Harry Potter Poster – an Analysis

Today’s post is a description of my only Harry Potter poster, originally published on July 18th, 2011.

This is the seventh episode of the Harry Potter book series therefore I wanted to picture the number “7” somehow, e.g. by using seven characters.

The appearance of the main trio – Harry, Hermione, Ron – is obvious as well as Dumbledore, Voldemort and Snape, considering their roles in unraveling the story. Dobby sacrifices his life for Harry and he represents the repressed parts of the wizarding world, this is why I gave him the seventh place. These four people do not survive the final chapter.


The composition is asymmetrical: some kind of axis is formed by the Elder Wand in Voldemort’s hand and Harry’s wand. The wands of the main trio are symmetrical to this axis and support the asymmetrical orientation (as well as other elements like the spell of Dobby). The balance is partially restored at the bottom with the horizontal shape of Hogwarts and the water. This has a calming effect on the movement created by the asymmetry.

Read more if you want to learn where are the Deathly Hallows in the picture!

The borders of the picture have grayish, bluish colors. Stronger tones are in the middle, surrounding the characters. This closes the picture and, together with the partially restored symmetry, helps in creating the mood of the final, concluding chapter of a long story.

Color palette of the poster (created by Color Palette FX, www.palettefx.com)

The clothes of Harry, Hermione and Ron are in harmony with the reddish-goldish glow of the background and the black ruins. Dobby is close to Hermione and Dumbledore – remember S.P.E.W. and the fact that she is the brain of the trio. Ron is close to Voldemort; he was corrupted by the Horcrux the most easily and it was hard to him to face his fears. The poses, clothes ans sizes of Harry and Voldemort are similar; these things refer to their unnaturally strong connection.

potter7wandsTheir wands and hands are the mirror images of each other: the dark hand of Voldemort glows in the greenish light of the deadly curse, Avada Kedavra. Harry’s wand is lightened by Lumos spell; this shiny spot is the central point of the poster.

There is only one more bluish spell on the picture – it belongs to Snape, referring to their connection. Snape’s whole life is about protecting Harry: this is obvious when we examine his pose between Dumbledore and Voldemort, attacking towards the latter. The brightness of the spell he casts underlines the character’s importance.


The light spot between Dumbledore and Snape is also the end point of the Elder Wand – another connection between the characters.

Dobby also casts a light spell; this gives more weight to his small figure.

potter7deathTwo tiny details are hidden in the poster: above Voldemort, the figure of Death watches the greatest Death Eater. On this picture on the right, I made Death more visible – it is much harder to spot it on the final poster.

potter7stoneThe stem of the P of the Harry Potter logo points to the Resurrection Stone.

Actually, the third of the Deathly Hallows, the Invisibility Cloak is also presented but it is invisible. :)

Although today I would do some things differently I still like this piece very much. I feel the characters communicate well with each other and the viewer and I like the tone of the picture. It carries the “It all ends” feeling without overphotoshopped, dirty figures and ruins.

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