Hamleys - Fantastic Beasts

Scenes of Harry Potter and the Fantastic Beasts films have been reconstructed in the windows of Hamleys. One window is based on the Fantastic Beasts bank scene and features a scenically painted layered backdrop of the elaborate fret-cut bank tellers screen. In the foreground are various sourced props including a desk and lamp. The desk was stripped back and re-stained, and the handles replaced with brass cup handles.

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The lamp was made from two different reconditioned lamps, and stacks of books in specific colours were sourced with some given new covers and printed spines. A stack of bank papers painstakingly joined together with butterfly clips and tape along with random papers were printed to look like accounts sheets. A battered old suitcase and faux gold coins completed the dressing.

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Another window shows a platform from Kings Cross station with faux semi-relief brickwork painted in grey and white shades rather than the red brick in the film. Arches were layered onto the main wall structure that completely ran the width of the window. Sourced suitcases were cleaned and reconditioned in various shades. Parcels were also made in specific shades, reinforced inside to allow for product to be displayed on them.

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The last window features a large scenically painted cut-out of the Hogwarts Castle together with hand-strung wands suspended on black wires, featured alongside white plinths at the front of another window showcasing other products from the Harry Potter range in store.

The design process was handled by Propability, as well as teams from Warner Brothers, Noble and Hamleys. 

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