How to Get Your Own Harry Potter Moving Pictures at Shutterbutton’s

Moving Pictures at Shutterbuttons in Universal Studios Wizarding World of Harry Potter

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“He’s gone,” said Harry Potter, while looking at his picture of Dumbledore on his chocolate frog card.

“Well, you can’t expect him to sit around all day,” said Ron.

Loosely stolen from the Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, this is how we first learn of moving pictures in the Wizarding World. And I’ve got a secret for you.

There’s a hidden spot in Diagon Alley at Universal Studio’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter. It’s called Shutterbutton’s Top-Notch Shots and it’s where you can get your very own moving pictures.

If you’ve ever seen the Harry Potter Movies, or read the Harry Potter series of books, you’ll know that wizard photos move. Now you can recreate that magical portrait experience for your kids or yourself!

Moving Pictures at Shutterbuttons in Universal Studios Wizarding World of Harry Potter


Located only in the Universal Studios side, and not in Hogsmeade at Islands of Adventure, you’ll find Shutterbuttons. Upon entering Diagon Alley, Shutterbutton’s is about halfway up the alley, on the left, next to Madame Malkin’s Robes shop. This hidden gem is almost never crowded. The shop is small, but always well-staffed with helpful witches and wizards.

To get your very own moving pictures, you’ll enter one of two rooms and stand in front of a green screen. The witch or wizard artist will direct you where to look, where to stand, and how to react. He or she will take a series of moving portraits and photos for you. Of course, if you haven’t dressed the part, Shutterbutton’s has spare robes for you to borrow.

IMPORTANT – Do Not Wear Green – Taking photos in front of a green screen means that any green items will not show up and appear as the imposed background. Sorry, Slytherins. You’ll have to borrow another house’s robes.

I’ve also read reviews that they only have Gryffindor robes to borrow. However, you can see above that my son has Hufflepuff robes. I’m not sure if this is still accurate or not, but if you’re a Ravenclaw or Hufflepuff, you may want to bring your own robe.

As a huge Harry Potter fan, this was a fun new way to experience the Harry Potter Universe and Wizarding World. I mean, I know we have Apple live photos, but this exceeded our expectations with compelling results.

Girl with wand standing in front of a Green Screen.

After capturing your moving pictures, you could embark on an epic battle with your family members. Okay, I actually mean a posed still photo in front of the green screen. This time it places you, wands ready, in Diagon Alley facing each other.

This alone is worth the cost. It’s a magnificent photo that you can see above, with no one else in the glistening alley.

Once capturing your moving pictures is complete, you’ll see a preview of some of the images on the DVD. NOTE: You’ll only see about 4 of the 12 different scenes taken. Obviously, they want you to buy the package to see all the photos.

Also note, since we’re not actually magical people, but mere muggles, our moving images are on a DVD.

Pricing and Scheduling

One of the comments below asked if you can schedule your moving pictures. I did ask at Shutterbuttons, and the answer is no. However, they may give you a time to return if they are busy. I’ve poked my head in there often and they never seem packed. I think the price point prevents too many people from participating in this experience.

Pricing for the DVD is not cheap. However, it is free to try, to see some of your moving image photos. If you do the experience, you can come back later in the day to purchase. At the time of this publication, the prices were as follows:

  • $89.95 for the Moving Pictures DVD
  • $35 per print or single photo

The nice thing about this, however, is that you get it both digitally and with a DVD in hand. See ours below!

If you have an annual pass that provides discounts, you can apply those here.

Universal does offer a photo package. But note that Shutterbuttons is NOT included because this is a specialized DVD and not just static images photos.

The photos are once in a lifetime experience and Harry Potter fans will not be disappointed.

Moving Pictures

You can watch our video clip here:

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15 thoughts on “How to Get Your Own Harry Potter Moving Pictures at Shutterbutton’s”

  1. Pingback: Everything About the Wizarding World of Harry Potter You Need to Know | Detail Oriented Traveler

  2. Hi! I’m wondering if the dvd is formatted in a way where the files can be ripped and downloaded to a computer? Ideally, I’m hoping to do this so that I can upload the videos to a digital photo frame. Would this be possible? I’ve read a lot of older reviews from people who had trouble getting the digital version and it seems like the dvd is “safer”. Any insight would be much appreciated!

    1. Hey Nikki, I got a digital copy which is how I put mine on The site here. I didn’t rip it from the DVD. And we just got this done about a year ago.

      1. Elizabeth Farnden

        Are the still photos also on the dvd? Or do you get digital copies if you have the photo package?

  3. Can we book a Shutterbuttons appointment ahead for our trip to guarantee doing this ? I have searched and been unable to find a way to make a booking. It will be very busy in December when we come, and we really would like to have this memento from our trip.

    1. Annie that’s a really great question. I don’t think you can, but I’ll check next time I’m in the parks (may be a few weeks though) even during the busy times I never see a long wait in there however. I think the price point makes it so most folks aren’t doing it. That said, I will definitely get back to you on this! I’ll also see if I can get a friend to get me an answer sooner if I can’t get there in person myself.

    2. Annie, you can’t reserve prior to being in the park, but I don’t think you’d get turned away in December. Go there first, and they’ll give you a time to return. Even when it’s very busy the parks, Shutterbuttons never appears to have a line out the door. I don’t believe you’d have a problem getting booked. Enjoy!!

  4. Does anyone know 2019 Spring 5 Day MUP Shutterbuttons Special
    $59.99 comes with 1 Free Shutterbutton video is this the DVD or is it just to take the Video itself and i have to purchase the DVD? Any help will be greatly appreciated!

    1. Angela, another great question. I have a fact finding mission to head to the parks soon and will find out for you!

  5. I love the video!! I did buy a package the comes with the free digital copy. I’m wondering… would you have bought the DVD if you could just have the digital version? It doesn’t seem like there’s any differences. Thank you!!!

    1. I did not find a difference… I think it’s nice to have a hard copy and the digital. And I don’t think the cost is any different.

  6. I’m going this December and cannot wait to visit but I cannot find any details on what products are available. Are the “stills” just that – still pictures with wizarding effects? Do they have digital frames for sale with a moving picture, or are they only available to view on the DVD?

    1. Thank you so much for your comment. Yes, the stills are pics with wizard effects. I realize that the featured image doesn’t show in the post, so I updated that for you with the one picture we purchased. There are no frames available. And the moving pictures are only on the DVD. You could take the digital file and transfer to a SD card to put in a digital frame as an idea.

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