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Mary GrandPre (b. Feb. 13, 1954) is an illustrator best known for the Harry Potter series. The path that led her to that point started with her education at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Her passion for light, color, drawing and design came together in evocative paintings, using a variety of mediums. Much of her focus was creating paintings for over 20 numerous picture books and book covers. She has also worked as the conceptual artist on Dreamwork’s animated film “Antz” and on Blue Sky Studios’ animated film “Ice Age”.

Mary’s book illustrations possess highly personalized lyrical story interpretations, and now her fine art paintings carry on with a new sense of narrative that combine abstract painting with realism, creating a new kind of territory for her to travel through, and ultimately, for the reader.

After working on the fourth Harry Potter book, The Goblet of Fire, she illustrated the only LeapFrog LeapPad book, Hit it, Maestro!