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20 Years Of Harry Potter: A Trip Down Memory Lane To Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone

November 16, 2021, marks the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter and there's never been a better time to look back on some of the most fascinating behind-the-scenes facts from the making of the movie.

It has been 20 years since Harry Potter and the rest of his fellows and professors at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft enchanted audiences around the world with the wizard sensation, Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone. Moreover, the franchise introduced the stars to the world who became home names including, Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, and Tom Felton.

Harry Potter cast are still popular as ever, and there’s never been a better time to look back on some of the most fascinating behind-the-scenes facts from the production of the movie. Starting with Hogwarts, Potterheads must remember all of those great feasts scenes that are peppered and seen so delicious throughout the Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.

However, very few know that delicious-looking foods kept in the great hall set often had a very unpleasant smell with all the rotten foods. Although, the cast had to be careful and not actually eat any of it. During an interview with BANG Showbiz, Warwick Davis, who portrayed Professor Flitwick revealed that the food would be left out for days at a time while they got through a specific scene, leaving behind quite a stinky mess. Davis said, “A lot of great feasts happened in there.”

Davis added, “You may film them for three or four days and the first day you step in there, they serve you a plate of food with lots of meats, vegetables, and roast potatoes and you can eat the food. The next day, they go, ‘Don’t eat the food’ you just pretend now, it’s been there all night. On the fourth day, you could smell the Great Hall before you got in it. The food was the same and it had quite an amazing smell.”

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Another fact is that the author of the franchise, J.K. Rowling was offered the role of the mother of Harry Potter, Lily. But Rowling turned down the role as she didn’t consider herself a good enough actress to pull it off. Although, it is well-known among Potterheads that actor Daniel Radcliffe has blue eyes, instead of green, as his character has. However, the filmmaker initially attempted to give Radcliffe green contact lenses, but Radcliffe had an allergic reaction so, the detail was dropped.

Meanwhile, during the first scene, the filmmaker provided Emma Watson with fake teeth to keep the detail of Hermione Granger, who is supposed to have large front teeth. However, she had trouble speaking clearly with them, so director Chris Columbus decided to remove the teeth for the rest of Watson’s scenes.

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