Harry Potter’s Three Brothers vs Lotte Reiniger

When I watched the penultimate Harry Potter film, the thing that stuck with me was definitely the short animation which accompanied the Tale of the Three Brothers (a kind of wizard fairy story). I’ve included it above so you can see what I mean.

I was also at the Birds Eye View Film Festival launch a little while ago and I remember seeing one of Lotte Reiniger’s silhouette animations – Hansel and Gretel. Her influence on the creators of the Three Brothers animation is undeniable – I believe that director Ben Hibon spoke about it himself in an interview a few months back.

Having just picked ut the DVD of the film I thought it would be a good time to share a few of Lotte Reiniger’s animations. Enjoy!