Many epic movie scenes use miniature sets and film it so it all looks life-size. It’s simpler than only relying on CGI…and it’s simpler than actually building Hogwarts Castle or Gotham City, too.

Here are just a few examples…

Harry Potter, Hogwarts Castle

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Hogwarts Model

Lord of the Rings, Rivendell

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Lord of the Rings, Barad-Dûr

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A Night to Remember, 1958 (Titanic miniature)

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Goldeneye

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Superman Returns, Metropolis

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Alien, The Nostromo

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Batman, Gotham City

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Inception

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Lord of the Rings, Minas Tirith

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(via Fabulous Pics)