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Harry Potter: The Blueprints

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I even had fun unrolling some of the panning shots into rough simulacra of the original matte paintings. Before we get into today’s post, I was asked to share a plan view of the original quad in my model, so…voila! To make matters worse, in the live-action location shots that follow, the statue (which I believe was installed just for the film) has moved to a different corner of the structure.

I made my decision based on the relative importance of the two scenes in which the view is mentioned; I wanted Harry to be able to watch Quidditch tryouts during detention with Dolores. Whew, sorry for the long delay…the months of sitting at my home desk have taken their toll on my arms, and I’ve had to significantly limit my computer use. To keep the distribution from being unnaturally even, I painted a “weight map” to control the density.My goal is to help readers visualize locations in the books in a new way, giving them even more to imagine and explore. These maps and notes were updated by Harper after the release of book seven, so although the images still say copyright 2006, they are actually revised as of 18 November 2007. A foot’s not a lot – at 1:24 scale, that comes out to half an inch in the miniature – but it helps to line things up as closely as I can. Fortunately, I’m not as much of a perfectionist as I used to be, so I pressed onward, accepting the fact that close comparisons with the original Hogwarts miniature would still reveal small discrepancies. I haven’t built the astronomy tower yet as of this writing, but this drawing is going to make it a cinch.

I’m kinda doing the COS version, since most of this is covered by a new hillside from POA onward, but that’s okay. So I hit the major milestone of starting to model the landscape a few days ago…but I’m going to save the renders for the next post.

We know the layout of Hogwarts is not 100% fixed; its magical properties do cause it to behave in some unusual ways.

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