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Behind the scenes of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Blind Pig

We’ve seen wizarding pubs before, but Fantastic Beasts introduced us to an actual wizarding speakeasy. This amazing concept art delves deep into the secret establishment.

The smoky speakeasy owned by Gnarlak the goblin was a perfect homage to the 1920s – but the way it was designed and conceived may surprise you. Here’s a look at some of the intriguing concept designs behind The Blind Pig, and the designers’ stories behind the images.

The Blind Pig Bar Scene

Concept art of The Blind Pig from Art of the Film
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‘I really enjoyed doing the series of black and white sketches of bar scenes. Most creature designs have a single creature on a page, where these hopefully show a bit of personality in their interaction. The lack of colour also helps place them in the period of the film.’ – Paul Catling

Concept designs of The Blind Pig from Art of the Film.
Layouts © HarperCollins Publishers/© WBEI. (s18) Art of the Film

The clientele of the Blind Pig

Concept designs for The Blind Pig from Art of the Film
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‘This was completed after brainstorming ideas of who might frequent The Blind Pig. After
a few too many cocktails, some cantankerous wizards have a bar fight and after they make up they are left with the result of their slurred spells.’ – Paul Catling

The Blind Pig jazz band

Concept artwork for The Blind Pig from Art of the Film.
Layouts © HarperCollins Publishers/© WBEI. (s18) Art of the Film

'Sometimes limitation can be a useful aspect of design. We had a lot of instruments needing to be played but only four goblins to play them all so, out of practical necessity, the overworked goblin acting as the brass section became a multi-instrumentalist. When we added a singer the quartet of players became a trio.' – Rob Bliss

Enjoy more amazing artwork and learn more behind-the-scenes facts in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Art of the Film by Dermot Power and published by HarperCollins.

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