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AI-Based Website Creates Realistic Harry Potter Characters After Book Descriptions

One Potterhead used an AI-based art website to render portraits of Harry Potter characters as they were first described by the author in the books. Needless to say, some look as the iconic actors whom gave them life while others are incredibly different.

Reddit user lettuceown used Artbreeder, an art website which lets creators generate and modify faces, landscapes or paintings via machine learning.

Also read: Harry Potter TV Series On Max: What We Know So Far & JK Rowling’s Response

Artbreeder is the 2018 invention of engineer Joel Simon and uses models StyleGAN and BigGAN to generate original pieces of artwork based on pre-trained models. The output is a dreamy, high-quality image that can be tweaked by the user to reflect their vision. By disabling the generation of images, there’s more human control and thus, an “artist’s touch”.

lettuceown started from the Harry Potter book descriptions and generated the famous trio – Harry, Hermione, Ron – as well as iconic characters like Snape or Sirius, not to mention the Weasley and Dursley family.

“Artbreeder can be pretty limiting in what you can do and can be a bit twiddly so not all of the characters came out as I wanted, but I thought Sirius came out as I imagined him! Dark and regally handsome.”, she said for Bored Panda.

Here’s what the AI came up with:

Draco Malfoy: pointed very pale face, cold grey eyes, slick white-blonde hair (never described as handsome or ugly)
Hermione Granger: bushy dark brown hair, brown eyes, large buck teeth (never described as pretty or ugly)
Ron Weasley: Long nose, blue eyes, pale, freckled face, bright red hair, thin build
Sirius Black: (mid/late 30s), long dark hair and grey eyes, “regally” handsome with fair skin (after getting out of Azkaban)
Snape: (38) Thin, uneven yellow teeth, large hooked nose, sallow skin, dark/black eyes, black greasy shoulder-length hair
Lily Potter: (21), bright green eyes, beautiful, thick dark red shoulder length hair
Dudley Dursley: blonde hair, blue eyes, extremely fat with small eyes, like a “pig in a wig”

Want to check out Harry, Fleur, Cedric, Dolores Umbridge and the rest of the Dursley and Weasley family? Go here!

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