Danish Harry Potter Cover Art Up for Action


Apr 28, 2009

Posted by SueTLC

The seven original cover art work pieces of the Danish editions of the Harry Potter novels are now up for auction. As seen here, work done by artist Per Jørgensen, is up for auction starting this week and running until May 11th. The article on the auction gives some background and insight on how the artist created his cover work.

With his illustrations, Per
Jørgensen has captured the mood in each individual book by putting the
essence of the tale on the cover as a visual door to the story. He
portrays Harry Potter as an ordinary boy with glasses, t-shirt and
jeans. An ordinary boy who we all know and can identify with and who
guides us through the books’ magical, strange and fantastic universe
where good and evil fight one another and where friendship, loyalty and
courage are important qualities in the battle against evil.

Per Jørgensen often uses models for
his figures. This makes the figures as alive and as realistic as
possible and, in this way, he creates a natural bridge between reality
and fantasy. For the first two books, Harry Potter is drawn according
to Erik, a boy who is a relative of Per Jørgensen. On the cover of the
sixth book, ‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince’, Per Jørgensen has
also used his family and himself as models.

Per Jørgensen is one of the few
illustrators in Denmark who draws and paints everything by hand. Thus,
all the illustrations are small, unique master pieces. They are painted
with a special technique using oil or acrylic on gesso ground paper.
Gesso is a white, matt, ground paint that is applied to the paper in
several layers before the subject is painted with oil and brush. Gesso
ground prevents the oil from pulling out in the paper and ruining the
paintings ability to fasten to the paper. Per Jørgensen is one of the
very few illustrators working with oil on paper. This gives a very
special and unique result where the paper’s thin, smooth surface and
oil’s many possibilities for work with colour, shade and detail form a

Bidding is now open on these gorgeous pieces of work for the Harry Potter Danish Translations, here. We also have the cover art here in our image galleries.
Thanks so much to Ulrik from Azkaban. dk!

36 Responses to Danish Harry Potter Cover Art Up for Action

Avatar Imagex_Potter_Lover_Forever_x says: WOW! I wish I had the money for these. So, much time and efort has gone into making them. They are really good and whoever get's them is really lucky! :) :)Avatar ImageSmitch says: Wow, if I could only afford to hang those in my future office - or classroom. :( Whoever gets them is a lucky wizard or witch, and I hope they truly appreciate them. He is an amazing artist! Avatar Imageavrenim says: those illustrations are awesome! Avatar Imagemarigan says: Wow! they are really prettyAvatar Imagemhaeyemhaeye says: They all look awesome!Avatar ImageGraymayne says: Beautiful work!Avatar ImageHorcruxalej says: Thats cool!!! Kinda a slow day huh Avatar Imageourempire says: They ARE cool! Being Danish my first introduction to HP were the Danish translations. I have always loved Per Jørgensens cover art to HP, and I had him sign the first five books, when I heard him tell about his HP cover art at the local library. ME (at that time aged 33) and 20 children with their parents :-)Avatar Imageiconshero says: Cool Illustrations!!! Avatar ImagePhlegm De La Coeur says: If those are Inferi on that one cover that is way too creepy!!Avatar Imagelumosshimmy says: These are so beautiful! I love that they're way more emotional and sinister than the U.S. ones (tho I love Mary Grand-Pre's work!). I like that they're in a very Romantic style, in that they're very dynamic. Beautiful!Avatar ImageSelina says: Yaaay! I'm Danish! :) I like the Danish cover art but I prefer the original British, and I read them in English anyway.Avatar ImageGarden State Geek says: I agree with Lummosshimmy. I love this art -- especially painting of the inferi. Avatar ImageEnricoDc says: My favourite is the one on which he illustrated the participants in the Battle of Hogwarts.Avatar ImageErinM says: Beautiful..call me jealous!!Avatar Imagecheeserpleaser says: His illustrations certainly are beautiful! I wish that I could participate in this auction!Avatar Imagemaera-kyrie says: Wow! Those are beautiful! I love the art!Avatar Imagehermyone08 says: Very cool! :)Avatar ImageJersey says: Very cool. Wish I could bid .... no money :(Avatar Imageoldenoughtoknowbetter says: it's fun to see all of the different artistic interpretations of the stories... some very cool images hereAvatar Imagecheekysnake09 says: WOW! These are gorgeous!! Avatar Imagestarkitty313 says: Wow! His work is so beautiful and detailed!Avatar ImageNimbus-X says: Wow, beautiful! But you made a spelling error Sue.... It should be "auction" instead on "action". ;)Avatar ImageJTEL99 says: Wow, the cover for HBP was amazingly creepy!Avatar Imagethe_spectacle says: That first one is cool. Are they Thestrals? Now I'm off the win a million dollars so I can bid.Avatar ImageFleur-de- Lily says: The art work look prity awesome and Beautiful detal! Avatar ImageVideoKID says: wow there so cool!! :DAvatar Imagemugglemom4 says: His art is really really good! I love it.Avatar Imagemugglemom4 says: I forgot to say I hope a lot of money is raised. Avatar Imagenannawrang says: I´m also from Denmark and these beautiful covers was my first introduction to Harry. So they are very dear to me. I have 5,6 and 7 as posters and I really love the fifth one. Avatar Imagejbjeans says: What great works of art! Sorry to be a bit of an editing nazi...but I thought I'd point out (unless someone already has?) that your title reads "...Art up for Action" and I believe it should be "...Art up for Auction"?Avatar Imagelevi-OH-sa not levio-SA says: im biased to the grandpre art lol! i like seeing the different versions tho, really interesting!Avatar ImageGobbledygook says: wow amazing illustrations! Avatar Imagesupergirlinfrance says: awesomeAvatar ImagePer Joergensen says: Hi there Working as an illustrator can now and then be rather lonesome. thus it feels real good to read your comments. THANKS Per Joergensen. DenmarkAvatar ImageCatherine says: i love all this art!

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