Mary GrandPré’s Unpublished Harry Potter Illustrations

by . July 10th, 2015

If you were one of the lucky kids of the late 90s and got a hold of the first edition prints of the Harry Potter series, you must be familiar with Mary GrandPré.

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Mary GrandPré’s bright paint and pastel illustrations have graced the covers of J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series in their US edition published by Scholastic.

She calls her style “soft geometry”. After undergoing different style changes, Mary’s concern for light, color, drawing, and design came together in evocative, ethereal pastel painting. Her style gave life to iconic moments in the story and made them as fantastical as the world where they were based.

Check out the rest of her unpublished Harry Potter illustrations below. But before you do that, take a deep breath, hold out your wand, and say:

“I solemnly swear that I am up to no good.”

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Festoons of holly and mistletoe hung all around the walls, and no less than twelve towering Christmas trees stood around the room, some sparkling with tiny icicles, some glittering with hundreds of candles.

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“Can we buy all this in London?” Harry wondered aloud.
“If yeh know where to go,” said Hagrid.

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. . . a jet of fire had been released exactly where he would have been had he not
swerved away . . . but Harry didn’t care . . . that was no more than dodging a Bludger. . . .

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“WATCH OUT FOR THAT TREE!” Harry bellowed, lunging for the steering wheel, but too late.

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“We’ll see each other again,” he said. “You are – truly your father’s son, Harry.”

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“It was foolish to come here tonight, Tom,” said Dumbledore calmly.

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“It came from over there!” said Malfoy, wiping his face, and staring at a spot some six feet to the left of Harry.

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“Mom?” he whispered. “Dad?”

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“They’re not birds!” Harry said suddenly. “They’re keys! Winged keys — look carefully.”


“Not a dog,” Ron moaned. His teeth were gritted with pain. “Harry, it’s a trap—

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“I’ve got the Snitch!” he shouted, waving it above his head, and the game ended in complete confusion.

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“Right, then,” Lockhart said loudly. “Let’s see what you make of them!” And he opened the cage.

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Harry sat down on his bed and grabbed Errol’s package, ripped off the brown paper, and discovered a present wrapped in gold, and his first ever birthday card.

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“Thank God,” shivered Ron as they were enveloped by warm, toffee-scented air. “Let’s stay here all afternoon.”

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“When the connection is broken, we will linger for only moments . . . but we will give you time . . . you must get to the Portkey, it will return you to Hogwarts . . . do you understand, Harry?”

16 - H6X17sh“Just tap it again and say, ‘Mischief managed!’ And it’ll go blank.”

Mary GrandPré has illustrated more than twenty books and has appeared in gallery exhibitions and periodicals. She currently resides in Sarasota, Florida with her family.

Check out her website here.


“Mischief managed!”


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Kevin is a reader first, a writer second, and a gamer somewhere in between. When not rooting for Tyrion Lannister for the Iron Throne, he's probably writing some morbid short story. He enjoys some surreal art, clever advertising campaigns, and a warm cup of coffee while reading Murakami.