The Harry Potter movies have been around for 16 years now, which makes us feel old! Even though we've watched the movies over and over again since their release, there's so much to the films that we haven't seen. These stunning behind the scenes photos will make you nostalgic and/or completely ruin the movie magic!
In Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, we get to see books flying off the shelves in the library. But in reality, the filmmakers used green screen to make the books appear as if they were floating into Hermione's hands. Although, these disembodied green hands might have been creepier if we had seen it in the movie!
This behind the scenes still reveals how great Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint were at pretending to hate Alan Rickman's portrayal of Professor Snape on screen. Off screen, the three actors are as chummy as ever. How fun!
4. Professor Dumbledore And Lord Voldemort Hanging Out
It's always disconcerting to see Professor Dumbledore and Lord Voldemort looking chummy. It's never not weird to see Ralph Fiennes and Michael Gambon for hanging out in between takes. This should not be happening!
Movies are nothing but lies on screen. This behind the scenes shot of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows shows us the truth behind the lie. Bill and Fleur's wedding wasn't shot in a rustic field somewhere in the country, but rather, on a massive soundstage.
Aww! This behind the scene still of Daniel Radcliffe and Helena Bonham Carter is giving us all the feels! The actress once said of her character, "She's obviously as bonkers as they come. There's a bit of a child-like madness there... You know how kids can be like savages before they get civilised?"
Of course, Hagrid's motorbike didn't really fly. Just like Robbie Coltrane wasn't really a giant. The actor had a 6'10 stunt double to fill in for the actor. Additionally, they built two different sets for Hagrid's hut to give the illusion that the giant towered over Harry, Ron and Hermione whenever they'd go to visit him.
Daniel Radcliffe now lives a straight and narrow life. However, in 2012, the actor admitted to being "off the rails" during the filming of the Harry Potter movies - although, he has not revealed which ones. ""I can honestly say I never drank at work on Harry Potter. I went into work still drunk, but I never drank at work. I can point to many scenes where I'm just gone. Dead behind the eyes," said Radcliffe.
Emma Watson takes a break during filming to be herself instead of Hermione Granger. During the filming of the first few Harry Potter movies, hormones ran wild between the young cast. Both Rupert Grint and Daniel Radcliffe admitted to having a crush on the actress!
In recent years, Radcliffe has become critical of his work in the Harry Potter movies. It’s hard to watch a film like Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince because I’m just not very good in it," said Radcliffe. "I hate it. My acting is very one-note, and I can see I got complacent, and what I was trying to do just didn’t come across."
The Harry Potter movies would have been nothing without the superb work of the make up artists. Ordinary humans were transformed into goblins, warlocks and more thanks to the stunning team. But believe it or not, the older versions of the Harry Potter kids were harder for the make up artists to create. “If you’re turning somebody into a goblin, it’s a fantasy character. If I say, ‘That’s a goblin,’ and you say it isn’t, well, that’s your opinion. If you say, ‘That doesn’t look like Dan Radcliffe,’ we’re in trouble," said Nick Dudman, the makeup effects designer for the Harry Potter movies.
Prepare to have all of your childhood ruined. In one single photo, all of the magic of Harry Potter is completely destroyed. No, the brooms didn't really fly. And no, the houses weren't even really outside!
It's just Daniel Radcliffe hanging out with his stunt double on the floor of the Ministry of Magic! It must be weird having to go to work with your doppleganger every day. But these two seem to have gotten over the weirdness of it all!
Daniel Radcliffe peers into the lens of the camera. On the set of the Harry Potter movies, the actor was inquisitive about the whole process and was known to ask crew members what their jobs were. Talk about on the job training!