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The Harry Potter universe is filled with everything from heroic teachers and innocent children to sinister warlocks and brute ogres. It's a fantasy world, with no limits to the appearance of the creatures inhabiting it, and with intelligent races such as elves, goblins and centaurs living side by side with humans.

But as wondrous as the world is, the main villains and heroes of are all rather regular looking human beings. At least in the books—especially in the movies—you get the impression they're a rather polished, normal bunch. But the games tell another, more horrifying story.

Cheap Games Make For Cheap Faces

Snape approves.
Snape approves.

In the licensed tie-in games we get to see the mischievous nature of Fred and George shine through and distort their outward appearance, while Hagrid gets to look exactly like the half-giant he really is.

It's the face of cheap video game production, a product of the great money making Harry Potter-machine and it's not very pretty.

Here's some of the worst (or best) faces of Harry Potter...

Paper-Faced Fred And George

Their appearance is as two dimensional as their personality.
Their appearance is as two dimensional as their personality.

First of we have the strange looking Weasley twins in the Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone game from 2001. Their appearance in the game is rather brief, which might explain why their faces didn't get the same 3D treatment as most of the other characters. Instead, the sad gingers are left with flat, paper-like features which, in combination with their matching shirts and rather clueless facial expressions, leaves the couple looking like halfwits.

Crystal Meth-Addicted Ron

Always looking to score.
Always looking to score.

British or not, we don't think it's fair to depict Ron Weasley like Electronic Arts did in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix from 2007. The guy's supposed to look like he's around 16 years old here, but it actually looks like he's around 30 and has been addicted to crystal meth for a few years.

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His skin has a green, sickened tinge, the hair is pale, his teeth are seemingly missing and he looks as tired as a zombie. Perhaps this is how Ron ends up when Hermione inevitably leaves him. Poor guy.

Blobfish Hagrid

At least they captured the bruteness of the character.
At least they captured the bruteness of the character.

We once again turn to the graphics of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone for a good laugh. Hagrid, everyone's favorite half-giant was heavily featured in the game as an integral part of the first book's story, but that didn't stop the developers from mashing his face into what looks like whatever this animal is:

They have the same, sad expression on their face.
They have the same, sad expression on their face.

Depressed Elliot Smith / Snape

Just about to perform 'Needle in the Hay.'
Just about to perform 'Needle in the Hay.'

In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix the true hero of the universe, Severus Snape, is momentarily transformed into the chronically depressed and generally troubled lo-fi and indie rock musician Elliot Smith. A strange matter, since Smith committed suicide in 2003 and the game was conceived in 2007, but the two character's features are so strikingly similar that there can be no doubt.

Not sure how Elliot Smith pulled this one off.
Not sure how Elliot Smith pulled this one off.

The Time Travelling Face Of Malfoy

Slowly turning into a wrinkled sith lord.
Slowly turning into a wrinkled sith lord.

The horrible character design of the Electronic Arts series continues as Draco Malfoy's face is sent forty years into the future in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. At this point, the excuse of the game being rather dated no longer applies, and the fact that Malfoy looks older than his father should've made someone reconsider their design. The turtleneck doesn't help either. Evil really does take its toll on the body.

What characters do you think were poorly adapted into video games?

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