LONDON – The global movie-going public is about to wake up to face a world without another Harry Potter movie after Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows – Part 2 has cast its spell on audiences for the final installment in the franchise.
The magic began 14 years ago when a young film-industry executive named Tanya Seghatchian, then working as head of development for David Heyman’s London-based production company Heyday Films, spotted a newspaper article about a first-time novel describing the adventures of a little boy at wizard school.
Now after eight movies in 10 years, in excess of $6 billion at the global boxoffice, worldwide book sales of the Potter saga in excess of 450 million and Warner Bros. Pictures’ $100 million acquisition of Leavesden Studios where it filmed the movies, here are just a few more juicy facts and figures about the Potter phenomenon.
These are fresh from Warner Bros, the filmmakers and the crew themselves.
THE ANIMAL ACTORS OF HARRY POTTER
•The largest amount of animals on set on any given day was 60 animals for a scene in Professor McGonagall’s classroom.
•Robbie Coltrane, who plays Hagrid, once got a fruit bat stuck in his beard during a scene in Hagrid’s hut.
•The largest animal to be brought on set was a hippo.
•The smallest animal to be brought on set was a centipede.
•After filming 40 kittens to go on moving plates in Umbridge’s office, the kittens went on to be domestic pets, with their new owners unaware of their famous origins.
•There have been 250 animals used across the Harry Potter film series (not including insects).
THE COSTUMES OF HARRY POTTER
•Over 25,000 items of clothing have been used on Harry Potter
•Over 600 school uniforms have been created for Harry Potter
•The scenes with the largest number of cast and extras to dress have been the battle scenes in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, with 400 Death Eaters and Snatchers and the Great Hall scenes with 400 children and teachers present.
THE CREATURE & MAKE-UP EFFECTS OF HARRY POTTER
•In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Ron’s vomit slugs were in fact, puppets. Rupert Grint chose orange-flavored slime to make the experience more palatable.
•250 body casts have been made of actors for deaths, petrifications and stunning spells.
•Aragog the acromantula (giant spider) had an 18 ft. leg span
•Over 200 creatures have been created for the Harry Potter film series.
Death Eater Masks:
•The creature effects department sculpted all the masks in a week and the prop team finished the masks, with each featuring an ornate individual pewter design.
•All of the actors that wore them had to have a life cast in cold alginate, which took 2.5 minutes to set.
The hog’s head at the Hog’s Head Tavern
•Initially, director David Yates wanted three computer-generated wolf heads in the tavern but quickly realized it would be more cost effective to sculpt a full-size animatronic hog’s head.
•The hog’s head was a silicon-skinned animatronic model that was operated through the wall by technicians.
•Each hair was individually punched in by hand and it took a month to complete.
HAIR AND MAKEUP ON HARRY POTTER
•A dentist was on standby for many of the young crowd scenes to replace teeth which wobbled and fell out – to prevent continuity issues involving teeth.
•Harry’s infamous scar has been put on by makeup approx 5,800 times. This is not only on Daniel Radcliffe, who has had the scar applied approx 2,000 times, but also on his doubles and stunt doubles, all of whom wear the scar.
•Robbie Coltrane once got a mini-fan caught in his Hagrid beard and had to have it cut out.
•190 liters of shampoo and conditioner were used on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
•55 liters of hair tint/hair dye was used on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
•Approximately 2,182 liters of shampoo and conditioner will have been used across all the films, enough to fill 28 bathtubs.