If you’ve so much as tapped the Twitter icon on your phone this morning, you’ll probably have seen at least 100 posts about Harry Potter.
Basically, today is the books’ 20-year anniversary. On 26 June 1997, The Philosopher’s Stone was published and the Harry Potter universe was magicked into existence.
And although there have been a huge number of fan tributes shared on social media, the following illustration posted by Instagram’s official account and drawn by illustrator Taryn Knight is particularly spell-binding.
Like millions of others around the world, Taryn Knight (@taryndraws) first discovered the magical world of Harry Potter when she was a young girl, and hasnt stopped loving it since. I just kept reading them over and over, she says of author J.K. Rowlings book series. Something just clicked. I was immediately obsessed. It wasnt until Taryn, a Colorado-based freelance illustrator, was older that her love for all things witchcraft and wizardry began to manifest itself in her drawings. I didnt do a lot of art when I was first reading the books, she says. But once I started drawing regularly, my passion for Harry Potter began to creep in. Taryn, a self-proclaimed Hufflepuff, is excited about the celebration surrounding #HarryPotter20, the 20-year anniversary of the UK release of the first book in the series, Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone. It seems to be reigniting everyones love for the Potter world, she says. It feels a bit like that old familiar buzz of a new book release. Illustration by @taryndraws
This isn’t the first time Knight’s drawn the Harry Potter world, either; her Instagram is packed full of other magical gems:
A quick Harry from a couple weeks ago! Speaking of whom, would you guys be interested if I did #PotterWeekPrompts again in July?? For those who don’t know, PotterWeekPrompts is a fun thing I’d started last year – essentially I came up with a topic for each day of the last week in July, and you guys could follow along if you wanted to.
You can see more of Knight’s work on her Instagram account.