Harry Potter, a name not only known by all Wizards and Witches, but by us Muggles! Now think of board games, for example Chess, Snakes and Ladders, Monopoly, Frustration. Imagine if those were “Potterized”. Well, that’s what some Year 8 students, including me, were doing for part of our topic in Technology with Mrs Raynor.
First of all, planning had to be done if we were to construct such a masterpiece. We started off deep in thought, about what the game could be related to, and what it could be about. I immediately came up with a relation to Frustration as this was truly the most loved board-game in our house, although it’s caused many of our household arguments, proving its name “Frustration”. Other students chose the other well-known games. Then the subject of the game had to be formed. After seeing a new edition J.K Rowling book in a couple of bookshops lately, “Quidditch Through the Ages”, it gave me an idea, and so I decided the game would be about the sport of the series, Quidditch.
Now that bit was easy, but then, the work had to commence. Firstly, we were asked to make the main structure of the game, the board. This was constructed of a thin ‘square’ wood surface, about a ruler by ruler area. This involved sawing, marking and sanding, ensuring that the board was rightly shaped, game positioned and smooth. This bore a bit more time than the thinking task, but then again, it wasn’t entirely stressful, other than the measurements!
Secondly, the box had to be made and, again, it was made from a wooden frame. It had to enable the board to be sealed comfortably inside. This was given as a homework task, giving us the weekend to call in reinforcements from experienced family wood-workers.
After the box and the board were complete, decoration had to begin. Because the topic was related to the Harry Potter series, the colours had to, in some way, match. So, the decoration colours of the boxes were mostly brown, black, and the house colours, red, blue, green and yellow. The board decoration, however, was much harder, as if one millimetre of the ACRYLIC (non-washable) paint was to go over the neatly measured pencil lines, disaster would come. Luckily most of us managed to keep within the daringly close borders.
Most board games either have counters, die/dice, cards or additions; that was next on the list. The die were made from pasty pale clay, counters from bottle tops, (mini) ear muffs and other recycled bits and pieces and surprisingly the cards were made of card. And so on with the other accessories. Finally, after paint, glue and more mess, the board-games were complete and looked fantastic.
In between all of this work, fun was also had on our amazing trip to the Warner Bros Harry Potter Studio Tour where we were given the day to commence inspiration and ideas for a board-games and I have to say it was a wonderful trip.
– Quinlan, Year 8