Check Out the Cute Harry Potter Manga Characters Made in Japan!

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  • You may have seen manga versions of Harry Potter before, but the manga images that have just been created are not mere fan art as seen below: they are the official manga versions of Harry Potter. Now, fans can enjoy Harry Potter drawn in this popular Japanese art style!

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    The adventures of The Boy Who Lived caught on worldwide, and Japan was no exception. The 7 films of Harry Potter generated sales of $900 million and were watched by 78 million people across Japan. The series was deemed popular enough to even warrant having a part of the Universal Studios Japan theme park dedicated to Harry and his friends: the Wizarding World of Harry Potter was opened in 2014.

    The illustrations were made in a collaboration between design company Movic and film studio Shochiku. Besides the 3 main characters (Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, and Hermione Granger), other characters from the series are also featured including magical creatures Buckbeak the Hippogriff and Hedwig the Owl. All in all, there is a total of 13 characters drawn up in manga style. True to the classic manga art style, the characters have large eyes. As for the body proportions of the characters that feature large heads and short statures, this is because they are drawn in a manga art style known as ‘chibi’.

    The Merchandise

    These illustrations are licensed by Warner Bros Japan to be used for various Harry Potter merchandise that will be sold in Japan. The first of the items that feature these Harry Potter designs are folder files priced at 378 yen each that you can buy here. There are 12 designs of folder files instead of 13 because the Weasley twins are put together to grace the cover of one file! The front of the file features the chibi illustration while the back of the file features the Harry Potter logo. There are other items which are set to be released soon, such as keychains, pins, and rubber straps.

    There are many more popular characters in the series such as Luna Lovegood and Voldemort that have not been manga-fied yet. There is a chance that there are going to be manga illustrations of more different characters in the future. And who knows, if there is enough demand, there could even be an official anime and manga series of Harry Potter. Now wouldn’t that be magnificent?