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The best Harry Potter Art on the Web (fanart)

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Have you seen the last Harry Potter movie? Did it make you feel as if the world was about to end? Well don't despair too much - apart from the new site Pottermore that will appear in your browser soon, there is a lot of fan fiction and fan art available on the web.

While I'm not a huge fan of fan fiction as I find it difficult to find authors who can emulate J K Rowling's writing style I have found some amazing Harry Potter fan art in my quest to keep Harry Potter alive just one more year.

This art is inspiring and amazing; it really captures the essence of the Harry Potter world and the characters - please take time to visit the artists webpages as they deserve the accolades for the Harry Potter fanart they've created.

This article showcases some of the best Harry Potter art that I have found on the web; I also share my own opinions and thoughts on some of the main Harry Potter characters.

So you think you know everything about Harry Potter?

For each question, choose the best answer. The answer key is below.

  1. Why is Harry Potter called 'The boy who lived'?
    • It is short for 'The boy who lived under the stairs'
    • He survived the Avadra Kedavra curse.
    • Who is Harry Potter
    • Well he is alive, isn't he?
  2. When was Ronald Weasley born?
    • December 25, 1991
    • February 29, 1980
    • March 1st, 1980
    • April 1st, 1967
  3. What occupation did Hermione Granger's parents have?
    • They were undertakers
    • They were broomstick makers
    • They were professional dancers
    • They were dentists.
  4. When did Professor McGonagall start teaching in Hogwarts?
    • 1956
    • 1957
    • 1958
    • 1959
  5. What was Professor Dumbledore's favorite candy?
    • Chocolate Frog
    • None - he had no teeth
    • Coca Cola cubes
    • Sherbet lemons
  6. what spell disarms an opponent in Harry Potter?
    • Ferula
    • Accio
    • Expelliarmus
    • Expecto Patronum
  7. What potion is a powerful truth serum?
    • Veritaserum
    • Skele-Gro
    • Hiccuping Solution
    • Beautifying Potion
  8. How long does a Quidditch game last?
    • Until one team is totally exhausted.
    • 90 minutes
    • Until the snitch is caught
    • 3 days
  9. Who is older: Fred or George Weasley
    • Fred
    • George
    • Um - they are twins - aren't they the same age?
  10. Where did Hagrid grow up?
    • Glasgow, Scotland
    • Sheffield, England
    • In the Whomping Willow
    • West Country of England, near the Forest of Dean,
  11. Wha job does Neville Longbottom get after school?
    • He owns and runs the Leaky Cauldron.
    • Professor of Herbology
    • Professor of the Dark Arts
    • A professional dancer
  12. What House was Cedric Diggory in?
    • Gryffindor
    • Hufflepuff
    • Slytherin
    • Ravenclaw
  13. What is a Diadem?
    • A small diamond
    • A tent
    • A special wand
    • A diadem is a type of crown
  14. Where was Lord Voldermort born?
    • Little Hangleton
    • Little Hungleton
    • The Moon
    • An orphanage in London
  15. Who was the Half Blood Prince?
    • Cedric Diggory
    • Harry Potter
    • Professor Snape
    • Dobby
  16. What is Professor Lupin'd knickname?
    • Loopy
    • Moony
    • Doomy
    • Wormtail
  17. How does Wormtail bind Harry to Voldemort's grave?
    • He casts a spell on him
    • He wraps his silver arms around him.
    • He uses super glue.
    • He binds him with magical rope.
  18. Who tells Harry about Gillyweed?
    • Neville Longbottom
    • Cedric Diggary
    • Mad-Eye Moody
    • Professor Dumbledore
  19. What device does Rita Skeeter use to record interviews?
    • Perculiar Quill
    • Quick Quotes Quill
    • Tape recorder
    • Recordius Spell
  20. Who does Hermione attend the Yule Ball with?
    • Viktor Krum
    • Harry Potter
    • Ron Weasley
    • Neville Longbottom
  21. Who put Harry's name in the Goblet of fire?
    • Harry Potter
    • Hagrid
    • Barty Crouch Sr
    • Barty Crouch Jr
  22. What birds are the primary means of communication between wizards?
    • Robins
    • Owls
    • Hawks
    • Chickens
  23. What birds are the primary means of communication between wizards?
    • Robins
    • Owls
    • Hawks
    • Chickens
  24. Non magical humans are called what?
    • Muggles
    • Niggles
    • Miggles
    • Moggles
  25. Non magical humans are called what?
    • Muggles
    • Niggles
    • Miggles
    • Moggles
  26. What is Dumbledore's full name?
    • Albus Rimmer Dumbledore
    • Albus Dumbledore
    • Albus Percival John Peter Dumbledore
    • Albus Wulfric Percival Brian Dumbledore
  27. What is Dumbledore's full name?
    • Albus Rimmer Dumbledore
    • Albus Dumbledore
    • Albus Percival John Peter Dumbledore
    • Albus Wulfric Percival Brian Dumbledore
  28. What is the command that makes the Dark Mark?
    • Give me the evil
    • Moody Boody
    • Morsmorde
    • Misromede
  29. What care is Mr Weasley's car?
    • Ford Anglia
    • Ford Prefect
    • Ford Cortina
    • Ford Granada
  30. What is Harry's middle name?
    • Sirius
    • Rubeus
    • James
    • Riker

Answer Key

  1. He survived the Avadra Kedavra curse.
  2. March 1st, 1980
  3. They were dentists.
  4. 1956
  5. Sherbet lemons
  6. Expelliarmus
  7. Veritaserum
  8. Until the snitch is caught
  9. Fred
  10. West Country of England, near the Forest of Dean,
  11. Professor of Herbology
  12. Hufflepuff
  13. A diadem is a type of crown
  14. Little Hangleton
  15. Professor Snape
  16. Moony
  17. He binds him with magical rope.
  18. Neville Longbottom
  19. Quick Quotes Quill
  20. Viktor Krum
  21. Barty Crouch Jr
  22. Owls
  23. Owls
  24. Muggles
  25. Muggles
  26. Albus Wulfric Percival Brian Dumbledore
  27. Albus Wulfric Percival Brian Dumbledore
  28. Morsmorde
  29. Ford Anglia
  30. James

Interpreting Your Score

If you got between 0 and 9 correct answers: Can you actually read? you squib!

If you got between 10 and 18 correct answers: Ahhh a Twilight fan eh?

If you got between 19 and 24 correct answers: Not bad for a Muggle.

If you got between 25 and 27 correct answers: You're in Gryffindor.

If you got between 28 and 30 correct answers: Are you J K Rowling?

About the Artists

The artist below have given me permission to use their work in my article:

Laura Freeman is 30 years old and has been drawing her whole life; she spent her childhood either drawing or climbing trees. Born and raised in western Washington State, USA, she moved to California in 2006 and currently works on a goat dairy and as a massage therapist. She tries to draw whenever she can.

Like many she started reading Harry Potter (in 2000) to find out what the fuss was; she fell in love with the cover art, the characters and the world and began to use this as inspiration for her art – she now has over 300 Harry Potter fan arts – and they are among the most amazing you'll find on the web!


Liz F. Caballero (Eithne) is a Spanish illustrator who had won several comic and illustration contests before entering Murcia's Art School, where she graduated as a bachelor of Illustration and Design. Interested in book illustration, fantasy, animation and videogame design, she is currently studying Archaeology at the university and working on her first children's novel, in collaboration with her sister.

Keith James is an aspiring illustrator who attended The Columbus College of Art and Design and graduated with a BFA majoring in Illustration. He has a love for superhero comic books, children’s books, science fiction / fantasy, animation, and the theatrical arts. He has been involved with art as long as he can remember and knew he'd be working in it since kindergarten and while he's not yet a professional, he is working on it!

GlockGirl has the ability to create some of the most amazing sketches and really capture the characters as described in the books.

JamusDu is an artist that I found on Deviantart. The artwork I showcase shows JamusDu's ability to define the character with perhaps the 'look' the character gives us - very interesting artwork.

This picture of Lupin and Harry captures the way Lupin looks out for Harry. The addition of the Marauders map and Scabbers also links it to the books very well.

This picture of Lupin and Harry captures the way Lupin looks out for Harry. The addition of the Marauders map and Scabbers also links it to the books very well.

Harry and Lupin

Professor Lupin is one of my favorite characters from Harry Potter. Lupin is the most gentle man in the world until he transforms into a werewolf; despite the use of potions he often cannot control the change and becomes very dangerous,

Harry Potter and Lupin have a very close relationship similar to a mentoring relationship; at times they seem closer than Harry and Sirius Black are. Sadly Lupin lives his life running from prejudice and cannot find happiness - that is until he meets Nymphadora Tonks.

Lupin reminds me of a special uncle or friend of the family; he's a man you know will be there when you need him, but fades into the background elegantly when not needed. Lupin is often forgotten but is still an important part of Harry's life.

Hagrid, Harry, Ron and Hermione

At first glance Hagrid seems like a bungling oaf, but he has a heart the size of an elephant and is very protective of our intrepid trio Harry Ron and Hermione. The dynamic between the four of them is amazing and you get the feeling that this is a lifelong friendship and that Hagrid will always look out for Harry, Hermione and Ron (as well as their families).

Hagrid is one of the most courageous, honorable and devout characters in the Harry Potter series - he also has a soft spot the size of Gibralta and often tries to take care of stray animals, including a dragon and a three headed dog! He provides some comic relief in the books but mostly reinforces the importance of family.

I love the way that Hagrid's emotions are always visible on his sleeve - he simply cannot hide his joy or fear and it is very endearing.

This picture of Neville Longbottom essentially tells you everything you need to know - he loves his frog and he's amazing with plants!

This picture of Neville Longbottom essentially tells you everything you need to know - he loves his frog and he's amazing with plants!

Neville Longbottom

Neville is close to being my favorite character in the Harry Potter series. He starts off as perhaps the weakest wizaard in the school and seems to be the butt of everyone's jokes. With pure bad luck and perhaps a little lack of skill everything seems to go wrong for him.

However as we move through the series a new Neville emerges - he's an extremely courageous individual, has a keen insight into right and wrong and has talents that set him aside from others. We see his character grow up over time and become a great hero - out of all the characters in the books he's the one that we see develop the most and truly become a great man.

I think I like him so much as he basically shows that with hard work you can and will achieve your dreams!

Percy, Bill, Fred, Charlie, Ron, George - this is a great piece of art that captures the essence of the Weasley brothers. You can see the disdain Percy has and the love they all have for each other.

Percy, Bill, Fred, Charlie, Ron, George - this is a great piece of art that captures the essence of the Weasley brothers. You can see the disdain Percy has and the love they all have for each other.

The Weasley Brothers

THe Weasley Brothers are as diverse a bunch as you could find.

Percy - Percy is very pedantic; he is trying to build a career and feels his family is pulling him down.

Bill & Charlie - barely in the books, this successful older brothers are the pride of the family; a treasure hunter of the top order.

Fred and George- twin brothers who are the main comedic relief in the books; they are always in trouble, don't care about school but you know they are going to succeed at whatever they end up doing.

Ron - arguably the best character in the Harry Potter series; he's not as talented as Hermione or Harry, provides comic relief and often is confused. However he is the best friend a man could have and is the one person you'd want backing you up - he has more courage than most and is a devote friend to Harry and Hermione.


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Harry and Malfoy

Go back to school and you'll find there was one person that you simply hated from the moment you met them. For Harry this person is Malfoy; Malfoy is Harry's nemesis in Hogwarts and is always trying to thwart Harry whether it is in school or on the Quiddich field. While Voldermort is the ultimate enemy, Malfoy is the one person in Hogwarts that Harry loves to beat at all things.

Malfoy is a character you love to hate, but as the series goes on and a more vulnerable Malfoy appears you begin to pity him rather than hate him - you can see this happening to Harry as we move towards book 7.

Malfoy is more of a lost soul rather than a truly evil person and even Dumbledore realizes this and with the help of Snape ensures that Malfoy doesn't go too far down the path of evil.

As an aside, Tom Felton's performance in The Half Blood Prince ranks up there as among the best performances in the whole movie series - I see a great acting career ahead for Tom Felton (as well as many other of the actors in the Harry Potter movies.)

Dumbledore

Dumbledore is by far the most complex character in the Harry Potter series. Always strong and all knowing, he seems unbeatable and immensely wise. But behind this facade is a troubled and sad man whose mistakes throughout his life have led to devastation both for him and at times for Harry.

All through it though you know he is on Harry's side and its the burgeoning love for Harry that often means that Dumbledore is over-protective of Harry. Throughout it all you know that Dumbledore would lay down his life to ensure Harry wins - somehow Dumbledore has a grasp for complexity that allows him to plan well beyond the norm and understand how different and often subtle futures will end up.

He is a true master not only as a wizard but as a caring and humble human being who knows how much power can and does corrupt - his past has certainly taught him that no one should be allowed to have ultimate power.

Official Trailer for The Deathly Hallows Part 2

I love the stark quality of this artwork - it somehow conveys the shallowness of Quirrell.

I love the stark quality of this artwork - it somehow conveys the shallowness of Quirrell.

Professor Quirrell

At first glance Professor Quirrell is a nervous bumbling man whose afraid of his own shadow. Quirrell does nothing to get noted and seemingly is being bullied by Snape in The Sorcerer's Stone.

However, beneath the surface of Quirrell lies a very dark and sinister man, one who is not as feeble as he lets on, and while he is under duress, there's no doubt that he wouldn't stop at anything to get what he wants - he's the sort of man that cowardly hides behind larger bullies and reaps the benefit.

Out of all the characters in the Harry Potter series, he is perhaps one of those that makes my blood boil the most - his subterfuge and lies lead Harry into some very dangerous situations.

Professor Snape

Love him or hate him, Professor is one of the best characters in the Harry Potter series. His hatred for Harry is tempered by Dumbledore's trust and at times you can see him barely holding in his anger as he has to 'deal' with Harry.

The hard veneer that shrouds Snape is not as thick as you think; inside is a man full of emotion and love, a man torn by his desires and tortured by his past. His hatred for James Potter and love for Lilly Potter burn deep inside him, making him into the complex being we see in the books.

For me, Snape became one of my favorite characters.

While the ending of the books will not be a surprise to many readers, J K Rowling did an exceptional job of trying to hide the truth about him and making the reader decide if Snape was truly good or evil.

The Spells of the Harry Potter books

Spell / Charm / EffectWhat the spell does

Accio

Summons an object

Alohomora

Opens locks

Aparecium

Reveals invisible ink

Avada Kadavra

Unforgivable spell that kills opponent

Avifors

Turns objects into birds.

Avis

Launches birds from a wand

Crucio

Unforgivable spell that tortures an opponent

Confundus

Confuses opponent

Conjunctivitis

Damages eyesight

Deletrius

Counters "Prior Incatato

Densaugeo

Makes Teeth Larger

Diffindo

Splits seams

Dissendium

Opens a passeageway into a cellar

Engorgio

Enlarges an item

Ennervate

Counters Stupefy

Expecto Patronum

'Summons' a Patronus

Expelliarmus

Disarms an opponent

Ferula

Creates bandages

Fidelius

Hides secrets in someone

Finite Incantatum

Stops current spells

Flipendo

Knocks something backwards

Furnunculus

Produces boils

Homorphus

Werewolf "cure

Immobulus

Renders target immobile.

Impedimenta

Slows an object

Imperio

Unforgivable spell that controls an opponent

Impervius

Makes an object repel water

Incendio

Starts a fire

Legilimens

Allows the caster to enter the mind of an opponent

Locomotor Mortis

Locks opponents legs

Lumos

Creates light

Mobiliarbus

Moves objects with wand

Mobilicorpus

Moves unconscious bodies

Morsmorde

Conjures the Dark Mark

Nox

Counter to Lumos

Obliviate

Erases memories

Orchideous

Conjures flowers

Petrificus Totalus

Binds the body of an opponent

Point Me

Wand becomes a compass

Priori Incantatum

Result when wands with twin core duel

Prior Incantato

Shows a wands last spell

Protego

Reflects spells back at caster

Quietus

Counter spell for Sonorus

Reducio

Counters Engorgio

Reducto

Blows solid objects aside

Relashio

Releases user from binding

Repairo

Repairs Things

Rictusempra

Tickles opponent

Riddikulus

Used against boggart

Scruge

Destroys ectoplasm

Serpensortia

Produces Snake

Sonorus

Amplifies voice

Stupefy

Knocks out opponent

Tarantallegra

Forces opponent to dance

Waddiwasi

Unsticks an object

Wingardium Leviosa

Makes on object fly

Somehow this picture captures Filch just the way I see him in the book - with Mrs. Norris skulking around in the back, you feel as if this is taken directly from the pages of Harry Potter.

Somehow this picture captures Filch just the way I see him in the book - with Mrs. Norris skulking around in the back, you feel as if this is taken directly from the pages of Harry Potter.

Filch and Mrs. Norris

Firstly I should note that I have a cat names Mr. Norris, such is the influence of the books on my household. Filch and Mrs. Norris are perhaps the most hard done by duo in the books. While there's no doubt that Filch has a wicked streak in him, his primary concern is the upkeep of Hogwarts Castle, and his frustration at not being fully in control is obvious.

Strangely, the bond between master and cat is one of the more amazing within the book, and you can see that the only thing that Filch cares about is his cat - this underlines the man's loneliness.

This picture captures the mischief that always seems to surround Dobby - there's definitely a twinkle in his eyes.

This picture captures the mischief that always seems to surround Dobby - there's definitely a twinkle in his eyes.

Dobby

**Spoiler alert**

Let's be honest, who shed a tear when Dobby was killed in The Deathly Hallows - I know I did. Dobby, despite being an annoying little tike, became one of the best loved and adorable characters in the books.

It was amazing to see him grow from the down-trodden Dobby who loved to bash his head in punishment, to the free house-elf who was honorable, courageous and above all and true and real friend to Harry Potter.

Out of all the characters that died in Harry Potter, Dobby was certainly the one I shed most tears for. He just grew on you as the books went by - his misguided attempts to save Harry and his loyalty set him aside from the majority of characters and somehow he became more real than some of the humans!

I love the way this picture captures the relationship between Voldemort and Ngini - it also has a very sinister feel to it that is perfect.

I love the way this picture captures the relationship between Voldemort and Ngini - it also has a very sinister feel to it that is perfect.

Lord Voldermort

Tom Riddle or Lord Voldermort is one of the better villains I've seen or read about in recent years. With a very detailed history of his life, his upbringing, his losses and his successes it's very easy to build a complete picture of the evil man.

What comes through strongly is that he doesn't understand that what he does is evil and simply thinks it's acceptable to gain power by any means. His desire to kill Harry almost becomes an obsession and ultimately is his down-fall - had I been the bad guy, I simply would have ignored Harry and gained full power before tackling him - but then, the books would have been very boring had I been Voldermort! Luckily for you, J K Rowling had different thoughts on the matter and we ended up with a brilliant series of Good v Evil books!

This portrait captures Luna's dottiness; it shows how she is different from any other character in the book but somehow conveys a sincerity.

This portrait captures Luna's dottiness; it shows how she is different from any other character in the book but somehow conveys a sincerity.

Luna Lovegood

I was very surprised when J K Rowling added a new character in the form of Luna Lovegood. However she somehow grows on you and while you find yourself groaning a lot while she's around, by the end of the series you wonder how right she may have been about a lot of the 'nonsense' she spouted.

As I began to get to know here I realized that she was really an important element for the books - she was almost like Harry's conscience but also she provided a different angle for Harry and while her influence may not have been as great as Ron or Hermione, it was still there although it was very subtle. She became an endearing character like Dobby and Neville and was one of the better developed characters in the books.

Places in the Harry Potter World

What amazed me most about the Harry Potter books was J K Rowling's ability to meld real places with imaginary places seamlessly. Whether you found yourself in London looking for Diagon Alley, or oustide the grounds of Hogwarts dodging the wild limbs of the Whomping Willow you somehow felt connected to the world in a very real way.

Rowling had a brilliant way of vividly describing the world of Harry Potter, and as I watched the movies they became even more real for me. Diagon Alley was perfect, but my favorite place that Rowling described was The Burrow which seemed the ideal place for the Weasley's to live.

Conclusion

Thank you for reading my article and allowing me to indulge myself one more time in the wonderful world of Harry Potter. I've thoroughly enjoyed the books and movies and expressing my opinions and my joy about them; while you may not agree with a lot of what I say on here, you must admit that the art work is very impressive - I wish I had that much talent. So as you wind your way through the streets of Diagon Alley, remember that Hogwarts Castle is always open in my heart.

Comments

Mariapesma from Greece on May 04, 2015:

great drawing and I love the different storyline that you have make.

Natasha from Hawaii on September 29, 2012:

I love how almost nobody is a self-identified Hufflepuff! I am a Ravenclaw, for sure.

The first time I went to a midnight party to get a HP book there were only like 12 other people there because it was the first time anywhere held a midnight party for the books. It was the summer of 2000 and I'd been waiting for a while for that book to come out! I read it, and the next one, in one night, each, because my family had to share a copy and I only had so long before I had to hand it over to someone else!

Bev G from Wales, UK on September 26, 2012:

What brilliant art... and your accompanying writing is really interesting. I am really surprised, after voting in you character poll, that more people haven't chosen Ron as their favourite character. My kids love Ron - they go around after watching an HP movie, going, "What the bloody hell...?" LOL!

Jenn from Pennsylvania on August 02, 2012:

When I was younger and OBSESSED with Harry Potter I would constantly browse through fanart and fanfiction sites. I scored an 83% on the quiz, though so I guess I still remember most of the information from the series. Too bad there will be no more movies and books.

Voted up and shared!

Bev G from Wales, UK on April 30, 2012:

Wow, Simey! What a comprehensive page. There is so much here for HP fans. Great artwork - you did a good job in tracking it down.

Simon Cook (author) from NJ, USA on April 27, 2012:

Cow Flipper: 66% us not bad for someone who hasn't really got into HP!

Sean Jankowski from Southern Oregon on April 27, 2012:

I scored a 66% on my Harry Potter test! lol, But seriously this was a fun read from start to finish. I never got into Harry Potter myself but I've had family that read JKR and they love her writing (including my wife). Thanks SimeyC for bringing out the Harry Potter admirer in me. :)

Karen Lackey from Ohio on April 27, 2012:

This was a fun read. This is a MUST read for any Harry Potter fan. I can appreciate the effort that went into this hub! Well done.

Judi Brown from UK on April 27, 2012:

Really enjoyed this hub - my favourite pictures are the "places", but they are all so good!

Simone Haruko Smith from San Francisco on August 02, 2011:

This is so fabulous!!! I'm a pretty big Harry Potter fan, so I am indeed devastated that the movies are all finished up... but this fan art is awesome! I think the portrait of the Weasleys is my favorite. Love the table of spells, too! Voted up and awesome.

Simon Cook (author) from NJ, USA on July 30, 2011:

Prasetio30: thanks! This article is pretty personal for me - it's an end of an era and really is the point where my twin daughters truly grow up - it's a sad day!

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on July 30, 2011:

I love Harry Potter. I love Harry Potter in different character. You have done a great job here. I am glad to know this from you. Well done, my friend. Vote it up!

Prasetio

Simon Cook (author) from NJ, USA on July 29, 2011:

GreenMathDr: thanks!

Anaydena: what a great book to start your daughter out with - can't wait until my Grandson is old enough to read! I had a lot of fun and memories as I wrote this hub - in fact I'm adding a quiz as I write this!!

Shermia Trueheart from Texas, USA on July 28, 2011:

I have been a Harry Potter fan since I was 11 years old, when it first came out! I just completely LOVE this Hub! I've shared it twice! lol My daughter is going to be 6 in 5 more days, and I taught her to read when she was 4, her first chapter book was Harry Potter lol.

GreenMathDr on July 28, 2011:

Well I am a big Harry Potter fan and you really didn't leave much out here. Great hub as usual. I was reading the bottom here and I thought I'd take a moment to promote my hubs-yea hubs.

Again truly a great Hub.

Simon Cook (author) from NJ, USA on July 28, 2011:

Anaydena: thanks! Our family has followed the books for so long now -we've had so many discussions about the characters and many fun debates!

cheerfulnuts from Manila, Philippines on July 27, 2011:

Wow, your hub is very impressive. I enjoyed reading this and I love the pictures. Although I'm not a great fan of the Harry Potter series, I feel a bit sad now that it has ended. Great job, voted up.:D

Shermia Trueheart from Texas, USA on July 27, 2011:

This was really extensive, and I can tell you put a lot of work and effort into this! Though I am a HUGE HP fan, you put your ideals and your own twist on such a widely known franchise. Great work! I hope you make more like this! Very awesome!