It’s a year today since my very first piece of writing here at Pilgrim’s Moon, Growing Older Disgracefully. Happy blog birthday to me!
Yesterday, I went to The Making of Harry Potter studio tour in north London. To walk through the Great Hall, board the Knight Bus and drink Butterbeer was wonderful and truly magical.
It made me reflect on several things:
- The spark is where it starts. If you’ve ever wondered whether one person can put into motion a stupendous series of events, think about that delayed train journey J K Rowling took in 1990, during which Harry jumped into her imagination. That one imaginative spark has enthralled millions and inspired the creativity of thousands of the people involved in making eight wonderful films. The Harry industry has provided employment for many, many people.
- You have to do the work. Jo Rowling had to write the books. She had to go through that labour of writing at the cost of other things in her life. How much easier would it have been to allow that spark to stay in her imagination and never fan Harry’s flame into life?
- Detail is important. The props, costumes and film sets are covered in fine detail which is never properly seen in the films. They are works of art in their own right, and they allowed the actors to inhabit their roles more authentically. I suspect it’s the same in our lives: if the details aren’t beautiful and authentic, the bigger stuff goes astray.
- Minimalism is especially demanding. One of the designers remarked that it’s easy to make a grand effect with visual trickery. If you’re working on something plain, it needs to have real depth and quality to draw and satisfy the eye. Which made me realise again that simplicity is a gift, not a punishment.
Thank you all for reading and contributing to Pilgrim’s Moon over the past year. I couldn’t have had a more delightful group of readers. It’s been a magical time for me, and I hope you’ll stay with me as we head towards the ‘terrible twos’.
photo credit: lucia