|Harry Potter Tour|
|Hogwarts dining hall|
You can wander through Diagon Alley too. Whoever designed and dressed these sets clearly had huge fun. The visual style of the film is a sort of nostalgic trip back to the 1950s - but with added magic. It is a world that is old-fashioned and new-fangled all at the same time, both familiar and unfamiliar.
The displays are genuinely revealing about how the movies were made. At Bucks we tend to focus on digital effects, but it is very clear that the special effects team on the series did an impressive job, and plenty of old-school non-digital physical effects used on set long before digital artists got started.
Below you can see one of the goblin masks, used to create the goblins at Gringotts bank. The actors had the latex head masks painstaking attached to their faces in an hours-long makeup process that made the mask a living part of the actors own faces.
|Robbie Coltrane's head. In latex.|
Dragon heads peer down at you from the ceilings, and you realise how much work went into the creation of so many different monsters and creatures. Most impressive of all is the scale model of Hogwarts, created by the model department at Cinesite (though none of the companies which worked on the films get a credit).
|Scale model of Hogwarts|
I can't think of a better way to introduce students of animation to the world in visual effects in film.