If Dostoevsky Had Written ‘Harry Potter’


The neural network showed how the characters from “Harry Potter” would look like if they were invented by Chekhov and Dostoevsky:

Russian enthusiast Vasily Polyakov has generated portraits of characters from the Harry Potter films in the style of Russian writers Anton Pavlovich Chekhov and Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky. Polyakov shared the results of his work in his group on VKontakte.

To create drawings, the author used the Midjourney neural network. It is not known what kind of requests Polyakov made. The selection includes images of Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, Ron Weasley, Dumbledore, Hagrid, Minerva McGonagall, Voldemort, Severus Snape and Draco Malfoy.

Please do go to the page linked above to see the others; the Hermione, Snape, Draco, Ron, and Dumbledore pictures not shown here are well worth the visit.

The first soul triptych in modern literature remains the best, namely, the three Brothers Karamazov. I think it is fair to assume that Dostoevsky deployed this Patristic-Platonic allegory because of the several allusions to copies of St Isaac the Syrian’s homilies found in that novel, in which collection the three faculties of soul and their right alignment are mentioned repeatedly. Regardless, Chekhov and Dostoevsky inspired ‘drawings’ of Rowling’s characters are a delight, despite their depressing demeanor.

What other authors or playwrights do you think could be used to generate like AI imagery? Shakespeare, for sure; Wodehouse? Dickens? Austen? 


  1. Brian Basore says

    How about W. M. Thackeray?

  2. Good one! That’s natural because of the Gaunt Family reference to WMT’s Vanity Fair.

    I’d add Thomas Hardy; cf Beatrice Groves’ ‘Literary Allusion’ for all the Hardy head fakes and hat-tips in Harry Potter and posts here about ‘Casual Vacancy.’

    Hardy doesn’t quite rank with Austen, Colette, and VVN, but very close!

  3. All I can say is (girls, it might be a girl thing) when I clicked on the link and found Prof Snape I fell in love. Again. I’ll add this bit: I was at the gym showing this article to my trainer (who is 21 and claims to be an HP fan) and he shrugged.

    Really? Meantime I’m like throw some more weight on that barbell cuz I’m ready. A Russian Snape? I want one.

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