I keep thinking about a question someone sent me a month or so ago, about what you might not know about me from reading my blog. I keep thinking of things. One of them is that I love miniatures. I don’t have a lot of space in my apartment to build a lot of stuff, so although I have all the contents and most of the structural pieces to build a miniature Bag End, I haven’t been able to do it yet. (It kind of broke my heart when Elijah tweeted about somebody else’s mini Bag End a couple of weeks ago… mine will be old news whenever I manage to finish it! Oh, well. I’m still going to build it!)
But a couple of years ago I did build a roombox of Harry Potter’s room at Number Four Privet Drive. You can see the earliest pictures of the room, not quite finished, and read about a lot of the details here (actually, you might want to do that first!). These are updated/finished pictures, with some of the later elements added.
1) Probably the most important addition to the room is Harry himself. My friend sent me this Harry action figure. I think he’s 4.5” tall, and he’s just slightly too large for the room. So that gives you a sense of scale. (Also, he’s HBP Harry and the room is dressed for just prior to the opening of GoF, but shhh, we won’t quibble.)
2) More evidence that Harry’s a slob — pajamas and shoes on the floor. EDIT: Oh, and I should add that the cricket bat is an homage to Dan Radcliffe, who loves the cricket. (I don’t think the books ever imply that Harry’s much of a cricketer.)
3) There’s Harry’s broom leaning against the corner of his bookcase.
4) There’s Harry’s orrery, which I put together from jewelry findings (see link to EVMiniatures below). Dumbledore’s office is full of these ancient devices for studying the rotation of the planets, but Harry’s got a simple one of his own for his astronomy classes. You can also see his telescope there, next to the crystal ball (which I need to rescue before it falls and shatters!).
5) Harry’s school bag has been moved to the floor next to his desk chair, in order to make room for his school scarf (knitters will note — and, I hope, forgive! — that my color jogs are atrocious, because I hadn’t yet learned how to do them properly; this miniature ribbing took so dang long to do, though, that I can’t bring myself to re-knit the thing now!).
6) At last I have a decent picture of the top of Harry’s desk. It seems he’s in the midst of a bit of pre-term homework or research: he’s got a scroll, a piece of parchment, his quill and inkpot, and his copy of Defensive Magical Theory all spread out, and a few stray tarot cards. (The lantern’s there, too, just out of frame.)
7) There are a couple of new items in Harry’s school trunk now — a wonderful scroll all about dragons (good thing he’s got this… maybe it’ll have some information about Hungarian Horntails!), and the Sneak-O-Scope that Ron gave him for Christmas last year.
8) Harry’s bed has some new items. In addition to his favorite book and his famous glasses, there’s also his wand. I feel extremely lucky to be the first person to have a replica of the wand Harry uses in the movies, from EVMiniatures (link below). In addition, Harry’s left his school sweater (knitted by me) out on the foot of his bed. He should probably put that away….
The kit to make the orrery, the two beautiful scrolls, and Harry’s replica wand are the beautiful work of Ericka van Horn.
The pattern for Harry’s school sweater is my own modification of the Boys’ School Uniform sweater pattern offered by Buttercup Miniatures.
Harry’s broom, cricket bat, and the spinning-top that forms the base of his Sneak-O-Scope were hand-made by a British artisan, Chris Sturgess-Lief, who tragically passed away last year. I am grateful to own his beautiful pieces, and I hope that Harry’s room will live as part of his artistic legacy. Thank you, Chris, for sharing your wonderful gift.