Flite Rite Advert – Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
This Flite Rite advert probaby isn’t the first thing most people think of when you say Harry Potter. In other words, it’s the perfect type of prop for me because of its relative obscurity. In fact, I find myself more and more drawn to movie paraphernalia that’s a little bit left-field.
Naturally, I bought my wife tickets to the visit the Warner Bros Studio Tour for Christmas – a mecca for Harry Potter fans around the world. For those that don’t know the background, Leavesden Studios (near Watford, North London) was the main production facility for all 8 Potter films. As WB knew they had a hit on their hands, and fistful of sequels to make, they kept hold of pretty much every prop, set and costume from production right from the outset. The upshot of this is that by the time they finished shooting the final film, they were sitting on a figurative goldmine of Harry Potter stuff. Rather than see what they could get for it on ebay, they opened up 2 of the lots to the public and started charging them £40 a ticket.
For anyone with anyone with as much as a passing interest in film-making, props or, I suppose Harry Potter, the Studio Tour is absolutely brilliant. We’re planning a return visit very soon – as I couldn’t get nearly as many reference photos as I’d have liked – simply because I’d have been there well past closing.
Anyway, waffle over. In one of the display cases I spotted this nifty flyer for Flite Rite. After a little bit of digging, it would appear that it appears in Harry Potter and The Order Of The Phoenix, as an advert in The Daily Prophet.
Having seen an opportunity to produce something that I’ve not seen elsewhere I fired up Illustrator and set to work with the electro-crayons (at last my arts degree is good for something!).
Not too bad eh? In the spirit of sharing, I have attached 2 high resolution copies of the Flite Rite advertisement below, one with a paper textured background, and the other a transparent PNG, for anyone that is making an Order of the Phoenix copy of The Daily Prophet.
That’s about it for now. I’ll upload a bunch of photographs from the tour later on in the week, they make for some great reference images for prop nerds like me.
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I’ve been making things since I was old enough to pronounce Lego. Consequently my maker life has been spent constructing, kit-bashing and scratch-building anything and everything that has taken my fancy. After dedicating my time to Wargaming, Model Armour & Railways, I stumbled across what has now become an obsession – Prop building.