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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,, July 30, 2007 (2.00-3.00pm BST).

--  Seth Cooper  owl post! 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.
When it comes to the hippo, I think "painting" is a more appropriate description than "portrait," as "portrait" generally refers only to a painting of a person. Starstuff (Owl me!) 07:56, 15 August 2009 (UTC)

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