Artists Pay Tribute to Harry Potter

Harry Potter by Michelle Romo

What better way to pay tribute to J.K. Rowling’s epic fantasy series than by throwing an art show? Harry Potter Tribute Exhibition opened just two days ago at Gallery Nucleus. (That’s the same gallery that put on the Edward Scissorhands 20th anniversary show.) Running now till August 1, 2011, this exhibition is comprised of some top-notch fan art that’s been collected on the gallery’s Harry Potter blog over the course of two years. Here’s what is says in the blog’s intro: “Although the movies have done a tremendous job in the manner of visual depiction, many artists and readers alike, have had their own vision of the Harry Potter world. This Blog hopes to be a platform for those visions as well as new concepts that further builds upon that world while paying homage through illustration to the epic tale that has touched the imaginations of so many readers.”

“The thing that I really noticed about this exhibit is that most everybody who contributed is a fan,” said curator Wade Buchanan to LA Times. “Every piece has some kind of endearing quality to me. It’s not just somebody that was like, ‘Oh, I’m just going to do a themed piece on Harry Potter.’ You can tell that they’re sincerely a fan, and they’re inspired by it. It’s like little details in the pieces that stand out, that maybe only fans would really pay attention to.”

Come to the gallery to see 100 paintings, sculptures, and installations from 50+ artists who all share one thing – their love for Harry Potter. If you can’t make it out to Alhambra, CA, you can check out all of the art over on the Gallery Nucleus website or see 20 of our favorites right here.


The Staircase by Josie Portillo


The Boy Who Lived by Kei Acedera


Exploring by Patrick Moore


Hogwarts Express by Caroline Hadiaksono


Solace by Grace Alba


Harry Potter and Hedwig by Amy Kim Kibuishi


Dumbledore by Nicolas Bannister


Hagrid by Cory Loftis


Digging for Dobby by Graham Annable


Forbidden Forest by Seb Mesnard


I Open at the Close by Shannon Bonatakis


Expecto Patronum by John Hendrix



Aragog Pop-Up by Jackie Huang


Companion by Charles Santoso


Portrait Cho Chang; Her Sadness Seeks Resolve by Jaime Zollars


Somewhere Over Bristol by David Vargo


Harry and Hedwig by Chuck Groenink


Introduction to the Owlry by Brittney Lee


Harry Potter Fangirl by Angela Matteson


The tribute exhibition opens just in time for the July 15 release of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2,” the final Harry Potter film. Gallery Nucleus’ website






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