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 .
The graphics team made up all of the ads in the Daily Prophet.
"In Order of the Phoenix there is a sequence when the camera goes inside the Daily Prophet. So we had to make adverts like it was a real newspaper. Sometimes we were surprised that they let us get away with the funny things that we wrote. Now you can see lots of those ads in Diagon Alley. You can see the fun bus — that was an advert in the Daily Prophet."
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In fact, many of the things that make the Wizarding World so special weren't even created by J.K. Rowling.
"The thing in the books is that Rowling never really gave too much detail. I think she was very clever and very intelligent. She let you create your own world. She knows exactly what is there. She knows what is behind the Dark Forest. Sometimes production would have to call her and say, 'OK Jo, what is behind the Dark Forest? We have to design this and we need to know if it's to the left of the castle and is it near the Lake?' She's the one that knows exactly where things are. But in the same way that she let you [her readers] decide, we had to decide."
"The set designer may say, 'We have this set so we need 20 posters in the background,' and we're in charge of creating these from scratch. For the Weasley products we got to do the same. I think in the book there were only seven or eight products that she mentioned and we had to create a three-floor shop and had to populate that shop with lots of products. So we had to create new ones. And it's so funny to see now, people can purchase them at the shop and we invented that while having a coffee."
More than 300 graphics were made for the films.
And if you count pages from the Daily Prophet individually, it's much more. Each issue had almost 20 pages.
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But the most intensive was the Daily Prophet.
It took over two weeks to make one edition and there were more than 30 editions.
"Each was absolutely different and I did it all in Photoshop. It was much easier to move things around and lay things out in layers. It was easy to move the big blocks of texts."
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