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Griffindor Entrance; The (animated) Fat Lady Painting - DOOR

by boblishman Posted 16th Nov 2005 at 9:36 PM - Updated 6th Jan 2018 at 2:00 PM by boblishman : update gif link
167 Comments / replies (Who?) - 25 Feedback Posts
This is a new mesh, and means that it's a brand new self contained object that usually does not require a specific Expansion pack (although this is possible depending on the type). It may have Recolours hosted on MTS - check below the description for more information.
Picked Upload! This is a picked upload! It showcases some of the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.
This object is a joint creation by Boblishman & Numenor, and is the result of weeks of trial, error and sheer determination.

What started as a 'simple' idea became a personal battle by both creators to produce this fully working door (for both straight and diagonal walls) which has the appearance of a large (animated) painting of the The Fat Lady who guards the entrance to the Griffindor Common Room at Hogwarts, (Harry Potter's Wizard School.)

The painting slides along the wall to reveal the entrance which your Sim will pass through to the next room when the painting then it slides back into its original postition.

Made with Milkshape and SimPE v0.50 , it is compatable with ALL games, is colour enabled and it has its own (registered) GUID so it wont replace anything already in your game.

This object is comprised of TWO package files (one for straight walls and one for diagonal walls). Please put BOTH in your downloads folder.

Polygon Count: 972 (= low = GOOD! )

Whilst extensive testing has been done by both creators, your feedback would be appreciated should you find any issues not already known by us.

Although this appears to be a single tile door, it is in fact a TWO tile door, so you will need TWO empty tiles/wall panels to use it.

The door opens from left to right (from the front) so you must have an empty tile/wall panel to the RIGHT of the painting. (The usual green 'placement squares' will show you the tiles needed for it.)

Known issues:

1. Depending of the direction of your Sim, the movement of the painting is sometimes slow and your Sim may walk though the edge of the painting whilst it is still opening. This does not effect gameplay in any way (it's purely asthetic).

2. Only when placed on diaginal walls: very occasionally the painting 'hiccups' and opens and closes twice. There seems to be no specific pattern as to when it does this, and it is quite rare. It does not affect gameplay in any way. We suggest you use it on straight walls to completely avoid this problem.

Thanks for testing this , and we hope you will enjoy this 'new' door which we are releasing to coincide with the release of the new movie 'Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire'.

Bob & Numenor.

Recolours: Whilst this object is fully recolourable it is quite complex to do. It involves an animated cell texture for 'The Fat Lady' whilst the frame is a seperate 'static' texture. Should you wish to create recolours please feel free to post them here at MTS2 but do NOT include the original files which contains the meshes. Please put a link back to here so that downloaders may obtain the latest (and possibly modified/updated) files. Recolouring the straight package will automatically recolour the diagonal one (which takes it's textures from the straight package.)

Lots: Please do NOT include in uploaded lots. This is very much a BETA object still in development. Should you wish to include it as part of a LOT, please remove it after you have made your screenshots and include a LINK back to this thread for people to be able to download the latest version to add to your downloaded lot. They will then be in possession of the lates files and be aware of any known issues.

p.s. The animation of the painting is this.....


You must have the expansion or stuff packs listed below installed to use this custom content. Please see the post text for any exceptions.

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Size: 252.6 KB · Downloads: 46,324 · 16th Nov 2005
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Basic Download and Install Instructions:

1. Download: Click the download link to save the .rar or .zip file(s) to your computer.

2. Extract the zip, rar, or 7z file.

3. Place in Downloads Folder: Cut and paste the .package file(s) into your Downloads folder:
  • Origin (Ultimate Collection): Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims™ 2 Ultimate Collection\Downloads\
  • Non-Origin, Windows Vista/7/8/10: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Non-Origin, Windows XP: Documents and Settings\(Current User Account)\My Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Mac: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads
  • Mac x64: /Library/Containers/com.aspyr.sims2.appstore/Data/Library/Application Support/Aspyr/The Sims 2/Downloads
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Field Researcher
#26 Old 16th Nov 2005 at 11:48 PM
I am just speechless...but I can still say Thank you
#27 Old 16th Nov 2005 at 11:51 PM
Scary, odd, INCREDIBLE! Thank you Boblish and Numenor!
Lab Assistant
#28 Old 17th Nov 2005 at 12:01 AM
:insane: You are my new best friend!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love you!!!!

Thank you so so so so so much!!!
I'm such a diehard fan!!!
I'm going to the movie tomorrow at midnight!!! woohoo!!!!

You have suffered enough and warred with yourself. It's time that you won...


Lab Assistant
#29 Old 17th Nov 2005 at 12:06 AM Last edited by LyricLee : 17th Nov 2005 at 12:14 AM.
forgive me. but


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All you ever get is all you steal - Side of London that the tourists never see...
Lab Assistant
#30 Old 17th Nov 2005 at 12:13 AM
OMG you guys are so awesome and smart..I never would have dreamed someone could do this...its really complex...this puts me 1 step closer to havin a awesome Hogwarts...thanks guys..
Test Subject
#31 Old 17th Nov 2005 at 12:40 AM
OMG! Thanks sooooo much! That is the coolest download I have ever seen! Go you! Yay! I'm amazed!!!!!!

-*-"Nitwit! Blubber! Oddment! Tweak!" - A.W.P.D. 1991 -*-
Field Researcher
#32 Old 17th Nov 2005 at 12:41 AM
What a brilliant and excellent idea from two great modders !!!
Thank you very very much !!!
How about a bookcase? Please ...

Pls. see my journal for my hacks compatibility. Thanks.
#33 Old 17th Nov 2005 at 12:47 AM
WOW! Thankyou for sharing your Brilliance!!!
Lab Assistant
#34 Old 17th Nov 2005 at 1:00 AM
Amazing!!!! I'm speachless!!!!

Just an anachronism, move along now.
#35 Old 17th Nov 2005 at 1:12 AM
Amazing. I love all your work. Thanks for sharing. :salute:

"If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went." Will Rogers
Test Subject
#36 Old 17th Nov 2005 at 1:20 AM
:jaw: This is, quite possibly, the single coolest thing I have ever seen!

Amazing job, guys! I bow before your greatness. :bow2:
Cult Leader
#37 Old 17th Nov 2005 at 2:06 AM
Thats bloody Amazing!!!. Thankyou so much for this. Don't suppose anyone's willing to make some gothy recolors for vampire houses?
Field Researcher
#38 Old 17th Nov 2005 at 3:25 AM
WOW! WOW! AND WOW! :wow:

This is so awesome! I can not wait to test it in the Hogwarts part of my game!

Thank you for making this!!! :D
Field Researcher
#39 Old 17th Nov 2005 at 3:30 AM
This is fantastic! Another grand object - now I am reminded of why I love this site, lol.

Unfortunately, GoF doesn't come out here until the 1st of December...

"Are you mad?"
Field Researcher
#40 Old 17th Nov 2005 at 3:37 AM
wow this is just wonderful.I too would love to see more doors of a similar nature. the old sliding bookcase hidden passage door or even the wall mounted sconce lever hidden many things that would just be ever so cool to see for my creepy castles and gothic manses.
Did I mention that I love both of you? Well I do. You both do amazing work seperately and apparently together you just get downright incredible.
#41 Old 17th Nov 2005 at 5:10 AM
Wow! Amazing job!
Top Secret Researcher
#42 Old 17th Nov 2005 at 6:12 AM
OMG! Have you seen how many Harry Potter fans there are on this forum!? Trust me your going to get ALOT of downloadz and commentz and I'm happy I can comment while I can lol
Test Subject
#43 Old 17th Nov 2005 at 6:19 AM
WOW! Very kewl work. Thanks for all the hard work.
Field Researcher
#44 Old 17th Nov 2005 at 6:49 AM
Incredible! I love it to death!
Lab Assistant
#45 Old 17th Nov 2005 at 7:17 AM
I can't believe how cool this is. Bob, you and Numenor are so fantastic. Thanks for sharing with the rest of us.
Forum Resident
#46 Old 17th Nov 2005 at 7:44 AM
Outstanding!, truly an outstanding piece of work and well ahead of the game...

* Downloaded * Can't wait to try it out - thanks!

To all, of the very talented MTS-2 creative types - my sincere thanks for taking the time to create/upload/share...
Field Researcher
#47 Old 17th Nov 2005 at 8:02 AM
Lab Assistant
#48 Old 17th Nov 2005 at 8:52 AM
Oh MY!!!! You have truly made my day!!!! *hugz*
Manipulator of messy meshes
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Original Poster
#49 Old 17th Nov 2005 at 12:29 PM
Originally Posted by gwillewyn
Does the animation run all the time, or just when sims interact with the door?
Anyway, fantastic work!

the animation of The Fat lady runs all the time....after all...she IS looking for people to let through the door!

***** PLEASE NOTE *****

Do not upload any of my original mesh files ANYWHERE...either as part of your recolour posts or included in any LOTS or SIMS. Thank you

Lab Assistant
#50 Old 17th Nov 2005 at 1:50 PM
Thank you, thank you, thank you. Truly amazing!
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