We start with dragon scales collected from a distant ancient forest. The scales are brewed in a large cauldron until they soften and can be shaped into panels that resemble Muggle world acid free binders board, which we cut with this shear, equipped with a magical blade, into the pieces need to make the new binding box.
The dragon scale pieces are held together with a special Muggle potion that seems to work.
We make the spine from the dessicated bones of the Bowtruckle, which are stewed in a large cauldron and heated for weeks before they are ready to be shaped into case spine. Even then they are a little soft to touch but impart great strength to the spine.
Two witches, working in a Cave in Minnesota, make the material we use for the covers. We tried genuine leather dragon skin but it was just too hard to work with, and too costly to obtain. These witches claim this is paper, but it looks like old leather, feels like old leather and is as durable as old leather. Your decide. We love working with it, so we don't ask too many questions.
Madeline makes most of the dying potions up. She is self taught, sort of like Hermoine, but she does a good job and the Muggle fire department has only had to come here six times.
Sometimes David will add dashes of blood to darken or lighten the dying potion. It makes for some interesting colors and other things.
We dry each sheet in our state of the art drying location, supervised by our magical elephant who lifts his trunk when the dye has dried. He does a good job and works for peanuts.
The title on the case is stamped from genuine gold leaf, allegedly looted from the vault of Bellatrix Lestrange at Grtingotts. We're not certain about that, but we did get a great deal on the gold back in 1998. We've been saving it for a long time and now that Bella...well you know what happened.
Each title is stamped in gold by a shop elf who has a nasty habit of ripping the stamped material when he is done. We have to make some adjustments when we put the title on the case to hide his damage. We're looking for another elf, but no luck so far.
Here is our Sorcerer's Stone case shown with a few of our prototypes for the next two books.
Close up view of the spine and title.
Coming soon! Chamber of Secrets. This may be the final design, but we are waiting for a special order of dragon's blood to use for the dye. Color variations may occur depending on the age and type of dragons blood we can obtain. The last batch was black and entirely unusable.
The completed slip case and chemise. Can you imagine a set of Harry Potter books like this on your shelf.
This is how we custom make Harry Potter Slip Cases.