Behind the Curtain: ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2”

Written by Rebecca French July 30, 2011

“I wish I went to Hogwarts.” Don’t we all…

With the final film now released in theatres, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II marked the end of that childhood dream we’ve all held on to. We are never going to Hogwarts…

Hogwarts

 

Although many of us have admired this school since Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, you may be surprised to hear this shocking news: Hogwarts does not exist.

I will give you a moment to take that in.

The famous wizarding school was actually constructed through a number of different techniques that have evolved over the past decade. When the series first emerged in 2001, the castle’s exterior was filmed using a large model that was constructed by a team of skilled model makers. According to an E!Online interview with David Yates, the scale model was used for 3-6 weeks at a time in order to capture the exterior shots for the film.

A close up photograph of the Hogwarts model

 

As the wizarding world began to change, so too did the castle itself. Instead of relying on a physical model, the series began to create Hogwarts with Computer Generated Imagery. Using a series of photographs, the castle was constructed digitally allowing the camera to move freely through walls and barriers. To check out more behind the scenes footage of the final Harry Potter film, check out the E!Online interview below.

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