… Or: Never Tickle A Sleeping Dragon. It is twenty years since the publication of the first Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. I admit that this anniversary has little to do with archives – if it were the anniversary of The Order of the Phoenix, we could argue that what went on in the Hall of Prophecies is a classic illustration of why delicate records need appropriate storage facilities – but it does give us another excuse to show off some more cartoons by George Woodward (1760-1809). Here’s a 1785 drawing of a magician, with something of the Dumbledore about him:
And here’s an 1813 print showing a pair of witches in a hayloft, complete with some fantastic beasts:
For more about the Woodward collection, have a look at some of our previous Woodward posts.