Throwback Thursday: My Childhood Drawings of Harry Potter Characters

I’m not sure whether it’s the abnormally warm weather or my incessant need to minimize my stuff while living in my tiny Bay Area apartment (probably both!), but I’ve been on a major spring cleaning kick–donating old clothes that I’ll never wear again and old books that I’ll never read again, and tossing all the junk that’s leftover.

In the flurry of consolidating my closet, I came across some things that filled me with nostalgia: my high school and college English lit essays, souvenirs from my 2012 trip to Tokyo, and the remnants of friendship bracelets and lanyards from my jewelry-making hobby.

By far, however, my favorite stops down memory lane were the pieces of artwork that my brother and I created when we were kids. Three of these happened to be Harry Potter-related, so of course I had to take some photos and share them with you all!

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James Potter (aka Prongs) drawn as an anime character

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Various characters surrounding Hogwarts (L-R: Dumbledore, Fawkes, Hagrid, Sirius, Lupin, Tonks, Mad Eye Moody, Hermione, Ron, and Harry)

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My brother’s drawing of the Marauders as anime characters in the Gryffindor house (L-R: James, Lupin, Sirius)

As embarrassed as I am to reveal my lack of artistic ability, I’m also impressed by the impact that Harry Potter made in my life. I especially loved the Marauders and have been dying to read a prequel about them for over a decade now. I’m not quite sure why I drew James Potter particularly, since I despised his arrogance and cruelty toward Snape, but perhaps I felt that Harry Potter was too cliché of a choice?

I’d like to say that these drawings were created when I was very, very young, but considering that picture #2 features Nymphadora Tonks, who is introduced in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, which was published in the summer of 2003, I have to admit that I was at least 12 years old, approaching my 13th birthday and my entrance into high school. That might sound plenty young now that I’m 26, but that only means that my brother was probably 10 or 11, and already a much better artist than I ever was (or ever will be!).

So alas, it looks like I’ll stick to writing instead of pursuing the visual arts. I’m sure the world would thank me!

Did you ever create art inspired by your favorite books when you were a child? Did you hold onto it or would you be too mortified to see it again? Share your own literary throwbacks in the comments!

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