Harry Potter is one of the most successful media franchises of the last century- from books, movies, plays, endless amounts of merchandise, and even theme parks. There is no doubting that Harry Potter has been a pillar of pop culture, and with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 2 in 2018 and rumors of another set of movies based on the hit theater production “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” the Wizarding World is far from dead. Recently celebrating its 19th anniversary, the Harry Potter film saga changed the film industry in some interesting ways and changed the lives of the actors forever. Let’s take a look a 20+ ‘Harry Potter’ Secrets Only a TRUE Fan Would Know!
Harry’s Green Eyes
Did you know that Harry’s eyes were supposed to be green? However, Daniel Radcliffe had irritation while using contact lenses. That’s why J.K. Rowling agreed to let Harry have blue eyes in the movie after it was discovered the colored contacts irritated the actor’s eyes.
Real Food During Production
Staff used real food during Great Hall feasts in the first movie. When it came to realistically depicting the books, the development team spared no expense, and actual food was used during the Great Hall feast sequences, despite the high cost.
Food Smelled Bad
Under the hot production lights, the food quickly spoiled and emitted foul odors. Since the food was real, it easily spoiled and emitted foul odors under the bright lights. To stop the bad odor issue in the following films, they used artificially frozen food molds.
A whole cast had dental casts made in case someone lost a tooth! The children were all 10-year-olds in the first Harry Potter film, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, which is why they all had to have dental casts. According to Radcliffe, “Cause you’ve got a set full of twenty 10-year-olds… they would cast everyone’s mouths,” since there was always a chance the small kids would lose one tooth while shooting, so they had to be replaced by a fake one!
Between movies, the actor who played Dudley Dursley lost so much weight. Dudley’s change from overweight to healthy is recorded in the books. However, between films, actor Harry Melling lost so much weight that the makeup team had to develop a fat suit and unique facial prosthetics for him. Despite this, owing to his drastic weight reduction, the majority of his scenes had to be deleted.
Facts And Trivia
In the movie, the wand will pick its owner, and they would be partners for a lifetime. But did you know? Throughout the films, Daniel Radcliffe wore 160 different pairs of prop glasses. During the series’ output, he went through 60 to 70 wands.
She Doesn’t Hug Boys
Emma felt humiliated as she hugged Daniel and Rupert. Despite bonding during shooting, Emma was too embarrassed to embrace Daniel and Rupert, so Hermione doesn’t hug the boys in the Great Hall scene at the end of the film, and the producer of the film made it so that she just embraced Harry before being embarrassed and shaking Ron’s hand – which is a great attempt to set up the friendship she would have with Ron in the next novels.
In ‘Order Of The Phoenix,’ Arthur Weasley was supposed to die. Instead, Sirius Black was murdered by J.K. Rowling after Bellatrix cursed him and smashed him through the veiled archway.
Susie Figgis Left Production
Because of director Chris Colombus, casting director Susie Figgis left the production of “Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’s Stone.” Susie Figgis worked as a casting director on the first film, but she quit after Chris Colombus was “too picky” when it came to casting the characters. Colombus is reported to have considered none of the thousands of children who auditioned to be suitable for the roles.
All Wands Were Handcrafted
The tens of thousands of wand boxes in the Ollivanders Wand Shop scenes were all hand-painted. There were 17,000 individually hand-decorated wands for the movie, each of the bookends and table scenes at Ollivanders Wand.
Emma Nearly Missed The Role
Because of her, Emma Watson almost missed out on the role that made her famous. When the casting committee came to the primary school, Emma, believe it or not, refused to go to an interview. Emma’s instructor persuaded her to go, despite the fact that she was the only little girl who wasn’t involved. She was the last girl to show up for the audition, and the rest, as they say, is history! Speaking of Emma…
Where’s The Buck Teeth
In the books, Hermione had buck teeth, but not in the movies because Emma Watson struggled to talk with the false teeth in her mouth. Since Emma Watson couldn’t talk with the fake teeth, Hermione didn’t have them in the film.
They Changed Child Labor Laws
To accommodate filming, the British film industry changed child labor laws. The production was reduced to four hours of shooting a day and a minimum of three extra hours devoted to schoolwork with a cast of ten and eleven-year-olds. Child labour rules were modified in the United Kingdom to introduce a couple of extra working hours to the week and to allow on-set lessons more versatile.
Yule Ball Practice
In preparation for the Yule Ball, the cast had weeks of dance practice. But for Daniel Radcliffe, the performers spent almost three weeks in dance workshops for the Yule Ball sequence in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Radcliffe was only willing to take a few classes due to his busy acting schedule. During the Yule Ball, he is only shot from the waist up, but audiences aren’t able to see his clumsy movements.
They Broke A Rule
For the first time in hundreds of years, the real Duke Humfrey’s Library permitted production to use flame during a scene, breaking their rule of no fire. Duke Humfrey’s Library is the oldest reading area in the University of Oxford’s Bodleian Library, with a strict “no flame” policy. They did, however, make the use of a flame in the lantern Harry uses to sneak into the forbidden section.
J.K. Rowling was tired of explaining how to pronounce “Hermione,” so she let the character do that for her. J.K Rowling said she was always asked how to pronounce Hermione’s name, so in Goblet of Fire, she made the character teach Viktor Krum how to say it.
Rupert Grint Is Really Afraid of Spiders
Grint suffers from extreme arachnophobia, which means he is terrified of spiders. So when he and Harry were expected to visit Aragog, he didn’t have to pretend to be terrified – just thinking about spiders was enough to make him put on a brave face. Ron/Rupert is in such a bad situation.
When the actors forgot their lines, they improvised. The actors began incorporating improvised lines to scenes until they became familiar with their roles. Since he missed the actual one, Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy) improvises the line “I didn’t realize you could learn” to his friend Goyle in one scene.
Wrecking 14 Cars in One Scene
They had to ruin 14 Ford Anglias for the perfect shot when Harry and Ron crashed in the Whomping Willow when filming the Whomping Willow sequence.
One of the most expensive props was Dumbledore’s telescope. The telescope is engraved with the signs of the zodiac and was one of the most expensive props used during filming.
A lot Of Directors
The movie went through a lot of directors. Before being “burned out,” Chris Columbus directed the first two films. The third was directed by Alfonso Cuaron, the fourth was directed by Mike Newell, and the final four were directed by David Yates. When a new producer took charge, they all got together to make sure the movie ran smoothly.
Sorcerer Or Philosopher?
The American versions are referred to as “Sorcerer’s Stone,” although all other versions are referred to as “Philosopher’s Stone.” Scholastic purchased the book’s rights for the American market and didn’t like the sound of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. As a result, the studio got that altered, and all of the movie’s scenes, including the word “philosopher’s stone,” had to be re-shot with the actors saying “sorcerer’s stone.”
Genuine Reactions In The Great Hall
When they first stepped onto the Great Wall, they had a genuine reaction. Another fascinating aspect of the Great Hall was that when Harry, Ron, and Hermione walked into the set for the sorting hat scene, their reactions to seeing the hall were real! They had never seen the hall before filming the sequence, and it had a big impact on how they reacted.
It Was Apple Juice
The apple juice was used as a fake drink instead of the real butterbeer. The actors were actually drinking apple juice during the butterbeer scenes.
How Daniel Was Discovered
Daniel Radcliffe was discovered in a movie theater. Producer David Heyman and screenwriter Steve Kl learned Daniel first spotted Daniel when he was attending auditions for roles in movies that they were making. Though Radcliffe certainly looked the part, his parents were hesitant about letting him take part. Heyman pushed to get him given a chance to audition.
Crazy In Real Life!
The event was almost as dramatic in real life as it was in fiction! In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the scene where there were seven Harry Potters was so complex that it took Daniel Radcliffe 90 takes for that shot!
First Choice For Director
The producers initially asked Steven Spielberg to direct the first film in the Harry Potter series, but after carefully evaluating his capacity, they felt he was unsuitable. people believe it is to be stated that he required the film to be animated with Haley Joel Osment (the child actor) to voice the lead role.
4 Privet Drive Scenes
All the scenes in 4 Privet Drive are set in the precinct where the four white-clapboarded homes were built, which is in Picket Near. Getting those shots took several months, and that means the movie crews entirely built the set from scratch, and they couldn’t get reshoots done in time. Have you seen anything that strange?
Hand Written Letters
What’s even more incredible is that they weren’t just handwritten; they were double as many as we saw in the movie! Why is that? Since the owls couldn’t carry the Hogwarts approval papers, half of the handwritten letters had to be rewritten!