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Harry Potter Studio Tour

Last weekend, Ingvild, Joanna and I  went to the Harry Potter studio tour just outside London. It was a fun experience and definitely worth the trip. We got there early and headed for the shop before our slot was opened. It was massive. I was prepared for how expensive it would be, but what surprised me the most was the poor quality of some of the things, such as the robes, however,  I wasn’t out to buy clothing but got a nice book about the makings of the films.

As our slot opened, we were greeted by enthusiastic guy #1 for a few minutes before he handed us over to enthusiastic guy #2 who lead us into the great hall.  For some reason I forgot to take a photo of the whole hall, maybe enthusiastic guy distracted me, there was a lot of yelling.

My favorite costumes.

In the next rooms there was props upon props, scene setting, costumes, masks and other amazing stuff. You’re really struck by all the effort that has been put into these films, when you see all the things that where made such as oil painting, resin sculptures, iron doors, statues, whole buildings, hand painted carpets and bricks, etc.  How amazing is it that the Chamber of secret doors actually moves in real life?

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Forget about Harry Potter, I want to know about this guy!

They had Weasley’s House, Dumbledore’s office, the potion classroom and Hagrid’s hut, all in wonderful detail and mechanics that was constantly moving and buttons to press to make things change, it’s like being a kid again.

I love Umbridge’s office, and the cat details on all her things, it’s overwhelmingly cute and creepy at the same time. I also find the ‘Magic is might,’ statue from the last films incredible, a really powerful imagery.

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The films must also have been the dream of a graphic designers, there was so much paper, books, wrappings, posters that was featured in the films!

In the middle of the tour there was a resting stop, were you could buy Butterbeers. I just missed my friends message telling me not to taste it, too late, it was quite sickeningly. Not as bad as it were when we tried to make it ourselves, it was pretty much ginger ale with cream, witch it had an aftertaste of penicillin..

Drunk on Butterbeer we got in the car and drove away.

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Loved Diagon Alley.

They also had concept art,  architect drawings, paper models, statue of the “Architect of Hogwarts.” and of course the massive Hogwarts model.

And among a hundred other things that was pretty much it! Recommended to all Harry Potter, fantasy or, special effects and movie enthusiasts, young and old alike!

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Hooray~

Just had to…

 

 

 

 

Photoshoot in the forest

Two weeks ago Wictoria, Kama and I whent to sognsvann to have our awaited medieval/elvish/hobbit/strange lady in the forest dress photoshoot. I haven’t been in a photoshoot for years so being in front of the camera was a little odd to begin with, but we got some really nice shots in the end, though thanks to Wictoria’s amazing photography skills and perhaps not my impeccable modelling skills (allthough I make a nice elvish lady. No? rude.)

I really wanted to have lake shots, but we struggled quite with the extreme brightness, but with after some time (in the surprisingly cold water) we did manage to get some cool effects (the bottom is my favorite, it’s kind of amazingly creepy). Next time I want to go to the sea (and have a dress with a long train.)  Anyway, on to the photos.

I’ve had fun editing these, they are all in different styles, as I couldn’t decide what kind of editing I liked the best. Thank you Wictoria for taking such nice photos of me~

Dress by: me

Photos by: Wictoria (there will be more at her blog soon, and the ones of Kama as well)

Assistant: Kama

Edited by: me

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We atleast had tons of fun and is already planning another shoot, or a dozen to be more correct. I’m currently making a elvish dress for Wictoria and another for myself as well, (a more greek inspired gown.) Can’t wait to finish them~

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The annual visit to Katrine trip Helene in Sandefjord. Sun, bathing, games and Moonrise Kingdom~ Wish I could have stayed forever.  ♥

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Oslo Medieval Festival

Yesterday I went to the annual Medieval festival in Oslo! It was the first time I went and wasen’t sure what to excpect, but I had a good time.

The Medieval Festival started in 1994 and takes place at the historical site, the Medieval Park by the old Church of Mary ruins.

The park was packed with families, young and old, many that where dressed up in beautiful costumes and carried bows and swords, mingling with the actors and musicians.

There was fighting and horseback tournaments, traditional food and a huge market where you could by clothing, jewelry, accesories, trinkets, weapons and snacks.

I wore my dress that I had made for the occation, a dark blue linen gown. It’s not based on something historically correct, I wanted it to be quite simple and I worked a lot on getting the right fit, rater than decorating it, and I’m going to make long sleeves for it later that I can take on and off. Now that I have a perfect fitted pattern, I’m going to make another more detailed dress later this summer~

I went there with Wictoria and Kanae, but met a whole lot of my friends on the festival grounds.

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I used my mothers old brooch a  pendant, it’s hand-made and around 15-20 years old or something, from the early 90’s when viking-style jewelry was a trend.

The people who worked at the festival were good actors and created  a fun atmosphere with their roles, it’s probably quite amusing to work like that, a big live theater!

I just love those families who show up with everybody dressed up,  I would definitivly bring my future kids here!

This kid knows his swordsmanship!

Wictoria and I will have a proper styled photoshoot with my dress later in the summer~

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I bought some jewelry pieces at the market. I just love the little bronze orb, the nice lady who sold it owns a jewelry shop in Sweden where they make things based on archaeological findings and she told me it was made from a piece they found in Trondheim. I wan’t to buy a sword or a bow next year. :O I still wish to one day join a archery class or something, it’s fun and is a great exercise~

Haha the police twittered that “we’re wearing our chain mail and brough a small lance with us”  when they had been called out to stop two persons from playing with their bows in the city (probably bought at the festival.)

That ended a fun festival day~ I limped home (two blisters) to edit photos (god I hate taking photos in bright sunlight,) so now I also know how it feels like to walk around in the city alone, barefoot and in costume, fun times, will repeat next year. (not the blister part.)

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