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.
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:
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