BOOK REVIEW: Harry Potter Watercolor Magic: Flora & Fauna

Harry Potter Watercolor Magic Flora Fauna Cover

Are you into Harry Potter or the Fantastic Beasts Wizarding World? Would you like to learn a little bit about watercolor? Whether you fit into one or both of these categories, the Harry Potter Watercolor Magic: Flora and Fauna by Tugce Audoire (Doodlewash featured artist and World Watercolor Month Artist Ambassador!) may be just the book for you.

The book has 32 watercolor projects featuring characters from these films and books. Step-by-step instructions and pre-drawn sketches for you to paint on actual watercolor paper! It is the second volume in the Harry Potter Watercolor Magic series. The text was compiled by our very own Charlie O’Shields!

Harry Potter Watercolor Magic Title Page

Projects range from easy to advanced. Fun beckons, and I could barely wait to get started!

Specs

  • No of Pages : 128 pages
  • Weight : 6.8 ounces
  • Size : 9.75 x 0.6 x 8.75 inches
  • Language : English
  • No. of Watercolor Projects: 32

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Contents

The Table of Contents lists each project with the page number for the instructions on the left, and the page number for the drawing on the right. The pages with drawings are not numbered so that isn’t as helpful as it could be, but still gets you to the right area of the book.

The book is divided into the introductory material, supply list, watercolor techniques and instructions for the project.  The second half of the book has sketches for each project.

  • Introduction
  • Master Color Chart
  • Supply List
  • Watercolor 101
  • Projects
    • Hedwig the Snowy Owl
    • Dobby the House-Elf
    • Aragog the Acromantula
    • Pickett the Bowtruckle
    • Mimbulus Mimbletonia
    • Arnold the Pygmy Puff
    • Fang the Boarhound
    • Trevor the Toad
    • McGonagall as a Cat
    • Dirigible Plum Tree
    • Womping Willow
    • Mandrake
    • Fluffy the Three-Headed Dog
    • Grindylow
    • Werewolf
    • Norbert the Dragon
    • Mountain Troll
    • Nagini as a Snake
    • Venomous Tentacula
    • Zouwu
    • Fawkes the Phoenix
    • Merperson
    • Basilisk
    • Centaur
    • Niffler
    • Crookshanks and Scabbers
    • Swooping Evil
    • Hungarian Horntail
    • Cornish Pixies
    • Thestral
    • Buckbeak the Hippogriff

The projects are rated as Simple, Intermediate and Advanced.

Even the advanced projects are relatively simple, in that the same techniques are used throughout and build on each other. If you are a beginner, and follow the projects in order, you should have no difficulty once you get to advanced.

For more experienced watercolorists, none of these projects will be difficult.

Look and feel

Harry Potter Watercolor Magic Color Chart Partial

The book is well-laid out and easy to navigate.

You are given some basic watercolor instructions, and a page showing the colors used, then a page showing the brushes and pens.

There are 45 colors shown, but each project only uses a few of them. The colors are all fairly standard, and the author explains that these are her choice, but that other brands will work well.

The author lists 10 brushes, six round and 3 flat. Again, each project only uses a small set of them, and other brands and size of brushes will work.

What it comes down to — if you have all those supplies, use them. If you find a certain satisfaction is using the same supplies as listed in the book and can afford them, buy them.  If you don’t have or want to buy them, use what you do have. 

You don’t need the exact supplies in order to enjoy this book.

Harry Potter Watercolor Magic Niffler Instructions Preview

Each project is split into two sections. The first half of the book has the step-by-step instructions with an example of the finished painting.

Most of the projects have instructions that fit on one page, but a few also have step-by-step illustrations that take up two-to-five pages.

The instructions are simple, clear, and easy to follow. For each step, you know which brush to use, which color to use, and what you are trying to do.

Harry Potter Watercolor Magic Hedwig Drawing

The second half of the book has the drawings for each project. No need to do any drawing.

In the sketches sections, the paper changes from the smooth text paper to a heavier watercolor paper.

Harry Potter Watercolor Magic Watercolor Paper In Back Of Book

The watercolor paper is still fairly smooth, but has a definite texture. It’s somewhere between a hot press and a cold press.

The pages are perforated for easy removal, so you have the option of removing them to paint or painting them in the book.

You also have the option to use these as reference instead and draw them yourself on another paper. Doing this would keep the book pretty, let you choose the type of paper you want, and allow you improve your drawing skills as well as your painting skills.

The choice is yours!

Harry Potter Watercolor Book Binding

The book has two front covers, with a binding that lets the book lie completely flat. No sloping, even in the middle of the book.

My Painting

Out of the projects in this book, Niffler is my favorite character, so I decided to use that for my example.

Harry Potter Watercolor Niffler Sketch

I don’t have either Cotman watercolors or brushes, so I substituted with a selection of three small round brushes and one small flat. I chose to use a set I already have because I felt I could mix the colors to match closely to the author’s.

After removing the sketch from the book, I opened to the page of instructions and set it to the side. Removing the page allowed me to tape it down, and also to make a video more easily. This isn’t required, so you can keep your finished work in the book, if you prefer.

Harry Potter Watercolor Book Niffler Exercise Painted Example

I found the instructions easy to follow. The techniques are good, easy to learn, and easy to use for other paintings you might do.

Even using completely different colors, I was able to come close to the finished example shown in the book.

I would have done the painting differently on my own, but it’s good to try things the way someone else would. It made me think about why I would have done it differently and how I might incorporate the author’s techniques into paintings I’ll do in the future.

All in all, a fun book for anyone who is into Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts, or for someone who wants to learn some basic watercolor techniques.

There is a blurb in the book description on Amazon:

“This is an OFFICIAL WIZARDING WORLD BOOK: Created in collaboration with Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.”

Links

Harry Potter: Watercolor Magic Books

Other Supplies Listed in Book

Winsor & Newton Cotman Watercolor Studio Set, 45 Half Pans

Cotman Brush Series III

Cotman Brush Series 666

Disclaimer


I bought this copy of Harry Potter’s Watercolor Magic: Flora and Fauna myself, and am reviewing it because I think it will be of interest to others. I received no other considerations, though this post may contain affiliate links which help support the Doodlewash Community. As always, all opinions expressed are my own.

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16 Comments
  1. JA Wilson 2 weeks ago

    Adorable book! Great gift material!

  2. Teresa 何 Robeson 2 weeks ago

    What a great idea for a how-to art book for HP fans! Thanks for the fun review!

    • Author
      Sandra Strait 2 weeks ago

      Thank you, Teresa! I plan to buy copies for the Greats!

  3. Alice 2 weeks ago

    Can not wait to try this book! I’m a serious HP fan and this entire idea makes me happy!

    • Author
      Sandra Strait 2 weeks ago

      I think you’ll like it, and it is a great way to learn some watercolor techniques!

  4. Brenda Sommerville 2 weeks ago

    What a wonderful review.

  5. Mary Roff 2 weeks ago

    Great review, Sandra! The book is definitely on my wish list AND gift giving list!

    • Author
      Sandra Strait 2 weeks ago

      Thank you so much, Mary! I think you’ll love it!

  6. Zoie McIntyre 2 weeks ago

    Oh Sandra I do love your books and I have them on my Wish List in Amazon due to your review 😉 They look awesome.

  7. Victoria Marie 2 weeks ago

    Great review Sandra. I’m a HP and WW fan and have ordered the book. I’m hoping to learn some watercolour tips from it too! Thanks again.

  8. Walt. F Pierluissi 2 weeks ago

    Ok, that’s extremely nice and 🥰🥰 cute.

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