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Artist Shows What Harry Potter Characters Were Actually Meant To Look Like In Real Life

Cameron Frew

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Artist Shows What Harry Potter Characters Were Actually Meant To Look Like In Real Life

An artist has created her own illustrations of characters from the world of Harry Potter.

When you get stuck right into a book, you form images of what you're reading in your head: the people, the places they travel, the fights. Your imagination can feel like the best cinema in the world when you find a story you love.

So, when that book is turned into a movie, it's unsurprising that some fans struggle with the transition, holding the source material close to their hearts.

Sirius Black was the artist's favourite. Credit: MsBananaAnna/Imgur
Sirius Black was the artist's favourite. Credit: MsBananaAnna/Imgur

MsBananaAnna, a 28-year-old Vietnamese artist, used artificial intelligence to create character portraits based on their descriptions across the books.

For example, Bellatrix Lestrange (played by Helena Bonham Carter) is described as having 'long shiny thick black hair, strong jaw, dark hooded eyes, thin lips, gaunt from long term imprisonment, still has vestiges of old beauty'.

Bellatrix Lestrange, as envisioned by the artist. Credit: MsBananaAnna/Imgur
Bellatrix Lestrange, as envisioned by the artist. Credit: MsBananaAnna/Imgur

Meanwhile, Cedric Diggory (played by Robert Pattinson in The Goblet of Fire) is supposed to have 'very handsome chiseled features, dark hair and grey eyes'.

Nothing will ever beat Alan Rickman as Severus Snape. Credit: MsBananaAnna/Imgur
Nothing will ever beat Alan Rickman as Severus Snape. Credit: MsBananaAnna/Imgur

The artist shared her portraits to Imgur, showing the likes of the Weasley family, Severus Snape, Cho Chang, Remus Lupin, Luna Lovegood, Neville Longbottom, Dolores Umbridge, the Dursley family, Draco Malfoy and, of course, the main trio: Harry, Ron and Hermione.

Speaking to Bored Panda, self-confessed 'nerd' MsBananaAnna said she's been a complete 'Potterhead' since her early years in school.

She said: "I basically grew up with Harry, Ron, and Hermione and remember waiting in line at midnight for the release of each book.

The artist was inspired while looking for illustrations of Hermoine. Credit: MsBananaAnna/Imgur
The artist was inspired while looking for illustrations of Hermoine. Credit: MsBananaAnna/Imgur

"I came up with the idea to recreate the characters when I tried to find some fan works of Hermione. I watched the movies and though I like Emma Watson, I always thought she was too gorgeous to be Hermione.

Harry Potter as envisioned by the artist. Credit: MsBananaAnna/Imgur
Harry Potter as envisioned by the artist. Credit: MsBananaAnna/Imgur

"I couldn't find any renditions of her that I thought were accurate so I ended up making her myself. People seemed to enjoy it so much that I decided to make more characters."

Ron Weasley as imagined by the artist. Credit: MsBananaAnna/Imgur
Ron Weasley as imagined by the artist. Credit: MsBananaAnna/Imgur

While some look similar to their live-action counterparts, others are rather different. For the artist, Sirius Black (played by Gary Oldman) was her favourite to redesign.

The artist said: "I thought that was plucked straight from my head.

"Artbreeder can be pretty limiting in what you can do and can be a bit twiddly so not all of the characters came out as I wanted, but I thought Sirius came out as I imagined him! Dark and regally handsome."

Featured Image Credit: Credit: MsBananaAnna/Imgur

Topics: Harry Potter, TV and Film

Cameron Frew
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