Harry Potter: Counting the Days
Harry Potter is counting the days, eagerly awaiting the end of summer when he could return back to his beloved school and away from the dreaded Dursleys. Although this is true throughout most of the Harry Potter series, this particular image was inspired by Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Book Three). He spends another horrible birthday at the home of the Durley family but at least there is a light at the end of the tunnel; Harry's birthday means he is a little bit closer to the end of summer and a little bit closer to going back home to Hogwarts.
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.
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