Planning Diagon Alley

February 26, 2014

I’m currently working on illustrations for Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, and am having a fantastic time planning and drawing Diagon Alley. I love old shopfronts and signs, and I’ve been using Philip Davies’s books Lost London 1870-1945 and Panoramas of Lost London as inspiration. They give a fascinating insight into the way London looked in the late 19th and early 20th centuries – lots of the buildings have now been lost, unfortunately, but we’re so lucky to have a photographic record of them. John Tallis’s London Street Views 1838-40 is also great for shop names and types – it’s like a Victorian Google Street View!

An image from Tallis's London Street Views

An image from Tallis’s London Street Views

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