True ‘Potterheads’ like to believe that they know every single detail about the Harry Potter series – the house of each character, the names of all of the magical animals, and even which spells do what. However, much goes on behind-the-scenes that Muggles rarely find out. Take a look at the things you didn’t know about the Harry Potter movies….
Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint first saw the Great Hall when they shot the Sorting Hat scene
Before filming began, the producer of Harry Potter didn’t allow them to have a look around the set. He wanted their reactions of the Great Hall to be authentic and real. If we saw floating candles, a night sky inside a room and a hat that speaks, we’d probably have that same face, Ron…
There was actually only one moving staircase made for the movies
This makes us sad. No more dreams of gliding around the Hogwarts set on the moving staircases and ending up where we shouldn’t. Set designers actually only made one set of stairs for the movie. The others that we see in the movies had been digitally produced.
The moving portraits in Hogwarts were based on the cast and crew of Harry Potter
As if Harry Potter couldn’t get any better, the moving portraits in the movies were designed by the art department to resemble the crew and cast at the time. Unfortunately, Chris Columbus (the director) doesn’t appear in any of the portraits in the movies as he did not want to be featured.
There were A LOT of different sets made for the full eight movies
Over 588, in fact. Bet you couldn’t list all of them. Many of them are now displayed in the Harry Potter Studios Tour near London, UK. This is Dolores Umbridge’s office in the Ministry of Magic. *hiss*
The Sword of Gryffindor is REAL
The Sword of Gryffindor was researched extensively before they eventually produced the end product. The Harry Potter designers looked into medieval swords and used ideas to create the jewel encrusted sword. You don’t need to be a Goblin or a Gryffindor to own it, though, as it has since been sold at auction.