Writers have a way of bringing their characters to life through carefully chosen words—after all, it’s what they live for. That being said, only a few manage to create such detailed universes we’ve all wished we could live in them. Harry Potter, JK Rowling’s series of fantasy novels, is probably the first example that comes to mind, followed by The Lord of the Rings, The Chronicles of Narnia and The Hunger Games.
But when it comes to adapting such complex stories into film, casting the perfect actors who not only look like how the characters are depicted in the books but are also able to give off the same energy is no easy feat. When it comes to Harry Potter for example, Neville Longbottom’s character was said to be blonde in the books. Yet in the movies, Matthew Lewis, who played Longbottom, kept his natural hair colour, brown. It makes you wonder, did the cast of the Harry Potter movies really look like their book counterparts?
It seems like one Vietnamese artist faced the same question, which led her to use artificial intelligence to show the rest of the world the similarities (and similarities) she had found between both. Here are 20 AI-generated images of exactly what the Harry Potter characters should have looked like according to JK Rowling’s words.
In the books, Sirius Black is described as tall, with long black hair and greyish eyes. It’s also mentioned that he was rather good looking—“carelessly handsome,” in fact. Oh, prior to his imprisonment, of course…
In the book series, Severus Snape is a thin man with sallow skin, a large hooked nose and yellow uneven teeth. His hair is greasy and pitch black, grown down to his shoulders. Snape’s eyes are cold, black and he wears flowing robes of black too that gust as he walks, giving him the appearance of an “overgrown bat.”
Ginevra Weasley, or Ginnie, is described as energetic, lively but shy and always blushing in Harry Potter’s presence. JK Rowling also notes that she is tough but not in an unpleasant way, rather in a gusty way. Ginnie is also warm and compassionate. She has freckles dusted over her pale skin and flaming red hair which she wears in a long mane down her back.
Hermione Granger is described to have “bushy brown hair” with brown eyes to match. Her front buck teeth are too large for her face. She has prominent features, externally but also in her personality, shown through her cleverness and logical matter-of-fact way of conducting herself.
Harry Potter has his father’s perpetually untidy black hair, his mother’s bright green eyes and, of course, a lightning bolt-shaped scar on his forehead. He was written to be small and quite skinny for his age, with a thin face and “knobbly knees” but, by the end of the series, he develops into a tall, handsome young man.
According to the books, Luna Lovegood had straggly, waist-length, dirty blonde hair with very pale eyebrows and “protuberant eyes that gave her a permanently surprised look.” She is quirky in personality and has a serene disposition.
Young Tom Riddle, who then became Voldemort, had jet black hair and was actually rather handsome. His dark eyes transformed later to match an attitude rather than colour, as the whites of his eyes turned permanently bloody after his rebirth. He became tall and skeletally thin, with a face whiter than a skull and a nose that was flat as a snake’s and that had slits for nostrils.
Ron Weasley is described as tall, thin and gangling. Freckles all over his skin, much like the rest of the Weasley family. He had big hands and feet, a long nose and a mop of bright red, messy hair. His humorous personality is reflected in his mannerisms.
Principle Dolores Umbridge, according to Harry’s description of her in The Order of the Phoenix, was large and pale, toadlike. She had a squat figure and a little neck, with a wide and slack mouth. Her eyes were described as large and round, slightly bulging. Lovely…
Dudley Dursley, Harry Potter’s first cousin, was spoiled by his parents. He had not much of a neck but a large pink face and small watery blue eyes. He had thick blonde hair that lay smoothly on his thick head. Described by his mother to look like a baby angel, but by Harry as a “pig in a wig.” We’ll take Harry’s word for it…
Draco Malfoy was described as a slender boy with sleek and blonde, almost white hair. He had cold grey eyes, a pale complexion and sharp, pointed features. JK Rowling pictured him to have haughty good looks. As an older man, his hairline started to recede which further accentuated his sharp features.
The books described Neville Longbottom to have a round face—in fact, he was imagined to be short, plump and blonde. He lacked self-confidence and was quite shy starting out in the first novel, but developed into a bolder and more courageous character later on. Gotta love Neville.
Fleur Delacour was described as stunning. A beautiful girl with golden hair and large blue eyes, she had a light, airy figure. In the books, she comes across as a little arrogant because of her good looks, but she is also kind with a generous heart.
Potter’s eventual sweetheart, Cho Chang was described to be a pretty girl with long, straight and shiny dark hair. She had a freckled nose and was generally described as sweet, well-mannered and easy to get along with.
Nymphadora Tonks, or just ‘Tonks’ is first described in the books as having a pale heart-shaped face, dark twinkling eyes and short, spiky hair that was a violent shade of violet. She is brave, dependable and selfless in character.
The caretaker at Hogwarts, Argus Filch was described as bitter and rather cruel, and seemed to hate the students. He wandered around the school corridors with his cat Mrs Norris, trying to catch students who broke the rules. He was pale in skin tone and had a soft and greasy voice as well as a scrawny body. Funnily enough, his beloved cat was described to look much the same.
Bellatrix Lestrange was described as a tall woman that had long, thick and shining black hair. She had thin lips, dark and somewhat heavy-lidded eyes. More details also painted her as classically good looking, with a strong jaw and features. She was impulsive in personality, thrill-seeking and indulgent.
As a Quidditch enthusiast, and eventually Captain of the team, Cedric Diggory was tall, which was unusual for a seeker. He was described to be extremely handsome with chiselled features, dark hair, and bright grey eyes. His personality was brave, kind and Hufflepuff to a T.
In the books, Gilderoy Lockhart was described to be foppish but also handsome. He had wavy blonde hair and particularly straight and shiny teeth. He was known for wearing flamboyant, flashy and incredibly extravagant robes in a wild array of different colours. He was, however, extremely vain, and like most vain people, he was terribly insecure. Oopsie.
Remus Lupin was described as compassionate, intelligent, tolerant, level-headed, peaceful and, overall, good-natured. He was tall and had brown hair with brown eyes to match. Later, his hair greyed and became a little shabbier but remained unwerewolf-like, which was what he really was, come full moon.
Remember the simpler times when we used to binge-watch Cartoon Network on a school night? “I wish SpongeBob was real!” most of us would holler at the playground, while day-dreaming about visiting the cartoon character in his cute little pineapple house under the sea. Several years later, your childhood visions may have motivated you to check out artworks that reimagine Disney princesses as modern women or even hotdogs—all in the guise of nostalgia.
Well, buckle up fellow cartoon lovers, it’s time to kiss your nostalgic desires—along with your peaceful sleep schedules—goodbye forever. Enter Miguel Vasquez, a 3D artist obsessed with making hyper-realistic versions of our favourite cartoon characters. The catch? The entire purpose of his art is “to disturb people.” Here are 18 of Vasquez’s most popular creations—guaranteed to make you pat the artist on the back and say “mission accomplished.”
I bet you’ve only known the wholesome yet goofy Sid who flails his arms around and manages to screw up every mission the Ice Age crew embarks on. But have you ever wondered what the iconic sloth would look like as an actual human being living among us? Hint: think someone with saggy skin, oddly-defined pectoral muscles, crusty eyes bulging out of their sockets and snotty nose dripping onto a set of misaligned and mouldy teeth. Vasquez did Sid dirty. Period. But we’re all here for it.
I’m pretty sure this is not what our 7-year-old selves had in mind while wishing upon a shooting star to meet SpongeBob in real life. Yet here we are, presented with an unsettling 3D illustration of the popular sea sponge—who looks eerily similar to Donald Trump. Scratch that, maybe Howie Mendel in his cosplaying era back in his school years?
Okay, this may just be Vasquez’s least cursed creation to date—and that’s saying something. Based on the character and protagonist of the animated television franchise under the same name, Scooby-Doo looks like the Scooby snack Shaggy would often feed him. Apart from his low-key resemblance to Steve Harvey, that is. “When you’re doing the dishes and touch soggy food,” Vasquez went on to caption the 3D artwork. Meme culture, here’s your new “What the dog doin’.”
Iconically munching on a carrot with gloved hands, Looney Tunes’ favourite anthropomorphic grey hare looks like he gulps psychedelic mushrooms for breakfast. Eh, what’s up, doc?
“Ahoy Spongebob! I’m suffering from nicotine withdrawal, gimme a pod me boi,” rightly sums up this artwork of Mr. Krabs from SpongeBob SquarePants. “It’s all about shock value,” Vasquez said in an interview with The i. “I put a lot of work into the details. A character’s bloodshot eyes can make them that much creepier, or menacing look.” Well, mission accomplished, mister Vasquez.
Sleep paralysis demons, where you at? Based on the famous characters from the long-running comic strip—written and illustrated by Charles M. Schulz—Charlie Brown and Snoopy look baked in their hyper-realistic version like Bugs Bunny. The best part? The more you look at Charlie, the more he looks like Michael Cera. Potential cast if The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show ever makes a live action of the iconic duo, I guess?
Of course, Patrick is on the list. If you’ve been wondering what the pink sea star would look like as a Chuck E. Cheese employee, this is it. With ice cream dropped splat on his forehead (bonus points if you scroll to see it dripping into his mouth), single-toothed Patrick believes mayonnaise is an instrument and you cannot, in fact, “stop the unstoppable.”
Brb, Googling how to delete my childhood.
Remember how we used to tirelessly yell “behind you, Dora!” whenever the characters from Dora the Explorer asked for directions or urged us to spot something on our TV screens? I don’t know about you guys but watching the animated series now gives me anxiety. How many times do I have to repeat myself? Or worse yet, in the age where we pull down our masks to hear better, am I actually annoying the local supermarket worker by asking them where the chips are—multiple times? Well, this time, Dora ain’t playing around. And Swiper, you better stop swiping.
In the interview with The i, Vasquez admitted how he was initially an art school student at Chaffey College but got really frustrated with the curriculum. “I felt like I could learn more at home but didn’t know what to do at first,” he said. “I suppose you could say I dropped out, but it doesn’t feel like the right word. I wanted to leave to dedicate more time to my art, and felt like I was learning more at home.”
After leaving college, he started spending time sketching out the characters he had been previously drafting absent-mindedly. “I had started drawing these characters at school when I got bored, because it seemed like no-one had quite got the dimensions for what these cartoons would look like in real life,” the artist said. “I wanted to show how strangely disproportionate and creepy they would actually look.” Well, all Squidward needs in this artwork is a shower cap and bubbles.
Who knew Michael J. Fox and Willem Dafoe could make such a good intergalactic duo? Armed with a bottle, portal and laser guns, Vasquez captures Rick and Morty in their true elements in this article. Perfectly disturbing, just like the animated sitcom in question.
You’ll never binge Adventure Time the same way again. With missing teeth and a balaclava, here’s what Finn the Human would look like in his yearbook photo. His death grip on Jake the Dog (with well-defined pecs, yet again) is worth noting here.
This is what Plankton from SpongeBob SquarePants would look like if he was one of the odd monsters Will Smith fights in Men in Black. Pecs? Check. Bloodshot eyes? Nailed them. The secret formula for Krabby Patties? Got it. At the end of the day, however, I’d be absolutely terrified to meet mildly-ripped Plankton out on the streets.
In an episode of SpongeBob SquarePants, Squidward is rushed to the hospital when SpongeBob accidentally slams the door on him. He undergoes surgery to have his face fixed but things don’t go as planned. Instead of looking like his old self again, the surgery makes him—drum roll—incredibly handsome! Enter ‘Handsome Squidward’, whose dazzling beauty makes everyone in Bikini Bottom fall head over heels for the hunk. With five different versions of Handsome Squidward, Vasquez has got everyone thirsting in the comment section. I never thought I’d say this in my life, but have you ever seen a sea cucumber packing a sea cucumber before?
In case you’re looking for a video of Handsome Squidward checking you out, Vasquez has got you covered. PS: I can’t wait for the anthropomorphic fanfiction of the character on Wattpad now.
At the time Vasquez gave the interview for The i, he was yet to create female characters. “I have a really good idea for Marge Simpson in the pipeline,” he told the outlet. Well, who’d have thought how The Simpsons character would turn out? Now the question is, when will Vasquez add Lisa and Bart to this unsettling family portrait? Also, I can’t help but see Bruce Willis the more I look at Homer. What do you think?
For Vasquez, his inspiration to create creepy characters was triggered after his artwork of Nintendo’s Luigi went viral on Instagram. “I realised that these characters were getting a lot of attention,” he said. “I started focusing a week at a time on perfecting them. They do look like something that lives and roams in this world.” I never thought Kirby could haunt my dreams with single nail bed for hands and legs.
Ever wondered what old video game characters would look like if they were recreated with realistic graphics? Let’s just agree that if we played Super Mario with this Toad, our childhood memories would’ve been nightmare-filled rather than nostalgic. As for Vasquez, this is exactly what he aims for with his artwork. “I love seeing the reactions,” he shared. True, even if you love or loathe them, you’d definitely share these images with a friend at the end of the day. “It’s just bringing to life what the original creators gave to the cartoon characters,” he added. Wonder what Princess Peach thinks about this Toad though…
Just going to leave this blursed image here.