30 Magical Facts About The Harry Potter Movies That Will Blow Your Mind

The Harry Potter franchise is a way of life and memory. We grow up with it, and knows every significant scene of the book and the movie. But there's always something you don't know about. Here are some magical facts about the Harry Potter movie that will totally blow your mind.

1. Shirley Henderson, the one played Moaning Myrtle was the oldest actress / actor to play a student in the movies - first appearing aged 37.


2. Ian McKellen was offered the role of Dumbledore, but he turned it down.


3. Michael Gambon’s way of saying “Harry, did you put your name in the goblet of fire?” in the fourth movie was one of the most controversial lines in the series. In the book, Dumbledore asked the question calmly while Gambon acted the line in an entirely opposing manner - which caused outrage amongst fans.


4. Director Alfonso Cuaron asked the three main stars to write an an essay about their characters to help them understand the roles before the movie. True to their characters, Emma Watson wrote a 16-page essay, Daniel Radcliffe wrote a simple one-page paper, and Rupert Grint never even turned his in.


5. Actress Helen McCrory was originally cast as Bellatrix LeStrange, but the role went to Helena Bonham Carter because she was pregnant. McCrory then got the role of Narcissa Malfoy, Bellatrix’s sister.


6. Rupert Grint dressed up like his female drama teacher and rapped about Ron Weasley for his audition tape. His rap began, "Hello, my name is Rupert Grint, I hope you don't think I stink." Catchy…


7. Rupert Grint was removed from the set during Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson's kissing scene, because he couldn't stop laughing.


8. Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson didn't see the Great Hall until they filmed the Sorting Hat scene - so the shocks and awes you see on their faces were real.


9. In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, one of the posters in the London café to which Harry, Ron and Hermione apparate is for Daniel Radcliffe’s play Equus.


10. The last movie of the franchise, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, is the only Harry Potter movie in which Daniel Radcliffe doesn’t speak the final line - his on-screen son does.


11. While filming Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Tom Felton's Hogwarts robes had their pockets sewn shut because he kept trying to sneak food onto the set.


12. Three different owls were used to play Hedwig in the films - Gizmo, Ook and Sprout.


13. Tom Felton auditioned for the roles of Harry Potter and Ron Weasley, but was chosen to play Draco Malfoy instead.


14. To help building the role of Snape, J. K. Rowling told Alan Rickman the certain information of his ending before anyone else knew. For example, Rickman knew that Snape loved Lily Potter before the final book was released.


15. Rupert Grint and Emma Watson were both less than enthusiastic about Ron and Hermione’s long-anticipated cinematic kiss, saying that it was very awkward.


16. More than 3,000 girls turned up to audition for the role of Cho Chang in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Katie Leung got the role.


17. It took six months to teach the many owls to carry letters during the movie.


18. During the shooting of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, director Alfonso Cuarón recommended that Radcliffe pretend looking at Cameron Diaz in a G-string when he had to act awkwardly.


19. In the first film, one of Harry’s chocolate frog jumped out of the train window; while in the last film, a chocolate frog climbed up the window of the train carriage which has Harry, Ron and Hermione’s children in it.


20. Ian Brown, lead singer of The Stone Roses, made a little-known celebrity cameo in the movies. He appeared as a Leaky Cauldron customer in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.


21. Harry’s eyes in the films weren’t the bright green described in the books (“You've got your mother's eyes”) because Daniel Radcliffe’s eyes reacted badly to the contact lenses.


22. Hermione’s teeth weren’t noticeably prominent as described in the books, because Emma Watson couldn’t speak clearly with prosthetic teeth.


23. Warner Bros. proposed using CGI for the films in case the child actors aged faster than their on-screen counterparts. But J. K. Rowling vetoed the suggestion. Thank God.


24. Sirius Black’s tattoos are borrowed from Russian prison gangs - to identify him as a man of being feared and respected.


25. In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, the laughter between Harry, Ron and Hermione after Harry kissed Cho Chang was a genuine moment of laughter between the trio caught on camera and cut in to the scene.


26. David Holmes, Daniel Radcliffe’s stunt double, was seriously injured in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. When rehearsal for a flying scene went wrong he sustained an injury which left him paralysed.


27. Actors who wore Death Eater masks had to have their actual faces cast in alginate, which took 2.5 minutes to set.


28. In the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, Draco Malfoy's wife Astoria Greengrass was played by Tom Felton's real-life girlfriend Jade Olivia.


29. The least successful Harry Potter film - Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, made $90 million more than the most successful Twilight movie.


30. The 40 moving kittens on the plates in Dolores Umbridge's office were real kittens. And finally they all became domestic pets - although many of the new owners weren't told about the filming parts. YES YOU COULD OWN A HARRY POTTER KITTY AND NOT KNOW IT.

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