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An Owl’s-Eye View of Hogwarts



This incredible painting was created by Michael Bramman, who was 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 said 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.The first film had been completed and production was starting on the second. I was told that the set for the school still had the lighting set-up and a crane was available to enable me to get above the set for to take the photos I needed. The brief was to produce a painting showing an aeriel view, or owls eye view as I thought of it, so the magazine could designate the major areas where the action takes place. Unfortunately there were no lights, no crane or any way of getting above the set which was surrounded by a high wire fence. There was a gap that we were able to squeeze through which gave access to the front of the set. I was given some production stills and blueprints but the problem was really solved by finding a cardboard model which had enough of the of the basic elements to give me an idea of the school in its entirety. So problem solved." (source: email from artist, 1/19/2004)

Mr Bramman was never shown the original map drawn for Stuart Craig by Rowling, so he couldn't say whether this arrangement for the castle comes from that map. He said, "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." [Presumable he was referring to Warner Bros. -- Ed]

He kindly gave his permission for the two images on this page to appear here on the Lexicon. The original paintings, seen above, are copyrighted to Michael Bramman and used with permission. The image with captions is copyrighted to The Sunday Time Magazine and is also used with permission.

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