Top 5 Harry Potter CGI Fails

We’re mere days from the release of the seventh Harry Potter movie, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I (Whoot!)  While I love the books with all my geeked out heart and soul, I do have some issues with the movies (especially the last two).  So in order to help temper my excitement this week and prepare myself for eventual cinematic disappointment, I’m going to focus a bit on the negative.

The Harry Potter movies have grossed 4.5 gazillion dollars worldwide (figures may be exaggerated), yet, despite all the available coinage, some of the special effects come off as just hokey.  Here are the five worst CGI fails of the first six Harry Potter movies.
(Three of the worst offenders occurred in the first movie, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, I’m sad to say.  I still stand by my pledge not to crap on Chris Columbus, but I will crap on his visual effects team.)

Interestingly, many of the worst Harry Potter special effects occur at the most tedious parts of the movies/books and on the most boring characters.  Looks like the CGI folks were as bored as the audience.


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  • Haha! Very nice, funny observations here. This mad me laugh on a Monday.. congrats!

    Nice blog both of you. Told ya I'd check out your blog at the last ChicagoNow meetup! Will you be seeing the new Harry Potter on opening night then, I'm assuming?

  • Hi, Jay! Thanks for the comment!

    Unfortunately we won't be seeing HP on opening night (or at least I won't be). John will probably do something insane like go and see it late Thursday night. :)

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