Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince was unsurprisingly a smash hit when it came to theaters in 2009, but some of the stories from behind the scenes of the production are just as interesting as the tale being told on the big screen. For the sixth film in the Harry Potter film series, most of the actors and crew members had been around the set for a long time, but new challenges, on and off the set, kept them on their toes.
In a film with an equal amount of dark material and witty comebacks, the actors, directors, and other crew members had plenty of opportunities for behind-the-scenes drama, and in some cases - like the Harry-Ginny kissing scene - comedy as well.
Steve Kloves Argued With David Yates About Cutting Most Of Dumbledore’s Pensieve Memories Of Voldemort
Fans of J.K. Rowling's books, and in particular Voldemort's detailed backstory in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, might be unhappy to hear that most of the original Pensieve memory scenes written by screenwriter Steve Kloves were deemed unnecessary by director David Yates.
During a 2009 interview with the Los Angeles Times, Kloves said he and Yates went back and forth about the Pensieve scenes:
In my original draft, I had every single memory but one, I believe. I even dramatized a couple of things that weren’t in the book in terms of Voldemort, like the death of Tom’s parents, things like that.277Attention-grabbing?
Daniel Radcliffe And Michael Gambon Grew Close Because For A Few Months It Was Just The Pair Filming
Daniel Radcliffe and Michael Gambon formed a close bond while being essentially the only two actors on set for two to three months during the filming of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Radcliffe, during an interview with Rotten Tomatoes in 2009, spoke about their relationship and how humor kept them going:
I think mine and Michael’s relationship is very much based on our senses of humor. We’ve got very similar senses of humor, and I think when you know that you’re both going to have to work together very closely doing very difficult stuff over the next few months you really need to very, very quickly find something that you can sort of bond over.151Attention-grabbing?
Daniel Radcliffe Apologized For Having ‘The Lips Of A Horse’ During His Kiss With Bonnie Wright
During a 2009 cast interview with MovieWeb, the then-teenage cast of the film was asked about their dating lives, which led to a discussion of Daniel Radcliffe's on-screen kiss with Bonnie Wright, who plays Ginny Weasley. Cool as a cucumber, Radcliffe managed to go the self-deprecating route:
I saw the film again a couple of nights ago at the premiere. My God, my lips are like the lips of a horse. They're like distending independently away from my face and trying to encompass hers, so I apologize, Bonnie.
Wright was game for the playful interaction and responded with a solid, "I didn't notice. Don't worry."174Attention-grabbing?
Ginny’s Quidditch Barrel Roll Took The Visual Effects Team Six Months To Create
Bringing the magical world of wizards to life is no easy feat. The scene where Ginny Weasley does a barrel roll during a Quidditch match proved difficult for the visual effects team.
Nicolas Aithadi, a visual effects artist who worked on some of the Harry Potter films, described the challenge in a 2010 interview with Art of VFX:
We worked on this shot for about six months to create the most realistic character possible. Working out all the details from the eyes to the hair. For a while she looked good, but she didn’t quite look like herself. We ended up making it, but it was a battle.142Attention-grabbing?