Harry Potter is finally coming to comic books in an unlikely way - as part of the Orlando Pulse nightclub shooting benefit comic book Love Is Love, in an officially authorized piece by legendary illustrator Jim Lee.
Lee's piece (with colors by Mark Chiarello), was revealed in the New York Times, and will appear in Love Is Love, produced by IDW in conjunction with DC Comics. It depicts Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, Ron Weasely, and Albus Dumbledore conjuring a rainbow with a quote from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire that aligns with Love Is Love's pro-equality message, which reads “Differences of habit and language are nothing at all if our aims are identical and our hearts are open.”
The quote comes from Dumbledore himself, who Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has said in recent years was written as gay, though this was never confirmed in any of the published novels.
The piece was produced with Rowling's approval - the only such approval the author has given for use of Harry Potter imagery in official comic books. DC President Diane Nelson has long worked with Rowling in her dealings with DC-parent company Warner Bros. in the production of the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts films.
Proceeds from Love Is Love will go to Equality Florida to benefit the victims of the Orlando Pulse nightclub shooting and their families. The one-shot will be on shelves December 28.