The Harry Potter cast is astonished that the first film, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, has been in theatres for 20 years now. Every Potterhead will enjoy the Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts reunion special, which is filled with lovely moments and sentimental recollections.
Let us also take a trip down memory lane, just as the cast and crew of Harry Potter did.
Emma’s Favourite Scene: Rather than the daring and mystical moments, Emma’s favorite moment from the Harry Potter trilogy is a simple dance routine with Daniel. According to Emma, she thought the moment when Harry and Hermione dance after Ron bails on their mission would be awkward while filming Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, but it’s now one of her favorite sequences in the entire series.
Entering the World of Acting: Tom Felton, James Phelps, Oliver Phelps, Matthew Lewis, Alfred Enoch, Bonnie Wright, and Evanna Lynch gave their own recollections about their time on set, adding to the nostalgia. Behind-the-scenes video of the cast demonstrated how difficult it was for them to adjust to the tremendous popularity associated with being in the Harry Potter films, which was interspersed with sentimental never-before-seen images of the actors as youngsters.
Game of Hand Slaps: The actors recalled that a game of hand slaps was their favorite diversion between takes during the early days of filming. The kids laughed from the sides of important passages while clapping their hands competitively, according to the behind-the-scenes film. Director Chris Columbus is credited by Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint with making The Sorcerer’s Stone and Chamber of Secrets set so delightfully.
Long-Awaited Kiss: For over a decade, Grint and Watson have been outspoken about their infamous Deathly Hallows Part 2 kiss. She and Grint recollect the terror from their common room seats, and Radcliffe joins in the laughter. Because they had become like siblings, she subsequently characterized the kiss as the “hardest thing” she’d ever had to do. Grint just remembers that he had blacked out.
Richard Harris Believed the Phoenix was Real: Chris Columbus and Daniel Radcliffe chuckled as they remembered the late Richard Harris as the franchise’s original Albus Dumbledore. They claim Harris mistook the phoenix in Chamber of Secrets for a real animal that had been taught to interact with the performers, not realizing it was an artificial mythical creature. And it appears that no one ever told the actor otherwise.
The Reality about the Great Hall: Some of the film’s most breathtaking sequences were created without the use of computers and digital effects. When all of the floating candles began to burn through the ropes that held them to the ceiling and began to fall around the huge hall, Radcliffe recalled one of his favorite moments on production. Hundreds of real, actual candles were hanging from the ceiling with a fishing line, according to Watson.
Tom Felton and Emma Watson: About halfway through the special, Emma Watson and Tom Felton declare their love for one another. In separate talking heads, the actors wax lyrical about one another and their relationship. It’s never been a romantic friendship, but it clearly means a lot to them both. Due to the years that have gone between them and the few scenes, they have had together, her friendship with Felton stands out. It’s not quite the star-crossed romance conjured up by Draco/Hermione shippers, but it’s certainly more lovely.
Over the course of a long time, the films gave the cast a space where everyone belonged and everyone could be themselves, making the franchise just as loved and valuable to the cast as it is to its fans. “There’s something about Harry Potter that makes life richer,” Watson said. “When things get really dark and times are really hard, stories give us places we can go where we can rest and feel held.”