Monday, August 6, 2018

Wizard Finale

I rather hated to see the end of July arrive,
as I've enjoyed drawing Harry Potter characters
and creatures so much!  Top left, the Hippogriff: 
a magical creature with the head and wings
 of an eagle, and the body of a horse.
Top right, Hermione's familiar: this cat could recognize
untrustworthy people and creatures. (the model
was a Persian cat image online)

Hubby is doing much better after his fall off of
the ladder last week.  He still has some sore spots,
 but at least the muscle spasms have mostly
 subsided. He even went to the State Fair with my 
daughter and I. He is a good sport, and puts
up with my sketching adventures...
and, our son drove all the way from Tennessee
to Ohio to help finish the dreaded "Gutter Project."
It was good to see him, and we are very 
grateful for his help!

To fill in some information for those who haven't
read the Harry Potter books, the owls carried
wizard's messages, just like our mail, only way
more entertaining!  The Niffler is a magical
 creature that is very fast and cunning,
but so cute. A Niffler will steal any shiny object,
especially jewelry, and is very difficult to
apprehend if allowed to escape. 

The Pygmy Puff was a magical creature that was
sold in the Weasley twins' joke shop. (It looks 
suspiciously like the Tribble from Star Trek) I
don't remember if it had a function other than 
being cute.  The baby dragon, which the Wizarding
School's gamekeeper hatched from an egg, was
pretty fierce even as a baby.  It kept setting
things on fire...

The popularity of Harry Potter's wizarding world
seems unabated, and you can even take a quiz
online to see which 'House' that you would be
in at Hogwarts School of Wizardry.  According
to the  Pottermore site (which has the approval
 of the author, J.K. Rowling) it turns out
I would be in Hufflepuff.  Probably because I 
value Trust and Loyalty very highly. (Plus I don't
see myself as highly brave, for Gryffindor!)
It's all in good fun, and hypothetical, of course.

The Patronus is an ethereal being conjured with 
a very difficult, but powerful spell.  The Patronus
cast by each witch or wizard reflected the strengths
and personality of that wizard.  I think the description
compares with the Spirit Animals with 
which each Native American identified. 
 I was surprised to be a black bear!

And on the last day of the month, the prompt
was to explain what wizarding career you would 
have.  No fighting monsters or Dark Magic for me...
just let me make cool stuff!
I am a bit sad to see the end of July,
as it means...

I didn't find any drawing challenges that struck
my fancy, so I guess I will just make collages.

It will bulk up my journal and make it 
chunky for sure!  Joining
Bleubeard and Elizabeth for T Tuesday,
for which I've drawn many coffee cups!
What are you drinking today?


  1. I am really enjoying your Harry Potter series, your illustrations are fabulous and bring back fun memories. I enjoyed all the books and films, several times over! I like the last coffee quote, too! Happy T Day, hugs, Valerie

  2. I love all of your sketches so much and thanks for explaining all of those characters.
    Fall is my favorite time of year so I am actually looking forward to it-more so this year since we have had such a very very hot summer and even though the air is too humid-we soooo need rain hope we get somet oday
    Happy T wishes Kathy

  3. I am really sorry that you are sorry for Harry Potter month to end. Although I didn't understand a single thing, I LOVED the drawings you created. They are fabulous.

    I couldn't believe a handyman would turn down work. My advice? Lose the guy's number. I bet you were glad to see your son. Sounds like he is/was a godsend.

    You and your family sure eat well. I am always impressed with the well balanced meals your family cooks up and the pot luck meals you fix. And the coffee flows, too.

    Thanks for sharing your lovely coffee cups and mugs. I look forward to seeing your collages in August. In KS, autumn temps don't start till late September to early October. So we have at least another month and a half to go in this heat.

    It was fun to see and count all your mugs, as well as read your stories and see your lovely art you shared with us for T this Tuesday, dear Dianne. BTW, LOVED the scratch and sniff postage stamps.

  4. Your drawings are so amazing. It is almost like reading a Harry Potter book. I have been wanting to reread them, and now I am very motivated. :) I am glad you shared the with us. Also glad to hear the hubby is getting better from his scary fall. Maybe it was meant to be to get your son home for a bit. :) Happy T day. Hugs-Erika

  5. Such amazing pages! It sounds like you had so much fun with the Harry Potter theme this month and what fabulous drawings you created 😁. I so enjoyed all your insights and comments too! Happy T Day! J 😊 x

  6. I just love the Harry Potter series... Maybe not quite as much as the Lord of the Rings.. but it satisfied my need for a little bit of magick in my life.. lol

    Your drawing are magnificent Dianne! And i too am sad to see the Harry Potter drawing series come to an end.. Glad to hear hubby is better from his fall and that you all got a little bit of help to finish the job... A fall like that i think would break my hubby!! Happy happy T day! Hugs! deb

  7. I've enjoyed your drawings this month. Sorry to read about hubby's fall. Glad to hear he is doing better.
    Love the coffee quote. There are days like that!!
    Happy T day!

  8. I've enjoyed your Potter world this month Dianne and hate to see it come to an end. I went to the site you suggested and I think the sorting hat has been sniffing mothballs because it put me in Gryffindor. I am NOT a brave soul at all. Rather a chicken, truth be told. And it gave me a CAT for a patronus! I really am not fond of cats at all....sigh

  9. Another interesting section of your journal. I am mesmerized by all those mythical animals etc. Not knowing anything about Harry Potter, the mind boggles. I suppose you know what these animals look like because you saw the film. But when you first read the book, I guess you had your own imagined image of them. Am I right? Or did you see the film before you read the book?
    I am more interested in the things you cook. You could draw the food too, couldn't you.
    Happy T-Day,

  10. You are such a genious illustrator Dianne! I am thrilled about this pages and illustrations ! They are simply divine!
    Happy T-Day!
    HUgs, Susi

  11. Glad to hear that your hubby is recovering and that it provided an opportunity for you to see your son.

    I loved Harry Potter month and it has inspired me to read the books. So I put the first book on hold (audio book). They are still surprisingly popular after so many years and I am a long ways down on the wait list. I am hoping to get started on it before the year is out.
    I noticed that you said you were using prompts for these journal pages. Where do you get your prompts from? Sounds interesting and fun.
    I always love seeing your very realistic sketches and the stories that surround them.
    Happy Tea day,

  12. all of your sketches are fantastic (well, i repeat myself, but that´s simply the truth...). i´m impressed by all the steps you manage to go every day, i barely move at all in this heat;) and i just had an alcohol-free pils now, because i´m tired of all the water!!
    have a great week and happy t-day!

  13. I'm planning on re-reading those books soon, as I've only read them once and have forgotten a lot. Happy T Tuesday

  14. Its been awesome seeing your Harry Potter themed art pages this past month, your drawings bring the pages to life.
    It was good to read that your husband is feeling better,
    Happy T day wishes.
    Yvonne xx

  15. Great post, Dianne. I've enjoyed your fabulous Harry Potter illustrations. So I signed up at Pottermore and got sorted into the same house. I was pleased to read that that Hufflepuff has produced the fewest Dark wizards of any house at Hogwarts. Perhaps we can sit together in the great dining hall ;-)

    Thank you for including the brief bio of each character. There are so many! J.K. Rowling's writing and imagination are amazing.

    I look forward to seeing your collages. I'm really inspired by your work.

    Happy T-day! Hugs, Eileen

  16. I'm not a Harry Potter fan. I read the first book with The Young One and have seen the movies. But I love your illustrations and enjoy hunting for the cups. I think I counted 10. Glad your hubby is doing better. Happy T Day

  17. So glad your hubby is feeling ok! This was a great blog post. I love Harry Potter. When the books first came out, I didn't want my son to read them, but he begged me so I told him I would read it first and see what I thought about it. Wow-I could not put it down! I didn't even get past the first few chapters before I realized he should totally read it. Then we 'fought' over reading the remainder of the book-lol.

  18. Good news about hubby! Glad the guttering is done too! I have loved seeing your Harry Potter drawings! I saw one of your collage pages - it looks great but yes will bulk up your journal! Have a great week! Belated Happy T day! Chrisx


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