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Danish Harry Potter Cover Art Up for Action

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Posted by: sue
April 28, 2009, 01:38 PM

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 synthesis.

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!

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36 Comments

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3048 Points

His illustrations certainly are beautiful! I wish that I could participate in this auction!

Posted by Kirk on April 28, 2009, 07:10 PM report to moderator
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9765 Points

Wow! Those are beautiful! I love the art!

Posted by maera-kyrie on April 28, 2009, 08:50 PM report to moderator
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24135 Points

Very cool! :)

Posted by hermyone*ROAR* on April 28, 2009, 08:57 PM report to moderator
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1616 Points

Very cool. Wish I could bid …. no money :(

Posted by Jersey on April 28, 2009, 09:06 PM report to moderator
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23113 Points

it’s fun to see all of the different artistic interpretations of the stories… some very cool images here

Posted by oldenoughtoknowbetter♎ROAR♎OoM1, CW on April 28, 2009, 09:48 PM report to moderator
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463 Points

WOW! These are gorgeous!!

Posted by silverwings [FTC!] on April 28, 2009, 10:01 PM report to moderator
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441 Points

Wow! His work is so beautiful and detailed!

Posted by starkitty313 on April 28, 2009, 10:34 PM report to moderator
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308 Points

Wow, beautiful!

But you made a spelling error Sue….

It should be “auction” instead on “action”. ;)

Posted by Nimbus-X >---ROAR---> on April 28, 2009, 10:36 PM report to moderator
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23764 Points

Wow, the cover for HBP was amazingly creepy!

Posted by PhoenixFlight [ITC!] on April 28, 2009, 11:26 PM report to moderator
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398 Points

That first one is cool. Are they Thestrals?
Now I’m off the win a million dollars so I can bid.

Posted by TheSortingHat[ROAR] on April 28, 2009, 11:56 PM report to moderator
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5439 Points

The art work look prity awesome and Beautiful detal!

Posted by Fleur-de- Lily on April 29, 2009, 04:24 AM report to moderator
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731 Points

wow there so cool!! :D

Posted by Frances Anne on April 29, 2009, 05:09 AM report to moderator
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8069 Points

His art is really really good! I love it.

Posted by Melinae ♥Squee♥/Professor Truffle on April 29, 2009, 08:57 AM report to moderator
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8069 Points

I forgot to say I hope a lot of money is raised.

Posted by Melinae ♥Squee♥/Professor Truffle on April 29, 2009, 08:57 AM report to moderator
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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.

Posted by Nannawrang on April 29, 2009, 02:54 PM report to moderator
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