Introduction: Marauder's Map - With Hidden Footprints! (Full Size Replica)

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A couple of years ago I made a tutorial on how to create a Marauder's Map full-size replica. However, it was created using scans from the Wizarding World version, which is basically a watered down replica of the movie version. It's missing pages, has inaccurate text, and for some reason one of the pages is upside down...

I wanted something better, so I created my own templates for a full-size movie replica, complete with all the missing pages and corrected text. I did this by literally tracing screenshots and typing and transforming text in Photoshop.I did use a lot of the original scans from Little Falling Star and I also referenced other people's replicas, such as Jan Hamernik's. I swapped out the background for something that I believe looks more accurate as well. On top of all of that, I created extra flaps that open to reveal character's footprints (like Harry Potter and Albus Dumbledore), a flap that opens to reveal the Room of Requirement, and a fully reversible map cover that displays the Marauders' message to Severus Snape.


Beyond these supplies, you will also need to download and print the free templates I'm providing. These come in 11x17, 8.5x11, and A4 sizes as well as a full size template for anyone who'd like to use a plotter and skip the cutting and gluing. The templates also come with and without the background, for those of you who'd rather age the paper themselves and save some ink.

Once you have all this together, continue to the next step and let's get mischievous!

Step 1: Video Tutorial

Follow along with the video tutorial above (coming shortly), or continue through the next steps for written instructions and photos.

Step 2: Printing the Templates

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The first thing you need to do is print your templates. If you're using the templates with the background texture, you'll need to print double sided. I suggest print one of the double sided pages, then holding the paper up to a light to see how well the sides match up. I got them as close as possible, but that's all based on my printer. Your printer may be a bit different. If they end up not matching up, you may need to shift the background over a bit. Or if you'd rather not deal with that just have them printed somewhere.

If you're not using the background, you can just print single sided. This is the easiest option when it comes to printing, but in this case you'll need to age the paper manually. I won't go over that in this tutorial, but Google.

Step 3: Cutting the Templates Out

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I've made these templates as easy to cut and glue as possible - with a gray dotted line framing each piece and a pale strip labeled GLUE where the glue is supposed to go.

Using your ruler and X-Acto knife, cut out the templates (see the video for more details). Don't forget to do this on top of your cutting mat.

Keep all the templates in order. Trust me - it makes things a lot easier.

Side Note: you might flip your template over to see that the back doesn't quite match up with the front. No problem, just trim off the excess. Unless its off by a large margin. In that case you might need to have this printed somewhere, or go for the background-less templates instead.

Step 4: Gluing the Main Templates

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Now you should have a stack of templates in order. Set the extra parts of the template aside (the flaps and alternate cover).

Start with the very left front part of the map. The part with the left half of the cover.

For the Templates With the Background

Fold along the pale edge where it says GLUE. Put a piece of scrap paper below the template and another piece of scrap paper above it, only letting the part that says GLUE be visible. This helps to not get glue on other parts of the template by mistake. Use your glue stick to apply glue. Line up the next piece and glue it down. Repeat this for the rest.

For Templates Without the Background

Line up the parts you are going to glue. Use a piece of scrap paper to mark your spot. Apply glue, line up again, and glue it down.

For Both (Important!)

When you get to the part of the template that has all the long lines across it, STOP. Do not apply glue to this one yet. We're going to be gluing it to another part later. At this point, just set aside what you've done and work on the next side, which will start with the right side of the front of the map.

Again, on this side when you get to the part with the long lines, STOP. Set this half of the map aside and now we can start on the middle.Use the same method we went over above to glue the remaining parts of the map together (besides the flaps and alternate cover, of course).

Step 5: Gluing and Folding the Flaps

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You should have set aside templates for a large middle flap, an upside down L shaped flap, five smaller rectangular flaps, and the alternate cover. It's time to piece these together.

The Large Middle Flap

This part consists of three pieces. Basically just line these up and glue them the same way we did the main map. Make folds where the glue starts and then fold the end parts to that point so the flap can open and close. (Sorry for the poor explanation...) For reference, see the images and video.

The Upside Down L Flap

This part also consists of three pieces. Again, glue them together, fold where the glue starts and then fold the pieces back in on themselves. Use the images and video as reference.

The Five Small Rectangular Flaps

These don't require any gluing yet. You can fold these in half so that one side is the pale part that says GLUE and the other opens up.

The Alternate Cover

Fold along the pale edge that says GLUE. Nothing else needs to be done with this yet.

Step 6: Folding the Map and Gluing on the Ends

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You should have three large parts of the map, which consists of a middle piece, a left piece, and a right piece.

Start with the middle piece. You are going to do an accordion fold all the way from one side, folding back and forth until you reach the middle. Then you will repeat this on the opposite side.

Now you can line up and glue the left and right portions of the map onto the bottom of the middle part that we just folded up. The trailing text should line up well on either side.

Now just do the same accordion style fold on the parts we just glued on until the map is all folded up.

Step 7: Gluing on the Flaps and Extras

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We've hit the home stretch. All that's left is to glue on the flaps and reversible cover.

  • The upside down L flap glues on to a page on the left side of the map.
  • The large flap glues on to the very center of the map.
  • Harry Potter and Peter Pettigrew glue on to the middle part as well.
  • Dumbledore and Newt Scamander glue on to different pages on the right side of the map.
  • The Room of Requirement glues on to the left side of the map, on the page with the compass.

The reversible cover will glue on the the very ends of the map, extending the map a bit. They should be face down. Now you can fold them under to hide them or fold them over the top to reverse the cover into the message to Snape!

Step 8: Mischief Managed!

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You're all done! Congratulations!

Let me know your thoughts and post your creations in the comments below!

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Thanks for viewing!


featherwurm made it! (author)2017-12-08

Really amazing looking prop! It's very impressive all put together, and the little fold out details really make it special. I appreciate your video instructions, it would be a little confusing without.

I built both the 8.5"x11" and 11"x17" versions, and the both look great, though it's definitely worth springing for printing of the larger version for a more crisp look (for me, it was about $30 from Staples, though I had them print everything, some of the smaller pieces could have been done on my own printer to save some $).


KMS2 (author)2017-12-07

This is amazing, thank you for taking the time to put this out for everyone to use.
Which of the template do you think is best? I have access to all of the paper sizes.

Thanks again!

LeilaniH5 (author)2017-11-28

You seriously have THEE COOLEST tutorials!!! Love this and your youtube channels! Making these for our kids christmas gifts! They are going to love it!!! Thank you!!!

HarryP63 (author)2017-11-27

Man can I use black and white printer ???

Muggle Magic (author)HarryP632017-11-27

You can. I'd suggest printing the no background templates and then ageing the paper with tea and coffee.

TrinayS (author)2017-11-26

you should increase the size of templates

TrinayS (author)TrinayS2017-11-26

isn't it right? it came perfect, but the size is too small

Muggle Magic (author)TrinayS2017-11-26

It should come out full size unless you printed it smaller. It's possible you printed the 11x17 templates on smaller paper. If you're using 8.5x11 paper or A4 paper, make sure those are the templates you print.

snappeamakeup made it! (author)2017-11-24

I made it! look amazing, but made my printer run out of ink. whoops! Also it does not quite meet at the middle, though I tried to fold exactly where I was supposed to!

andbul (author)2017-10-20

Hi, congratulation for you wonderful project!

Just a suggestion: you should put the page number on the prints also in the glue area, then it will be readable also when you have cut out the templates and can help you in keeping them in order.

DagmarH (author)andbul2017-11-20

Such a good idea :-)

varunpoojary made it! (author)2017-11-19

This was one of the best instructable I have tried so far!

My printer wasn't able to align the back side properly so I had to print on two separate pages and glue them together. It ended up a bit thick but still looks pretty good! Additionally I down-scaled the 11x17 version to 68% to fit into an A4 size paper.

Any idea why the print is not as red as the one in the video? I suspect it is because my printer is inkjet and not laser

Looks good! And, yeah - the color is definitely because of the printer. Different printers will have slightly different shades.

nitinstark (author)2017-11-19

I have downloaded the file but its not opening can you please help please !!!

Muggle Magic (author)nitinstark2017-11-19

It should open no problem on Windows. I haven't tried it on Mac or Linux.

melodyrus (author)2017-11-14

Quick question! It says the downloads have an option for background or no background, but when I downloaded the file for the 8.5X11 option it only included pages with the background. Am I missing something, or is that option only on certain sizes? Thanks!

Muggle Magic (author)melodyrus2017-11-15

All of the downloads contain a PDF and JPEG folder. within each folder is another folder called No Background. That's where you'll find them.

theana5 (author)2017-10-30

Your map is amazing!!! However, there was a small problem with all the E sections (the hidden footprint sections). They are printed back to front (the glue side was on the wrong side), But all the other sections are just fine.

If you could fix that, that would be great!! :)

Muggle Magic (author)theana52017-11-15

I've printed them on my printer as-is without any issues. I think this has to do with the printer you are using. You can try printing on one side, flipping the paper over, and printing to the other side just to be sure they are facing the right direction. Thanks!

Danehth (author)2017-10-30

If one wanted to customize the templates to add other people/footprints onto the map, what do you think would be the best way to go about it?

Muggle Magic (author)Danehth2017-11-15

Photoshop would probably get the best results.

fabiocarrella (author)2017-10-08

Hello! I was watching your video and the map is incredibly amazing. I really would like to give it a try, but do you think it would be ruined if I print 11x17 templates on a A3 format paper? They're similar but not exactly the same, I'd like the map to be big but I still good-looking at the same time. I don't think I'll find tabloid paper here in Italy, thanks anyway!

I think it should work. Just when you print choose to scale to fit page and you should be good.

RunicWarrior (author)2017-10-04

hey I was wanting to get your thoughts on this, what about instead of making the flaps to hid the foot steps, could you paint the foot steps on the paper using thermochromic ink, that is clear when its cool, but black when heated.

Awesome instructable btw

That's a wonderful idea!

ruddyscent made it! (author)2017-10-15

It was a great weekend projects for our family. Thanks. In A4 PDF, the map_E should be printed with flip on short edge option and map_F with flip on long edge.

KAZ 2Y5 (author)2017-10-04

Awesome! Best tutorial I've found, you did a fantastic job on this!

Isabella ChistineG (author)2017-10-03

Hi, i was trying to do the project but i noticed that there is a piece missing

Sorry, this was corrected yesterday. If you re-download, that section is fixed.

OK, thank you and i loved tour project . Have a nice day.

DamarisH2 (author)2017-09-30

Its here!!!! YES!!!

Alex 2Q (author)2017-09-30

Awesome work! Great write up and video!

BillS172 (author)2017-09-29

So, if aging the paper manually, is that done before printing, or after?

Also, could you possibly weigh in on the pros and cons of going 8-1/2x11 vs. 11x17, vs. Sprinhing for extra big?

Thank you! Wonderful work!

Muggle Magic (author)BillS1722017-09-30

You should age the paper after printing.

11x17 paper is larger than 8.5x11 paper so if you print on 8.5x11 you'll have to do more cutting and gluing and you'll have to age more pages.

As far as paper thickness, I just printed on regular paper. You don't really want to use cardstock.

BillS172 (author)BillS1722017-09-29

Sorry, meant, "...vs. springing for extra big?"

Oh, and any thoughts about paper thickness?

Thank you!

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