SpineOut : June - July 2017
BOOK RE- VIEWS Levi Pinfold took his inspiration for the illustrations for the new editions from traditional heraldry and coats of arms and combined this with typical characteristics of each house to create crests that embody the values of the house. Levi has been drawing from imagination for as long as he can remember. He likes paintings, books, music, and some cats. How did you feel when you found out you would be creating artwork for the books? Life was a surreal wonderland for an hour or two, then I realized I had to actually do the work! Harry Potter means a lot to so many people, so it comes with a responsibility. NEW BOOKS Q&A WITH LEVI PINFOLD illustrator extraordinaire! Where did you start with the project? What was the first thing you drew? A majestic badger. What is your favourite piece of artwork from the Harry Potter universe that you have created? I like the Hufflepuff crest. It’s got all the best animals in it. Which house crest was the most fun to design? Slytherin. I’ve always wanted to draw a cockatrice and I’ve never had the opportunity. Did you base any of your illustrations on real people or things? Nope, it’s pretty much imaginary, aside from some architectural details that I stole from old woodcuts or engravings, and I did take some inspiration from heraldic imagery. As for people, I suppose when you work from your head the odd likeness of someone you know can creep out. Which image was the most difficult to create? Gryffindor. It took about 20 different versions until it looked right. Is there a person, place or beast from the Harry Potter world that you were not able to illustrate but would have really liked to? Gringotts goblins, weirdly enough. I find them fascinating. I suspect that they’re the guys who really run the show. Even if Voldemort had been successful I expect he’d have to answer to them in some way. Aside from that, the Forest of Dean in the last book - it’s where I come from.
April - May 2017