Just try to find actors who hated their time on the Harry Potter films. You can't. Overwhelmingly, the Harry Potter cast members, from the main actors to the extras, felt extremely positive about their experiences on set - which for some, spanned over 10 years. But every once in a while, in an interview sharing their memories and opinions of the film series, the actors will admit something that wasn't the most positive experience or that they disliked. No movie experience is perfect. After all, especially when the Hogwarts students became teenagers, Harry Potter could be a bit like high school behind the scenes.
But when you hear about things they didn't like, remember that even though sitting on a broomstick was uncomfortable and walking a red carpet was intimidating, they mostly think being Harry, Ron, Hermione, Snape, and all the rest was a pretty great thing.
- Photo: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince / Warner Bros. Pictures
Daniel Radcliffe has said many times over the years that filming Quidditch scenes was his least favorite part of the Harry Potter experience, and he was relieved when Quidditch wasn't part of the last two films. "It’s not a pleasant experience, it does hurt quite a lot, and it's not something I would rush back to," Radcliffe said in an interview.
But he doesn't have anything else to complain about. "So, Quidditch was the low point, and you can take everything else as being the high point," he said.
- Photo: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 / Warner Bros. Pictures
At the world premiere in London of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, Emma Watson told the Daily Mirror that she learned a great deal about being an actress on the set during her time with the film franchise but admitted that sometimes the experience stifled her freedom:
Not a single second of the day was in my power. I was told what time I'd get picked up, what time I could eat, and when I could go to the bathroom. I have spent more of my life being someone else than I have being myself.
I've always had a strong sense of who I am and what I want, but I do need to spend more time figuring that out.
- Photo: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban / Warner Bros. Pictures
Rupert Grint told The Guardian that he "felt a bit lost" after finishing all the Harry Potter films, but there was one aspect of the experience that he certainly did not miss:
The whole press and red carpet thing was an attack on the senses. I don't excel in that kind of environment.
- Photo: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone / Warner Bros. Pictures
In 2019, Maggie Smith said she enjoyed that her grandchildren were so thrilled she starred in the Harry Potter films, but she didn't feel personally challenged by her role as Professor Minerva McGonagall (or as Violet Crawley in Downton Abbey, for that matter):
I am deeply grateful for the work in Potter and indeed Downton, but it wasn't what you'd call satisfying. I didn't really feel I was acting in those things.