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The Room of Hidden Things

"... He was standing in a room the size of a large cathedral, whose high windows were sending shafts of light down upon what looked like a city with towering walls, built of what Harry knew must be objects hidden by generations of Hogwarts inhabitants. There were alleyways and roads bordered by tetering piles of broken and damaged furniture, stowed away, perhaps, to hide the evidence of mishandled magic, or else hidden by castle-proud house-elves. There were thousands and thousands of books, no doubt banned or graffitied or stolen. There were winged catapults and Fanged Frisbees, some still with enough life in them to hover halfheartedly over the mountains of other forbidden items; there were chipped bottles of congealed potions, hats, jewels, cloaks; there were what looked like dragon eggshells, corked bottles whose contents still shimmered evilly, several rusting swords, and a heavy, bloodstained axe.

Harry hurried forward into one of the many alleyways between all this hidden treasure. He turned right past an enormous stuffed troll, ran on a short way, took a left at the broken Vanishing Cabinet in which Montague had got lost the previous year, finally pausing beside a large cupboard that seemed to have had acid thrown at its blistered surface. He opened one of the cupboard's creaking doors: It had already been used as a hiding place for something in a cage that had long since died; its skeleton had five legs. He stuffed the Half-Blood Princes book behind the cage and slammed the door. He paused for a moment, his heart thumping horribly, gazing around at all the clutter. . . would he be able to find this spot again amidst all this junk? Seizing the chipped bust of an ugly old warlock from on top of a nearby crate, he stood it on top of the cupboard where the book was now hidden, perched a dusty old wig and a tarnished tiara on the statues head to make it more distinctive..."

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
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OrlokCount's avatar

Is this where they found ivanushka following the events of "touch-tone telephone"?

annaemerald's avatar

Can I print it for myself?

lucidtanuki's avatar

Hi there. I really love this painting. Any chance to buy a print? Cheers, Gem

I really love your works about Harry Potter series. Can I have your permission to repost them on a Chinese forum? I will remark your name and they will not use for commercial purpose. I'm looking forward to your reply.


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Thank you for the kind words. As for reposting - I'd love to keep my artworks here, you are welcome to share links to them on the forum.

That's all right. Wish you have a nice day. :)

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Thank you, you too!

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JESisJoanne's avatar
Such a beautiful piece of art! I love the itty bitty details and the lighting!
mowri's avatar
I would love to use this background for our Harry Potter Theater Group, because our next play is about the Room of Requirement. You can check us out here:…. I would put the credits in the description of course :) Let me know!
mowri's avatar
The illustration is beautiful btw. All of your's actually.
AncientKing's avatar
Thank you, and you are welcome to use this piece with the credits.
Lilybyte's avatar
I found this art from this video!…

Your art's really great and I'm glad one of the commenters was kind enough to say who drew this otherwise I might have never found this. I love all the details and the color and the lighting. It's so magical! 
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Thank you for the comment. It's bad that the author of the video didn't put the credits and altered the image. But glad you found the original art.
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I love how there is a cannon there, it's just great to wonder about the story for every object and why it was hidden.
CircusBabyIsEnnard's avatar
I would live and die in that room as a muggle
good job \('-')/
to thing all that beauty was stolen by flames cursed to eat all...
Phoenix4Dragon's avatar
WOW - the attention to details, the magic, the dust, the perspective & brilliant lighting- very enchanting ... great job. Thanks for sharing. 
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Awesome, Id have loved to wander through this room. I always feel the lost during the fiendfyre scene :(
Streamwhisker's avatar
Absolutely gorgeous!!
Scruta's avatar
gorgeous piece
we just went over atmospheric perspective in my drawing class. Which this uses real nice.
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