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Harry Potter series Interesting facts and figures

Published on Tuesday, 12th of July, 2011      1453 Reads

Harry Potter series Interesting facts and figures

Harry Potter movies are epic fantasy film series, which are based on JK Rowling's novel of the same name. The series started with the movie Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone in 2001. So far, seven installments in the franchise have been released in the theatres and they have proved successful. Now, eighth and final movie in the Harry Potter series, which has been titled Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, is all set to hit the screens on 13th of this month (July).

Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Alan Rickman, Maggie Smith and several other stars have acted in all these eight films. Hundreds of animals, costumes, makeups, sets, art works and techniques have been used in making of Harry Potter films in these ten years. Now, Oneindia is bringing to you all the interesting information about all those facts of the movie.

The animal actors of the Harry Potter

Owls and cats are the most difficult animals to train
Dogs are the easiest animal to train as they basically respond to anyone who will play with them.
The largest amount of animals on set on any given day was 60 animals for a scene in Professor McGonagalls classroom.
Robbie Coltrane, who plays Hagrid, once got a fruit bat stuck in his beard during a scene in Hagrids 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 Umbridges 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.

Miscellaneous Facts:

In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Rons 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 Death Eater masks were created in conjunction with the art department and prop makers.
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.

Make-up Facts

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.
Harrys 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.

Hair Facts

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.

The Burrow Facts:

The Burrow took about 14 weeks with eight model makers to make.
It took 14 weeks to make the Burrow miniature and just six minutes to burn down!
The Burrow is over 20 feet high at a scale of 1:3.
The Burrow model had to match the full size set exactly, so everything was replicated, including leaded light windows, curtains and the all of the various set dressing.

Hogsmeade Village:

The miniature version of Hogsmeade had over 20 shop windows filled with tiny window dressing.
Hogsmeade was 42 x 24 x 8 ft high at a scale of 1:16.
The full-sized version of Hogsmeade built for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was based on the miniature version created for previous films.


Hogwarts was 60 x 50 x 30 ft high. A scale of 1:24
The original version took about seven months to create with 40 people working on it. The miniature has been updated over the years due to story requirements.
Each of these updates has taken approximately 3-4 months with about 20 model makers.

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