The Harry Potter movie franchise has dazzled audiences with its magical immersion into a fantastical world filled with wizardry. But another kind of wizardry is also responsible for its big success – visual effects.
One of the many mysteries of the Harry Potter series is how much Hollywood--and the Academy--have underappreciated the high-level craftsmanship on display throughout. Bill Desowitz looks at the impact the end of the series will have on its visual effects artists. There's more at stake than the most successful film franchise in history coming to a halt with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2. There's also a cottage visual effects industry in London that now has to get weaned off the wizard of Hogwarts. Double Negative, The Moving Picture Co. (MPC), Framestore, and Cinesite all came of age with Harry in the first decade of the millennium, especially on the third film, The Prisoner of Azkaban, in 2004.
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