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Daniel Radcliffe Spills Behind-The-Scenes Secrets From On Set Of The ‘Harry Potter’ Movies

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Dec. 7 2020, Updated 2:00 p.m. ET

By now, we’ve all watched the Harry Potter flicks, like, a million times — right?! The magical movies, which are based off of a seven-part book series written by J.K. Rowling, are some of the most beloved movies of all time, so it’s only natural that we’ve seen them so many times!

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Well guys, the main star of the franchise — Daniel Radcliffe himself — just spilled so many behind-the-scenes secrets from the films. Yep, he opened up about what really went down on set when cameras stopped rolling, and some of the things he shared are pretty shocking! It turns out, this isn’t the first time the cast has shared some production secrets. We went ahead and rounded up all the behind-the-scenes details that he and other cast members have shared over the years, so prepare to learn a lot about the wizarding world that may shock you.

Daniel Radcliffe Broke A Lot Of Wands

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In a brand new interview, Radcliffe was asked to answer some burning HP questions, and he explained that despite contrary belief, he did not break many pairs of glasses. He did, however, accidentally destroy A LOT of wands.

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“I would definitely say they are exaggerated. The glasses one massively so. I definitely didn’t break the glasses that often at all, I don’t think,” he said when asked if he really broke 160 pairs of glasses and 60-70 wands. “[As for] the wands, I definitely broke a lot because I would just like drum on my legs with it all the time and do that incessantly. Probably like once every three or four weeks it would just weaken to the point where it snapped and then I would say I was very sorry to the prop master and he would give me a look like, ‘Please stop drumming.’ They were very, very sweet with us and tolerated more that I hoped they would from an adult actor.”

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The Actor Who Played Crabbe Got Fired Halfway Through The Series

Ever notice that Draco Malfoy’s best friend, Vincent Crabbe, suddenly disappeared halfway through the series? Well, it turns out, the actor behind the role — Jamie Waylett — actually got fired after he had a run-in with the law. He was arrested in 2009 for allegedly growing drugs in his home.

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Emma Watson And Rupert Grint Did Not Want To Kiss

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When Emma Watson and Rupert Grint‘s characters, Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley, finally kissed in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, it was definitely a dream come true for fans. But it turns out, the actors were not so into it. 

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“Rupert was the weirdest [to kiss] … I just had to remind myself, I am an actress. I am Hermione, this is a role — but it was really hard. We just have so much history together. They are like my brothers,” the actress told OK! Magazine.

Get this — she also had to smooch Radcliffe, which was a little easier for her. She continued, “Dan and I could sort of have a laugh about it. Whereas Rupert’s a bit more quiet, so I didn’t really know what he was thinking, which made me a bit more nervous.”

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“I’ve known Emma since she was literally 9 years old and we had this very brother-sister relationship and it just felt very surreal,” Grint also explained about their kiss. “I have a memory of her face getting closer and closer. Like, ‘Oh my God.’ I can’t really remember anything apart from that. One take was enough. It was such a huge moment and there was so much expectation. Quite a lot of pressure actually.”

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There Was Some Past Bad Blood Between Helena Bonham Carter And Emma Thompson

There was some past drama between Helena Bonham Carter, who played Bellatrix Lestrange, and Emma Thompson, who starred as Professor Sybill Trelawney, since it’s been reported that Carter had an affair with Thompson’s ex-husband, Kenneth Branagh, years before the Harry Potter movies were filmed. But according to the actress, they squashed their beef and “made [their] peace,” so it didn’t lead to any fighting on set.

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Matthew Lewis Got Really Hurt On Set

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Get this, you guys — while Carter was filming a scene with Matthew Lewis, who fans may recognize as Neville Longbottom, she accidentally perforated his eardrum!

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“By mistake, I poked him in his ear [with a wand]. I thought I could brandish the wand like a sort of Q-tip, and clean out his ear. Sort of torture it,” the actress later recalled. “But unfortunately he moved toward the wand as I was prodding it.” Ouch!

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Originally, There Was A Very Different Cast Planned For The Movies

According to reports, Robin Williams was originally eyed by Warner Bros. to play Rubeus Hagrid, but Rowling insisted that she wanted the cast to be all British. As fans know, the role went to Robbie Coltrane in the end, and he did a great job! Plus, director Christopher Columbus wanted American actor Liam Aiken to play Harry, but Radcliffe ended up landing the role.

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Alan Rickman And Jason Isaacs Tried To Steal Props From The Set

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According to Jason Isaacs, who portrayed Lucius Malfoy, Alan Rickman (A.K.A. Professor Severus Snape) was a pro at stealing items from the Harry Potter set! Isaacs revealed that Rickman took a ton of coins from Gringotts Bank, but when he tried to take home a copy of the Daily Prophet, he got caught and had to return it!

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There Was A Lice Outbreak During The Filming Of The Chamber Of Secrets

Screen Rant reported that while filming was taking place for Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, there was an outbreak of head lice on set. It reportedly spread through most of the young cast members and even hit some of the adults, but they didn’t specify which of the stars got it. The outlet added that it got so bad, they even had to put production on hold — yikes. 

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Harry Potter Almost Had Green Eyes

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Many fans of the book were not happy with Warner Bros., after they noticed that the company didn’t give Harry green eyes in the movies, like the book described. But it turns out, they tried to have Radcliffe wear green contacts, but he had an allergic reaction! They also tried to give Watson a pair of fake teeth so that her character fit the book’s description better, but apparently, she had trouble speaking with her false teeth. So ultimately, the filmmakers decided that it wasn’t worth the trouble.

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