I’m a huge fan of Harry Potter so I love sharing stuff like this. The Harry Potter series may be for kids but the visual effects are whimsical and creative for adults as well, and especially inspirational if you work in this industry. Since it’s almost Halloween, and if you want to create some fun magical effects for the occasion, here are a couple of tutorials to get you started.
Tom Riddle’s Diary Fade Out Effect in Adobe After Effects Tutorial (Harry Potter)
Ignace Aleya shows you how to make your ink disappear. It’s simple!
Harry Potter PRIOR INCANTATEM!
This tutorial is in Italian but you can set the subtitles to English, or just follow along visually. It’s pretty clear, even if you don’t understand Italian. Plus, Italian is so nice to listen to!
Harry Potter style Invisibility Cloak Effects in Adobe After Effects
Abdul VFX shows you how to use green screen fabric to make parts of an actor disappear.
Spell Book? Create a 3D Book in After Effects Tutorial
While this quick tutorial from Workbench is not necessarily for a spell book, it shows how to make a 3D book, and you can style it any way you like! They have project files here and a Patreon page if you’d like to support Workbench.
Want to make a fancier spell book?
If you’re a 3ds Max user, check out
Tutorial: 3ds Max: Harry Potter Spellbook Breakdown
More Tutorials and Resources
Freebie: Top 10 Most Iconic Movie Fonts – NewBlueFX is offering free downloads of the most icon film fonts ever created; from the whimsy of Harry Potter, the boldness of Jaws or the retro look of Back to the Future.
Freebie: Free Magical Smoke Elements from Video Copilot – If this doesn’t add magic to your scene, I don’t know what will!