I have been craving a Harry Potter movie marathon for a while now, as it's been too long since I really sat down and dove into the world of Harry Potter.
Of course, like any real fan, I do prefer the books. But the movies are just as fun as well.
One of my favorite things about watching any film in general is checking out the bonus features. I love knowing the behind-the-scenes information on how the film was put together, as well as watching the actors interact and enjoy each other on set.
Below is a list of facts about the films you may not have known. And if you do know all of them already, then congratulations! You're as smart as Hermione, you know-it-all, you.
1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
- Before being cast as Draco Malfoy, Tom Felton had never read the books. During his audition, the director asked which part was his favorite, and Felton answered "Gringotts," as the actor before him had described it as his answer. The director saw right through him but found it very funny.
- Since J.K. Rowling is the only person who knows what happened the night Voldemort killed Harry's parents, she was asked to write those scenes in the script.
- Throughout the whole of the Harry Potter series, Daniel Radcliffe went through 160 pairs of glasses. And I thought I spent a lot of money on my lost glasses.
2. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
- Emma Watson would regularly bring her pet hamster Millie to set. When Millie sadly died soon after the start of shooting, the set department created a coffin lined with velvet for Millie.
- John Williams provided the scores for both Star Wars and Harry Potter, therefore some of the music used during the Quidditch match was also used during the speeder chase scene in Star Wars: Attack of the Clones.
- In order to imitate the realistic movements of floating needles knitting, one of the crew members convinced their mother to let them film her for hours as she sat and knit.
3. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
- The director, Alfonso Cuarón, has a very thick Spanish accent. When he described the dementors as turing the rain around the Hogwarts Express to "ice," the visual effects team heard it as "eyes." They even drew eyes falling from the sky on their storyboards before Cuarón corrected them.
- Cuarón's contract forbade him from cursing in front of the kids while on set.
- When Gary Oldman first met Daniel Radcliffe, he bought him a bass guitar, as he knew he had an intense passion for music.
4. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
- During one take of Hermione's entrance to the Yule Ball, Emma Watson actually fell down and tripped on her fancy dress.
- Alan Rickman wore black contact lenses for his role as Snape.
- When the Triwizard Tournament contestants enter the maze for the final challenge, some actors who were playing the girls from Beauxbaton were dancing the Macarena in the stands.
5. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
- Alan Rickman forbade Rupert Grint and Matthew Lewis from being anywhere near his new BMW, as they had spilled their milkshakes in his old car during The Goblet of Fire.
- For the tapestry that hangs in the Black household, J.K. Rowling came up with 70 names for the family as well as detailed explanations for their relationships, as well as the ones who were scorched off.
- The radishes hanging from Luna Lovegood's ears were actually made by Evanna Lynch, the actress who portrayed her.
6. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
- Dame Maggie Smith, who played McGonagall, was going through radio-therapy treatment for breast cancer while filming.
- This film was the only one from the series to be Oscar nominated for the Best Cinematography Academy Award.
- The foam in Ron's mouth in one of the scenes is made of egg white. That just sounds beyond disgusting to me.
7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part One
- The filming of the scene in which there are "Seven Harrys" was so incredibly complicated that Daniel Radcliffe counted over 90 takes for a single shot.
- The prop department made 40 versions of Slytherin's locket as Daniel and Rupert had to destroy them for one scene.
- M. Night Shyamalan was interested in directing this film.
8. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part Two
- Radcliffe would use his wand as a drumstick, and therefore broke nearly 80 of them while filming this final film.
- The scene in which Voldemort awkwardly hugs Draco was not scripted, but improvised by Ralph Fiennes. Tom Felton was so caught of guard, his action of freezing up was incredibly genuine.
- Tom Felton's girlfriend Jade Gordan plays Draco Malfoy's wife, Astoria Greengrass, in the film's epilogue.
It takes over eighteen hours to watch the entire Harry Potter series in one sitting. And after learning so much about what happened the behind-the-scenes, my urge to dress up as a Slytherin and watch the entire series has only strengthened.
Time to load up on the Butterbeer, Chocolate Frogs, Pumpkin Pasties, and kick my feet up. I'm in the mood for some magic.