This prequel sequel is full of non-stop twists and turns, and drops some major bombshells that will reverberate throughout Potter lore.
No mid-credits scene, no post-credits scene, no heavy breathing over the end of the credits crawl.
Rowling Conjures More Magic and Messiness We should say, of course, that we always encourage all moviegoers to stick around for the credits when possible, for the sake of the many, many people who helped bring the movie to life. TheWrap teamed up with IMDb to give you these 15 facts you may not have known about the film series.
WB The roots of the Potter films begin in with David Heyman, the man who has produced every installment of the series including "Fantastic Beasts. Two years later, Rowling sold the rights to her books to Warner Bros.
Sadly, Harris passed away in after filming "Chamber of Secrets," and was replaced by Michael Gambon. WB Part of the appeal of the Potter films has been watching Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint grow up with their characters, but that almost didn't happen.
While looking for a director, WB considered Steven Spielberg, who wanted to do the films as an animated series that combined the books together. WB president Alan Horn vetoed the idea insisting the films be live-action. Getty Having only written four of the books at the time filming started, Rowling was brought on as a creative consultant to make sure the movie did not contradict her plans for the remainder of the series.
To this end, she revealed plot elements she had not yet written to Alan Rickman, whom Rowling had hand-picked to play Snape.
Instead, the Dean of Gloucester welcomed the crew to film at his cathedral, saying that he was a big fan of the series.
While later films used more studio shooting, it was shot at major sites in England including King's Cross, Durham Cathedral and Alnwick Castle. The major exceptions were the Gryffindor common room and the Great Hall, which were filmed in-studio.
Platforms 9 and 10 are suburban platforms located in a rather mundane-looking part of the station, while the grander area seen in the film and depicted in the books is the inter-city area located on platforms 4 and 5.
Warner Bros. After a long talk with Columbus and Heyman, they eventually agreed.
WB Rupert Grint's audition was completely different. To get the role of Ron Weasley, he sent in a videotape of him rapping about why he should be in the movie.
In , during a panel for "Deathly Hallows," he performed a part of his rap for a crowd of Potter fans. WB Even today, the differences between Radcliffe and Grint are striking.
Grint, meanwhile, spent his money on fulfilling his childhood dream of owning an ice cream truck. TheWrap As for Emma Watson, she was reluctant at first to audition for Hermione, but was convinced to do so by her Oxford theatre teacher. She got the part after Heyman and Rowling were impressed by her confidence during screen tests.
WB In an attempt to remain as faithful to the books as possible, Watson was originally given fake teeth to match Hermione's buck-toothed smile from Rowling's descriptions.
They were scrapped after Watson struggled to speak with them.
CBS J. Rowling herself was offered a cameo in the film as Harry's mother, Lily, who appears in the Mirror of Erised. Rowling declined, and the role was given to Geraldine Somerville.
WB The floating candles in the Great Hall were created with a special effects rig that moved the candles up and down in special holders that created the illusion that they were floating. No one was injured, but it was decided that the candles would be entirely computer generated in later films. WB While most movies are not filmed in chronological order, Columbus decided to film most of "Sorcerer's Stone" starting from the beginning to help Radcliffe, Watson and Grint come together as a group.
One of the few exceptions to this was the Quidditch match, which was filmed last due to the high amounts of special and visual effects. Go to IMDb for more trivia, goofs and quotes.