A day late (I know), but here’s my Harry Potter 20th anniversary post! The four houses of Hogwarts 18th century style! Hope you all like it :D

I remember my first Harry Potter book when I was a child: my mom bought the first one (as the Spanish version was quite new) for me to read while on vacation and BOOM a fan was born u.u When I think about Harry Potter, I think about one of the key literary and fiction influences from my childhood, along with A Series of Unfortunate Events.

What do these books makes you think about? What did you like the most about them?

Images from top:


  • “Madame Henriette de France playing the Viola da Gamba”, 1754, Jean-Marc Nattier.
  • “Portrait of Monsieur de Buissy”, 1745, Joseph Siffred Duplessis, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa.


  • “Portrait of a gentleman", late 18th Century, British School.
  • “Portrait of Marie Leczinska”, early 18th century, atelier de Jean Baptiste Van Loo.


  • “Portrait of Marie Fel”, Maurice Quentin de la Tour.
  • “James Erskine, Lord Barjarg and Alva”, 1750, Allan Ramsay, Scottish National Portrait Gallery.


  • “Portrait of Richard Boyle, 2nd Earl of Shannon", Sir Joshua Reynolds.
  • “Self-Portrait with a Harp”, 1791, Rose Adélaïde Ducreux, Met Museum.

Rose-Adélaïde Ducreux - Diana de la Vaupalière, Comtesse de Langeron - 1790

Rose-Adélaïde Ducreux (1761 – July 26, 1802) was a French painter and musician, born in Paris. Eldest daughter of Joseph Ducreux, with whom she also studied, she showed at the Louvre Salons in 1791, 1793, 1795, 1798, and 1799. She was accomplished both as a performer and as a composer.

Cathelin et Ducreux, “Elisabeth de France, soeur du roi”.

Paris, musée Carnavalet.

Élisabeth Philippine Marie Hélène de France, called Madame Elizabeth, was born May 3, 1764 at Versailles. Sister to Louis XVI, orphaned at the age of three, she received an excellent education and was distinguished by her talents in mathematics and science.

In 1783, Louis XVI gave her land and a house in the village of Montreuil, that remains today in the district of Montreuil at Versailles under the name “Domaine de Madame Elisabeth.”

She quickly developed a strong attachment to Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette, by whose side she remained all his life especially refusing to marry. Under the Terror, she had to appear before the Revolutionary Court and was sentenced to death. She was guillotined May 10, 1794 in Paris.