Check Out Some of J.K. Rowling’s Original Sketches of Harry Potter, Snape, Dumbledore, & More

By August 30, 2016
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For Harry Potter fans everywhere, 2016 has been an exciting year so far, getting to return to the Wizarding World not once but twice in both Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (no matter how you felt about the play itself) and in a few months with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which unlike Cursed Child, was actually written by J.K. Rowling. Now, the author has revealed some images that are basically like a new gold mine for Potter fans.

Revealed today on Pottermore, Rowling has released several of her original sketches for the Harry Potter series, including her first ideas for what Harry, Snape, Dumbledore, Hagrid, and other characters looked like in her head.

TIME assembled all of the images from the site as well, which you can check out below:

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Obviously there are some big differences between Rowling’s original sketches and not only what we saw in the films, but also in the book covers and illustrations as well. Predictably, Alan Rickman once again proves to have been perfectly cast as Snape, while the students didn’t necessarily all have to wear those traditional pointed hats during their classes in the films, like we see in some of the designs here.

Rowling also wrote several descriptions and essays to go along with some of the images as well, including one for the Potions Class and the Potter Family, giving even more insight into the Wizarding World and her original vision of it.

So basically, while Rowling has said that she’s done with The Boy Who Lived after Cursed Child, it looks like we can still look forward to getting more from the Wizarding World in the coming years, whether it be through Pottermore, the Fantastic Beasts trilogy, or other yet-to-be-revealed outlets.

Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable