Dueling Wizards was rendered and painted by Mary GrandPré who created the original artwork for the American edition of the Harry Potter book series. This image is inspired from a dramatic standoff in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (book 5 of the series) between Dumbledore and Lord Voldemort.
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 sent to the editor who chose which ones to include in the book. After the book series ended, Mary GrandPré released many of the Harry Potter illustrations that did not make the cut for the book print.
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