8 Surprising Behind-The-Scenes Facts You Don’t Know About Harry Potter
Since Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone was published in 1997, the whole world has experienced Harry Potter mania. Then J.K. Rowling’s produced the massively popular and enchanting book series of Harry Potter. Luckily to all Harry Potter fans, Warners Bros made this wizard world to the big screen. However, as a huge fan, you may have missed some mind-blowing details during your viewing. Keep on reading to track of the incredibly amazing details.
1. The Hogwarts Castles
This magnificent building is the well-known Hogwarts Castles, which can be seen in all opening sequences of Harry Potter. Sure you’ve been shocked by the might and intricate details, and want to take class in it. What you don’t know about it is - it is in fact actually a 1: 24 scale model designed by the artistry crew to be used for the film.
2. Seven Harrys
“Seven Harrys” is one of the most ironic scenes in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. The “Seven Harrys” scene was no small feat to create. In all the Harry Potter films, this scene alone broke the record for the number of takes it took for one scene. It was a total of 95 takes! Daniel Radcliffe, who played Harry said this made for a “very long day.” Because to come up with the best scene, Daniel has done the same task 95 times in one day, knowing that, if he moved over an extra inch or two, it would make the task useless. Apart from that, Daniel has to mimic each “Harry”’s tone of speaking with total different persona.
3. The moving staircases
As a big fan, you must’ve be astonished by those movable staircases in Hogwarts Castle. Actually, they were a made of one real staircase and a tiny model of multiple staircases. The actors stood on this single moving one to film scenes, and the rest were sweeping views of the model.
4. Hagrid’s Beard
Hagrid’s huge beard was made up of six different hair pieces, and things got stuck in it all the time, has managed to get both a fruit bat and a mini-fan caught in his half-giant beard.
5. The triple-decker Knight Bus
If you’ve watched Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, then you must have the deep impression on the triple-decker Knight Bus, which was actually built for the movie, filming took place on the streets of North London, with the bus travelling at normal speed while the cars crawled around it. The fast-running scene is made by filmmaker using CG to create a sped up effect.
6. A Brief History of Time
In the same scene, one of the band The Stone Roses’ Ian Brown makes a cameo appearance as a wizard who’s sitting at a table in The Leaky Cauldron, magically stirring his coffee while reading a book, thought it to be a magic book? Totally wrong, he’s reading A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking.
7. Enchanting Pets at Hogwarts
In Harry's Hogwarts letter in The Philosopher's Stone, it says: “Students may bring an owl OR a cat OR a toad.” During filming throughout the series, all pets were not CG made – they were all real! On set was present an entire animal production team that catered for the animals, coached and handled them. Harry’s white snowy owl was played by 4 different male snowy owls.
8. Harry’s Glasses
During all the filming series of Harry Potter, Harry Potter went through more than 160 pairs of glasses and 60+ wands. Despite the classic round look and broken bridges, the glasses were in fact very new.