Ever looked at your Harry Potter Village pieces and wondered, “Who has the job to make these?” Well, wonder no more because that is the job of one Paul Lundberg and here, he has answered some of our questions about his interesting and rewarding work.
When you are creating pieces for the Harry Potter Village collection, where do you get your inspiration from?
-I mostly draw inspiration from the movies when creating the Village pieces, although I did look at some of the illustrations in the early books. I have watched all the movies so many times it’s crazy. I totally lost count many years ago, but it was such a part of my daughter’s lives growing up that I could not help but get hooked on them as well.
Do you get to see some of the set designs up close? How do you know where to put all the special details that make them more realistic?
-I use the online set designs (there are a lot online) when I start designing. There are some good photos of the Hogwarts model at Warner Bros, that they used while filming the movie. I used this model quite a bit to get a good understanding of the layout of the buildings.
How long on average does it take to get a piece from conception to being finished & ready for sale?
-The early buildings went amazingly quick. I think they were designed, sculpted and samples made in about 4 months. We have some amazing partners we work with that do an amazing job of sculpting and producing samples. Usually, it is quite a bit longer than that, especially with such a high-profile license.
When working on the figurines, do you have to try to get them to look exactly like the actors?
-For the figures, we were not trying to get the exact likeness of the actor. This is where most of the ideas used came from the books, just trying to create the look of the character rather than an actor’s face. I think we did a pretty good job of capturing the essence of each character. We also work with Warner Brother’s and they consult the JK Rowling team for any reviews, approvals or any amendments.
Which has been the hardest piece for you to create?
-Without a doubt the Hogwarts pieces were the most difficult. Trying to decide how to do it in multiple sections and make each section look appealing. Price is always an issue when designing elaborate pieces such as Hogwarts as well, so it was a big challenge.
Finally, which has been your favourite piece to work on?
-Trying to decide on my favourite piece is difficult, but I would have to say it’s a toss-up between Hogwarts and Hagrid’s hut. Hagrid is such a lovable character that his little hut will always be a favourite. Hogwarts was wonderful to work on as well, after all the years of watching the movies I never really knew how all of the structure was laid out. Now I have a great little map of the layout and a lot of the ins and outs of the buildings.