This week, I took the other half to Harry Potter World at Leavesden Studio’s. We saw many magical things from sets used in the films, actors costumes, contraptions, prosthetics and much much more.
One of the most intriguing parts of the tour for me, was getting to see all the props that the Graphics Department had made. These guys were involved in lot of things we take for granted in the 8 films. They designed school books, hand written potion labels, became the unofficial Editor in Chiefs for the “Quibbler” and even designed the Hogwarts School Crest.
I love the illustrative style the team created and the humour that comes across in their work. Take a look at some of the packaging designs they created for the “Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes” shop located at Number 93 Diagon Alley.
I also really like the way the wizarding newspaper “The Daily Prophet” has been designed and laid out. It’s broadsheet appearance and mass of ornate looking text stamps instant authority.
If you read some of the news items closely you can also see lots of hints from the muggle world with wizarding touches such as the competition section to win ”VIW” (Very Important Witch) backstage passes.