Harry Potter Art By Mary GrandPré

Rochelle November 20, 2016 @ 12:59AM

You might not know the name Mary GrandPré or who she is, but if you are a fan of Harry Potter then I guarantee that you know her work. Mary GrandPré is the artist who created all the original cover and chapter art for the American editions of the Harry Potter books.

Mary was one of the few people who was allowed to read each book before it was published. [1] She would read each book so she knew what was important about the story and each chapter, then she created drawings based on what she had read. After completing several drawing she submitted her favorites to the book editors, who then chose which of Mary's art would be used for each of the published books.

If you pay attention to Mary's art you will notice that there are subtle hints about either the stories (from the cover art) or each chapter (from the chapter art). The hints she provides are never plot spoilers, which is I appreciate.

Interestingly, Mary drew all the art by hand. Most artists today use computers for their art creation so Mary's approach was old school. I love that Mary's art was completely hand drawn and inked. She did a wonderful job, and her art will always be what I think of when I think of the art for my beloved books.

There are limited edition prints of Mary's Harry Potter work that you can buy. Each piece of art is printed on Giclee paper and comes with a certificate of authenticity. Below are all the available pieces of art, and, as you can see, includes drawings that you won't find in the books.

All items are available for sale at a site called ArtInsights Animation & Film Art Gallery, as well as on their store on Amazon. I've included links to both sites so you can decide which site you'd rather buy a print from.

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Book Covers

The drawings below are the art Mary drew that was used for the Harry Potter book covers. I have no doubt that many of you have books with these images on them sitting on your bookshelves. I know I do!

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Cover Art

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Cover Art

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Cover Art

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Cover Art

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Cover Art

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

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Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Cover Art

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Cover Art

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

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Original Art

The following drawings are from scenes in the books but not found in the books. They are gorgeously drawn and perfectly capture each depicted scene.

Hogwarts Castle

Hogwarts Castle

Hogwarts Castle

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Book #1 - Diagon Alley

Diagon Alley

Diagon Alley

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Book #1 - Quidditch

Quidditch

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Book #1 - The Mirror of Erised

The Mirror of Erised

The Mirror of Erised

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Book #2 - The Enchanted Car

The Enchanted Car

The Enchanted Car

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Book #2 - Pixie Mayhem

Pixie Mayhem
Pixie Mayhem

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Book #3 - Counting The Days

Counting The Days

Counting The Days

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Book #3 - The Cloak of Invisibility

The Cloak of Invisibility

The Cloak of Invisibility

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Book #3 - Expelliarmus

Expelliarmus

Expelliarmus

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Book #3 - Rescue of Sirius

Rescue of Sirius

Rescue of Sirius

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Book #4 - Battle With The Dragon

Battle With The Dragon
Battle With The Dragon

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Book #4 - The Golden Web

The Golden Web

The Golden Web

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Book #5 - Number 12 Grimmauld Place

Number 12 Grimmauld Place

Number 12 Grimmauld Place

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Book #5 - Dueling Wizards

Dueling Wizards

Dueling Wizards

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Book #6 - Harry Potter & the Half-Blood Prince - Bonus Print

Harry Potter & the Half-Blood Prince - Bonus Print

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince – Bonus Print

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Book #7 - Escape From Gringotts

Escape From Gringotts

Escape From Gringotts

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[1] http://www.today.com/id/7127158#.WDEeZ3eZMW0

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