Saturday, September 27, 2014

Petrified Hermione Granger prop and magical creatures from the Harry Potter movies on display...

With Harry Potter movie spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them still some time off, I thought it would be nice to focus on some of the magical creatures from the Potterverse that were on display upstairs at the Warner Bros. Studios VIP Museum on July 29, 2014.

Petrified Hermione Granger waxwork from 
2002's Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Petrified Hermione Granger waxwork Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Petrified Hermione Granger prop Harry Potter Chamber of Secrets
Harry Potter Chamber of Secrets Petrified Hermione Granger waxwork
Harry Potter Chamber of Secrets Petrified Hermione Granger prop
Pipes note Get Well Soon card Gilderoy Lockhart Harry Potter props
Harry Potter Petrified Hermione Granger waxwork
One of my favourite pieces on display in the extensive exhibit of original Harry Potter movie costumes and props was this life-like waxwork of a petrified 'Hermione Granger' from 'Madame Pomfrey's' infirmary, when the muggle-born witch had been frozen, and fortunately not killed, by looking at the Basilisk from the Chamber of Secrets in her mirror.

It was so cool to see this screen-used prop in person, but it was also a bit surreal being so close to this young version of Emma Watson, as it's so realistic.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets movie poster
Harry Potter Chamber of Secrets movie poster
Meanwhile love him or hate him, you can't deny this model of 'Dobby' the house elf looks pretty lifelike too.

Dobby house elf model used in the production of 
2007's Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix
Dobby house elf prop Harry Potter
Dobby house elf model Harry Potter
This life-size prop was created by the make-up and creature effects department for Daniel Radcliffe to rehearse his lines while looking at Dobby for Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix. For the film Daniel Radcliffe had to act against a green tennis ball on a pole and the computer-generated creature was added later.

Aragog spider prop from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Aragog giant spider prop Harry Potter Chamber of Secrets
Harry Potter Chamber of Secrets Aragog spider prop
Harry Potter Aragog spider prop
Another amazing find at the museum was this giant 'Aragog' spider prop from Harry Potter's second cinematic installment from 2002. Initially thought to be the Slytherin Monster (which was actually the basilisk), this Acromantula was once a pet of Hagrid's as a boy at Hogwarts, and Harry and Ron first encounter the giant spider and his offspring in the Forbidden Forest.

Again, one of the great things about this exhibition is being able to see these amazing creatures and props out from behind display cases.

Dementor maquette and prototype hand from 
2004's Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Painted Dementor maquette Harry Potter Prisoner of Azkaban
Dementor forearm hand prototype Harry Potter Prisoner of Azkaban
Dementor hand prototype Harry Potter Prisoner of Azkaban
One of the coolest looking and deadliest creatures from the world of Harry Potter were the terrifying guards of Azkaban prison, the ghoulish Dementors.

This painted Dementor maquette and creepy looking forearm and hand were made by the makeup and creature effects department to help create the CGI version seen in the movie when it enters Harry's train compartment on the Hogwart's Express.

Hatching magical creature prop from 
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Hargids hatching magical creature Harry Potter Prisoner of Azkaban
Meanwhile this other magical creature was also seen in the fourth movie installment, when Hagrid is seen feeding the hatching creature when Harry, Ron and Hermione visit their friend's cottage to discuss a plan to save the hippogriff Buckbeak.

Troll legs and club prop from 
2001's Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
Troll legs club prop Harry Potter Philosopher's Stone
Yet another interesting discovery from the exhibit which helped you step behind-the-scenes and get glimpse of how all these creatures were brought to the big screen was this set of Troll legs, complete with club prop from the very first Harry Potter movie in 2001. In the movie a stuntman wore these over-sized Troll legs to attack Hermione in the girls' bathroom, with the final creature seen onscreen cleverly rendered by CGI.

Gringotts Wizarding Bank goblin puppet featured in 
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
Gringotts goblin puppet Harry Potter Philosopher's Stone
Gringotts goblin puppet Harry Potter Sorcerer's Stone
Gringotts Wizarding Bank goblin puppet Harry Potter Philosopher's Stone
Another magical creature glimpsed in the first movie was this Gringotts goblin puppet found in the Wizarding Bank in Diagon Alley when Harry Potter and Hagrid go there to get some money to buy school supplies. This is one of four goblin puppets seen writing in ledgers in the background.

Magical creature production maquettes and 
The Monster Book of Monsters from the Harry Potter movies
Magical creature maquettes Monster Book of Monsters prop
Harry Potter Monster Book of Monsters prop
Harry Potter Prisoner of Azkaban Monster Book prop
And finally here's a collection of original production maquettes of some of the fantastical creatures that have featured in the Harry Potter movies, including Remus Lupin's Werewolf form, the hippogriff Buckbeak, the Basilisk and even the three-headed 'Fluffy' Cerberus guard dog from the first movie. Above these maquettes was also The Monster book of Monsters textbook prop that caused the Hogwarts students so much trouble in the Prisoner of Azkaban film.

As you can see, so many wonders on display, and if you love all these be sure to check out even more original movie costumes and props from Harry Potter.

It really is a must for fans of the movies based on J. K. Rowling's best-selling books and if you get a chance you really should pop along to the fantastic museum in Burbank, California, and while you're there take a look at the amazing 75th Anniversary Batman movie exhibit downstairs too.

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