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Olly Moss' famous posters for the original Star Wars trilogy.
Olly Moss' famous posters for the original Star Wars trilogy.

Olly Moss' illustrations are usually concerned with the Star Wars Universe. His posters for the Star Wars six pack of epics are pretty famous.

Olly Moss's posters for the Star Wars back end trilogy.
Olly Moss's posters for the Star Wars back end trilogy.

When J.K. Rowlings' Pottermore site asked Moss to do seven covers for each novel of the re-release of the German Harry Potter audio books, it was an easy yes.

. ‘I didn’t need to re-read the books,’ he says, ‘they’re just there in my head," Moss noted to Pottermore.

Moss decided to re imagine each novel in the style of classic British holiday railroad advertisements with Hogwarts as the central focus.

Moss inspiration images.
Moss inspiration images.

The posters which can be see in both their German and English forms at the end of this article have a 50's vibe that tries to stimulate the feeling of a typical British seaside holiday.

‘I was just a big fan of 1950s design,’ Moss explains to Pottermore, ‘and it just seemed like a natural fit. I really liked the idea of Harry getting on a train and going somewhere exciting every year. There is something very British about that. That period of design – and obviously Harry Potter – is steeped in that imagery and I wanted to bring those two things together.’

Each poster has its own color scheme and sees Hogwarts from the same angle. They gain complexity from the layering of sharply illustrated details culled from each of the novels.

‘I tried to fill them with as many little details as I could within the constraints of keeping the composition and the viewpoint the same every time,’ says Moss.

He points out the Dark Mark that hovers in the clouds above Hogwarts in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. ‘I sent it in and the feedback was, “Do you think we could see a Dark Mark on that poster?” and I said, “Look, it’s already there!”’

One of the clever details Moss adds is the Dark Mark that hovers in the clouds above Hogwarts.
One of the clever details Moss adds is the Dark Mark that hovers in the clouds above Hogwarts.

Other details Moss adds are the silhouettes of Hagrid and Harry as he is introduced to Hogwarts and the delight and power of magic in the Sorcerer's Stone poster. The Deathly Hallows poster show the epic threesome returning to Hogwarts in a post battle daze.

Note the emotional details that register in each of these posters.
Note the emotional details that register in each of these posters.

Pottermore got Moss to name his favorite Harry Potter poster:

When we press him he reluctantly admits that if he had to choose it would be Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. ‘I think it’s the one with the palette which most mimics the style of the old posters. It seems the most authentic to me, which is what I was going for.’

Here are both the German and English posters:


1. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

German poster
German poster
English poster
English poster


2. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

German poster
German poster
English poster
English poster


3. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

English poster
English poster


4. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

German poster
German poster
English poster
English poster


5. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

German poster
German poster
English poster
English poster


6. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

German poster
German poster
English poster
English poster


7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

German poster
German poster
English poster
English poster

You can buy prints of Olly Moss’s original designs from his website, for one week only.

Let me know your favorites in the comments section.