15 Reasons The Making Of "Harry Potter" Was Even More Magical Than You Thought
MinaLima, the films' graphics team, were the most magical people on set. We sat down with Eduardo Lima to learn more about what happened behind the scenes to create the intensive world of Harry Potter.
1. The graphics team made up all of the ads in the Daily Prophet.
2. In fact, many of the things that make the Wizarding World so special weren't even created by J.K. Rowling.
3. More than 300 graphics were made for the films.
4. But the most intensive was the Daily Prophet.
5. It's filled with hidden gems.
6. The overall look and tone of the newspaper transformed throughout the movies to reflect the dark changes in the Wizarding World.
You may have noticed that the Daily Prophet is more whimsical in the first two films than in the rest. This was a conscious decision.
"In the third one [Prisoner of Azkaban], we start to get a little bit more serious and black with the addition of Alfonso Cuarón [the director], who did that very well. So of course we had to do that with the props and the Daily Prophet as well. We kept the same style in the third movie, and in number four [Goblet of Fire] it was a little bit of Let's not give that away, but it's coming. In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, when the Ministry of Magic takes over, we wanted it to be all propaganda posters and that was kind of the look behind it and the direction as well. It needed to be much bolder; the font had to be stronger. This makes people a little bit more worried. They start to wonder if what they read is true."
7. The designers weren't allowed to put dates on the Quibbler.
8. All the writing on the Marauder's Map was hand-drawn.
9. But these feet were not.
10. Rowling liked The Tales of Beedle the Bard so much that she asked for the movie's copy before it was even done.
11. The perfume ad from Half-Blood Prince took the longest of any graphic prop to make.
12. The graphics team had to create over 100 proclamations for Umbridge.
13. Emma Watson used to borrow supplies from the graphics studio, but never returned anything (oops).
14. And Helena Bonham Carter used to come hang out in full costume while she was waiting to go to set.
15. Fans can expect some incredibly amazing details in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
This article originally misidentified "The Tales of Beedle the Bard." We are sorry, Potterheads.