Argus Tan C3 Camera, the model used in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets movie

The Argus C-3 camera used by Colin Creevey in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Colin’s camera is an Argus C3 “Brick”, a type of camera produced from 1939 to 1966 that helped popularize the 35mm format. A Classic.

Argus Tan C3 Camera, the model used in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002), Copyright Warner Brothers Pictures
Argus Tan C3 Camera, the model used in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secret (2002), Copyright Warner Brothers Pictures

This camera is an old-fashioned camera that Muggle-born student Colin Creevey used to take pictures of his life at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry to show his father. Although most devices powered by electricity do not function in the presence of magic, the camera still worked at Hogwarts, since it was able to run off the magical atmosphere instead of its batteries.

Argus C3 Camera advertisement featuring flash and lens options

When Colin looked at Salazar Slytherin’s basilisk through the camera’s viewfinder, it saved his life since he did not look directly in it’s eyes. Colin was left petrified, and the film inside was burnt and melted.