A World of Infinite Magic
Take a bird's eye view - or perhaps a hippogriff's eye view - below to a world of infinite magic! Below is the School of Hogwarts where young minds develop into some of the most influential wizards of their time! This piece was created by Mary GrandPré who created the original illustrations for the American edition of the Harry Potter series. Each print is signed by the artist.
About the Artist:
Mary GrandPré is an American illustrator with a long career in advertisement, magazines, and books, most notably JK Rowling's Harry Potter series. She has also dabbled in some filmwork creating backdrops for DreamWork's Antz movie. To create the illustrations for the Harry Potter books, she was given the manuscript of the book long before its official book release. She would read through the manuscript and highlight scenes she felt would look well visually. Those images were all send to the editor who chose which ones to include in the book. After the book series ended, GrandPré released many of the Harry Potter illustrations that did not make the cut for the book print.
Refresh your memory Harry Potter here:
Harry Potter is a series of seven fantasy novels written by British author J. K. Rowling. The series chronicles the adventures of a young wizard, Harry Potter, the titular character, and his friends Ronald Weasley and Hermione Granger, all of whom are students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The main story arc concerns Harry's quest to overcome the Dark wizardLord Voldemort, who aims to become immortal, conquer the wizarding world, subjugate non-magical people, and destroy all those who stand in his way, especially Harry Potter.
Since the release of the first novel, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, on 30 June 1997, the books have gained immense popularity, critical acclaim and commercial success worldwide. The series has also had some share of criticism, including concern about the increasingly dark tone as the series progressed. As of July 2013, the books had sold between 400 million and 450 million copies, making them one of the best-selling book series in history, and had been translated into 73 languages.The last four books consecutively set records as the fastest-selling books in history, with the final instalment selling roughly 11 million copies in the United States within the first 24 hours of its release.