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Old January 2nd, 2008, 10:18 pm
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Re: The Visual and Special Effects of Harry Potter

I loved the battle in the MoM, and the fire and water thing was awesome.

I also liked the flying at the beginning of OotP when they fly past the House of Parliament.

And Tonks changing her nose was hilarious.


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Old January 4th, 2008, 11:12 am
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Re: The Visual and Special Effects of Harry Potter

I just watched PS and CoS and there's two moments in the films which are a little dodgy.
In the first quidditch match [I think o] Harry's on his broom and the background is compleatly still. It just doesn't look real.
The second is when Draco falls [gets catapulted ] off his broom, in the Quidditch match with the Rougue Bludger. You can easily tell it's not Tom Felton. It looks more the Video Game Malfoy.

But other than that the special effects are wonderful. Buckbeak, the Basilisk, the fight in the MoM was amazing ... I really enjoy the Quidditch matches, it's such a shame they stopped them.


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Old January 4th, 2008, 10:27 pm
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Re: The Visual and Special Effects of Harry Potter

the effects in OOTP in the MOM battle were amazing i must say There is just so much going on at once, there are spells going off in the background, deatheaters and the order appareating, etc as well as things happening in the foreground fo the screen. it is very well done.


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Old January 4th, 2008, 11:44 pm
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Re: The Visual and Special Effects of Harry Potter

I thought a lot of the animation looked (as LoonyLuny said about Malfoy in the quidditch match) as if it came out of a video game. I noticed that with quite a few people in the quidditch matches, though that may have simply been the lighting. But the troll in PS/SS and Grawp from OotP also looked fairly videogame-ish.
However, I thought that the house elves looked pretty cool. Both Dobby and Kreacher.


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Old January 9th, 2008, 9:50 am
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The dragon in Goblet......the flying scenes were amazing. When Harry is clinging on to the window sill and the Horntail is getting closer, and every time it grabs hold of the next tile on the tower, and the tiles split and shatter....it looked 100% real!


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Old January 10th, 2008, 6:29 am
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Re: The Visual and Special Effects of Harry Potter

The visual effects have largely been a disappointment for me.
PS was atrocious IMO, especially Quidditch and the Troll. I've always liked the Basilisk in CoS even though it didn't match the description in the book. The Dementors in PoA were a huge step up in believability for me and Buckbeak was beautifully done IMO.
GoF was okay. The dragon was pretty cool for all of it's unnecessary screen time.
The Thestrals in OotP were very good, even better than Buckbeak but Grawp (as cute as he was) was terribly unrealistic.


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Old January 11th, 2008, 12:39 am
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I very much agree with you, Mad_Druid. The overall special effects were great, but then there were the moments that nearly made me do a Dobby and bang my head against something very hard.


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Old January 11th, 2008, 6:38 am
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Re: The Visual and Special Effects of Harry Potter

In PoA: I very much liked the Buckbeak special effects.

In GoF: Loved the dragon fight/chase, even though it strayed far from the book, I think they did a good job. The underwater scenes were also very good.

In OotP: Thought that the depiction of the prophecy room in the DoM was awesome, as was the depiction of the MoM area when Harry arrived for his hearing. And the battle scenes were great, both the DE's/Order, and Voldemort/Dumbledore. Oh, can't forget the thestrals, great job there, too.


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Old January 11th, 2008, 9:01 pm
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Re: The Visual and Special Effects of Harry Potter

• Buckbeak
• The dragon in GoF
• The underwater scene in GoF
• The Dementors
• Little things like Rita’s quill in GoF

The "main" effects in OotP seemed like a step back: Grawp and the centaurs.

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Old January 13th, 2008, 11:09 pm
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Re: The Visual and Special Effects of Harry Potter

I didn't think the special effects of the HP movies were significantly ground-breaking, but that doesn't mean I didn't like them! I think my favorite effects were:

-The dementors
-The patroni in OotP
- Buckbeak
- The battle in the OotP where the Death Eaters and the Order members apparated into the MoM


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Old January 14th, 2008, 4:50 am
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Re: The Visual and Special Effects of Harry Potter

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- The battle in the OotP where the Death Eaters and the Order members apparated into the MoM
That was cool. Not how I imagined it at all, but still pretty cool.


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Old January 14th, 2008, 4:27 pm
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Re: The Visual and Special Effects of Harry Potter

I thought the amount of effort and work they put into Buckbeak was amazing. I think they made a couple of real life models of him so that Dan could interact with something on set. Also, the amount of work that was put into him on with CGI was amazing. And on the whole, I thought that Buckbeak looked great and very realistic


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Old August 14th, 2009, 9:21 am
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Re: The Visual and Special Effects of Harry Potter

I really like all the special effects they have especially in OOTP when fighting in the DOM. I love all the spells flying around and all the colors they have. The fight with Voldemort and Dumbledore was awesome for what they actually used, it could of been a lot better but was still visually epic.


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Old August 15th, 2009, 6:32 am
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Re: The Visual and Special Effects of Harry Potter

Half-Blood Prince had insane special effects. They blended in seamlessly with the background.


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Old August 15th, 2009, 6:37 am
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i hate GoF, but i have to admit the special effects in that movie were great.


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Old August 16th, 2009, 5:15 pm
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Re: The Visual and Special Effects of Harry Potter

In HBP, the scene with the fire & inferi gave me goosebumps... it was amazing. Same with the scene where Dumbledore turns all of the glass shards to dust in OotP.


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Old July 22nd, 2011, 5:08 pm
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3D & Special Effects Discussion

I thought I'd start a thread in case anyone wanted to discuss the special effects in general (through the series) and more specifically, the 3D treatment of Part 2.

What did you think? Was there anything that you didn't think worked all that well in 3D? Anything you thought was spectacular?

One of the things in 3D that I didn't expect to wow me was how the spells looked. From the dueling spells to the protective spells the Order and the professors were putting up, I thought the 3D gave a nice, subtle effect. It was really cool!

I also liked the dragon when it comes up through the floor of Gringott's. I probably jumped when that happened Of course Voldemort's disintegration was cool, too. Overall, I liked the 3D effect, and felt it enhanced the movie as a whole rather than being gratuitous. This was my first 3D movie since I was a kid and saw Jaws. It's changed quite a bit since then!


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Old July 22nd, 2011, 9:56 pm
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I had mixed feelings with the 3D. At times it was cool. I liked the dementors hovering over Hogwarts, Voldy disintegrating, and the spells. At times though, there was this odd glare effect that happened, especially when the 3d was focused on the back of Voldy's head. It was like he had a halo coming off of him. This happened in a few different places during the 3D version, and it distracted me.


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Old July 22nd, 2011, 10:45 pm
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The one effect I didn't like was when Neville falls and is grabbing for the bridge. It's pretty much the only time i feel like it's cheesy.


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Old July 23rd, 2011, 12:05 am
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The dementors hovering over Hogwarts took my breath away. I saw it in IMAX 3D both times and I don't know how it was different from the normal 3D (except no Potter glasses ), but that was simply a great use of graphics at least in those theaters. It wasn't in your face, but it was really haunting. (I got a little teary eyed!)

I didn't like what Harry taking the Resurrection stone looked like in the 3D. It was just too much--with the stone hanging there and then Harry's HUGE HAND coming around it. (Plus, Harry going, "The Resurrection Stone!" totally ruined the tension of the moment.)

The Voldy/Bella disintegration has been talked about (and picked over) a lot as an artistic choice, so I'm not going to get too much into it. I thought they did a good job making it happen (and Desplat did a great job scoring Voldy's confetti), but it was something that was so clearly chosen just for the 3D effect. It seemed kind of like an artistic cop out.

Despite that, though, I really enjoyed the 3D more than I thought I would!


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