This year, I wanted to make the entrance to Hogwarts Castle feel extra special. Normally, I would have created a flat, painted cardboard version, but this year I wanted people to feel like they were actually walking into the cathedral-like entrance of Hogwarts. After researching, sketching, prototyping and Photoshopping various ideas, I finally developed a plan for realizing a fun, 3D structure for the front door of Hogwarts.
While this had the right span length and side columns to match the Hogwarts entrance, I needed to modify it to create the shapes of the structure (arched doorway, pointed roof, side towers with spires). First, I turned it around, putting what was once the front of the structure to the back. This would allow the front face to curve inward toward the center, where the doors would be.
I began cutting the cardboard for the structure and found that the trickiest part was cutting the arched shape of the doorway. To develop a pattern for this, I first used some garden tubing to help define the outline of the curves.
To finish this piece, I will attach four rows of pool noodles to the beveled curve area to create carved stone column details, add a door, and paint the cardboard to give the whole entrance that ‘weathered cathedral’ look. More to come!