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Harry Potter Tattoo Ideas - The Series That Inspired Body Artwork

Updated on February 20, 2013

With the end of Harry Potter behind us and Pottermore in front of us, it'd be a crime to think that the world J.K. Rowling created is anything but real to millions of fans. I doubt that when she wrote this series she had in mind the things that would happen because of it. Did she know that eight movies would come from her seven books? That people would dress up to attend their premieres? Or that her story lines would spawn thousands of fanfics? She created a series that brought together multiple generations, uniting us in the goal to defeat the Dark Lord. It might be a bit of fiction to some people, but to others the Harry Potter novels are a symbol of hope, love, determination, friendship and overcoming obstacles.

J.K. Rowling's series has entered many of our lives and changed them for the better. It's no wonder we grew attached to her characters. Thousands of pages spent with Ron and Hermione, Draco and Snape, Neville and Luna; somewhere along the way we got to know these people. We were drawn to them. We watched their lives change throughout the novels. We saw some of them grow as people and others face conflicts with themselves that we could relate to. In the end it was hard not to love the creation that is Harry Potter. It's too beautiful, too amazing to just toss aside and forget.

Some people were so moved by the series that they wanted to become a part of it. They wanted everyone to know that Harry Potter meant something to them. The most identifiable way for most of them to do that was through tattoos. The same way people got religious symbols and the names of people they loved tattooed on their body, Harry Potter fans got quotes, spells and images forever engraved on their skin. There are those who think that one day these fans will regret inking their body over The-Boy-Who-Lived, but those people are the ones who don't see the beauty of it. They don't understand what the novels meant to some of these people and what they will always mean.

You can never know for sure the reasoning behind someone getting a tattoo. The Deathly Hallows, the entire premise of the seventh book and pictured above, is one of the more popular symbols. People have gotten it behind their ear, on their ankles, even covering their back. It's fairly simple and means a great deal to some. I've always attributed it to Lord Voldemort, Severus Snape and Harry Potter. Though it didn't dawn on me at first, these three men were just like the brothers in The Tales Of The Beedle And The Bard. There was Lord Voldemort, who sought to possess the Elder Wand for power. Severus Snape, who didn't seek out the Resurrection Stone, but died for love the same way the second brother did. And finally Harry Potter, who knew that the Invisibility Cloak was the most powerful of the three hallows and essentially "greeted death as an old friend".

"Mischief Managed" became a slogan for many after the third book came out, as did "I solemnly swear I am up to no good". They were catchy and easy to memorize and stood for the joking twins we all came to know and love. It made parting with Fred in the final book harder, because just looking at that phrase conjures up memories of the twins and their playful behavior. No one will forget the Weasley Wizard Wheezes or the comic relief they provided in the midst of all the terror during Half Blood Prince.

People tattoo words on their body because they mean something to them, the same as these spells do to the fans. Whenever I hear "accio" I think of The Goblet Of Fire and how it saved Harry's life against the Hungarian Horntail. "Expecto Patronum" was used throughout the series from Prisoners Of Azkaban and on. Harry used it to save Sirius in the third book. He taught it to his fellow peers in the fifth book. He used it to get out of the Ministry of Magic in the seventh book.

"Until the very end" is a quote from Deathly Hallows. Harry's walking to his death and uses the Resurrection Stone to bring back the people who meant the most to him. When he asks if they'll stay with him, James replies, "Until the very end." There isn't a time when I've read Deathly Hallows and didn't start tearing up at that scene.

The Harry Potter series means many different things to many different people. There's the Slytherin house that stood for ambition and cunning. The snitch that stood for the sport we all wish we could play. The dark mark, a symbol of loyalty to the darkest wizard in history. Hedwig, a pet but one of Harry's most loyal friends, who sadly perished in the beginning Deathly Hallows. The Gryffindor house, standing for bravery and courage. That's not even all of what the symbols mean, especially to each individual person.

To the people who think Harry Potter fans will regret their tattoos in the years to come, I can only guess you don't understand how much it means to them. It was more than a series. It was real for us.


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      Amy Gabrielle 6 years ago from Las Vegas

      OMG these are so cute. I myself have a tattoo dedicated to Harry Potter. I have a lightning bolt behind my ear. (:

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      htodd 6 years ago from United States

      Thanks for the great hub...

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      Valerie Washington 6 years ago from Tempe, Arizona


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      Jessica 6 years ago from Kansas

      Well thank you. :) I can just imagine Harry Potter being a cult. We're not all brainwashed though, so we're a little ways away from that.

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      WDG-writes 6 years ago from Philippines

      this is like a fraternity tattoo cool!!! but something like a cult too...eheehe nice work keep writing! I will add this to my blog