We Fallen Too: 20 Crazy Facts About “Harry Potter” Movies

If there’s one thing Harry Potter fans like to do, other than complain on social media about the differences between books and movies, it is to show their extensive knowledge of every detail related to the world of magic. Therefore, in honor of the 20th anniversary of the release of the first film in the series – “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”, we have gathered for you 20 facts that most people are apparently unaware of in the films, and which could be used by you in the following debate:

1. With the decision to bring the books to the big screen, author JK Rowling insisted on one thing – all actors are committed to being from the UK and Ireland. The only actor to whom the law did not apply was Vern Troyer, who played Griffin the Goblin in the first film.

2. In order to allow the filming of the first film, the UK made a change in the Employment of Minors Act. Without the change, many students filmed in the film could not attend the long filming days.

3. All the letters Harry receives from Hogwarts are handwritten by staff. After it turned out that some of the letters were too heavy for the owls who had to carry them, the team re-copied the letters on lighter pages.

The casting process for the main trio was not straightforward for the production, which tested thousands of children who dreamed of being Harry, Ron or Hermione. In the end, Rupert Grint got to play Harry Potter’s best friend, how did he do that? Using a rap piece that he specially prepared and excited the cast.

5. Throughout the first film, Harry Potter does not intentionally perform even a single spell with the help of the wand he purchased from Olivender. The only time Harry successfully performs a spell, he does so in order to make the broom hover near him.

6. Alan Rickman, who played the potion teacher, and later the defense teacher against the forces of darkness and the Hogwarts director, forbade Rupert Grint and Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom) to approach his personal vehicle. The reason? The two filled his car with a milkshake one of the times they decided to invade the car.

7. Speaking of Rickman, the actor who passed away in 2016 was the only one Rowling revealed the big secret of Severus Snape, which was revealed to readers in the last book. Rowling claimed she did so because Rickman “had to understand the character’s narrative to the end.”

8. In the second film (Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets) viewers are first exposed to the character of Lucius Malfoy, the father of Harry’s eternal rival – Draco. The actor chosen to play the role was Jason Isaacs, who insisted that his character have long hair. Isaacs explained to the production that the long hair was needed so that the audience would not think that Draco was a pale imitation of his father, and that there must be a difference in appearance between the characters.

Jason Isaacs as “Lucius Malfoy” (Photo: screenshot)

9. Isaacs played the character of the older Malfoy throughout the series, but was almost replaced before the seventh film. The actor wanted to leave the role after his character was imprisoned at the end of the fifth film (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix), as he feared that the screen time a character in prison would receive would be short. It was only after Rowling insisted that he read the first chapter of the seventh book (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows) that Isaacs was persuaded to remain in the role in the final films of the series as well.

10. In the “Duel Club” scene in the second film, when Snape chooses Draco to fight Harry, the editorial team did not notice that in the final version a photographer can be clearly seen doing his job among the dozens of students.

11. Tom Felton, the actor who played Draco Malfoy, signed on for one of the most successful lines in the second film. In a scene where Harry and Ron impersonate Crab and Goyle, to find out if Malfoy is “Slytherin’s heir,” Harry leaves his glasses on. When asked about this by Malfoy, he replies that these are his reading glasses. In one of the takeaways, Plato blurted out in response “I did not even know you could read.” The director loved the improvisation so much that he decided to leave it in the final version of the film.

12. The second film, although based on the shortest book, is the longest film in the series (161 minutes). The shortest film (138 minutes) is actually the fifth film (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix), which is actually based on the longest book in the series.

13. The second film is also the only film in the series in which there is a post-credits scene in which viewers see that the teacher of defense against the forces of darkness, who lost his memory at the end of the film, has released a new book called: “Who am I?”.

The director of the third film, “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban,” asked Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint to submit a one-page essay on the character they play. The actress accepted the challenge and wrote 16 pages about Hermione, Radcliffe summed up Harry’s character on the page and Grint decided to “go all the way” with the character he played and never bothered to submit the essay.

15. The Harry Potter “Golden Trio” has barely survived the eight films. Each of the trio admitted that at some point he considered leaving the role and moving on, but in the end decided to continue and finish the ambitious project.

16. The fourth film “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” was supposed to be the first film in the series to be divided into two different films. In the end the production decided that the move would not be right and chose to leave it as one film. The split came only for the last book (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows), which is split in two.

17. Production people often like to plant jokes in parts where no one will notice. At the end of the fourth film, during the final credits, the production staff hung the message “no dragon was hurt during the filming of this film”, after in one of the film’s climaxes, Harry was chased by a Hungarian tail, until she accidentally hit a bridge built in the castle.

18. In the sixth film (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince), the character of the young Lord Voldemort during his school years is shown. The role is played by the actor’s nephew who played the adult Lord Voldemort starting with the fourth film.

19. Oliver and James Phelps, who played Fred and George Weasley, are no less mischievous than the characters they played. The two admitted that in a number of films they were asked to re-shoot, while the production was already in the editing stages, as only in the editing of the film did the director discover that the two had switched roles in a number of scenes.

20. Tom Platon used to hide food in the inner pockets of the robe he wore in the photos, and eat between the various takeaways. This managed to arouse quite a bit of dissatisfaction with the actor, until the production decided to sew all the inner pockets in Platon’s clothes.

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By Editor

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