ByKristin Lai, writer at Creators.co
MP Staff Writer, cinephile and resident Slytherclaw // UCLA Alumna // Follow me on Twitter: kristin_lai
Kristin Lai

When people talk about "movie magic" I sometimes feel like it's similar to the plight of the House Elves. To make this "magic" happen in reality, it takes a lot of hands doing a lot of hard work.

One such instance of this hard work can be seen in the efforts of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 & 2, set designer and art director Nicholas Henderson. Henderson recently released various blue prints, 3D models, and finished shots of some of his work on set.

Interior Hogwarts

Nicholas Henderson/Warner Bros.
Nicholas Henderson/Warner Bros.
Nicholas Henderson/Warner Bros.
Nicholas Henderson/Warner Bros.

Fans of the films will recognize that this is the bridge where Harry and Voldemort first started their final battle. The transformation from 3D to real-life shows how clear Henderson's vision was from the start.

Lookout Tower

Nicholas Henderson/Warner Bros.
Nicholas Henderson/Warner Bros.

Being able to see it come together from the 3D models to the finished project is truly fascinating. Looking at all the intricate details and realizing that they were all designed just for a film series really puts Henderson's work into perspective.

Hogwarts Boathouse

Nicholas Henderson/Warner Bros.
Nicholas Henderson/Warner Bros.
Nicholas Henderson/Warner Bros.
Nicholas Henderson/Warner Bros.

I still haven't quite gotten over Snape's scene in the boathouse. For people who didn't read the books, this is where their perspective on an integral character changed forever.

Courtyard Destruction

Nicholas Henderson/Warner Bros.
Nicholas Henderson/Warner Bros.
Nicholas Henderson/Warner Bros.
Nicholas Henderson/Warner Bros.
Nicholas Henderson/Warner Bros.
Nicholas Henderson/Warner Bros.
Nicholas Henderson/Warner Bros.
Nicholas Henderson/Warner Bros.

While watching Hogwarts get destroyed like this did a number on my emotions, I can really appreciate how much skill it took to make something look so artfully destroyed.

Kings Cross Station

Nicholas Henderson/Warner Bros.
Nicholas Henderson/Warner Bros.
Nicholas Henderson/Warner Bros.
Nicholas Henderson/Warner Bros.

Full of natural light, this pure white space of limbo was the perfect meeting place for Harry and Dumbledore.

Nicholas Henderson/Warner Bros.
Nicholas Henderson/Warner Bros.

It's always interesting to see what these sets that captured our imaginations for years looked like in their earlier stages and the amount of effort that went into creating them.

To see all of Henderson's work, check out his Wordpress album that includes more images of the behind-the-scene work.

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