I am very excited to present the outcome of many hours of research, reference, and the management of numerous intricate Illustrator files~
Presenting the very first! (that I’ve ever seen) Harry-Potter-Marauder’s-Map-Inspired Wedding Invitation!
The Marauder’s Map from the Harry Potter series is definitely one of the most intriguing props. It combines 4 of my favorite things: old maps, secret compartments, intricate illustrations, and paper folding challenges.
Here’s the scene from Prizoner of Azkaban where Mr. Potter receives the map for the first time:
I wish I could say that I found a way to make the information appear and disappear on the paper, but my background is in graphic design, not chemistry :•) Nevertheless, I’m very pleased with the final result!
I turned the “marauding” aspect into a love story. When the cover flap is opened it reveals and illustrated telling of the couple’s proposal, in a style similar to the actual prop where letters and phrases are used to illustrate scenes and locations. The couple is represented throughout the piece by their footprints so we can follow their path together. (PS the footprinted credits in Prisoner of Azkaban has got to be my favorite film credit sequence of all time.)
The replica map prop sold by Barnes & Noble measures 15.5″ x 72″ open and folds to 15.5″ x 8.25″. Since a 6 foot wide invitation seemed a bit much and would certainly raise the price per suite of this invitation far too much, I decided to down size and go with a much smaller, but still quite sizable proportion : approx 8.6″ x 22″ open, 8.6″ x 5.5″ folded.
The envelope design is inspired by the Howler Letter prop from the films. I couldn’t pass up the wonderful ribbon and wax seal detailing. I have yet to see how this might ship. The ribbon flaps are affixed to prevent looseness during shipping, but my guess is they will require extra postage to be manually sorted rather than by the machine used to sort regular mail. I’m curious to see the postman’s reaction when I bring this in to find out.
I used my own proposal story for the illustration you see within the first spread. I also decided to add little instructive tabs to the corners for each spread. There is a particular way to view this invitation and if you’re not familiar with the film or the prop, you may just open out the whole thing right away, which doesn’t allow for the series of information to be presented properly. So I decided some minor instruction would be best.
This is the view of the inside, back-most spread containing the “secret” compartment, which is the official invitation part of the piece that opens out vertically…
And here’s the view of the entire invitation opened out fully. Sample names and locations were used of course, as this was my very first printed run of the idea ~ but I look forward to customizing this for some special couple out there!
This piece will be featured at the Homespun “This Ain’t Your Mama’s Wedding + Party Expo 2″ coming up on Sunday, March 11 to Warehouse Row, downtown Chattanooga. Come see us and we’ll let you play with this extraordinarily unique piece in the flesh! :•)