JK Rowling's Old Sketches Of 'Harry Potter' Scenes Will Warm Your Cold Heart

by Anna Menta
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If you're an avid reader of Pottermore, then you already knew about these dope original "Harry Potter" sketches from JK Rowling herself.

But let's be real: How many of us are actually avid readers of Pottermore?

Most of us just got sorted into the wrong house and got the heck out of there.

Turns out we were messing up big time, though, because hidden on the various pages of the website are these awesome old drawings of "Potter" characters and some classic scenes from "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone."

I know I'm not the only fan getting emotional looking at these sketches drawn by Jo all those years ago before "Harry Potter" was ever an international sensation.

And I love the movies dearly, but it's still incredibly cool to get out of their headspace once in a while and imagine the characters closer to how the books intended.

Check it out:

Hagrid, Dumbledore and McGonagall delivering baby Harry to Privet Drive

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This sketch of very first scene to open the series is included on JK Rowling's Pottermore writing about Vernon and Petunia Dursley.

What strikes me the most here is Hagrid's long flowing hair (What kind of conditioner does he use?) and McGonagall's sleek, severe bun.

Harry in the Dursley's house

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This one of Harry standing in the Dursley's house is found on that same Pottermore page.

JK Rowling was never kind to fat people in the books, and that comes out even more in this drawing where Dudley seems to have an actual pig nose.

Percy, Fred, George and Ron Weasley

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This sketch of the four youngest Weasley brothers can be found on the Pottermore page and JK Rowling essay for "Pure-Bloods."


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Because Peeves the Poltergeist was cut from the movies, his appearance has largely been up to fan interpretation.

JK Rowling gave us her take in this sketch included on the ghost's Pottermore page.

Snape teaching potions class

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Found on Pottermore's page about potions, it's interesting to see Snape pre-Alan Rickman influence.

And look at how big those cauldrons are! Nothing compared to the tiny ones you see in the films.


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In her essay on "History of the Quidditch World Cup," Rowling also provided this old sketch she did of the Quidditch positions and equipment.

Harry in front of the Mirror of Erised

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This sketch of one of the most heartbreaking scenes ever can be found on JK Rowling's Pottermore essay titled "The Potter Family."

In the movie, you only see James and Lily, but here, as the book describes, you see generations of Potter relatives. It's what Harry never had growing up, and I'm definitely crying.

Citations: Have you seen J.K. Rowling's 'Harry Potter' sketches? (Mashable)