The little-known Tate Britain hack that moves all the paintings like in Harry Potter


Sitting next to the River Thames is one of the most famous art galleries in the world, Tate Britain. Millions of people flock to Tate Britain each year, but did you know there is a way to bring works of art to life? While much of the art at Tate Britain dates back centuries, modern technology has added a new dimension to it.

A viral video from a TikTok user explained how to make the museum artwork 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 on the Instagram name tag on the panels at the Tate and tap Accept on the effect. If you then point your phone at the artwork, it will move. It is well known that in the global film franchise, the images of Hogwarts castle also have their own spirit.

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

The viral TikTok racked up nearly 350,000 likes and many enthusiastic people shared how excited they were to try it out. One user said: ‘This is why Britain is a superior country: the Tate.’ Another added: “Showed this to my American friends and it enhanced their trip there.”

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