Man With Only Two Functioning Fingers Crafts Incredibly Intricate Miniature Models Of Harry Potter Scenes


They take months of painstaking work and look just like the real thing.

Yet Sean Valentine’s incredibly intricate miniature versions of famous Harry Potter scenes are even more impressive when you realize he only has the use of two fingers on his right hand – caused by arthritis resulting from a severe burn in his childhood.

In addition, the 42-year-old from Swansea also suffers from a rare condition which, having gone undiagnosed for years, has severely affected both his eyesight and coordination.

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“What started as a hobby is now the only thing that keeps me going,” said the former hair salon receptionist, who was forced to retire for health reasons a few years ago. a few years old.

“I do it whenever I feel up to it because focusing on all the fine little details really makes me forget about my condition.”

Or sarcoidosis and neurosarcoidosis, to be precise – two versions of an unusual inflammatory disease that affects both the body’s immune system and central nervous system.

“It all started about 10 years ago when I developed these purple marks on my legs that I thought were insect bites on my shins,” Sean said.

“What I didn’t realize until much later, when I was hospitalized with pneumonia, was that they were the first warning signs of sarcoidosis.

“The doctors there looked at my medical history from previous years – dizziness, fainting, dramatic weight loss – and the penny dropped.

It looks like the real life size thing

A single Dobby figure can fetch up to £90

“Anyone can get sarcoidosis and it’s easier to manage the earlier it’s caught – but by the time mine was diagnosed it had become chronic.

“It’s even spread to my spinal cord now and all they can do is give me medicine to try and slow it down.”

Sean added that he hopes to continue doing the miniature work for as long as his health allows – which will likely come as a relief to Harry Potter obsessives around the world, some of whom have been known to pay thousands of dollars for it. his work.

“They end up traveling to places as far afield as Australia and America, bringing in up to £3,500.

“A super Potter fan asked me to make a scaled down version of Dumbledore’s office,” Sean said.

“I also did the Defense of the Dark Arts course and it sold out within seconds of it going live.”

Tiny likenesses of popular characters such as Dobby the house-elf have also been snapped up by American collectors for £90 a figure.

Sean with his Beauty and the Beast figurine

Transforming old furniture cabinets to store his work, Sean adapts dollhouse furniture he finds on eBay. Meanwhile, the more specialist items he designs are sent to a company in Carmarthen to be laser cut.

He has also recreated scenes from films such as Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty.

“The main thing for me is that people really like them,” he said.

“I’m so happy to see how excited they are and feel very happy to know that someone likes what I’ve done.”

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