The original ‘Harry Potter’ sketches are all kinds of creepy, fuzzy and awesome

Holiday shopping is upon us, and boy, do I have the best gift to give all the Harry Potter fans in your life. Harper Collins, in partnership with Warner Bros. Studios, released Harry Potter: The Creature Vault: The Creatures and Plants of the Harry Potter Films, which is a very long title to put on your holiday wishlist, but you should. In it, you’ll find original concept sketches for many of the creatures of J.K. Rowling’s magical world, along with “filmmaking secrets from the Warner Bros. archive.” If you, or someone you know, loves seeing how movie magic comes to life, especially from page to screen, it is available for one day shipping from Amazon. Just saying.

If you’re too impatient to wait for your copy to arrive, take a look at some of the images released of the book. They are creepy, and awesome, and incredibly detailed.

We always knew that Kreacher the House-Elf was a little bit off, but here he is downright terrifying.

Now for something a little bit cuter, Arnold the Pygmy Puff. I just don’t want a picture of him, I want to cuddle with him in real life.

Check out this picture of an Hungarian Horntail, complete with a wizard – maybe Harry? It’s hard to tell — for scale comparison. That thing is huge, and terrifying, and I never want to come in contact with it. Please bring me back the Pygmy Puff.

No, no, I said something fluffy, not something that if given the opportunity would suck the soul right out of me, like a Dementor. All of these images come based off of what Rowling wrote in the books, and then sketch artists were used to bring them to life. It’s almost uncanny how well the images match what I imagined while reading the books.

The evolution of Peter Pettigrew totally gives me chills.

For some adorableness, I can settle for a Mandrake. Just look at the little guy.

This book is definitely going on my coffee table as soon as I get my hands on a copy. That way my friends and I can discuss which illustrations are the best, and which ones induce nightmares (in the best way).

All photos via: Warner Bros., Harper Design, and one from here.

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