Hogwarts: An Owl's-eye View
This incredible painting was created by Michael Bramman, a well-known British illustrator. Mr Bramman was called in by The Sunday Times Magazine to paint what he calls "an owls-eye view" of Hogwarts as seen in the films. Here's what Mr Bramman says about working on this project:
"Through the Sunday Times Magazine I went to meet Stuart Craig the production designer for the Harry Potter films at Leavesden Studios. Originally an aerodrome, the hangar's now used as studios and the old control tower as part of the administration offices and workshops.
Mr Bramman was never shown the original map drawn for Stuart Craig by Rowling, so he can't say whether this arrangement for the castle comes from that map. He says, "I have never seen Rowling's map. I suppose the designer would have incorporated all the main elements and locations. The copyright of the painting is mine. All visual aids given me by the studio are copyrighted by MGM."
He has kindly given his permission for the two images on this page to appear here on the Lexicon. The original painting, seen above, is copyrighted to Michael Bramman and used with permission. The image below is copyrighted to The Sunday Time Magazine and is also used with permission. A selection of signed A3 (9.07 X 42. cm.) prints on quality heavyweight matte paper are available. £50. pp UK included. The Special Edition of the Harry Potter painting commissioned for The Sunday Times Magazine. "Hogwarts and All" at £75. pp UK included. For more information, visit http://www.michaelbramman-illustration.co.uk.