The world of Harry Potter is already filled with magical secrets, but some of the true secrets of the franchise lie behind the scenes of the famous Wizarding World. To make the films feel real (and before everything was shot on a blue screen), a lot of the authenticity came from the props of Harry Potter, and the secrets that went into creating the magical world that we know and love. Now that the series has ended, we can finally learn some of the tricks that the filmmakers used to make Harry Potter come to life.
There's A Painting Of Anne Boleyn Hanging In Hogwarts
There is a painting of Anne Boleyn hanging by the Grand Staircase in Hogwarts. It is visible in the scene where Harry, Ron, and Hermione first encounter Fluffy. Anne Boelyn was the queen of England and the second wife of King Henry VIII; she was famously beheaded for alleged crimes of treason, incest, and most important, witchcraft.Magical secret?
Hagrid's Body Double Wore An Animatronic Head Modeled After Robbie ColtranePhoto: Warner Bros. Pictures
Robbie Coltrane, the actor who portrays the beloved giant Hagrid, is only 6 foot 1 inches tall, which does not quite match the height of the half-human, half-giant, who stands at about 11 feet tall in the films. To compensate for the wide shots where you see his full body, Hagrid is played by a body double much taller than Coltrane wearing a fat suit and animatronic head that is precisely modeled after Coltrane.
The eerily lifelike head is now on display at the Warner Bros. Studio Tour in London.Magical secret?
The famous radish earrings worn by Luna Lovegood in Order of the Phoenix were actually handcrafted by Evanna Lynch, the actress who portrays Lovegood.
The earrings have since become a staple of the character and Harry Potter-themed jewelry.Magical secret?
According to a 2003 article from the Hartford Courant, the prop slugs that were used in Ron Weasley's infamous slug puking scene from Chamber of Secrets looked so realistic that they induced sickness in some of the children watching the film in theaters, which led to nausea and vomiting.
In reality, the slimy props were not only edible but also came in such tasty flavors as lemon, orange, peppermint, and even chocolate.Magical secret?