ByElise Jost, writer at Creators.co
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Some stories, like Harry Potter, prove to be endless inspiration for talented fan artists. From portraits of the characters based on their description in the books to actual tattoos that will stay with fans forever, there's no such thing as too many drawings based on the sorcerer's magical universe.

The main trio have also lent themselves to some adorable gender-swapped illustrations, and we really wish we would have gotten to see Harry and Ron as girls. Now, Canadian artist Louise Reimer has created four beautiful characters based on the four Hogwarts houses, and they all carry a powerful feminist message.

These 4 Harry Potter Illustrations Carry A Feminist Message

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These illustrations combine delicate colors and lines with powerful statements. As the author, Louise Reimer, tells the Huffington Post, her art revolves around female characters, especially in mythology.

"I quickly realized most of the [mythology] stories involved sexual violence cloaked in romance or poetic images, like Daphne turning into a laurel tree to escape Apollo's advances. I enjoy the imagery of mythology, but I think 'Harry Potter' is a much safer place for women than the realms of the ancient gods."

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She goes on to explain that she also tries to get away from the idea of a tense male-female relationship.

"I imagine the figures in my personal works as existing in an alternate universe where male gaze doesn't exist. They are comfortable in their bodies and value female kinship. They are free to express their femininity without judgement, be it as soft and romantic or butch as they desire."
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Her style can be described as folk art, because it draws from textiles and focuses mainly on color.

"Part of my attraction stems from the fact that often folk art was the only kind of art that women were allowed to create. It's a fun game to play if you have the vocabulary, if you get the references, but it can also be ostentatious to make something hyper cerebral. Life can be a slog, so you may as well make something fun or that gives you or another person joy."

The lightheartedness of her style certainly provides an interesting contrast with the power of the themes she's tackling.

If you like her art, be sure to check out her website!

What do you think of these Harry Potter illustrations?

Source: The Huffington Post

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