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.
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."288Attention-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.244Attention-grabbing?
Jessie Cave’s Casting As Lavender Brown Was Controversial Because In Previous Films, Black Actors Played Her Character
Lavender Brown, who became a more important character in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, was portrayed by two different Black actors (Kathleen Cauley and Jennifer Smith) in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban in nonspeaking roles. For Half-Blood Prince, the production team decided to recast the role and chose Jessie Cave, a white actor, for the part.
It's possible the filmmakers simply went with a more experienced actor, but Cave's casting was seen as a "whitewashing" by some fans, although her skin color is not mentioned in the books.2411Attention-grabbing?
A Kiss Was Planned Between Hermione And Ron, But The Filmmakers Saved It For The Final Film
The Ron and Hermione kiss in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 was a big deal.
Director David Yates explained in an interview with Rotten Tomatoes to promote Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince why he held off on the kiss: "The whole Hermione and Ron relationship, we had a kiss planned for this movie, which we’ve sort of saved because we think it’s better to maintain that sexual tension."151Attention-grabbing?