Character Portrait: Luna Lovegood

•May 26, 2013 • 1 Comment

I have to confess that I’m a huge fan of Luna Lovegood. Not for her humor – though she does make me laugh – but for her spirit. More than any other character we meet in this series (and perhaps in any book), Luna is unapologetically unafraid to be herself. And the scene at the end of Order of the Phoenix where Luna talks with Harry about Sirius’s death is, I think, one of the most beautiful, poignant moments of the stories. And while I wish we’d known her for longer, and gotten to see her grow more, it’s not hard to envision the ways in which she became the person she is – or the ways in which she might grow after the books are finished, as well.

So I thoroughly enjoyed building her character page, of course. I hope you enjoy reading it as much. :)

Character Portrait: Luna Lovegood

And I almost forgot! Welcome to our 119th artist, Roby-boh!

Quiz Yourself

•May 23, 2013 • 2 Comments

There was a conversation going on Reddit today about all of the various spells that Harry has ever used; I got interested so sat down and made a definitive list of them. I posted it as a quiz on Sporcle, if you’re interested in testing yourself to see how many you remember. Warning: it’s difficult! :)

Spells Cast by Harry Potter

Character Portrait: Neville Longbottom

•May 15, 2013 • 3 Comments

I’ve been told several times by readers that their favorite part of this website is the character portraits. I haven’t done very many thus far (they were the last section I started on, and each one takes a HUGE amount of time), but they hold a special place in my heart, too. So I’ve been working on adding a couple more this week. Today I’ve updated with one new one, a portrait of the character whose growth throughout the books is perhaps most impressive of all, and a character for whom I think we all have a soft spot in our hearts. I hope you enjoy taking his journey along with him.

Character Portrait: Neville Longbottom

New Artwork: (Mostly) Chamber of Secrets

•May 12, 2013 • 9 Comments

Hi there! I’ve just finished a rough tech process, and was in need of some escapism… what better way to provide that than the world of HP? I’ve been doing some maintenance around the site (and if you see any places that need it, please say so in the comments). But more importantly, I’ve had a queue of about 175 drawings sitting on my computer, waiting to be inserted into the stories. Many of them are just brilliant, and many are artists who haven’t appeared here before, and I wanted to start sharing them! So today, I’m posting 17 new drawings, mostly from book two.

First, I put in some book one updates a while back (that page is here), but there’s one drawing I’ve since found that I wanted to add, which is a beautiful depiction of Hagrid’s hut, drawn by a new artist named RavenclawRadiance. It’s in PS15.

The rest of the new drawings are all from book two. If you’re inspired to see them in context, you’re encouraged to read through the full book! But I’ve also posted them to the artists’ pages, of course. They come from four different artists:

First, there’s a professional illustrator named Felicia Cano who I’ve had my eye on for some time, and who has graciously consented to allow her Harry Potter-themed work to be used here. You can visit her page to see the first three drawings I’ve posted here (Lockhart, Sprout, and Percy), and I assure you that more will be coming soon;

Second, the incomparable Keith James is still chugging along with his one-drawing-per-chapter project, and has finished drawing Chamber of Secrets. I’ve added quite a few new drawings of his, which you can also see on his page (everything from CS7-on is new);

Third, yet another lovely new artist named Jess Siswick has contributed two drawings, with more to come in the future;

And finally, I’ve added a new drawing of the trio from one of this site’s all-time favorite artists, gerre. You can see it on the page for CS13.

Hope you enjoy! And there will be comments open in this thread for a while, so feel free to reach out to me here. :)


Looking to the Future

•January 29, 2013 • 2 Comments

This is another page I’ve had sitting in queue for a while, and wanted to go ahead and post. It’s actually one of the Off Camera pages I’ve always most looked forward to. It takes a look at what life might have been like for the first days, weeks, and months after Voldemort’s fall:

Harry Potter Off Camera: The Aftermath

The extremes of emotions in those times are really appealing from an artistic perspective, and the artwork absolutely lives up to them. So I hope you enjoy!

Harry Potter Off Camera: Growing Up

•January 27, 2013 • 2 Comments

Well I couldn’t make a post like that last one without at least adding *something* to the site, could I? :)

So I thought I’d continue the “Harry Potter Off Camera” series. I’d already published a collection of drawings from the Marauder era (up through Harry’s birth) and the Potter family (from Harry’s birth through his parents’ death). But this left a gaping hole – where can we see artists’ interpretations of the years of Harry’s childhood? Here’s your answer:

Harry Potter Off Camera: Growing Up

This completes the “Before the Books” section of Off Camera; I’d wanted to do a series on the pre-Marauder era as well (Voldemort and McGonagall growing up, for instance) but there just isn’t enough material. Instead that can eventually be folded into the character pages.

Finally, a couple more quick site updates, too: I’ve closed most comment threads but set them to remain open on new posts and pages for 60 days, so you all will still have the ability to respond to new pages like this one. And I’ve also updated the FAQ to reflect more recent changes to the site.

Thanks as always for reading, and enjoy!

An update

•January 26, 2013 • 9 Comments

Well, hi there. :) It’s been a crazy long time since I’ve posted here, obviously. Thank you for checking in!

I want to be completely up front about where I am and the future of this site. I spent seven years immersed in the Harry Potter fandom (three as an editor at the Lexicon and four building the HPC), and it was an incredible experience – I met some wonderful people and experienced some some really cool things, and I will always treasure that. The folks who read and commented here were a huge part of that, and I thank you sincerely for it.

Once I finished the main project of this site, part of me always knew that I had completed what I’d once set out to do. It was a massive, massive project and one I’m quite proud of. I’ve also always known that I would want to keep this site active; I still strongly believe that this is one of the only fan sites around that was set up to exist in a post-fandom world. I still hope to update it from time to time, especially as new artwork is created that fits the stories. And I hope that, as new generations grow up who love Harry Potter but never know what it was like to attend a midnight release party, some of them stumble upon this site and get a taste of that experience.

In the meantime, I’m going to keep the site active but disable comments. I hope it’s obvious that I thoroughly enjoyed the comment pages – the site received close to 10,000 comments and I loved the intelligent, thoughtful discussion that we enjoyed in them. But when I am inclined to stop by here, I’d much rather spend my time adding new artwork than diving into comment moderator mode.

Anyway, thank you all so much for participating in this with me. I hope you continue to enjoy it. You can always email me at And I’ll still drop by on occasion. I promise. :)

Take care,



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