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Sunday in the Staff Room

This was done for the Minerva McGonagall Fest of 2015. A Fest operates a bit differently from an Exchange. In an Exchange, everyone participating submits a certain number of prompts, either for art or fic, the moderators collect them and assign each participant another participant’s prompts. Each participant then is supposed to choose something from the list they've been assigned, and produce either art or fiction (or craftwork, that is also sometimes done for an exchange) as a gift for the person whose prompts those are.

In a Fest, everyone submits prompts (again, usually either for art or fic) and the moderators collect them. When the prompt submission period is over, then, rather than assigning prompts to the participants, the list is posted for the participants to “claim” a prompt that they would like to produce. In many fests, one can even claim one of one’s own prompts if one likes.

And, of course, all fic and art produced for an Exchange or a Fest needs to be submitted to the moderators by the deadline, who then organize it and upon the announced start date begin posting the submissions (anonymously), one or two a day, until they have all been posted. A week or so after all of the posts have been made, a “reveal” list is posted letting everyone know which participant created each submission.

Both are very popular in most online fandoms.

Well, I signed up for the Minerva Fest and one of the prompts was for an illustration of Minerva and the other teachers in the Staff Room. I claimed it, got my claim accepted, and built the Hogwarts staffroom.

During the reveal of the Hoggy-Warty Xmas Fest — which I also partcipated in, one of the reviewers said that she wished she could blow up an illustration and print it as a poster. Given some consideration I decided that it seemed doable within reason. Most of my illos start out at 300ppi which is too big to post as an image on the internet, but large enough to export at a printable resolution in something like poster size.

So went back and I did exports of the two illos I built for this year's Hoggy-Warty Xmas Fest, as well as this one that I did for the Minerva fest. I've sized them to fit on an Architectural C sheet. You're welcome to download and take it to Kinko’s or some other service bureau to get it printed. You'll need an unziping utility. They’re all compressed files, even if they don't compress very much. They're all .jpg, so most software ought to be able to handle them. I left a bit of a margin and you may have to trim some excess.

If anyone wants me to export downloadable poster sized files of older projects, let me know by email. Most of them will probably be doable. Some of the oldest may not be, since they may not have started out at a large enough file size. But I'll let you know, regardless.

Staff Room Poster (8.4MB)

I’m not at all sure how an oversized image is going to display in a standard-width page. But we’ll see how it goes before I try to reduce the image further. As usual, all my illustrations seem to be determined to devolve into “scenery”.

As for the scene; Sunday tends to be a fairly relaxed day for the Hogwarts Staff. There are no classes to be taught, and it looks like this particular weekend does not entail a Quidditch game. The faculty and staff have for the most part gravitated to the Staff Room, where the Elves have laid out a tea.

I waffled back and forth a bit over how many of the Staff, and which ones, to show. Finally I made the decision that, in the interests of trying to keep the options open as to just when the scene takes place, I would depict no one — apart from Professor Snape, and of course, Binns — who is known to be dead at the end of Book 7.

The scene, therefore might take place at any point from Harry Potter’s 6th year, to — if one agrees to ignore the epilogue — any point after the end of VoldWar II.