Book sculptures: Mirror of Erised

Photos courtesy of Jodi Harvey-Brown

In one of the most touching scenes from J.K. Rowling's first book, "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone," Professor Dumbledore accompanies Harry to the Mirror of Erised, which reveals his greatest desire.

If you've ever read the books, you'll know it's one of the most memorable scenes out of the entire series. Thanks to artist Jodi Harvey-Brown, dedicated fans can celebrate this important literary moment with one of her gorgeous handmade book sculptures.

Harvey-Brown's work isn't just limited to Harry Potter, though. Virtually any book, such as Robert Louis Stevenson's "Kidnapped" (below) can be made into a piece of visual art, so her work covers all ranges of genres — fantasy, non-fiction, classics, science fiction, fairytales and more.

Book sculptures: Kidnapped

"I have always loved art, and I have always loved to read," Harvey-Brown writes. "Books pull you into a new world, while art lets you see it. It made sense to me that these two mediums should come together."

To create these sculptures, she carves each book page with her own two hands. After the piece is completed, she brushes them with a special UV finish that will protect them from sun and moisture — preserving them for years to come.

If you'd like to have your own imaginative book sculpture, check out her Etsy shop for currently available sculptures or visit her website to commission a custom piece. In the meantime, continue below to see more of these imaginative works of art:

Book sculptures: Alice in Wonderland with caterpillar

Alice and the caterpillar from Lewis Carroll's "Alice in Wonderland"

Book sculptures: Pandora's Box

Pandora opens the forbidden box; made from the pages of "A Book of Myths and Legends" (1947).

Book sculptures: Pennywise

Pennywise from Stephen King's "It"

Book sculptures: Madhatter Tea Party

The Mad Hatter's tea party from "Alice in Wonderland" by Lewis Carroll

Book sculptures: Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn

"The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" by Mark Twain

Book sculptures: Constellations


Book sculptures: The Little Mermaid

"The Little Mermaid" by Hans Christian Andersen

Book sculptures: The Dark Tower

"The Dark Tower" by Stephen King

Book sculptures: Millenium Falcon

Millennium Falcon from "Heir to the Empire" — book one of "Star Wars: The Thrawn Trilogy" by Timothy Zahn

Book sculptures: The Book of Jazz

"The Book of Jazz — From Then Till Now" by Leonard Feather

Book sculptures: The Odyssey

"The Odyssey" by Homer

Book sculptures: Game of thrones

Daenerys Targaryen with her dragons from George R.R. Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire" series

Book sculptures: Minas Tirith

Minas Tirith from "The Lord of the Rings" by J.R.R. Tolkien

Book sculptures: Beetle the Bard

Harry and Hermione translate scrolls in J.K. Rowling's "The Tales of Beedle the Bard"

Book sculptures: To Kill a Mockingbird

Scout from Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird"

Book sculptures: Jack and the Beanstalk

"Jack and the Beanstalk"

Book sculptures: Phantom Tollbooth

"The Phantom Tollbooth" by Norton Juster

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