The Dharma of Harry Potter:
A Muggle's Guide to Buddhism
Specs: 6" by 9" ebook cover.
I will need a full print cover, too, but I don't have the finalized page count, so I don't the exact dimensions for the spine (will be between 0.5" and 0.75")
This book is an exploration of Mindfulness, Meditation, Suffering, and Buddhist Wisdom explained through the lens of the Harry Potter Saga. The characters, the events, and the elements of the Harry Potter saga provide the perfect teaching tool for an introduction to Buddhism.
The book is series and philosophical, but I've peppered it with humor, too.
I've had a vision of the cover as follows:
A statue of the buddha sitting in meditation, with his hands resting palm up on his knees. In one hand stands Harry, in the other stands Voldemort, and two are locked in battle. A stream of red (from from Harry's wand) and green (from Voldemort's) energy arcs from their wands to connect in the area just above Buddha's heart.
I'm 100% open to other design concepts -- this was just my idea.
The important thing is that the art and the style need to capture the essence of the Harry Potter Saga's drama, conflict, and weight, and somehow cross that with an image of Buddhism. Alternative covers could include other characters from Harry Potter (Ron, Hermione, Dumbledore, Sirius, Luna, Neville, Hagrid, Draco, Lucius, Ginny, Dobby, dementors, owls, hippogriffs, thestrals).
Another interesting cover concept would be to show Harry in seated meditation (like the Buddha) possibly in front of The Mirror of Erised (which represents some pretty important ideas in the book).
I would absolutely love it if the cover was done in the same style as the poster for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (see image of Harry and Voldemort below). I think that color scheme, too, would be excellent. I love the high contrast and tension captured by that image.
Due to content restrictions, some of this will probably need to be handrawn and/or digitally painted.