When I was pregnant with Claire, I had the idea to do this series. After 20 months of brainstorming, scouting locations, designing sets, making props and costumes, shooting, editing, and stressing, I finally feel like it is complete. I started this project for me, to have some fun shots of my daughter based in the world of Harry Potter, a world that I love. In the end, I didn’t get do all of the sets I wanted, added a couple I hadn’t planned to, and pushed myself to try new editing and shooting techniques to get the look I wanted. Some turned out exactly like I envisioned them, others drastically different, and a few shots were totally unintentional, left entirely to the random behavior of a toddler, a lucky shutter finger, and a little bit of luck! My vision all along was not to make my daughter into Harry, but to have be herself, as if she were attending Hogwarts current day. I tried to stay true to canon and used details from the books, interviews that J.K. Rowling has given, and the movies. Claire is sharing a lot of the experiences that Harry and his friends did, but that happens when you go to the same school! Claire was a good sport, and her big brother Maddox loved joining in a few of the sets, too! I know my family and friends and Facebook followers have been waiting for this day for a very, very long time, so without further ado, I present my Potter Project.
I made most of the props myself, but for those I didn’t make, check out these shops:
Orchard Works hand carves the most amazing wands!
SnappyPea made the perfect easy-to-wear tie
Marauder’s Map from LilliannaMarie
Acceptance Letter from Outlaw Heart Paper Co
House and Quidditch sweaters by Tina at Crochet Creations
Special thank yous go out to to:
Lauren Fairweather for use of her song, “It’s Real For Us” – You are amazing!
Kimberley McClard at Potter Pandemic for use of her Gryffindor Crest
Cylonka for use of the amazing Hogwarts Crest
Wacca for us of the Holyhead Harpies art
To my beautiful daughter, Claire. You are my muse. I love you!