The lady and the Unicorn, at Hogwarts.


01/16/17 - A visit to the sets of the Harry Potter movies, at the Warner Bros studios, near London,  reveals a pearl for art-lovers which goes almost unnoticed in the whirlwind of the action. Harry and his best friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger are sorted into the house of Gryffindor when they reach Hogwarts School of Magic and Wizardry in their first year. Gryffindor's common room is a meeting place and anteroom to the dormitories and it's where Harry and his friends spend their time between classes and plot their next adventures. 
The designers in charge of creating the sets for the movies decided to decorate the common room with a wallpaper reproducing the famous tapestry "The lady and the unicorn", which we analyzed in a previous post. Those famous tapestries were chosen not only because their colors match those of Gryffindor's (red and yellow) and you can see a lion in them (symbol of the house), but also because it provided a sense of palpable cosiness, specially to Harry, who, being an orphan, found there his first and true home, quite different to the small and uncomfortable cupboard under the stairs which used to be his room at 4, Privet Drive, where his unfeeling uncles lived.

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