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The Original Harry Potter Creature Concept Art Is Utterly Breathtaking

And terrifying. From the new book Harry Potter: The Creature Vault.

Warner Brothers and Harper Collins have just released a new book that contains all of the concept art for the Harry Potter films, and reveals how the production company turned J.K. Rowling's words into the beasts we see on the screen.

"Unlike creatures in many other films, the creatures of the Harry Potter films 'are very important to the story,' says producer David Heyman. Harry Potter's story could not be told without them. They provide lessons and challenges to our hero that ultimately help him gain the confident needed for his battle with Lord Voldemort and the Dark Forces."

Below is just a selection of the pictures from the book.

Peter Pettigrew

Merpeople

"The merpeople had grayish skin, and long, wild, dark green hair. Their eyes were yellow, as were their broken teeth, and the wore thick ropes of pebbles around their necks." –Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Aragog

Buckbeak

Fenrir Greyback

Grindylow

Hungarian Horntail

Nagini

Arnold the Pygmy Puff

Dementors

"There was a hand protruding from the cloak and it was glistening, grayish, slimy-looking, and scabbed, like something dead that had decayed in water." –Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Thestral

Images from The Creature Vault by Jody Revenson, released Oct. 28, 2014, reposted here with permission from Warner Bros. and Harper Collins Design. You can get it here for UK, and here for the US.