The magical portraits and photographs from the Harry Potter franchise are wonderful. They seem to have a life of their own, and keep memories magical alive.

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Turns out, the magical portraits take quite a bit of magical and potion-making skills. Witches and wizards are able to magically enchant photos and paintings to bring them alive.

Magical Portraits

Colin Creevey demonstrates that even photos taken with a Muggle camera can be turned into magical portraits, as long as they are developed in the right potion.

Each Of The Magical Portraits Are Unique

Every one of the many magical portraits have their own unique personalities, based on the subject-matter’s personality.

Some magical portraits are more textured than others. For instance, Albus Dumbledore’s portrait is very detailed and seems to emulate the famous wizarding professor, perfectly.

J.K. Rowling has said that the more powerful you are, and the more time you spend with your own magical portrait, the more real your magical portrait will be.

Magical Portraits Vs Ghosts

A magical portrait is like a perfect shadow of the subject-matter.

A ghost is like an imprint of a person, which carries the person’s unfinished business into the afterlife.

In an interview, J.K. Rowling explained the difference between ghosts and magical portraits:

If Harry had a portrait of his parents it would not help him a great deal. If he could meet them as ghosts, that would be a much more meaningful interaction…

Ghosts cannot die again, as Harry Potter remarked in The Chamber of Secrets.

A magical portrait can be destroyed, and will be scared of being destroyed too. In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, the portrait of the famous Fat Lady gets slashed and she hides in another frame.

There you have it. Magical portraits are created through a combination of enchantments, potions, and putting extra textures and layers into them.

Would you like to have a magical portrait of yourself or someone else? Let us know in the comments section below.

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