Fan creates book-accurate “Harry Potter” character portraits using AI-based art website

Although we have come to love the actors who portray our favorite characters in Harry Potter film series, it is clear to anyone who has ever read the books that some of them do not quite match the descriptions in the source material. For example, Ron was described in the books as being tall and ruffled and inheriting Weasleys’ fiery red hair and freckles. On the other hand, Rupert Grint lacks freckles and is a bit more solid than Ron. And of course, we should all be aware of the reason behind the scenes that Daniel Radcliffe does not retain Harry’s trademark, green eyes. Although lots of artists have created book-exactly Potter art, a fan used an artificial intelligence-based art website to create relatively realistic portraits according to the book descriptions.

A Reddit user and Potterhead named lettuceown, also known as msbananaanna, created recently Harry Potter character portraits based on the descriptions from inside the pages of the books. Unlike other artists, her favorite medium was a machine learning-based art site called Artbreeder. The website was launched in 2018 and is used to generate and modify faces, landscapes and paintings. Once the faces are generated, users can change over 30 attributes of the face, such as age, skin tone and even emotional expression, using comprehensive sliders. Using machine learning, each slider changes a property so that anyone with little or no artistic ability can take a picture and adjust it, even allowing someone to transform a basic image into something completely different.

In an interview with the artist, she explains that she started this project because she felt she could not find an illustration of Hermione that she thought was accurate in relation to the books, so she decided to make her own. She eventually posted her portraits to Reddit, and when people showed their support, she continued to make more.

“I came up with the idea of ​​recreating the characters when I was trying to find some fan works by Hermione. I watched the movies, and even though I like Emma Watson, I always thought she was too beautiful to be Hermione. I could not “I found some reproductions 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.”

You can take a look at a few of the portraits below:

In general, most of the portraits are quite accurate compared to the descriptions we received in the books, but considering that we all have different mental images of the characters, it is very subjective. The artist went on to create over 30 portraits in total, which have been conveniently compiled on Imgur for your viewing pleasure.

What do you think? Are these character reproductions accurate in relation to the way you viewed the characters? What would you adjust to suit your mental image? Tell us in the comments.

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