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Mis advertising, not a replica of a prop.
on 21 October 2014
Mis marketing alert. I guess I was expecting too much. I expected that lovely parchment feel, instead I got flexible plastic/card. The artwork and product design that have gone into this is incredible. However it is inaccurate. For a child it'd be amazing. For a Harry Potter fan, who is sad enough to watch the films and eagerly flick through the map trying to find exactly the page Harry is looking at, it's not possible. Despite saying
"authentic prop replica" and "meticulously created using the actual artwork from the marauders map from the Harry Potter movie series. From the intricate had foldings and assembly, to the fine parchment and inks, this quality detailed replica accurately portrays the marauders map of Hogwarts as seen in the Harry Potter films"
I was watching the half blood prince. Harry is in bed, following Draco on the map. The film cuts so that the audience sees what Harry is seeing. I paused (sad I know) tried to find the page that was on the screen, on my map but I couldn't because it doesn't exist. There are fold out sections within the map, but they don't really add much detail. For the price and for a true fan, it's not worth it. For a child, they probably won't appreciate the meticulous nature of the Latin (I assume it's Latin) that is used to highlight the walls and grounds. There are a few gimmicky bits such as 'lost wands' which doesn't appear in the books or films, which kinda bothers me! I guess,to make it more magical, a lot more fun could be had out of making your own marauders map? (Pardon the pun)