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Pottermore Behind the Scenes: Creating the Ravenclaw and Gryffindor Crests

J.K. Rowling
Posted by: Stephanie_J
October 20, 2011, 08:35 AM

The Pottermore Insider is giving fans a special behind-the-scenes look at the creation of the Hogwarts house crests illustrations used on the site.

In this first blog post, the step-by-step process for the Gryffindor and Ravenclaw crests are detailed showing preliminary sketches and the coloring process.

In coming up with these crests, created by Atomhawk Design, the Pottermore Insider says:

The starting point for each of the house crests was the Hogwarts crest, which first appeared on the title pages of the Harry Potter books, and represents all four Hogwarts houses. This original artwork and J.K. Rowling’s descriptions of the houses were used to inspire four unique house emblems for Pottermore.
The artists started by talking about the best way to include the natural elements of fire, earth, water and air into each house; what the best positions and expressions for the animals would be; and the most effective way to include the house colours in the final designs.
Read about the complete process at this link. The creation of the Slytherin and Hufflepuff crests will be published next week!

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14 Comments

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Very nice article…

Posted by Won_Two on October 20, 2011, 10:45 AM report to moderator
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I want a Ravenclaw crest on my page.

Posted by HogwartsForever on October 20, 2011, 11:22 AM report to moderator
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Very interesting!!

Posted by Calum Wilson (RuneDream54) on October 20, 2011, 01:49 PM report to moderator
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374 Points

Neat article! I find it neat to read about how they went through the process of making the crests.

Posted by MoonlitFox on October 20, 2011, 02:24 PM report to moderator
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20981 Points

Very cool! I hope to see a Gryffindor crest on my page soon. :)

Posted by LunaLuver on October 20, 2011, 03:37 PM report to moderator
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So cool to see how they designed the house crests… I love the Ravenclaw crest and I am so proud to have been sorted into that house!

Posted by snapegal27 on October 20, 2011, 04:41 PM report to moderator
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Oooh, that’s so cool! :D

Posted by . on October 20, 2011, 07:38 PM report to moderator
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cool! im really happy they chose the ones that they did :) i love hearing about the process too! i love behind the scenes stuff!!!

Posted by Nealie Zealbie on October 21, 2011, 01:25 AM report to moderator
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5439 Points

Very cool!

Posted by Fleur-de- Lily on October 21, 2011, 08:31 AM report to moderator
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I like how so much thought went into making these crests!

Posted by MagicalMe^_^ on October 21, 2011, 02:32 PM report to moderator
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awesome :D I got early access and was sorted into Ravenclaw!

Posted by sboyer06 on October 23, 2011, 10:24 AM report to moderator
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That is so cool how they made the crests and picked which ones were the ones. It shows dedecation!

Posted by Sammi *ROAR* :) (: on October 23, 2011, 04:16 PM report to moderator
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1985 Points

That is so cool. Excited to see the process of Hufflepuff crest.

Posted by jhangelgurl (ITC!) on October 24, 2011, 06:31 PM report to moderator
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cool can’t wait till pottermore is opened to the public and i hope to be getting a gryffindor crest on my page

Posted by ForbiddenMarauder on October 27, 2011, 03:58 PM report to moderator
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