Newly Released ‘Harry Potter’ Sketches Reveal J.K. Rowling’s Original Vision For The Series

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There’s no denying J.K. Rowling has got a way with words, but what you might not know is that the Harry Potter author also happens to be quite the talented artist!

Pottermore recently updated some of its sections to include a few of Rowling’s old sketches, and it’s safe to say they’re nothing short of magical! The three drawings are incredibly detailed and depict a few of the more memorable scenes from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.

Thanks to The Rowling Library on Twitter, you can get a closer look at the illustrations here:

The first photo features everyone’s favorite potions master, Professor Snape, in all his hook-nosed glory. If you look just behind him, you’ll catch a glimpse of Harry and Ron trying to perfect the day’s potion before class is up.

The second sketch features a Quidditch match in progress. Our favorite part about this image is that if you look closely, you’ll see that Rowling has even labelled everything from the different player’s positions, to the three different balls used in the sport.

The final illustration features Hogwarts’ infamous poltergeist, Peeves. We’re not quite sure what he’s up to, but we can tell Professor McGonagall isn’t very amused!

Potterheads in the U.S. are undoubtedly familiar with Mary GrandPré’s whimsical artwork that graces all seven covers, and the beginning of each chapter in the books. Though we’ve got a bit of a soft spot for GrandPré’s illustrations, it’s also incredibly cool to know that Rowling could have probably illustrated her own books if she had wanted to!

(H/T Telegraph)

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