A dragon perched atop of the San Diego Central Library while an exchange student from Hogwarts School of Wizardry and Witchcraft zips around downtown.
It’s a not a new installation for any forthcoming Harry Potter franchise, but rather it’s a design for the 2018 Comic-Con International library card being offered this year at all 36 San Diego Public Library locations.
The artwork is the creation of local cartoonist Lucas Turnbloom.
“What would be cooler than a dragon coming out of the top of the (Central) Library? The architecture of the Library is so interesting and just seems like something out of a storybook,” Turnbloom said. “I like the idea of a kid seeing this card and saying, ‘That’s what reading is all about — the adventure, the fun, sign me up, give me my library card.’”
It’s the sixth year the library has offered a Comic-Con library card.
The Hogwarts exchange student is Max, an American studying at fictional wizardry school from the Harry Potter series. He is an original character created by Turnbloom in 2007.
The limited-edition cards, only 3,000 are made, are available starting Thursday. The card is free for qualified first-time applications. Existing active cardholders may change their card for a $1 replacement fee.
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