11 Times The 'Harry Potter' Movies Used Practical Effects Instead Of CGI
The Harry Potter movies have some of the most spectacular visual effects of any franchise in history. Games of Quidditch have students soaring on broomsticks while chasing the Snitch. Harry and friends are stalked by the basilisk in the Chamber of Secrets. The Battle of Hogwarts combines all of the magic learned over seven films in an epic conclusion. Many of these moments relied heavily on CGI, but you might be surprised at how many practical effects were used, as well. From the self-folding Marauder's Map, to sleight-of-hand magic, to puppets that required seven people to operate, the wizarding world has no shortage of real-life "magic."
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Real Hands Make Books Appear To Float Onto The Library ShelfPhoto: mlovenancy/Reddit
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Voldemort Has A Series Of Fading Robes
From Redditor /u/MrScottAnthony:
In the Harry Potter films, Voldemort’s robes faded in colour every time a Horcrux was destroyed, to give the impression he was slowly fading away.
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The Man Cleaning Tables Uses Practical Effects Magic
From Redditor /u/[deleted]:
Instead of CGI, the man cleaning the tables of the Leaky Cauldron performed sleight of hand magic to vanish the bottle.
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Diagon Alley Is A Complete Set Piece
From Redditor /u/PersonWalker:
The Diagon Alley set from Harry Potter was actually located in Warner Bros. Studio.
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Aragog Required A Seven-Person Puppeteering Crew
From Redditor /u/bru-moment:
[In] Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002), Aragog’s hairs are made from coconuts, and he was so large and challenging to control it would require [seven or more] people to make him move.
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Most Of The Dining Hall Was A Real SetPhoto: 1026Chris/Reddit