Artist makes Harry Potter face masks that reveal the Marauder’s Map when you breathe

Stefanie Hook / CPEX

This artist is looking to “bring some magic into the real world” with a mind-blowing creation that Harry Potter fans are sure to go mad over.

With face coverings starting to become more prominent UK now and even advised in certain public situations amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, many are looking to step up to the personal safety mark.

If we’re going to do that though, perhaps we should take a look across the pond, where they’ve been wearing face masks for some time now, for a spot of inspiration. Or at least to this one US artist in particular who has made a Harry Potter themed mask that starts off black, but then reveals the Marauder’s Map on the front when you breathe.

This is insane.

Surely there’s got to be magic at hand here, right?

What we’re looking at here is the handy work of Stefanie Hook, a Colorado-based artist, mother of three and US Navy reservist, who creates interactive plush toys and accessories through her company CPEX (Colorado Pony Express) and has also started to sell face coverings in recent weeks.

The illusion of these magic masks has been thoroughly showcased via a series of crafty TikTok videos and she’s become a viral internet sensation in the process.

The original TikTok video featuring the ‘Marauder’s Map’ mask now has over 2 million views.


I am the maker of the mask 🖤🖤🖤 #mask #hp #artist #smallbusiness #magic *checkmeouton FB ***CPEX

♬ original sound – user1465584639578

So, what exactly is the magic behind this then? Or rather, how the heck does it work?

According to the CPEX website, the colour-changing shift on the masks is activated once the temperature reaches about 27°C.

It does have to be said that the fabric may not fade back to black until introduced to a lower temperature, the colour of the products can also fade over time after being worn and washed, and the placement of each design differs slightly on each mask, but none of that stops it from being bloody brilliant to watch in action.

Speaking to Insider about her reasoning behind creating these custom designs, Stefanie said she wanted to “bring some magic” into the real world and her Harry Potter-inspired mask was just another example of the interactive items she likes to make.

She continues: “I try to bring imagination to life in the creation of my products, ensuring that they are not one-dimensional items”.

“I like to give the average person the ability to own items that are unique, and bring magic into the real world in hopes to further inspire others to create and be creative.”

Since releasing her fist video, Stefanie said that she has “overwhelmed” by the positive response to her creations and to all her followers, she hopes to express her belief that there’s magic all around us.

She added: “I feel like the world can be magical and that we are not limited by the boundaries of our reality”.

“I will continue to push those boundaries in hopes of inspiring others and brightening people’s days”.

Even though the one featured in the video was just a prototype, Stefanie confirmed that she plans to sell the Harry Potter masks “in very limited quantities” some time soon, so if you’d like to find out more about these face coverings and the rest of her creations, then you can do so via the CPEX website here.

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