As an artist, I’ve always felt very strongly about this.Tanya Seghatchian (executive producer): Once we were able to read the manuscript without vomiting, we saw that the book was truly terrible.
Even though the historic library usually strictly forbids bringing flames into the library for any reason, they made an exception for 4. Tom made up the line, "I didn't know you could read" (which he said to Harry when he looked like Goyle because of the polyjuice potion) on the spot because he'd forgotten his line.10.Hugh Grant was originally cast as Gilderoy Lockhart.With millions of fans anxiously awaiting the release, there was little room for error.David Heyman (producer): When the manuscript for Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone was put on my desk in 1998, my first thought was, “Something smells awful.”J. Rowling (author): It was part of my book deal that everything I published was to be stored overnight in the belly of a stray dog that had been dead for three or more days.It was Emma's teacher who convinced her to audition, and she ended up being the last girl that day. Sadly, Daniel had a terrible allergic reaction to his green contact lenses and had to stop wearing them, while Emma Watson couldn't speak clearly wearing her false buck teeth.3. She was offered the role of Lily Potter in the Mirror of Erised scene, but she turned it down and the role went to Geraldine Somerville instead. Director Chris Columbus wanted to capture the elaborate feasts from the books perfectly (and he totes did).
The Duke Humfrey's Library made a huge exception for filming The Restricted Section scene. The only problem is the food spoiled really easily under the hot production lights and created a super unpleasant odor. Draco Malfoy's funniest line was improvised by Tom Felton.
With the help of his pals and Professor Lupin (the excellent David Thewlis), Harry must cope with an escapee from Azkaban prison (a haunting Gary Oldman) who may have been involved in the murder of Harry's parents.
Everyone in this film has secrets (deep, dark Freudian ones) that rival the scary effects, which include a killer tree and soul-sucking creatures called Dementors.
David Heyman: It was, by all accounts, a hellish book. Tanya Seghatchian: Really the only overlap between Jo’s original book and the movies is that one of the doomed turtles is named “Rone,” which I changed to “Ron.”David Heyman: This might surprise some people, but we actually cast Snape first, due to the age-old showbiz axiom “Get your Snape quickly, and all else will follow.”Alan Rickman (Severus Snape): During my audition, I looked the producers right in the eye and said, “I want to play a character who has long hair like Kurt Cobain.” I was so excited when I got Snape. I mean, it’s barely the length of Gavin Rossdale’s.
Her story was about a talking turtle named Grondunglin who convinces his entire family to swim into an underwater thermal vent, killing them all. Emma Watson (Hermione Granger): When I stepped into the audition room, I wheeled in a TV that was playing MTV Unplugged In New York and pointed at Kurt Cobain and said, “I want a part that requires this hair.” They immediately gave me Hermione, who has long hair like Kurt Cobain. Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter): Right when I went into the audition, I insisted on being given a part that had the long hair of Kurt Cobain. Jason Issacs (Lucius Malfoy): The hair my character got would make Kurt Cobain weep with jealousy.
He had to pull out because of scheduling conflicts. Hermione was meant to hug Harry AND Ron at the end of the movie when she runs into the Great Hall.