Harry Potter Off Camera: Years 1-2

Harry’s first two years at Hogwarts were neither uninteresting nor uneventful – but as an eleven- and twelve-year old, his life was certainly simpler than it would later come to be. And while he had his concerns and his sources of stress, the weight of the world was not yet on his shoulders. As a result, many of the artists who have drawn bits of Harry’s life “off-camera” envisioned happy childhood memories – indeed, the only true happy childhood memories Harry would ever have.

Harry's Letter, by Chantelle

We don’t hear much of the month that passes in between Harry’s trip to Diagon Alley with Hagrid and his first day at Hogwarts, except that we know Harry had a calendar on which he marked off the days. But I would be even more interested to know how many times he read his letter over again. There probably wouldn’t be enough room on his walls to count.
Dear Mr. Potter,
We are pleased to inform you that you have been accepted at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry…. (PS4)


Vernon Dursley, by Cambryn

And I can’t imagine Uncle Vernon sleeping particularly well that month.
“Watching — spying — might be following us,” muttered Uncle Vernon wildly…. “These people’s minds work in strange ways, Petunia, they’re not like you and me….” (PS3)

(by Cambryn)


Dudley's X-Ray, by Gnatkip

Or, for that matter, Dudley, given his tail. It’s fun to imagine what Vernon’s conversations with Dudley’s doctor must have been like. “Yes… it’s a wart… that’s right….”
“Why are you going to London?” Harry asked, trying to keep things friendly.
“Taking Dudley to the hospital,” growled Uncle Vernon. “Got to have that ruddy tail removed before he goes to Smeltings.” (PS6)

(by Gnatkip)


A Visit to Hagrid's, by Mudblood428

Since Harry has friends for the first time once he reaches Hogwarts, I like to imagine him spending his downtime exploring the grounds with them. After all, he wasn’t thinking much about the Philosopher’s Stone or Nicolas Flamel until much later in the year. He must have felt so free.
Dear Harry,
I know you get Friday afternoons off, so would you like to come and have a cup of tea with me around three?
I want to hear all about your first week. Send us an answer back with Hedwig.


Hogwarts, by FrizzyHermione

Not to mention exploring the castle itself. He’ll get to know it very well over the years, and I suspect it’s as much due to his attachment to the place as it is due to his nighttime wanderings.
Harry could hardly believe it when he realized that he’d already been at Hogwarts two months. The castle felt more like home than Privet Drive ever had. (PS10)


Harry Potter, by Sanna Lorenzen

And just as he spent August reading his letter, it’s not hard to envision Harry spending his Christmas holidays marveling over his presents. After all, he’s never received any before. And now someone he’s only met once cares enough about him to make him a homemade sweater?
On Christmas Eve, Harry went to bed looking forward to the next day for the food and the fun, but not expecting any presents at all. When he woke early in the morning, however, the first thing he saw was a small pile of packages at the foot of his bed. (PS12)


Harry, Ron, and Hermione, by Chantelle

Of course lots of Harry’s downtime would have been spent in the common room, too, doing homework and procrastinating his homework while Hermione did hers.
They were able to get the good armchairs by the fire. They sat by the hour eating anything they could spear on a toasting fork — bread, English muffins, marshmallows — and plotting ways of getting Malfoy expelled, which were fun to talk about even if they wouldn’t work. Ron also started teaching Harry wizard chess. (PS12)


A Walk in the Hogwarts Grounds, by gerre

Or hanging out with Hagrid, of course.
Harry was quite glad to reach the weekend. He, Ron, and Hermione were planning to visit Hagrid on Saturday morning…. (CS7)

(by gerre)


First Year Hermione, by Heather Campbell

We all know how Hermione used her free time.
“I know all about you, of course — I got a few extra books for background reading, and you’re in Modern Magical History and The Rise and Fall of the Dark Arts and Great Wizarding Events of the Twentieth Century. Goodness, didn’t you know, I’d have found out everything I could if it was me.” (PS6)


Letter of Acceptance, by Alicia M.B

And of course, the summer after Harry’s first year, another important person would have gotten her Hogwarts letter, too – and probably treasured it quite as much.
“Oh, are you starting at Hogwarts this year?” Harry asked Ginny.
She nodded, blushing to the roots of her flaming hair. (CS3)


Quidditch, by Sanna Lorenzen

And then there were Harry’s Quidditch practices…
Harry cast his mind about for a happy memory…. Finally, he settled on the moment when he had first ridden a broomstick… the wonderful, soaring sensation of his stomach…. (PA12)


Harry and Hedwig, by Sanna Lorenzen

…and time spent with Hedwig, his only friend to stay by his side through some of the toughest months of his life (at Privet Drive, of course).
At that moment, Hedwig swooped into the room, carrying a very small package in her beak.
“Hello,” said Harry happily as she landed….
She nibbled his ear in an affectionate sort of way. (CS12)


Trio, by Tealin Raintree

This grouping soon became a common sight around Hogwarts. It’s a shame we never get to hear the teachers discuss their memories of the trio, the way we hear them talk about, for instance, James and Sirius.
Harry’s… best friends, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger….


His Heart's Desire, by Mudblood428

Oh yes – and after seeing this lovely drawing, I couldn’t help but wonder if Harry might not have given McGonagall a Christmas idea for Dumbledore…. ;)
“One can never have enough socks,” said Dumbledore. “Another Christmas has come and gone and I didn’t get a single pair. People will insist on giving me books.” (PS12)


by Amanda Grazini


18 Responses to “Harry Potter Off Camera: Years 1-2”

  1. GENIUS. I love that you’re doing “off-camera” moments. Some of the pieces on this page are gorgeous (I especially love both Chantelle’s and the Sana Lorenzen piece). And the x-ray made me laugh out loud.

    Josie: “Letter of Acceptance” by Alicia M. B. doesn’t seem to have uploaded properly on this page of the artist page.

  2. Nice additions.

  3. Aw, I love the pictures of the trio just hanging out – they look so cozy! You get the sense of what good friends these kids are, even when they’re not saving each other’s life.

    Also, this is a genius idea! It’s fun to imagine what goes on between the lines.

  4. great new part of the website! It’s fantastic to see these pictures too!
    One thing nagged me: the quote you used under hantelle’s picture is from the Christmas Holidays, when Hermione wouldn’t be there… however, it’s still a great picture :)
    Can’t wait for the next surprise this week :D Happy anniversary!

  5. No words are coming to me to describe this page. Can’t wait to see what’s next.

  6. kim, I know the quote is off – if it worked perfectly I would have used that picture to go with that spot in the text. :) One of the reasons this page took so much work to put up was finding quotes that worked, because the whole point of it is that the pictures don’t have any perfect matches, if that makes sense.

  7. I have a question about Sanna Lorenzen’s picture. Why do you have a quote from PoA if this is only for the first two books?

  8. Lilly, it’s because the quote is referring to something that happened during the first two books. As I mentioned above to kim, there aren’t perfect quotes for all of these, so I had to stretch a bit. :)

  9. This is an awesome addition to the Companion, what a great idea! Love all the artwork

  10. Great new section! Your site is so well thought through!

    One thing for this page: Your comment underneath the Ginny picture (“And of course, the summer after Harry’s first year, another important person would have gotten hers, too – and probably treasured it quite as much.”) makes it seem like this picture was at first positioned elsewhere. I take it you’re talking about the Hogwarts letter?

  11. Yeah, Kim, it wasn’t positioned elsewhere but I didn’t know where to position it, since this page covers two years, that picture falls right in the middle of them, and there’s nothing else to reference the fact that the first year is over. I’ll keep thinking about what I can do with that….

  12. Josie, sorry for not making myself clear. I didn’t mean that the picture doesn’t fit there, but was referring to the wording underneath it. You never actually state WHAT it is she has gotten.

  13. Ah, now I see what you mean. Good, that’s much easier to fix! :)

  14. I just found this website! OMG! I love this page, I haven’t been anywhere else on the site, can’t wait for more!

  15. Heather Campbell’s drawing of Hermione made me laugh. “Random Useless Knowledge” lol. I agree I would have LOVED to hear about the trio from the teacher’s pov. I’m sure it would’ve been hilarious.

  16. These annotations to the amazing pics are so well-thought out!
    Loved the socks one. And the Trio in front of the fire. And the pic of the CASTLE. Wow.
    Lady Hogwarts has a habit of taking in the friendless and homeless and granting them sanctuary. Harry, Riddle, Remus, Sirius, Severus, Albus, Hagrid, Minerva (Pottermore), etc.

  17. The book Hermione holds in Heather Campbell’s drawing—“Random Useless Knowledge”—sounds like something I would be all over. (For example, did you know that a hippo’s lips are two feet wide and that autumn leaves can be seen from space?)

    I liked the one by (goes back to check) Mudblood428 with McGonnagall, Dumbledore, and the socks.

  18. Did I spell “McGonnagall” right? I always forget how to spell it.

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