Wacky Product of the Week: Harry Potter Moving Photographs


It’s no secret that I’m a huge Harry Potter fan. Some might say I’m “mental” about the series. Books, movies, collectibles, memorabilia, Wizard wear–I can’t seem to get enough! Sitting in front of me, I’ve got the Deathly Hallows symbol on a chain, two wands, a Pygmy Puff named Mortimer, The Tales of Beedle the Bard, a copy of the Quibbler, a Marauder’s Map…need I go on? (I won’t even get started on the fact that I have a cloak and uniform upstairs)

After waiting in line all day yesterday for the midnight showing, I am not even close to Harry Pottered out. So today, I am sharing a cool Harry Potter tech idea that’s in the works at the moment and within reach for us Muggles to get our hands on too: moving photographs. In the Harry Potter series, moving portraits are awesome. If you visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando, Florida, you can see some video-screen replicas that are pretty neat. But what if you could have your own moving photographs in a hand-held size, say, like birthday cards to grandma?

Well, Pragmatic Printing is actually partnering a greeting card company at the moment to create just that sort of thing! Imagine, instead of bulky ‘animated’ cards with huge mechanics in them, having instead a paper-thin screen with full animation on it. Yep, that’s their plan. In the image shown here, those little fireworks will actually be moving and three-dimensional! Or imagine in place of that, having a photograph of you waving and singing Happy Birthday to your mom.

Ah, Harry Potter. Now if only someone could actually invent a magic wand that does more than turn on my television or light a candle.

What Harry Potter magical gadgets would you want to see created?

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  1. ChuckG

    3 years ago

    That’s a cute card. I’d like a magic wand that works, but I suppose in another life. I’d like the Sorcerer’s Stone as a paper weight or something cool that I could actually use.

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