Painting vs Portrait
I think we should use portrait, seen as J. K. Rowling uses "portrait" to name moving pictures and "painting" to name still-lifes:
- "The Hufflepuff common room is accessed through a portrait near the kitchens, as I am sure you have deduced. Sorry - I should say 'painting' rather than portrait, because it is a still-life."
- —J.K. Rowling and the Live Chat, Bloomsbury.com, July 30, 2007 (2.00-3.00pm BST).
--13:27, 4 August 2009 (UTC)
- A still life is a work of art that depicts only inanimate objects — food, flowers, books, etc. — rather than people or landscapes. Thus, when Rowling described the Hufflepuff common room's entry painting as a "still-life," she was indicating its subject matter, not that it was "still" in the sense of being unmoving and non-magical. A wizarding still life might very well be animated in some way: if it depicted a vase of flowers on a window sill, then a bee might buzz around, or a breeze rustle the curtains.