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The little known Tate Britain hack that makes all the paintings move like in Harry Potter


Its well known that in the global film franchise the pictures in Hogwarts castle also have a mind of their own

© Shared Content Unit Its well known that in the global film franchise the pictures in Hogwarts castle also have a mind of their own

Sat next to the river Thames is one of the most famous art galleries in the world, The Tate Britain. Millions of people flock to the Tate Britain each year but did you know there’s a way to make the artwork come to life? While much of the art at the Tate Britain is centuries old, modern technology has added a new dimension to it.

A viral video from a TikTok user has explained how to make the artwork at the museum move like something out of Harry Potter. If you point your camera at the paintings and follow these instructions they come to life. For this to work you need the latest version of Instagram.

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Open the app and swipe right to open the ‘Stories’ camera. Tap and hold your screen over the Instagram nametag on the signs at the Tate and press accept on the effect. If you then point your phone at the artwork it will move. Its well known that in the global film franchise the pictures in Hogwarts castle also have a mind of their own.

In a post on their Twitter account launching a new feature back in 2019, the Tate wrote: “See work come to life at Tate Britain! You can now use your Instagram camera to see eight collection artworks animate before your eyes, from washing drying in a breeze to a cat leaping from a JMW Turner painting.”

The viral TikTok has racked up almost 350,000 likes with plenty of excited people talking about how they can’t wait to try it out. One user said: “This is why Britain is a superior country: the Tate.” Another added: “I showed my American friends this and it made their trip there better.”

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