To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the introduction of the Harry Potter books to China, a 4K restored 3D version of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone has been released across the mainland theaters, making China the first country in the world to screen the new version.
Despite it being sort of an "old film" which was first released 19 years ago, its charm has stood the test of time, making it a classic that can always offer new attractions in different times.
We have collected some interesting facts reported by foreign media, such as the industrial magazine Variety, the newspaper The Telegraph and also Vocal Media. You may be surprised to learn the film has such fascinating "secrets" you might not have known before.
Harry's eye color
Harry Potter was supposed to have green eyes like he did in the book. But actor Daniel Radcliffe has blue eyes. The producers initially attempted to give Radcliffe green contact lenses, but Radcliffe had an allergic reaction to them, so the detail was dropped.
Real owls trained for 6 months
Many owls appear in the Harry Potter films. Harry's owl Hedwig is a two-foot tall snowy owl. Despite Hedwig being portrayed as female, the bird was actually male. The owls were trained by a falconer. And it took the owls six months to learn how to hold letters in their beaks. Some commenters once said they were more interested to know how the owls learned to stay awake during the day.
Emma too beautiful for Hermione
If J.K. Rowling had met Emma Watson before she spoke to her, she may not have been cast. The author recalled: "It was really lucky I spoke to Emma first before I met her, because I fell absolutely in love with her. She spoke to me for about 60 seconds without taking a breath and I just said to her, 'Emma, you're perfect'. When I met her, and she was this very beautiful girl, I just had to go, 'Ok, ok. It's film. Deal with it'. I'm still going to see gawky, geeky Hermione in my mind."
Rowling refused to play Harry's mom
That's what the filmmakers once wanted. Which would be fitting, as she always considered Harry her fictional son. However, Rowling declined. She later explained: "The filmmakers did ask me to play Lily Potter in the Mirror of Erised scene in the first film, but I really am not cut out to be an actress, even one who just has to stand there and wave. I would have messed it up somehow."
Rupert Grint's audition
When Grint — who starred as Ron — was 10, he auditioned for the role by submitting a video of himself dressed as a female drama teacher and rapping about how much he wanted the role. The rap started off with something along the lines of, "Hello there, my name's Rupert Grint, and I hope you like this and don't think I stink."
As time goes by, the child actors who have been part of our best memories of youth have grown up. No matter how their looks have changed, the silver screen has captured their cutest moments. Please share with us the moments from the Harry Potter franchise that impressed you the most.
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