AI reimagines Harry Potter cast as diehard gym-goers

‘The boy who lifted!’ AI reimagines Harry Potter cast as diehard gym-goers

  • The AI generation programme Mid Journey mocked up the funny video
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Harry Potter, Ronald Weaver and Hermione Granger are beloved characters in the world of children’s literature. 

The fearsome trio have won their way into the hearts of readers around the world since the first Harry Potter book was published in 1997.

But while the main characters in the franchise, which was later adapted into a franchise, are beloved for their adventurous spirit, their actual physiques were never crucial to JK Rowling’s storylines.

However, thanks to the magic of AI, the cast of the hit films – including Daniel Ratcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint – have been reimagined as diehard gym-goers. 

Earlier this year, the YouTube channel Fantasy Images uploaded a video titled ‘The Boy Who Lifted’.

Harry Potter – known for his gangly appearance and spectacles – has been morphed into this Hulk like man 

The hilarious AI-generated footage begins with a buff Dumbledore asking: ‘Harry Spotter, did you skip leg day again?’

Then, the AI Harry Potter aptly responds: ‘Every day is arm day, sir.’

Referencing the book Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, the Hogwarts headmaster continues: ‘It’s your job to make sure I keep drinking this protein shake. Even if you have to force it down my throat.’

A beefy Potter asks why he can’t drink it himself, to which Dumbledore explains, ‘Because I need to bulk, Harry.’

Voldemort also gets in on the action, offering a slight remix to one of his most infamous lines, ‘There is no good and evil. There is only weight and those too weak to lift it.’

Even a strapping Sirius Black joins in, asking, ‘If you want to know what a man’s like, take a look at how much he benches.’

The credits on the unusual video go to Midjourney, a generative artificial intelligence programme, while the voices go to ElevenLabs and speech animations to D-ID. 

The video has since gone viral after clocking up over 4.4 million views on the platform.

As if he wasn’t scary enough, now Voldemort has been turned into an evil killing wizard with muscles 

Dumbledore is traditionally thought to be wise and caring, but in this video all he cares about are his protein shakes 

The AI changed most of the stars into beasts, but fans complained there was no version of Hagrid 

The AI programme Mid Journey didn’t just target the human characters. It also turned Hedwig the owl into this strange character 

It has also racked up more than 150,000 likes, while thousands have commented. 

One wrote, ‘That image of Hedwig is going to haunt my dreams.’

A second wrote, ‘This is honestly the most inspirational video I have ever seen as a Harry Potter fan.’

Another wrote, ‘This is perfection, a piece of art. I recognise a fellow perfectionist when I see one.’

But many complained that Hagrid was missing. 

Draco Malfoy as you have never seen him before. His ego would have been even bigger if he had actually looked like this  

Filch the caretaker is seen with big shoulders and a vest top which showed veins bursting from his skin 

The female characters were also made strong and stacked by the AI programme, which alters how people look

Fans were furious that Hagrid wasn’t included in the AI-generated video. Pictured: Robbie Coltrane, who passed away at the age of 72 last year

One wrote, ‘They included Hedwig and Finch, but NOT HAGRID? Can you imagine? Standing at 8 ft tall. What a beast he’d be.’

Robbie Coltrane – who played Hagrid in all eight movies – passed away at the age of 72 in October 2022.

The Scottish star, whose real name is Anthony Robert McMillan, was best known for playing the beloved Hogwarts gamekeeper Hagrid and starring as criminal psychologist Dr Eddie ‘Fitz’ Fitzgerald in the 90s ITV drama. 

What’s more, British actor Matthew Lewis got his big break when he was cast as Neville Longbottom in the series in 2001.

But since the series ended, the star, 33, has undergone a startling transformation and is significantly slimmer and more muscly than he appeared on screen.

Left and right: Matthew Lewis – who was cast when he was 12 years old – pictured playing Neville Longbottom in the Harry Potter series

Since the series ended, the star, 33, has undergone a startling transformation and is significantly slimmer and more muscly than he appeared on screen

In May 2015, the then 25-year-old completed his nerdy-to-hunky transition with a raunchy boxer-clad shoot for Attitude magazine.

But there was one person who was particularly gobsmacked by the risqué extent of this change.

Author JK Rowling, who met Lewis when he was only the tender age of 12, expressed her utter shock at the nearly-nude images, which hit the Twittersphere.

Rowling tweeted her reaction to seeing the actor’s bare frame – essentially only clad with only a pair of skintight Armani briefs – and a hilarious and slightly embarrassing Twitter exchange followed.

The author, making a reference to Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe’s full-on nudity for his theatre stint in Equus in 2008, made a light-hearted dig at Lewis.

She tweeted: ‘@Mattdavelewis Not as bad as watching Dan in Equus, but close. Warn me next time, for God’s sake.’

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