No, we’re not talking about terrible fanfiction, so you can relax. This fan art was inspired by the wonderful world of creatures introduced to us by author J.K. Rowling. Artists, using descriptions from the books, created these monstrous drawings to pay tribute the series. Those concept creations have now been compiled into Harry Potter: The Creature Vault: The Creatures and Plants of the Harry Potter Films. Two colons in one title? You know it’s going to be good.
The concept art for the wizarding world’s plants, animals and…other things were illustrated by various artists. The book even includes a 40-page section on dragons alone. In addition, the Creature Vault is full of trivia and information about the creatures that Potterheads everywhere can appreciate. It’s set up like a classic zoology text with diagrams and information for extra geek-outs.
And, with the exception of the Pygmy Puff, a lot of these creatures are rendered in such detail as to make them terrifyingly realistic.
Grindylow, Paul Catling
Harry Potter: The Creature Vault I bet it can multitask really well.
Hungarian Horntail, Paul Catling
Harry Potter: The Creature Vault This beast is certainly formidable, but the splashes of jewel-tone color lend it a certain majesty as well.
Another view of the Hungarian Horntail (Harry for scale), Paul Catling
Harry Potter: The Creature Vault Seems friendly.
Dementor, Rob Bliss
Harry Potter: The Creature Vault The composition of this image heightens the unnatural, beyond-ominous nature of the Dementors.
Aragog (Harry and Ron for scale), Adam Brockbank
Harry Potter: The Creature Vault Hey, Hagrid thought it was cute. What’s the big deal?
Nagini, Paul Catling
Harry Potter: The Creature Vault Well, that’s an unpleasant surprise.
Swarm of Inferii, Rob Bliss
Harry Potter: The Creature Vault Gross. Harry’s reflective spectacles add an extra creepy detail to this as well. (As if it needed more.)
Pygmy Puff, Rob Bliss
Harry Potter: The Creature Vault Okay, this one is just adorable. And after an image of a sea of corpses, you probably need this.
This is just a small sampling of the critters inside the book. When you consider what a lush world Rowling created, it’s easy to imagine the sheer number of inhabitants must populate it!