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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
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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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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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#2 Old 16th Nov 2005 at 9:38 PM
Genial !!!
thank you very much !!
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#3 Old 16th Nov 2005 at 9:45 PM
Wow, so it's like a *secret* door? I've no knowledge of the movie you mentioned, so excuse my ignorance. This is awesome! I'd like to see more items of this nature. Thank you, Bob.

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#4 Old 16th Nov 2005 at 9:50 PM
wow, Very cool guys. I am amazed at this, truly a revolutionary object

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#5 Old 16th Nov 2005 at 9:58 PM
This is just wonderful! Finally, my Gryffindor sims will have something authentic to walk through

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#6 Old 16th Nov 2005 at 10:01 PM
Thats soooooooooooooooooo great.I love it. I am a Harry Potter fan and the doors is so good.Thanks for sharing and for this great work.
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#7 Old 16th Nov 2005 at 10:04 PM
The coolest picture ive seen, harry potter is ACE!!!!!!
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#8 Old 16th Nov 2005 at 10:09 PM
Wow! You've thought on everything! It's really wonderful, and a great idea! Can't wait to use it in the game. Thank you for taking the time to make such great objects and sharing them here!

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#9 Old 16th Nov 2005 at 10:13 PM
very creative!
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#10 Old 16th Nov 2005 at 10:15 PM
Beautiful babe- The finished product is truly amazing. You both are just genius!

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#11 Old 16th Nov 2005 at 10:17 PM
Holy mackerel, that's awesome! It's amazing what you guys can come up with that was probably never envisioned by the game's creators!
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#12 Old 16th Nov 2005 at 10:31 PM
Cool !!!
#13 Old 16th Nov 2005 at 10:31 PM
Does the animation run all the time, or just when sims interact with the door?
Anyway, fantastic work!
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#14 Old 16th Nov 2005 at 10:37 PM
Omg that's truly amazing. Finally, I don't have to youy crappy door for my special Gryffindor sims! Yay. I can't wait for the movie. I am actually skipping class on friday to go see it at 325! yes....

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#15 Old 16th Nov 2005 at 10:43 PM
Holy cow! or gryphon! That's one amazing object! I never know when something I'd never even thought possible for the sims will be created!
#16 Old 16th Nov 2005 at 10:49 PM
Im... speachless...

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#17 Old 16th Nov 2005 at 10:51 PM
another one of your masterpieces! This is sooooooo cool! It must have taken such long ard hours of work to make this, and talk about good animation! I am speachles, you are defintly one of the best modders ever! Thanx

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#18 Old 16th Nov 2005 at 10:57 PM

Thank you GREAT WORK!


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#19 Old 16th Nov 2005 at 10:58 PM
Wonderful!!! Just in line for the fourth movie!!! :D

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#20 Old 16th Nov 2005 at 10:59 PM
Wow, Boblishman and Numenor, this is truly stunning... what a brilliant item, to come up with an idea like this and them make it happen... excellent! Thankyou so much!
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#21 Old 16th Nov 2005 at 11:06 PM
Oh my god... Thank you so much. I've been WAITING for this exact thing! I love it.

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#22 Old 16th Nov 2005 at 11:12 PM
I love all of the Harry Potter things I have found on this site, but I think this is my favorite. Thanks!!
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#23 Old 16th Nov 2005 at 11:13 PM
oh my. just wow!
#24 Old 16th Nov 2005 at 11:38 PM

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#25 Old 16th Nov 2005 at 11:42 PM
Oh WOW! This is one the best Harry Potter object I have seen. Only 2 more days untill the new movie! Yeah! :banana:

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