ByHeather Snowden, writer at
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When you thought there was literally nothing else to learn about the Harry Potter franchise, we're throwing this mad list at you to see how much of a Potter fan you really are!

Get ready...

1. Emma Watson Was Thinking of Quitting After The Order of the Phoenix

We're SO glad Emma Watson didn't carry this thought through, can you imagine anyone else playing Hermione Granger? No, us neither.

Although her frustration was understandable, saying, “I get told what time I can eat, when I have time to go to the bathroom. Every single second of my day is not in my power,” it certainly paid off in the end!

2. Michael Jackson Dreamed About Making Harry Potter The Musical

It's probably just as well J.K.Rowling turned this one down, as Jacko making a musical about high school kids could've lead to some pretttty inappropriate comments.

3. In Icelandic, Rita Skeeter’s Surname Means “S**t”

You can imagine the giggles from Icelandic school kids every time her character came on screen...

4. Alan Rickman Knew About the Snape Twist Years Before the Final Book Was Released

J.K. Rowling told Alan Rickman the secret of Snape way before the final book was released so he could understand the character fully. Massive props to Rickman for keeping this gem secret, he's a bigger man than I...

5. Vladimir Putin Claimed to Be “Disturbed” by Dobby’s Resemblance to Himself

In 2003 Putin began a lawsuit against Warner Bros. for appropriating his “likeness.”


6. Various Members of The Stone Roses, Pulp, and Radiohead Appear in The Prisoner of Azkaban and The Goblet of Fire

In the third movie, Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban, The Stone Roses frontman Ian Brown can be seen sitting in The Leaky Cauldron reading 'A Brief History of Time.' He was originally cast to play the pub landlord, but due to time constraints and previous commitments, he took the cameo instead.

At the Hogwarts Yule Ball in film four, members of Pulp and Radiohead came together to perform as the Weird Sisters. Surprisingly, these two mega-acts were not the first to be approached for the gig, in fact, Franz Ferdinand was too. Additionally, due to a legal battle with a Canadian folk band called Wyrd Sisters, the name of the band goes unmentioned in the movie.

7. M. Night Shyamalan Wanted to Direct The Deathly Hallows

“The themes that run through it…the empowering of children, a positive outlook…you name it, it falls in line with my beliefs…I enjoy the humor in it. When I read the first Harry Potter and was thinking about making it, I had a whole different vibe in my head of it.”

Sixth Sense director Shyamalan was originally pegged to direct the first Harry Potter movie but due to a clash in timing with Unbreakable he was unable to accept the job. Years later he expressed interest in directing the Deathly Hallows, but due to the fact the director had helmed many high-profile duds in the years in between, Warner Bros. instead went with the more reliable David Yates.

8. Drew Barrymore Was Going to Appear in The Sorcerer’s Stone

Apparently Drew Barrymore is a Harry Potter mega-fan and originally had a cameo scripted in The Sorcerer's Stone! The role was eventually cut out, but crazy, huh? I can't imagine her in the series at all!

9. Daniel Radcliffe Was Not the Original Choice to Play Harry Potter...

An American boy called Liam Aiken was. However he was let go a day later when the filmmakers realized he wasn't British, duh. Aiken recalled:

“I flew to England, and a week later I had the role. Then the next day, I didn’t. But I understood; like James Bond, Harry has to be British.”

10. Harry Potter Could Have Been an Animation Starring Haley Joel Osment

Steven Spielberg was originally pegged to direct Harry Potter and The Sorcerer's Stone and, tbh, it's just as well he turned the gig down. His vision was to create an animated series starring Haley Joel Osment as the voice of Harry Potter. While this could've been cute, die hard Potter fans would never have accepted an American adaptation.

11. The Goblet of Fire Was Originally Going to Be Split into Two Films

In a battle between director Mike Newell and Warner Bros., with Warner Bros. obviously on the for side of the argument, Newell insisted that the forth book, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, did not need to be split into two films and a lot of the unnecessary subplots could be cut out. Of course, this turned out to be correct, but as Newell made $9 million less than Chris Columbus (director of the Sorcerer's Stone), some may conclude that Warner Bros. was a just a teeeny bit pissed about the decision...

12. Warner Bros. Received Death Threats for Delaying The Half-Blood Prince!

Due to the massive success surrounding The Dark Knight, Warner Bros. delayed the released of The Half-Blood Prince by 8 months to release it in the same week as the Batman movie, one year later.

However, the delay sparked quite the fury frenzy from Potter fans, some of whom actually sent death threats such as, “I hope you choke on your own saliva.” Additionally, a petition was sent requesting a reverse of the decision with over 45,000 signatures!

13. Hermione's Name Was Chosen for a Very Sweet Reason...

To avoid studious girls being bullied at school for sharing the name with the enthusiastic young witch, the author, the renown J.K. Rowling, purposefully chose an uncommon Shakespearean name. How considerate!

14. The Deathly Hallows Part 1’s 3D Release Was Cancelled...

Only one month before the official cinema release! The studio didn't want to release a sub-par quality version to their fans and they knew the film would not be up to the standard they adhered to in time for the premiere, so it was cancelled.

15. Ian McKellen Could've Been Dumbledore

“I had enough trouble living up to one legend. Two would be too much to hope for.”

But he turned down the role with total grace, like we'd expect anything less. Also, although purely a coincidence - if you look at Dumbledore's office in The Chamber of Secrets, you can see a painting of Gandalf the Grey in with the rest of the portraits!

16. Daniel Radcliffe Was Originally Offered Less Than $200,000 for Chamber of Secrets

For the first movie, Radcliffe was paid $250,000 and it went onto make over $974 million at the box office. It would only then seem reasonable that he would be offered a significant increase for the second movie then, right? Wrong. The original offer made to Daniel Radcliffe by Warner Bros. for The Chamber of Secrets was $181,500 - what cheapskates! Luckily for him, acting union Equity stepped in and made sure he was paid significantly more, $3 million, for the role.

Daniel Radcliffe was laughing in the end though, laughing all the way to the bank. He made a cool $20 million for The Deathly Hallows Part 2, that's EIGHTY times more than he made for The Sorcerer's Stone!

17. Rosie O’Donnell & Robin Williams Were Almost in The Sorcerer’s Stone!

Both O'Donnell and Williams were so eager to have a part in Harry Potter and The Sorcerer's Stone, they would've done it for free!

18. The Prisoner of Azkaban Director Alfonso Cuarón Was Legally Not Allowed to Swear in Front of the Young Actors

Considering Cuarón's previous movie was sex-fueled road trip Y Tu Mama También, this no-swearing clause was probably a smart move, though it's not known whether there were any harsh penalties attached.

19. The Prisoner of Azkaban Is the Lowest Grossing Harry Potter Movie

Typically, the third film in movie franchises tends to deliver huge box office numbers, so we were surprised to hear that The Prisoner of Azkaban was the lowest grossing of all the Harry Potter movies. Perhaps this was down to a darker turn in the marketing message?

However, although it was the least fruitful of the franchise, the film still pulled in $796.6 million, which ain't really something to cry over, is it?

20. The Actor Who Played Teenage Tom Riddle Was Quite a Bit Older Than His Character...

Despite a 15-17 year age limit set for auditions to play the teenage Tom Riddle, Christian Coulson was 23 years old when he scored the role. Although he was much older than his part, his youthful appearance didn't cause any real problems. However, when he showed interest in taking up the role again for The Half-Blood Prince, Frank Dillane was cast instead. A decision which caused uproar with Harry Potter fans, but in reality there was very little chance Coulson could have pulled off the age gap this time round, as he would've been almost 30.

(Source: What Culture)


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