Gorgeous illustrations present Harry Potter as a mythological hero

Much of the Harry Potter we see gives the characters a soft touch, making them friendly and familiar. Angela Rizza's intricate illustrations take a different tack, rendering our hero as a stern-faced figure of myth, a high wizard in a hooded sweatshirt.

Rizza leans toward high fantasy illustrations, including some wonderfully detailed Lord of the Rings work. Her Harry Potter pieces seem to place some distance between the audience and Harry. Rather than being a character who grew up alongside his readers, this Harry seems to be a more remote figure, perhaps one whose story is being told decades later, already canonized in the minds of those experiencing the story.

Rizza has prints of these and the rest of her Harry Potter series available from her Etsy store.

Harry Potter Illustrations [Angela Rizza via Design You Trust]

Gorgeous illustrations present Harry Potter as a mythological hero

Gorgeous illustrations present Harry Potter as a mythological hero

Gorgeous illustrations present Harry Potter as a mythological hero