In the canon of young adult literary classics, no book holds more universal appeal or has inspired a more devoted following than the Harry Potter series. The books that we grow up reading leave a lasting impression on our young minds, and for millions of people, following the adventures of Harry, Ron and Hermione was an unforgettable part of their childhood.
So when an image combining every chapter illustration from the series went viral last week, it spread waves of literary nostalgia around the Internet. After the image was posted on Reddit by user ajcfood, an emotional outpouring from loyal Potterheads almost immediately followed. Scroll down to view the full image below.
"The experience of reading these books has, for most people, been such an enjoyable and rich experience; people of all ages from all around the world can relate to these stories in some way," said creator A.J. Cabrera, who started reading the books with his kids as a camp counselor, in an email to the Huffington Post. "Or perhaps it is because the books are just so creative that when we are reminded of what it was to read these chapters, we are reminded of how our imaginations were lit up."
Reddit user thequesogrande aptly sums up the wealth of positive responses to the image with the following comment: "I honestly didn't expect the feels I felt. That's a defining piece of my childhood right there. So many memories are tied up in those images. Thank you."
Was reading "Harry Potter" an important part of your childhood? Which chapter illustration is your favorite? Tell us in the comments below or tweet @HuffPostTeen!
Page of Wands / Prefect of Gryffindor
Card of being brave and enthusiastic, of confidently pursuing your path even when it differs from what is normal or expected. It is focused on success and opportunities. Former prefect and head boy Percy Weasley has always been ambitious and driven by challenge and being successful - his path towards the Ministry was a divergence from his family and what they wanted him to do. Even though in the end it turned out that Percy had been grossly mistaken in following the Ministry, you can't deny that it was gutsy and courageous to follow his goals for as long as he truly believed they were correct. And when he finally realized that the Ministry was wrong, he bravely left them and followed what he then believed to be right: fighting Voldemort and the Ministry alongside his family.
Knight of Swords / Captain of Slytherin
Symbolizing someone domineering, overbearing and blunt, this card cares little for the feelings of others. On the plus side, it can stand for someone who is direct, honest and authoritative, who cuts straight to the core of an issue and can be very intelligent. However, it can often manifest itself in rudeness and emotional coldness. I think this fits what little we know of Marcus Flint, except for the intelligence part (as he was held back a year...). However, he is described as having a look of 'trollish cunning'... so I suppose maybe he's smart for a troll, but dumb for a wizard. XD
Knight of Pentacles / Captain of Ravenclaw
We don't really know much about Roger's personality, except that he's been a romantic interest for Cho Chang & Fleur DeLacour and goodness knows how many other gals. We know that he's handsome and the captain of Ravenclaw's Quidditch team. And that's about all. Anyway. This card symbolizes a hard working, thorough and detail-oriented individual. While they seriously and doggedly work towards a goal, they can be humorless and obstinate.
Knight of Cups / Captain of Hufflepuff
This card represents a romantic, sensitive, diplomatic and gracious young man. One who looks beneath the surface to constantly self-improve, and can empathize with others. On the negative side, this card can stand for over-sensitivity, jealousy, sulkiness and over-harsh self-examination. Unfortunately, Cedric Diggory died before we could see many more intimate (or even negative) aspects of his personality. But he was certainly gracious and diplomatic, and strove for personal excellence while always remaining fair to others.
Knight of Wands / Captain of Gryffindor:
The card of adventure, passion, charm and restless energy. Angelina Johnson is a fine chaser, and an extremely passionate (and somewhat hot-tempered) team captain. While enthusiasm and gusto can be a good thing, make sure you're not being too rash.
King of Pentacles / Head of Ravenclaw
This card represents a quick-witted, skillful jack-of-all-trades type of person, one who is enterprising and responsible, supportive and generous. It's an excellent card to be represented by a teacher, especially the nimble-minded and extremely skillful professor of Charms, Prof. Flitwick. Flitwick's knowledge of magic is broad, and his interactions with students supportive and steady. Flitwick is always ready to lend a hand to the rest of the staff as well, performing a wide range of duties with a good attitude and competence.
King of Swords / Head of Slytherin
This card represents an intelligent and analytical person, one who understands problems and information quickly and is good at mental challenges. This person is a talented speaker and expects others to live up to his own rather exacting and demanding standards. Severus Snape is all of those things: his logic puzzle protecting the Stone is a good example. He can see through lies and dubious characters often when no one else does (he was the only one to suspect Quirrell, and always knows when Harry has been breaking rules). Really the only thing about this card that doesn't wholly fit Severus is that this card usually represents someone who is just and honorable and ethical. However, while Snape can be mean and petty and is definitely NOT fair and ethical when it comes to academic dealings at Hogwarts, in the grand scheme of things, Snape is on the honorable side of good. Severus made the difficult decision to leave the dark side and serve Dumbledore, and for the most part, no matter his personal feelings, manages to take the high road and do as Dumbledore requests.
The King / Head of Gryffindor / Wands
Self-confident, bold and forceful, this card represents a natural leader. This person usually dominates a situation, is charismatic and authoritative. Never content to sit by, this card represents someone who is always doing something, creating, innovating and is always sure of their convictions. Minerva McGonagall, head of Gryffindor house and professor of the tricky subject of Transfiguration. She commands respect effortlessly and is simply indomitable. She takes the risk of following Albus Dumbledore through controversy without care of what others may think, and is the first to act when Hagrid is being wrongfully attacked by a whole group of Aurors.
King of Cups / Head of Hufflepuff
The card of a patient, tolerant and wise person, one who often has natural skills at healing and nurturing growth in others and promoting teamwork. Professor Sprout is head of hardworking and (usually) cooperative and friendly Hufflepuff house. She seems good-natured and hopefully nurtures learning in her students as well as she nurtured growth in her plant charges. She is responsible for cultivating the mandrakes (and probably other plants) that heal petrified Hogwarts students.
Quee n/ Ghost of Wands / Gryffindor
This card symbolizes someone attractive, friendly, vigorous and encouraging. Well dressed and regal, Nick always has a friendly word for Gryffindor students (as well as often helping Harry avoid trouble). An impressive crowd of guests showed up for his 500th Death Day party, so apparently Nick is quite popular. The one major way Sir Nicholas differs from this card is that this card typically represents one who is not easily upset and who takes defeat with grace and good nature. Granted, Nick does try to accept the rejection by the Headless Hunt gracefully, but his efforts come across as rather transparent (haha...) .