'Harry Potter' Actors Share Their Favorite Memory Of The Series
From September 29, 2000 to June 12, 2010, Daniel Radcliffe went through 70 wands and 160 pairs of round glasses during the filming of eight Harry Potter movies. After a decade working together, he and the other Harry Potter cast members shared tears and memories on their final day of filming, with Radcliffe saying he had been on the set for so long that "I don't know what my day-to-day life consists of without you."
The cast members, from then until now, have shared their favorite memories from the series, whether it was a cherished scene to film or a behind-the-scenes moment.
Matthew Lewis told CNN he was anxious during his very first week of filming Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone because he learned that the first-years' broomstick lesson at Hogwarts would focus on him. But director Chris Columbus put him at ease, Lewis said:
I just remember being so frightened of the whole process of being in this big, big film. And then I was told by Christopher Columbus that the first scene I would be doing was all about me and I would be working with the stunt team. It was very nerve-wracking, but he put me at ease and made me relax, and it ended up being the most fantastic week. I remember being very excited for the next six months or so. Little did I know that it would go on for another decade.
- Age: 33
- Birthplace: Horsforth, United Kingdom
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Fiona Shaw: When’s Harry’s Hogwarts Letters Shoot Out Of The Dursleys’ Fireplace
Fiona Shaw told the Pottermore (now Wizarding World) website that her favorite scene was in the first film, when Harry's Hogwarts letters burst out of the fireplace:
I loved it because it was full of both magic and very human nonsense. There was a man sitting in the fireplace and he had a catapult and fired the first letter. And of course he kept not shooting it to the right place. So we had to keep doing it.
- Age: 64
- Birthplace: County Cork, Ireland
Devon Murray told Crooked Llama he spent every birthday from age 11 to 22 on the Harry Potter set, and the first one was his favorite:
We were on location for Flitwick's levitation class. And it was the day I got to blow up the feather. So as soon as we finished filming, [producer] David Heyman brought in the biggest chocolate cake I'd ever seen in my life. It was huge. First of all, we had a party at lunch hour, then we had a party again when we finished filming. And I got to keep the feather I got to blow up. David Heyman gave me lots of different presents. And everybody was giving presents. And it was just really, really fun.
- Age: 34
- Birthplace: County Kildare, Republic of Ireland
Warwick Davis told MTV News he enjoyed his dual roles in the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows films:
I got to do some really interesting and important things, which is nice. Previously... I've been the kind of comic relief. I've had silly, fun things to do, which have been very memorable. It's wonderful. People always remember those moments, but I felt having Griphook and Flitwick [in the final two films] - I have much more bearing and importance on the plot as well.
- Age: 53
- Birthplace: Epsom, United Kingdom
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Helena Bonham Carter told MTV News she enjoyed her interactions with Hermione in both parts of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, including their confrontation at Malfoy Manor, and the scene in which she impersonates Hermione in Gringotts Wizarding Bank:
The best bit about being Bellatrix in this one is also because I got to pretend to be Hermione. Because Hermione takes polyjuice potion and gets to look like Bellatrix. Rather than put Emma Watson in a helluva load of makeup, they just said, "Now you go act like Hermione." That was fun, because I always wanted to be Hermione. [I was] looking at Dan [Radcliffe] and Rupert [Grint] and they were treating me as if I was 17.
- Age: 56
- Birthplace: Golders Green, London, United Kingdom
- Photo: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire / Warner Bros. Pictures
Michael Gambon told PopSugar he enjoyed twirling Professor McGonagall around during the Yule Ball in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire:
I'm a very good dancer, and I had a lot of dancing to do in the Great Hall with Maggie Smith, sort of close dancing, dipping around. And at one point I have to lift her up high... and slide [her] back down.
- Age: 82
- Birthplace: Cabra, Dublin, Republic of Ireland