The Magic Revealed

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You know, I always just assumed that as we were in the 21st century, that every shot we saw of Hogwarts in the Harry Potter movies was just CGI. Good CGI, but fake nonetheless.

I didn’t realize they were still using miniature models for some of the scenes, and old school film technique that’s not used nearly enough anymore. This is the first time we’ve gotten a real look at the miniature used in the film, and as you can see, it’s pretty damn impressive. I wonder how long it took to build? And how pissed they would be if this guy slipped and fell directly into it.

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  1. I think they did this and many other things the old way because its supposed to stand for 8 films, if not, cgi all the way. The last time other film did for real i think it was in king kong, massive miniatures and massive cgi

  2. they used Alnwick castle in my town for some of the shots.. the tourism board have been milking it dry ever since… ha .. oh by the way i hate harry potter.. its just a rip off from other peoples ideas.. original my ass

  3. Agree that CGI has its place, but nothing beats good ‘ol fashioned modelwork.

    Reminds me of an anecdote Peter Jackson related in the commentary of the extended cut of Fellowship…some people criticised the Argonath statues as ‘crappy CGI’, but in fact they were 20 ft tall models. They even showed the models being built and filmed in one of special features!!! 🙂

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