Creating Hogwarts Triptych showcases the visual development process in film making. The top frame is Stuart Craig's concept sketch, the middle frame the image rendered digitally in color, and the bottom a frame from the finished film. Within the triptych is the entire process from early concept to finished look!
Over a decade ago, world-renowned writer, J.K. Rowling created the world of Harry Potter, capturing the imaginations of millions of children and adults. Since then, followers of ‘the boy who lived’ have seen him grow though up through a seven-book series that takes place in a magical world of castles, creatures, witches and wizards.
To bring this deeply imaginative story to the movie screen, Warner Bros. and the Harry Potter series producer, David Heyman enlisted an outstanding team of filmmakers including award-winning production designer, Stuart Craig. Craig feels that the filmmaking process is about giving the audience images (sometimes even exaggerating them for effect) and eliminating anything that gets in the way of people understanding and following the story. The result of his meticulous study of the world Rowling created, is a series of production designs rendered under his direction by top illustrators such as Andrew Williamson. The result is a visual creation of Harry’s world that has thrilled filmgoers worldwide.
The Art of the Harry Potter Film Series now allows collectors to own these brilliant film-production images as limited edition fine art prints. Each print in the series is hand-numbered and signed by Stuart Craig.
Harry James Potter (b. 31 July 1980) was a half-blood wizard, who was the only child and son of the late James and Lily Potter (néeEvans), and one of the most famous wizards of modern times. In what proved to be a vain attempt to circumvent a prophecy that stated that a boy born at the end of July of 1980 could be able to defeat him. Lord Voldemort tried to murder him when he was a year and three months old. Voldemort murdered Harry's parents as they tried to protect him, shortly before attacking Harry. This early unsuccessful attempt to vanquish Harry led to Voldemort's first downfall, marking the end of the First Wizarding War and to Harry henceforth being known as the "Boy Who Lived."
One consequence of Lily's loving sacrifice was that her orphaned son had to be raised by her only remaining blood relative, his Muggleaunt Petunia Dursley. While in her care he would be protected from Lord Voldemort, due to the Bond of Blood charm Albus Dumbledoreplaced upon him. This powerful charm would protect him until he became of age. As the only known survivor of the Killing Curse (up to that point), Harry was already famous before he arrived at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
On his eleventh birthday, Harry learned that he was a wizard. He began attending Hogwarts in 1991 and was Sorted into Gryffindor House. While at school, Harry became best friends with Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, and later became the youngest Quidditch Seeker in over a century and eventually the captain of his house's team, winning two Quidditch Cups. He became even better known in his early years for protecting the Philosopher's Stone from Voldemort, saving Ron's sister Ginny Weasley, solving the mystery of the Chamber of Secrets, slaying Salazar Slytherin's basilisk, and learning how to conjure a corporeal stag Patronus at the age of thirteen. In his fourth year, Harry won the Triwizard Tournament, although the competition ended with the tragic death of Cedric Diggory and the return of Lord Voldemort. During the next school year, Harry reluctantly taught and led Dumbledore's Army. He also fought in the Battle of the Department of Mysteries, during which he lost his godfather, Sirius Black.
About Stuart Craig:
Norman Stuart Craig OBE (born April 14, 1942) is a noted British production designer. He has also designed the sets, together with his frequent collaborator set decorator Stephanie McMillan, on all of the Harry Potter film series films to date. At Potter author J. K. Rowling's request, he is working with Universal Creative team to design the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal's Islands of Adventure theme park. Rowling said in a December 2007 interview on the Potter podcast PotterCast, "The key thing for me was that, if there was to be a theme park, that Stuart Craig … would be involved. … More than involved, that he would pretty much design it. Because I love the look of the films; they really mirror what’s been in my imagination for all these years". He has been nominated for an Academy Award nine times, and has won three times: in 1982 for Gandhi, in 1988 for Dangerous Liaisons, and in 1996 for The English Patient. He has been nominated for a BAFTA award twelve times, including for first six Potter films, and has won twice: in 1980 for The Elephant Man and in 2005 for Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Stuart Craig has been nominated for a BAFTA Award for consecutive six films in a row, viz. for consecutive first six Harry Potter films. For his work on The English Patient, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Harry Potter and Order of the Phoenix,Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, Craig was nominated for an Art Directors Guild award. The Guild has also honored Craig with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the awards ceremony on 16 February 2008.