BeWitching the Dead in Half-Blood Prince: LA Times Talks Creating the Inferi


Jun 18, 2009

Posted by SueTLC

The LA Times Hero Complex blog has been updated today with a new article on bewitching the dead or creating the Inferi for the upcoming Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince film. In a new interview with Tim Alexander, special effects mastermind from ILM, we learn that it took “several months to complete the approximately seven-minute scene, from
rendering millions of Inferi to whipping up Dumbledore’s flame tornado.(best for combating meddling dead folks.)” Noting that he believes the scene will scare little children, we learn more about the process used to create these horrible creatures used to do Voldemorts bidding in the cave scene. Please note the article has a slight spoiler regarding Harry during the scene.

Tell me about how the Inferi look. How did the design come about?
art department on the film gave us a lot of references, like Dante’s
“Inferno,” where they have all those bodies. The Inferi themselves are
very skinny and emaciated people. Very humanoid, but way skinnier than
humans could be. Waterlogged and gray. We used the old lady that comes
out of the tub in ˜The Shining’ as a reference. Most of the Inferi are
adult, but we did also build two children, too.

That sounds ¦ disturbing. Certainly, more so than the previous “Potter” films.
certainly much bolder and scarier than we imagined that they’d ever go
in a “Potter” movie. Director David Yates was really cautious of not
making this into a zombie movie, so we were constantly trying to figure
out how not to make these dead people coming up look like zombies. A
lot of it came down to their movement ’ they don’t move fast, but they
don’t move really slow or groan and moan. We ended up going with a very
realistic style. They move like anyone coming up out of water.

36 Responses to BeWitching the Dead in Half-Blood Prince: LA Times Talks Creating the Inferi

Avatar Imagelilyjames says: O my gosh!!! I can NOT wait for this movie..............but i have to that sounds uber creepy in a good way!!!Avatar ImageSt Ramona says: Millions of Inferi? That sounds like a bit much.Avatar ImageNiphai says: Seriously, this sounds awesome. Can't wait till july 15th!Avatar ImageSammysaint says: cant bloody wait!Avatar ImageMidnightSun321 says: gosh!! sounds kinda scary... AWESUM!!!Avatar Imageliv-wa says: OOOOO very creepy...I wonder how this possibly managed to be PG. I guess only the movie will tell [:Avatar Imageplacebowiz says: what a process Avatar Imageravensmith says: All I can say is that I'm excited to see how everything turns out. I hope they did a great job with the inferi because Jo did a great job of creeping me out in the book!Avatar Imagesunlitdays says: i dont exactly know what i imagined inferi to be, but its not how they made it in the movie (from the bits of film we've seen through traliers and stuff). idk but it still looks really goodAvatar ImageRin68nyr says: the link isn't working for me...but it sounds good! I didn't see any spoiler, though...I wonder what they were talking about? ErinAvatar Imagekingdom says: i can't wait to see them come alive in the movie!Avatar Imagekingdom says: can't wait!!!Avatar ImageGarden State Geek says: Millions does sound like a huge number. Avatar Imagehermyone08 says: well, they do look very scary from the trailers, that's for sure!Avatar Imagephoenixes are in ravenclaw says: Cool!! Can't Wait to see it!!Avatar Imagesimos says: waaaww!!Avatar Imagebengtson_98 says: I love this this is going to be really creepy because if we all recall it was in the book... JK made it very realistic and I really hope it turns out good!!Avatar Imageiheartpink says: this movie is totally going to give me nightmares.... i can't wait!!!! : )Avatar ImageGraymayne says: I would have thought that this was going over the top. I can't see Voldemort being responsible for millions of deaths, hundreds would seem more reasonable. He was obviously having a paranoid moment.Avatar Imageravonja says: I thought they lookes like millions of Gollums in the trailer but I want to see more :)Avatar ImageHPNAIV says: Oh, the lady from The Shining always makes me scared. *eek! But the Inferi look great in the trailers - I can't wait to see them!Avatar ImageMatea says: woa.thats just creepy. they look ok,but I was thinking more human-like.and not Smeagol-like.Avatar ImageWingardium Leviosa says: I thought that because of this scene among others, the film would be rated PG-13. I still wonder why it's rated PG.Avatar Imagejenge says: The description certainly sounds awesome. Let's hope the actual scene in the movie lives up to our expectations.Avatar ImageSorcererke says: *SPOILER* well, it's true about the millions, dare I say it BILLIONS of inferi in the lake. If you watch one of the trailers, I'm refering to the one with the scary music (I think it's called TRL_2 or something like that, it is 1.55 minutes long) you can see at 0.30 that the entire bottom is filled with them.Avatar ImageWolfheart says: I thought I'd already crossed the creepy threshold today, but this took me right back over. Just thinking about what it's going to look like... *shudder* And yet I can't wait!Avatar Imagepipkin3 says: It may be PG in the US, but its 12A (PG13) over here :) I haven't read t he article (as I don't want to know all about the entire film before its even out), but I REALLY hope these Inferi aren't entirely CGI. I've never found Harry Potter's CGI very convincing. CGI creatures just don't scare me somehow. CG effects always look really blurry and cartoon-ish on the big screen. They must have been able to do something with practical effects and make-up? At least have really people, but CG-enhanced perhaps? But entirely CG just looks rubbery and stupid. Like Grawp did in OOTP.Avatar Imagebudgie says: Goosebumps time! CGI can look very realistic. Have another look at the buffalo herds in Dances With Wolves. Avatar Imagekingdom says: i can't wait to see them come alive in the movie!Avatar ImageWON_TWO says: Sounds good!Avatar Imagemaimiaa says: wooooow cannot wait for this movie!! the inferi part is gonna be way cool!Avatar Imagecheeserpleaser says: Based on what I have seen in the trailers and other promotional materials, I am thoroughly convinced that they did a fantastic job in creating all of the CGI in this particular scene and cannot wait to see the final product in less than a month. The fact that they devoted such attention to detail in this one particular moment is certainly a testimony to the commitment of all the people involved in the production.Avatar ImageDolemite says: Sounds pretty cool.Avatar Imagewandmastercalum says: Cool I hope they're enough to make someone scream.Avatar ImageKaylynn Ravenclaw says: Three words: Voldemort is Weird. To create all these weird, zombie-yet-not-zombie creatures-there is only one answer-Imperio! Anyhow, I've always thought Inferi was synonumus with zombie,and children being ImageLeeann says: sounds creepy. cant wait!

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