Big is beautiful in the eyes of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone director Chris Columbus. In a recent interview with EW he revealed his big, giant regret about Hagrid:
"I always thought Hagrid should be a little bigger. Believe it or not, we didn’t have the resources or the money to actually create a CGI version of Hagrid for the first couple of films, so we had a rugby player in a gigantic Hagrid suit who worked in the wide shots for us. He was actually walking there with the kids, and then we did forced perspective sets for Robbie (Coltrane) and created an image of Robbie being much bigger than he was, but I always thought Hagrid should be about two feet taller and about 100 pounds heavier."
The other Hagrid in question was juiced-up rugby player Martin Bayfield, who at 6 foot 10, stood a full nine inches taller than Robbie Coltrane, exaggerating the difference in size between Hagrid and those around him.
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Also, LOL at the idea of a Harry Potter movie not having the financing to do a few simple CGI effect! Considering that Daniel Radcliffe amassed a personal fortune of around $95 million, it's safe to say that those concerns melted away by the later movies. Columbus also discussed Emma Watson's "fake teeth" and the Peeves scene being cut from the movie.
Do you have any regrets or things you would have liked to change about the first Harry Potter movie?