Traces of Antiquity in “The Making of Harry Potter” Tour

Recently we celebrated the 20th anniversary of the release of the first book about Harry Potter and today Harry celebrates his 37th:) birthday – on this occasion we wish to dedicate a post on our blog to the famous wizard.  🙂

During our recent research query in London, we had the opportunity to take part in “The Making of Harry Potter” Tour in Warner Bros Studio.


Thanks to this magical experience we were able to catch all the traces of Classical Antiquity and mythology on the film set. We wish to share with you our favourite five pieces of the exhibition:

1. Chocolate Phoenix (The Yule Ball from the “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”)

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2. Hallway from The Leaky Gauldron (designed using ancient technique called “forced perspective”)

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3. Werewolves on the wall of Defence Against the Dark Art Classroom 
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4. The Basilisk (from the “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets”)


5. Buckbeak (Hippogriff)
All the photos were taken by the authors of this post in “Warner Bros. Studio Tour” in London. 
Happy Birthday, Harry!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 
Found by Dorota Bazylczyk and Anna Mik during the research query in London, UK.

“The Myth of Robo Wonder Kid”

“The Myth of Robo Wonder Kid”, directed and produced by Joel MacKenzie, was created in 2011 as an unofficial music video for Rich Aucoin’s song “P.U.S.H.”. Then, it appeared at many well-known animation festivals. Thanks to participation in the “Nickelodeon’s Animated Shorts Program” in 2015, Nickelodeon decided to developed “The Myth of Robo Wonder Kid” into a new short film.

The Myth of Robo Wonder Kid [soure]
“The Myth of Robo Wonder Kid” [source]
The animation talks about a group of mythological monsters (Medusa, Griffin, Cyclops, Unicorn, and Minotaur) who together build their robot-boy and they treat him as their beloved child. Unfortunately, Zeus does not like their idea – he becomes very angry when he learns about their invention and he decides to turn the boy into a very bad character…

What will the mythical characters do to save the boy? Will the story end happily? 

You will find the answer in the video below – a moving story of love and sacrifice. 🙂 

Please note that the material below may contain contents inappropriate for small children.

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Found by Dorota Bazylczyk


Female Figures from Antiquity in “Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls”

In “Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls” by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo (Timbuktu Labs, 2016) we can find 100 inspirational bedtime stories for children about the lives of extraordinary women from different times and parts of the world.

The illustration comes from the official website of the book

There are also female characters from Antiquity, such as Cleopatra (pages 40-41), Hatshepsut (pages 66-67) and Hypatia (pages 72-73). The beautiful illustrations of these characters were created by Kiki Ljung  (Cleopatra), Eleni Kalorkoti (Hatshepsut) and Riikka Sormunen (Hypatia)

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The second part of the book is coming soon – we hope to find there even more female figures from the ancient world! 🙂

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Found by Dorota Bazylczyk

The pictures of the book were taken by the author of this post.




“The Olympic Pillow Fight Set” by Heavy Baggage Design

There are more things on the Internet, than are dreamt of in ancient philosophy. For example, these plush toys will let you win each fight… – the pillow fight. 🙂

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Found by Dorota Bazylczyk

“Beasts of Olympus” Book Series

Have a look at a book series devoted to mythical creatures! It is called “Beasts of Olympus” (2015-). Its author is Lucy Coats. At this moment the series consists of 8 books: “Beast Keeper”, “Hound of Hades”, “Steeds of the Gods”, “Dragon Healer”, “Centaur School”, “Zeus’s Eagle”, “Gods of the North” and “The Unicorn Emergency”.

The series was published by Piccadilly Press (illustrated by David Roberts) and by Penguin Young Readers (illustrated by Brett Bean).

David Roberts, the cover of the book “Dragon Healer” [source]
David Roberts, the cover of the book “Hound of Hades” [source]
The cover of the book "Centaur School" (fifth part of the "Beasts of Olympus" series)
Brett Bean, the cover of the book “Centaur School” [source]

Brett Bean, the cover of the book “The Unicorn Emergency” [source]


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Found by Anna Mik

“So Your Son Is a Centaur”

A good way to solve the problems you have with your mythical child:).

Book cover [Source]
 P.S. The book is a fake but we hope the day will come when it will be possible to buy it, at least in Diagon Alley;).

Found by Anna Mik.

Children’s Works Inspired by “A Roman Triumph”

This year (7th June – 24th September 2017) in the National Gallery in London you can see  the “Take One Picture” exhibition that shows children’s works inspired by Rubens’ “A Roman Triumph”.

It is interesting to see how children interpreted many objects from the Ancient world, for example Roman classical buildings, temples, columns, decorative designs, musical instruments,  animals. The results of their work are amazing! 🙂

Peter Paul Rubens, A Roman Triumph, about 1630 [Source]

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All photos were taken by the authors of this post in the National Gallery in London.

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Found by Dorota Bazylczyk and Anna Mik during a research query in London, UK.