Status: 05.12.2023, 16:22 PM
Some details may have escaped some of the Harry Potter movies. But true fans know what to look for in books and movies.
After more than 20 years, true Harry Potter fans probably know every detail of the films and books and can recite every spell by heart. However, even after more than two decades, there are still details that surprise even die-hard fans. These things are hardly noticeable in the movies, but they are fun facts about the franchise that you should know as a true fan.
Almost a recast of Harry Potter?
Harry Potter almost got recast in the middle of the franchise. Actor Daniel Radcliffe's parents initially turned down the role when it came to a deal for seven films and filming in Los Angeles. It wasn't until they wanted to shoot in England and only planned two films that they agreed. Nevertheless, Daniel always assumed that he would not play the role to the end. The fact that it ended up being eight films probably surprised even him.
Eyes and teeth: Harry and Hermione initially had book-like "accessories"
If you've read the "Harry Potter" books and watched the movies, you'll have noticed that some character details don't quite match. For one thing, Harry has green eyes in the books and blue eyes in the movies. And Hermione actually has large front teeth, but in the movies it's a completely normal tooth shape.
Even 20 years later, the Harry Potter franchise surprises with still unknown fun facts. © Warner Bros/Courtesy Everett Collection/Imago
In the first scene of the first film – the farewell at the end of the film at the train station in Hogsmeade – the makers tried coloured contact lenses for Daniel Radcliffe and dentures for Emma Watson. However, due to watery eyes and the difficulty in speaking, both were discarded. However, if you look closely, you can discover a few shots in the scene where you can still see the "accessories".
Performers wanted to play for free
It is common knowledge that J.K. Rowling wanted an all-British cast for the Harry Potter film adaptation in order to stay true to the books. Nevertheless, some American actors tried their luck and even offered to work for free as long as they were allowed to play along. These actors were Robin Williams and Rosie O'Donnell, but they were still not cast.
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Professor Snape in real life
Professor Snape in all his creepy presence didn't just crawl out of author J.K. Rowling's head. In fact, she had a very real inspiration for the character in the form of her former chemistry teacher, John Nettleship, who had a similar hairstyle and was strict. When he found out about it, he is said to have been shocked because he didn't think it was "that bad."
Relatives: These family members of cast members were featured in the film
The closest kinship is, of course, James and Oliver Phelps, who played the Weasley twins Fred and George and are also twins in real life. But you're not the only cast member who had a family member on set.
For Ralph Fiennes, who played the role of Lord Voldemort, it was his nephew who also became part of the franchise. Hero Fiennes Tiffin played the young Tom Riddle, who later becomes Voldemort, in "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince." In addition, Tom Felton's (Draco Malfoy) grandfather Nigel Anstey played a teacher at the table in the Great Hall in the first "Harry Potter" movie.
There are further kinships between Professor Trelawney actress Emma Thompson, whose sister Sophie Thompson plays the Ministry sister in "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 1", into whom Hermione transforms via polyjuice potion.
Speaking of Hermione, in "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," the Slug Club's dinner scene features a boy at the table who looks quite similar to Emma Watson. That's because it's her brother, Alex Watson. Another connection is also between the characters Bill Weasley (played by Domhnall Gleeson) and Mad Eye Moody (played by Brendan Gleeson). The two actors are actually father and son and can also be seen together on screen in "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 1". Find out even more exciting "Harry Potter" facts that you probably didn't know.