ByKristin Lai, writer at Creators.co
MP Staff Writer, cinephile and resident Slytherclaw // UCLA Alumna // Follow me on Twitter: kristin_lai
Kristin Lai

Harry Potter fans know all too well that you never can pin down when J.K. Rowling will surprise fans with new content. But with the recent release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, and the series spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them right around the corner, the author has released plenty of new reading material and fascinating videos to expand our knowledge of the Wizarding World.

Today, in a new twist, the site secretly released a set of old images for fans to feast on. Some keen-eyed Pottermore users recently discovered the additions hidden within the website. These sketches are interesting as early iterations of Harry Potter characters, but they become even more impressive when realizing that they were drawn by JKR herself.

Check out a handful of the illustrations created by Rowling for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, to get a sense of Harry Potter's earliest days.

Outside Privet Drive

J.K. Rowling, Pottermore
J.K. Rowling, Pottermore

It looks like the later illustrations and films, done by other people, ended up staying pretty true to Rowling's aesthetic for the characters.

Harry And The Dursleys

J.K. Rowling, Pottermore
J.K. Rowling, Pottermore

Clearly the mantel would be adorned with pictures chubby young Dudley. But it is a little surprising to see Uncle Vernon and Aunt Petunia's wedding photo!

The Weasley Family

J.K. Rowling, Pottermore
J.K. Rowling, Pottermore

Red hair and hand-me-down robes? These must be the Weasleys. Percy, the twins and Ron all look ready to board the Hogwarts express.

Can't get enough Harry Potter? Be sure to read some of our other great MoviePilot content on the Boy Who Lived!

Peeves The Poltergeist

J.K. Rowling, Pottermore
J.K. Rowling, Pottermore

Fans of the book know that Peeves the Poltergeist played a fairly integral role in the series. Unfortunately, he never got his time to shine on the silver screen so it's good to see him featured in Rowling's work.

Potions Class With Professor Snape

J.K. Rowling, Pottermore
J.K. Rowling, Pottermore

There's the greasy hair and hooked nose we all know and love. This version of Professor Snape, however, is far scarier than Alan Rickman's.

A Quidditch Breakdown

J.K. Rowling, Pottermore
J.K. Rowling, Pottermore

This sketch gives a fairly comprehensive outline of the positions and balls used in Quidditch. I don't see any Nimbus 2000s on this field though.

The Mirror of Erised

J.K. Rowling, Pottermore
J.K. Rowling, Pottermore

One of the most heartbreaking scenes in the whole first book was picturing little Harry starting wistfully into the Mirror of Erised and envisioning a life with the family he'll never know. I'm not crying. You're crying!

For more moments that tug at the heartstrings of all Harry Potter lovers, check out our video on some of the series' most poignant quotes.

Who Is Gary?

J.K. Rowling, Pottermore
J.K. Rowling, Pottermore

After fans expressed interest in Gary, Rowling cleared up any confusion on Twitter that the mystery character was simply Dean Thomas before he was renamed in the series.

It's always fascinating to get a peak inside the mind of a creative genius, and Rowling is certainly no exception.

See J.K. Rowling's magical world come to life again in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, in theaters starting November 18.

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[Source: Pottermore]