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Hardcore Harry Potter fans know the very-real struggle that is trying to surround ourselves with anything that might remind us of J.K. Rowling's magical world... without turning our homes, cars and/or offices into something that resembles a Harry Potter gift shop. With that in mind, Pottermore just made that struggle both harder and easier for U.S. fans by launching the Pottermore Art Collection stateside.
As of today, U.S. Harry Potter fans can visit Pottermore to check out and purchase some gorgeous artwork, including original posters and mounted prints inspired by J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series. The great thing about this collection is that the artwork really does seem designed to appeal to the core audience of Harry Potter book fans, while also serving as something beautiful and decorative for the home.
To get a sense of what we're talking about here, take a look at one of the items for sale, which will undoubtedly be appreciated by Severus Snape fans... to put it mildly...
The print shows Severus Snape, looking morose as he casts his doe patronus, which is made up of that silvery light, and also takes the shape of the words "After all this time? Always."
Though J.K. Rowling did not personally select these products, the items for sale are official products from the author's Wizarding World. Olly Moss designed the eBook covers (you may remember Moss's amazing limited edition book cover Harry Potter posters from last year). Artist Monte Bernal contributed abstract portraits of the young Marauders. You'll also see contributions from lsley Buckingham, Ahoy There and Wanissa Somsuphangsri, as well as Peter Strain, whose "Always" print is shown above.
The art collection was originally introduced in the U.K. earlier this year, and its success has lead it across the pond, as it's now available Stateside. In the U.S., the prices of the artwork range from $24.95 for posters (18" x 24") to $44.95 for mounted prints (16" x 20").
Just looking at some of the artwork, it's clear Pottermore knows its audience. Sure, it's not all that difficult to find prints of movie posters and other film-related Harry Potter artwork, but many fans likely appreciate illustrations of scenes, characters and quotes that tie more directly to the books on which those movies were based. This art collection appears to aim to meet that demand.
Beyond that, while some of these items would actually look great in a Harry Potter nursery, or perhaps the bedroom (or dorm room) of a younger fan, a lot of the pieces are stunning and subtle enough to decorate the homes of adult fans looking for something that expresses their deep appreciation for the Harry Potter universe, while also serving as a beautiful piece of artwork in their home.
Take, for example, this watercolor print of the owl delivering Mrs. Weasley's howler in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. At a glance, the eye is likely drawn to the bright red envelope, and then the owl that's carrying it. But the image itself isn't overtly Potter-y... unless, of course, the sight of owls triggers wonderful, feathery associations with the Harry Potter series. There's also a really great print depicting Cornish Pixies. The reference borders on obscure, but I absolutely love the blue used to show off the mischievous little creatures featured in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
For those looking to add a bit more magic to their lives, the real challenge may be deciding between all of these beautiful pieces.
Pottermore plans to make more items available for sale in time. In the meantime, what they've launched so far is well worth a look. Grab your wallet and check out what's for sale over at the Pottermore shop.