Harry Potter: 10 things we learn in the 20-year reunion

Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: ​​Return to Hogwarts
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From the impossible kiss of Ron and Hermione, to the precious secret of Alan Rickman, through the confession of Jason Isaacs or a dark affair of cracked ribs …

It was family reunion this weekend, in France on Salto, for the big show Harry Potter: Return to Hogwarts, which marked the reunion of the casting, in the cult settings of the saga, 20 years after the release of the first opus. From Daniel Radcliffe to Gary Oldman, including Emma Watson, Rupert Grint or Tom Felton, almost everyone was there. And each went there with his little revelation, his moving confession, his crisp anecdote. And that’s what we remembered.

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When hundreds of lighted candles fell from the ceiling

The wonder of the first Harry potter worked thanks to its real settings, more real than life. Like the great hall of Hogwarts, in which the very young wizard arrives for his first year. “Come to think of it … there were hundreds of lighted candles hanging from the ceiling by fishing lines“Emma Watson remembers during the meeting. “All of this would be done with digital special effects today”, adds Daniel Radcliffe, who says in the process: “One of my favorite moments on set is when all the candles floating in the Great Hall of Hogwarts started to burn the string that held them back and fell one after the other.” History does not say whether the firefighters had to intervene …

Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: ​​Return to Hogwarts
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Ron was not a songwriter role for Rupert Grint

When Alfonso Cuaron landed to sign The Prisoner of Azkaban, he took the star trio seriously, asking them to share their take on their character with him. An essay, like in school, that Emma Watson wrote without trembling. Daniel Radcliffe also did as asked. Not Rupert Grint. “He asked us for this essay … Emma wrote like 12 pages, obviously. Well written. But I didn’t.”, the actor still laughs today. And the director remembers the brilliant explanation of the young boy clearly “I don’t care”:“I figured Ron wouldn’t be doing this writing. So I didn’t!” And Alfonso Cuaron concludes: “Rupert, it was really Ron. 100%.”

Jason Isaacs didn’t want to play Lucius Malfoy (but then not at all)

“I’m convinced I ended up playing Lucius Malfoy because I didn’t want to!” Jason Isaacs explains the astonishing combination of circumstances that made the director, Chris Colombus, choose him to play one of the most iconic villains of the saga. “I had just been cast to play Captiain Hook in Peter Pan. I didn’t want to play the villainous from a children’s book for the second time in a row. I had come to audition for the role of Gilderoy Lockhart, but Chris Colombus asked me to pass the casting for another role. Suddenly, I read the text with clenched teeth, I was very bitter. And that’s just what was needed for the role! “ It is therefore because he was clearly not happy and that he was shouting during the audition that he was caught …

Alan Rickman was the only one who knew the truth about Snape

Daniel Radcliffe confirms information more or less already spread by JK Rowling in person. The English actor, who died in 2016, would have asked the writer from the start what was going to happen to his character. Indeed, at the time of the first opus released in the cinema, the literary saga was not yet finished. And no one knew the truth about Severus Snape. Apart from Rowling herself, who decided to share her secret with the character’s interpreter, so that he could better understand the professor and embody him with the necessary accuracy. “Alan didn’t say anything to anyone, neither to me, nor to Chris Colombus”, recalls Daniel Radcliffe. And when the director asked him why he was taking such a direction with Snape, Alan Rickman replied: “I’ll explain it to you later … You don’t need to know that right now. “

Fred Weasley broke a rib from the director of The Goblet of Fire

Mike Newell joined the Magic Franchise for Episode 4. And by all accounts, he was the funniest director of all. Almost sassy. A big child taking an ostensible pleasure at Hogwarts, even if it means leaving feathers there. Like when he wanted to show, concretely, to the interpreters of Fred and George Weasley, how they should fight after failing to cheat Dumbledore’s fate. Wanting to do a demonstration, he threw himself on James Phelps and the filmmaker – 63 at the time – seriously hurt himself: “I remember grabbing him by the waist and shaking him a bit and in the process, I cracked one or two ribs … I suffered martyrdom after that and above all, I really looked like an idiot to everyone! “

Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: ​​Return to Hogwarts
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Helena Bonham Carter and Daniel Radcliffe became great pals

One of the most improbable sequences of this reunion is certainly the tête-à-tête between Helena Bonham Carter and Daniel Radcliffe. If Bellatrix and Harry meet little in the saga and are not really friends, in real life, we discover an incredible natural bond between the two British stars, obviously very close. To the point of laughing without restraint, without filter, like teenagers excited to find themselves.

There was a lot of flirtation between the teens on the set

The Goblet of Fire marks the full entry of Hogwarts students into adolescence. But it was also true for the cast members. Emma Watson says she fell madly in love with Tom Felton. But other couples formed behind the scenes of Harry potter, as Rupert Grint confirms: “Hormones were flying all over the place …“And Matthew Lewis confirms that there has been”full of crushes, lovebirds, breakups … Exactly as it normally happens at school. Except that there, it happens during Defense against the Dark Arts …“Daniel Radcliffe takes it one step further and admits that he was really going through puberty at the time.”As in this fourth film, this is where they brought in the students of Beauxbatons and Durmstrang … Which means that they added to our gang of teenagers with seething hormones two new groups of young people on purpose. very beautiful ! I have to say, I didn’t have to look very far to play the shy and clumsy Nerd! “

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Emma Watson and Rupert Grint’s Horrible Kiss

The fans couldn’t wait any longer. But for them, it was a torture to turn. “Kissing Rupert is one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do on set. It was just unhealthy, so not possible on any level… because Dan, Rupert and I are really like brothers and sisters. We grew up together “, Emma Watson tells the show. And we discover the backstage of this shoot, which confirms how embarrassed the duo was when filming the sequence, which Rupert Grint really experienced as a “nightmare“!

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The epic duel between Bellatrix and Sirius Black was harvested during the edit

“We had a great duel … and they cut a lot of it!” Helena Bonham Carter remembers with Gary Oldman the famous scene from The order of the Phoenix, when Bellatrix kills Sirius Black. The streak is spectacular, but should have been even more, according to the actress in Harry Potter: Return to Hogwarts. According to her, the editing ruined the footage: “It was really overkill, because I had spent weeks practicing wand handling. We stayed for days and days on the set shooting it and more … “

The very last scene filmed was at the Ministry of Magic

The team finally tells how it was necessary to say goodbye. The production ended concretely with the shooting of a small innocuous scene: the one we find in the penultimate opus, when the trio escapes in-extremis from the Ministry of Magic, jumping into the chimneys. “It was such a metaphor for what we were actually going through. We jumped concretely, on a mattress, but towards another world. ” The emotion was obviously very intense on the set. We see Daniel, Emma and Rupert in tears. “I really fell for it on this last day … “ remembers today Harry potter.

Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: ​​Return to Hogwarts
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