Each year, I make my son an advent calendar. They have been getting more elaborate each year, and always themed differently. Behind each window I put a selection of images of things that he has been interested in during that year – the one when he was three for example had Bob the Builder, Fireman Sam, Poppy Cat etc, while now it’s more Minecraft, Pokemon, Harry Potter etc. We read the Harry Potter books together this year, one after the other, followed by the movies, and he is a huge Potter fan now; we even visited the Warner Bros Studios “Harry Potter Tour” outside London last month, touring the sets where they filmed the movies, which was amazing. So it made sense then that this year I should make a Harry Potter themed advent calendar. And here it is!
This one was bigger and more complicated than I have made before, drawn in pen and coloured with a mixture of watercolour. As you can see, it opens out into a larger scene with Hogwarts in the background. The first panel, when it’s all closed up, is the Hogwarts Express, opening up to then reveal Hogsmeade, opening up to reveal the Forbidden Forest, the Black Lake, and a magical view of the Great Hall. I started drawing this at the beginning of November, and had about four fifths of it drawn before taking a break for our Thanksgiving trip to London. I finished it when I got back, painting it physically, scanning it, colouring part of it digitally and stitching it together, before printing it, cutting the windows with a perforator, adding the images behind each window (oh, and it does have a window nine-and-three-quarters between windows 9 and 10), gluing it onto some left over mat board from another project, and managing somehow to get it all done for December 1st. Well, about 2am on December 2nd. Yeah, it took a while and was ultimately a day late but it was well worth it. My son loved it, and was totally surprised, having not seen it at all in progress. This is the sixth advent calendar I have made for him, and already I’m thinking about next year…
9 thoughts on “Harry Christmas!”
Your son is very lucky, these are beautiful. No doubt it will be something he’ll treasure his whole life. Merry Christmas!
This is astounding and beyond wonderful….thanks for sharing, and Merry Christmas to you and yours :)
Wow! Wow, wow, wow! That is phenomenal! You have an incredible talent and are also a dedicated, loving, nurturing father – clear from so many of your posts – so I love that those two aspects of your life combine in this amazing creation. (Note to self: do not show this post to my Potterphile kids or they will request something similar of me.)
Wow. Yes I agree, this is a stupendous work of love for your son. I wish I was your son! I hope you are keeping all these treasures in a safe place for him when he can truly appreciate them as a grownup. Merry Christmas. 🎄✨
Omg omg omg omg I would buy this. It’s freaking gorgeous!
These are absolutely amazing!
That is absolutely lovely. Wishing you a Happy Christmas and a very merry New Year!
This is just incredible, and truly inspirational. Thanks for sharing!
What an incredibly beautiful gift! Your son is a lucky kiddo and what a great display of the care and adoration for your kids!