. It shows Harry, Ron, and Hermione heading for the boats with Hagrid waiting for them. And across the lake is the wonderful Hogwarts. I like the use of color here too, especially in the background, where we can see the sun setting. It almost makes the illustration of Hogwarts a flat silhouette but I like how Duddle subtly gives it some depth. I also like that the stars around the title seem like twinkling stars in the sky. Though it should be Harry who attracts our attention since he’s the only one looking at us, my eyes immediately go instead to Hagrid because of the lantern he’s holding (I love his beard).

They’re both great covers, but there is a definite


US cover

Kibuishi’s cover is certainly my favorite of two. Actually, I like all the covers he did for the updated 2013 covers for the series. I love everything about this: the color, the illustrations, the placement of the figures. I especially like that Harry is placed in a sort of spotlight because the area around him is the lightest spot on the cover, apart from the title.

There are many other covers for the first Harry Potter book, but I won’t bother listing them all here. I’m pressed for time these days.

Let me know below which of the two you prefer.

16 thoughts on “Friday Face-Off: A Blue Road

  1. I love your book choice and agree with your winner. For me it’s the attention to detail – the cobbled street, the characters packed in, the buildings in the background – it makes for a very busy but totally intriguing cover that would definitely catch my attention.
    Lynn 😀

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  2. Ah I’m afraid I’m totally biased on this one- the only Harry potter cover for me is the original UK version (you know the red one with the Hogwarts express on the cover?) Although both of these are lovely I will never be able to get that image out of my head for Harry Potter- it just makes me all warm and fuzzy inside 🙂


    1. Same here. Granpre’s covers will always be dear to me because they were my first. I have them too but I got the Kibuishi ones as a b-day present and was elated for it.
      Yup, the spines was a major reason why I wanted them. I like seeing illustrations of Hogwarts and the Burrow.

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  3. Definitely with you on this one! Both these covers are charming and have lovely styles but the US cover just captures my imagination! I absolutely love the crowded and colourful view of Diagon Alley!


    1. Exactly! I also like the color tone of the US cover. I think the paleness allows him to include more colors without making them overburdening. And though the UK colors pop more, only a few colors are used there. Both are great.

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  4. One vote for the UK cover, this one just screams adventure to me.
    The road looks pretty watery but 😉


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