Harry Potter Behind-the-Scenes Photos That Will Completely Change Your View Of The Series

The Harry Potter novels have inspired a generation. J.K. Rowling’s sweeping narrative of the Boy Who Lived, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, had captured millions of hearts worldwide when it was initially published in the United Kingdom in 1997. The popularity of the Wizarding World increased after the release of the feature film adaptation in 2001. All seven books were international best-sellers, and eight blockbusters were released in theatres worldwide.

There has been a flood of spin-off movies and books, and Rowling isn’t hesitant to release bombshell after bombshell. It’s no surprise, however, that the end of Harry’s story was bittersweet for everyone involved, from the cast and crew to the adoring fans who have stuck by him and his companions through thick and thin. It’s not the same as witnessing the golden trio grow up, even if Newt Scamander is a beloved Hufflepuff emblem.

If you still want more Wizarding World, you can reread all of the books and watch all of the movies—we won’t hold it against you. You may, however, watch a behind-the-scenes documentary and be transported to another universe.

We’ve compiled a list of behind-the-scenes photos from the films for both long-time Potterheads and newcomers alike, and they’re sure to shed some new light on the Harry Potter franchise. There are spoilers in the main story and tie-on stuff, especially in The Cursed Child.

Here are some behind-the-scenes photographs that changed the original films dramatically.

1. On a Stick Nagini

A Harry Potter film with a star-studded cast, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald drew much attention. However, the revelation that Nagini was a human lady sparked controversy. Nagini could transform into a snake at will at first, but as a Maledictus, she is cursed to be a snake for the remainder of her life.

Nagini is scary, capable of controlling humans, yet she’s merely a stick in front of the camera on set. Of course, such a blood curse does not exist in actual life. The crew had to utilize a blend of CGI and natural effects to bring Nagini to life.

2. Head of the Basilisk

Nagini isn’t the only magical creature in the Wizarding World. During Harry’s second year at Hogwarts, a basilisk injured both students and faculty due to Tom Riddle’s breakout of the Chamber of Secrets. Even ghosts were not protected from its malevolent glare as it slithered through the castle’s pipes.

This image may not ultimately settle your stomach—after all, the basilisk is still a vast and terrible monster—but it may help you sleep better at night. Only the basilisk’s head put on a rig could be used; the rest had to be finished in post-production. Imagine the chaos if it was real, and the crew stood right next to it for scale!

3. Bellatrix Is Having A Ball With Harry

Bellatrix Lestrange has demonstrated that she is Voldemort’s most dedicated follower. She has exhibited no remorse and even had a hidden child named Delphini with him. She’s committed so many atrocities that it’s hard to list them all. The most flagrant example is the assassination of Sirius at the Ministry of Magic, which only served to heighten Harry’s animosity against her.

Thankfully, none of the animosity spilled over into real life, as evidenced by this charming photo. Daniel Radcliffe smiles as Helena Bonham Carter kisses him on the lips, even though Hogwarts is crumbling behind them. It’s a frightening sight, especially because both of them are bruised from the encounter.

4. The Battle of Voldemort vs. Mario

Voldemort is, without a doubt, one of the most horrible villains in popular culture. He believes Muggles and Muggle-born wizarding folk are inferior and anyone who tries to disagree with him is mercilessly attacked. He tries to end the life of a genuine newborn to secure his dominance. Harry needs a lot of action and backup to defeat the Dark Lord, but a basic Muggle hammer, like the one seen in this behind-the-scenes look onset, would have sufficed. It would have demonstrated to him the power of Muggles.

As the Wizarding World crumbled, the Order of the Phoenix should’ve summoned Mario and Luigi. Is there a chance for a Nintendo crossover?

5. Dumbledore’s Green Thumb

To put it mildly, like almost every other character in the story, Dumbledore went through a lot of turmoil. To aid Voldemort, he sacrificed his family, fell in love with the evil wizard Grindelwald, and lost his life. Before his untimely death, he discovered Marvolo Gaunt’s ring, which housed the Resurrection Stone. He was tempted to use it to bring his family back to life. The ring’s curse nearly murdered Dumbledore, but he could control it and confine it to his right hand.
In this photo, Dumbledore’s withering hand was generated using computer graphics, as evidenced by Michael Gambon’s green glove.

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