Not wishing to give Warner Studios free advertising, but I do believe in fairness, and it would only be fair for me to say that we thoroughly enjoyed it and the skill and artistry in those who produced the sets, props, animatronics and everything else that made the films as good as they are, was breath-taking. Well worth a visit - something for GB to be proud of.
Of course, one of the exhibits that most caught my eye was the wooden carving of the Goblet of Fire. I'd seen this particular film numerous times and had never noticed that the actual goblet was wooden.
|The goblet as seen in the film|
|Original design drawing for the goblet|
|The finished goblet, all carved from a single piece of wood|
|Close-up of the runes detail round the rim - all very nice, tool marks left on|
Suffice it to say, my young, gulible and easily marketed son found it impossible to walk through the shop without expressing his absolute 'need' for one of the mass produced, resin wands that cost £25, despite me warning him before hand that due to his 'need' for a new Pokemon game earlier in the week that we wouldn't be buying one. In fairness, whilst I must admit that the majority of the purchases available in the shop are quite nice, the prices are riddiculous.
Of course, I responded to my son's distress in the way that any DIY skinflint would with the dreaded, imortal words, "I could make one of those." What I didn't take into consideration was that having once said so, my son was not going to let it drop until I'd actually made one. So.....
|This is Jude's preferred wand - The Elder Wand - £25 worth, apparently|
This afternon I cleared a bit of space in my shed (enough for me to stand in), found a piece of seasoned wood on the log pile, fixed it into the lathe and set about turning an Elder Wand. Which was going well until I caught the gouge on a crack in the wood and it broke and flew off the lathe.
|First attempt, before it flew off the lathe - I told Jude it was due to the amount of magic we were harnessing|