Does anyone remember Edward Gorey’s The Gashlycrumb Tinies: Or, After the Outing? That morbid little abecedarium, in rhyming couplets, with each letter being a child who was knocked off in some macabre way? I hadn’t come across it in a while—I remember it in conjunction with In a Dark, Dark Room and Other Scary Stories. (Incidentally, does anyone remember the short story from that book, “The Green Ribbon”? “Once there was a girl named Jenny. She was like all the other girls, except for one thing. She always wore a green ribbon around her neck…”) Anyway, I stumbled across it again and decided to look up the entire series. In the course of my search, I found something awesome.
Someone (Catriona Mackay, “author, alchemist & arranger of syllables”, and Chronographia von Strangehours, “one-woman illustrative deathsquad”/Jennifer Fabian, designer) created The Hogwarts Tinies, or, After the Rowling. Oh. Yes.
This just further convinces me that Harry Potter readers are some of the most creative people ever. This homage to Edward Gorey not only follows his black and white style of illustration, but the Hogwarts set makes a faithful attempt with the rhymes, too. See the complete series here.