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Harry Potter Fans In Stitches Over 'Dodgy' CGI In Quidditch Scene

Harry Potter Fans In Stitches Over 'Dodgy' CGI In Quidditch Scene

In all fairness, the film came out twenty years ago.

We’re passionate Potterheads here at Tyla, and to celebrate 20 years since the first Harry Potter film was released in cinemas, we’ve been rewatching all the old films for the ultimate nostalgia hit.

However, some of the effects of the older films unfortunately haven’t stood the test of time, as the first Quidditch match from the Philosopher’s Stone has shown.

Watch a clip below.


In the first film, which sees Harry land the role of Seeker for the Gryffindor team, his first Quidditch match rolls around – against their rivals, Slytherin.

However, many of the players in the match were made entirely of CGI – something we didn’t initially spot in our first watch.

But after someone pointed it out on the Reddit r/MovieDetails thread, it’s all we’ve been able to see.

Yes, the CGI may look a little bit dodgy now, but remember, this film came out over 20 years ago now.

Fans were similarly taken aback by just how ropey the CGI looks under a 2021 gaze.

A lot of the Slytherin players were CGI (
Warner Bros)

“Not sure I noticed when watching two decades a go, but seeing it now...woof. I’m glad technology has advanced. But yeah, impressive at the time,” one person said.

“High resolutions really bring this stuff to the forefront compared to when we watched in on VHS,” said a second.

A third added: “Quidditch always looked like a video game and I was glad when they cut it from the later movies,” a fourth agreed: “The first movie had a lot of weak CGI and special effects. I remember it getting a lot better after that.”

CGI improved in later films (
Warner Bros)

A fifth laughed that the Slytherin Keeper “looked like Barbie”, and a sixth agreed: “Looks like a bad PS1 game.”

Nonetheless, we still adore Harry Potter, and cannot wait to see the reunion programme that airs on New Year’s Day.

You can read some of the revelations from Return to Hogwarts here.

Featured Image Credit: Warner Bros.

Topics: Harry Potter, TV And Film