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Inspired by Wizard World

22 years ago on 26 June 1997, "Bloomsbury Children's Books" published a book by an unknown single mother from Edinburgh J.K. Rowling with a payment of 2,500 pounds and a bit of advice — do not quit your day job. Anybody doesn't know that after 22 years this woman becoming richer than the Queen of England and struck gold with one of the best-loved and most influential books of the last 100 years: "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone".


Author of picture Ema Malyauka, Amsterdam, Netherlands. The photo was used from www.behance.net

An astounding effect that provides a series of novels about poor orphan boy Harry Potter to the whole world society remaining a magical secret. For 22 years of existing "Wizard World", many artists created illustrations, which were limited only by their imagination. Let's dip into the beautiful world of magic and wonders.


Allbus119 – “30 June, 1997”. The photo was used from www.pikabu.ru

This picture tells about the last day of Dumbledore's life. The director of Hogwarts was 115 years old and this image reflects his age and mood with amazing preciseness. On the background, you can see his hand, which came under the curse of the Dark Lord's Horcrux.


One of the most influential illustrator of "Potter Universe" is Jim Kay. His work is hypnotized by its clarity and granularity. He was selected personally by J. K. Rowling to present illustrations of every title in the Harry Potter series in technicolor. The first title, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, was released on 6 October 2015, featuring over 100 full-color illustrations. His illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets was published on 4 October 2016, featuring 115 new color images and illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban was published in October 2017.


Illustration by Jim Kay © Bloomsbury Publishing 2016

Even though the last novel was released in 2007, the cult of Harry Potter remains popular until today. If you start searching through the Internet, you could find works beginning from child pictures unto great works into all genres of art.


Hagrid gives the boy a pig's tail. The photo was used from Pinterest.

In 2014, illustrations from the novel were put up for auction. British illustrator Cliff Wright created the ink and watercolor illustrations, which were used for the covers of Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets (1998) and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (1999), the second and third books in the globally bestselling series. The drawing shows Harry and Hermione astride Buckbeak the Hippogriff, a mythical creature that helps the trio complete their mission in the third novel. Smaller, at 5.5'' x 5, bids started at $12,500.


A drawing by Cliff Wright ahead of the publication of The Prisoner of Azkaban in 1999. The photo was used from www.edition.cnn.com.

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