Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

Cinesite is proud to have worked on every film in the Harry Potter series of films, including the exciting climax HARRY POTTER & THE DEATHLY HALLOWS: PART 2.

One of Cinesite’s most challenging tasks was to create evil Lord Voldemort’s snake-like snout; 130 of these shots were created for this film alone. Voldemort’s head was built from a Cyberscan of the actor, with a detailed displacement to achieve the intricate detail of pores and wrinkles required in extreme close ups. A proprietary skin shader tool was rendered out with Renderman.

In one of the most dramatic sequences of the film, Voldemort and Harry are battling within the halls of Hogwarts. As the impact of their spells reverberate, the ceiling collapses over the marble staircase, generating clouds of dust and debris. The CG rubble and detritus created by Cinesite was carried accurately across other shots in the sequence to ensure that continuity was maintained.

Other Cinesite work in the final Potter installment includes wand effects for the battle between Snape and McGonagall in the Great Hall, Snape’s doe patronus for a flashback sequence, animated portraits and various other shots.

Cinesite’s work in other Potter films has included the physical construction of the Hogwarts model for films including Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire and Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix (now on display at the Studio Tour), as well as complex CG environments, CG candles, the Beauxbaton girls’ butterflies, the Howler and stunning time-travel sequences in the third installment, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

  • Release date: 15.07.2011
  • Studio: Warner Bros.
  • Director: David Yates
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2