If you thought by now you'd discovered every #EasterEgg hidden away in the eight #HarryPotter movies — even with J.K. Rowling routinely tripping into her Room of Requirement to dig up even more batshit trivia on the good witches and wizards of Hogwarts — a new deep dive into Harry Potter & The Prisoner of Azkaban reveals yet more nuggets of information you probably never noticed the first time round.
Or the second... or the third.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Miraphora Mina and Eduardo Lima — graphic artists who designed countless items across the Harry Potter movies, and who are now working on Fantastic Beasts — go in-depth about the process of creating the Marauder's Map. Mina explained:
"In the early films, the kids are a bit confused. The staircases are moving left and right and they never quite know what floor they’re on and it’s overwhelming. We wanted to feel that, so the fact that it’s got these flaps and different layers that you can unfold and you’re never quite sure where you are."
You would think a map would be more useful if it actually helped you find your way rather than adding to the confusion, but then again this is Hogwarts, and if you accidentally end up in a secret bathroom when you should be in Potions, does anyone really lose?
If you look really hard at one corner of the map in Azkaban's end credits, you'll see a pair of entangled footprints suggesting a pair of lovers are engaging in a bit of "mischief". Rus Wetherell, who designed the end credits, says the "sex scene" came in a flash of inspiration at 4AM when he was frustrated after three weeks' solid work. Needless to say, it was subtle enough that no Republican soccer moms kicked up a stink about their kids being violated.
Meanwhile, if you pause any of the Potter movies on an open page of the Daily Prophet, you'll find filler stories inspired by the real lives of Mina and Limas's family and friends. Pretty cool, right?
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