Pop Culture-y is a website that is curious to explore how different mediums can be used to explore pop culture phenomenon, and how these famous (or infamous) figures can be re-imagined in different settings. Artist Neil Wright wondered “what it (maybe) would look like if pop-culture’s most famous villains & heroes owned motorhomes”, and has created several artworks which will have become the basis of a weekly series “On The Road Again”. This is the third installment – . See the previous installations here or here.
The famous heroes and antiheroes of comic books, TV, and cinema all have human creators and express themselves, presumably, how the author imagines they would express themselves if they were their own creations. This form of personality-expression is everywhere in pop culture as it is in the real world, and becomes more discernible as the strength and influence of the characters increases.
The Harry Potter Express
Of all the characters I found least likely to own a motorcaravan, Harry Potter was in the top spot. (Yes, even above Daenerys and Vader.) Perhaps this is because Harry already lives in the ‘real’ world — a world with counter currents of motorcars of magic, with the latter completely rendering the former obsolete.
Still, Harry has taken to automobiles in the past, albeit with a magical touch (I am of course talking about the flying Ford Anglia in Chamber of Secrets).
The art of expression is different for Harry, because he cannot be seen flying anything, dare it upset the muggles. If he ever did fly around in a motorhome made in his own design, it would have to have an invisibility cloak — or something else to keep it out of plain sight.
The design for Harry’s motorhome would all be for the enjoyment of his small click of wizard and witch friends. I knew innately that it would have to pay respect to Hogwarts in someway, and from that the idea for a re-purposed Hogwarts Express train car came to life.
Once the exterior was developed, the interior was a breeze. Riding on the same wave of ‘respect’ for Hogwarts — the school that he loves, and that changed his life forever — it was simply a question of asking where Harry’s comfort zone was. That to me anyway, was Hogwarts, but more specifically the Gryffindor common room. I imagine Harry would always have his friends about; and the fireplace doubles up as node for the Floo Network (a wizard method of transportation through fireplaces) if he ever gets fed up of traffic.
Neil Wright is a graphic designer, writer, avid reader and probably someone with too much time on his hands. He lives in Liverpool, England.