The Harry Potter cameras missed out on a lot of mischief and memories. And with the recent passing of Robbie Coltrane, the beloved actor behind Hagrid, and other losses among the cast, we're looking back at what went on behind-the-scenes of the most magical films in history. Everything from teenage drama to surprising stories that show certain actors in an entirely different light, here's what actually happened at Hogwarts, and it's giving fans a brand new perspective.
Emma Almost Quit
The rigid schedule of the Harry Potter films was almost too much for Emma Watson to endure. And after the fourth film, she considered quitting. Yes, really! As she told Entertainment Tonight in 2010, "I hate to sound whiny, but it’s horrible. This has definitely been the most intense, grueling period of film-making I’ve ever done."
While everyone agrees the late Alan Rickman was a master of his craft, it also comes as no surprise that he was a stickler about one thing on set: his BMW. Rickman wouldn't let his young costars near his luxury vehicle after Rupert Grint and Matthew Lewis spilled a milkshake in the backseat of his previous ride.
By contrast, Robbie Coltrane was just as warm with his young co-stars as his character Hagrid. In a statement to People magazine, Daniel Radcliffe called the late actor "one of the funniest people I've met and used to keep us laughing constantly." He specifically reminisced about their bond while shooting Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, "we were all hiding from the torrential rain for hours in Hagrid's hut, and he was telling stories and cracking jokes to keep morale up." Not a much better legacy to leave behind than that.
What’s the worst part about a bunch of kids congregating in one place? The risk of head lice. And there was indeed an outbreak during the making of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Filming was halted when lice steadily spread from the preteen actors to the rest of the cast and then the crew. Only once the last louse was plucked from their heads were they finally allowed back on set.