You may not recognize the name of Dylan Pierpont, but as a concept artist and illustrator for the video game industry, you’ve undoubtedly seen his work. It’s been part of games like Tom Clancy’s: The Division, Assassin’s Creed: Rogue, and Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. He’s also done work on the mobile CCG Hellfire: The Summoning and he had a major role in art and visuals for the tabletop game Ascended Kings.
With a long, mixed resume like that, you would expect him to be able to perfectly blend the mixes of realism with aspects of fantasy and horror. His recent series based on the Harry Potter series would prove you right.
Even as books for the younger generation, the Harry Potter books are rife with horrific elements and some adult themes, and for an expert artist there’s lots of material to work with. Dylan has done exactly that with his series of alternate covers. People who’ve read the books will understand exactly where these pieces are coming from, though if you’re only familiar with the movies, there may be some head scratching as some details are left out.
A while back I was thinking about a few of the stories and characters that had a big influence on me growing up. And while Harry Potter was by far and away the most age appropriate of the group, I couldn’t help but remember how dark some of the themes became over the course of the series. So this project is test to push those ideas to the forefront and see what we come up with… #ScaryPotter style!
Once you’re finished being freaked out over these alternate covers for Harry Potter, you might want to wander over to his official website and check out even more of the art of Dylan Pierpont.
To start, we have the focus on the Sorcerer’s Stone and our first image of the behind-the-scenes villain Lord Voldemort, showing him as the incomplete creature that he is, with his mind focused on the stone which can revive him.
Here, we have Tom Riddle’s diary and the victim under it’s thrall, in the act of sacrificing the chicken who’s blood she’ll use to smear threatening messages on the walls of Hogwarts.