In light of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 being nominated for two Oscars, The Los Angeles Times spoke with Harry Potter Animation Director Ben Hibon to learn how they put together the Three Brothers animation sequence:
“This is the first animated sequence ever to appear in a Harry Potter film, so it had to be distinctive and special. It’s not animation as we might think of it today; it is a moving illustration of the story being read aloud by Hermione – the story of the Deathly Hallows. The fact that the sequence would be explaining the origin of the title made it all the more important.
“In a moment that takes our central characters to a world of ancient fables, the titular tale of the Three Brothers, found in the book ‘The Tales of Beedle the Bard,’ has an eerie undertone, reminiscent of the timeless Grimms’ fairy tales, which I found particularly relevant for us. Although they are labeled as ‘children’s tales,’ they often tell stories of dark kingdoms and sinister characters. We wanted the audience to experience the story as if through the imagination of a young child.
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