First Look Images Of Harry Potter’s Fluffy In Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Ride

Universal Orlando Resort has a new Hagrid ride on the way, and we’ve got the first look at his three-headed dog, Fluffy. The ride, called Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure, will join many other attractions at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, including Flight of the Hippogriff and Harry Potter and the Escape From Gringotts. This particular ride will be located in Hogsmeade at Universal’s Islands of Adventure, though guests can take the Hogwarts Express to Diagon Alley at Universal Studios Florida as well.

News first broke about Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure back in February, when it was revealed that the new attraction would allow visitors to choose from riding in Hagrid’s motorbike or sidecar, and would feature some of the most famous creatures from the Potter series. Since then, we’ve learned that riders will also see more than 1,200 live trees on the ride, as well as a new creature that wasn’t featured in the movies. There will also be obstacles that guests encounter, including Devil’s Snare, which Hermione helps Ron and Harry escape from in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.  

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If that wasn’t enough to get fans excited, here’s the official first look at Fluffy, as he’ll be seen inside the new Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure ride. Appearing only in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Fluffy nonetheless plays an important role in the Potter books and movies, as he’s one of the first creatures Harry and his friends tackle on their own.

Universal Orlando also revealed today that riders will encounter Fluffy “deep in the Forbidden Forest” and that he weighs 8,000 lbs, which is “roughly as big as two standard Muggle cars.” They also teased Cornish Pixies as the next character from the ride to be revealed, calling them “a swarm of mischief-makers who love their tricks.” Previously, Universal confirmed that the new attraction will also feature a Centaur, though we’ll have to wait and see if it’s a specific character, such as Firenze.

Fluffy is chosen by Hagrid to guard the Sorcerer’s Stone after Dumbledore asks for his help with protecting it. Fluffy looks ferocious, but as Harry and his friends soon learn, he’s easily lured to sleep with a bit of music. Fluffy is one of Hagrid’s most-prized magical creatures, so it makes sense that he’s featured in the new ride.  This version of Fluffy looks similar to the one in the first Harry Potter movie, with the same yellow eyes and large fangs. However, it’ll definitely be a scarier experience to see him up close instead of onscreen, especially weighing in at 8,000 lbs. The background behind him is different, probably because he shows up in the Forbidden Forest rather than the castle like he does in the books. Either way, Harry Potter fans will no doubt be delighted to meet him.

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Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure opens June 13 at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade at Universal’s Islands of Adventure.

Source: Universal Orlando

2019-04-15 05:04:41

Rebecca VanAcker

Magical Artifacts From The Order That Are Based On Real Relics

Truth is often stranger than fiction. If it’s not, fiction takes the truth and piles on some extra strange. Fantasy stories might seem far removed from reality, but they are often rooted in our milquetoast world. For instance, dragon mythology may have been the result of ancient humans misinterpreting dinosaur fossils or whale bones.

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Numerous magical artifacts throughout pop-culture have real life counterparts as well. There’s a treasure trove of wondrous doodads in Netflix’s new show The Order, so let’s do some investigating and see what may have inspired those cinematic RPG items.

10 Enchanted Knives

Magic weapons are like giant spiders or reanimated skeletons. They’re practically a genre cliché at this point. Still, the enchanted knives used by members of the eponymous Order are frightening little numbers. A single cut could be fatal. Unless someone intervenes with a healing spell, you could be taken out by the equivalent of a shaving accident.

King Arthur’s Excalibur is probably the most famous magic weapon. However, it’s not the only prominent example. The Honjo Masamune was said to be one of the finest Japanese blades ever made. It was a cultural icon until it mysteriously vanished in 1946. According to legend, the Honjo was inhabited by a righteous, supernatural entity that would only serve a noble master.

9 True Sight Potion

Also known as Oculus Veritatis, the True Sight Potion allows those who drink it to see the true form of shapeshifters. This makes it extremely useful if you’ve got a werewolf problem. We usually consider potion-making to be a hobby for witches, but it was once an actual career.

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Throughout history, alchemists tried combining chemistry with mysticism to create universal solvents or medicine that could cure anything. Some even tried to craft the immortality-bestowing Philosopher’s Stone. Shockingly, they weren’t successful. (Either that or none of them felt like sharing.)

8 Charm Necklace

At one point in the show, Edward Coventry uses a necklace charm to outsmart a magical truth serum. The necklace he wears isn’t given a name, but it allows him to say whatever someone wants to hear, thus countering the effects of the serum.

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“Good luck charms” a.k.a. amulets play a part in almost every country’s belief system. Symbols such as the Christian crucifix, Hebrew chai, and Turkish Nazar-talisman are all used to ward off evil. Ironically, Coventry used a charm for evil, and that just isn’t charming at all.

7 Obfuscation Powder

This is basically The Order’s version of the Men in Black neuralyzer. Obfuscation Powder is primarily used to erase the minds of exiled Order members or neophytes that flunked the initiation trials. Although, as we learned from the season one finale, it can be weaponized as well.

In India, people apply a turmeric powder called Kumkuma to their foreheads because that’s where the spiritually receptive “third eye” is supposedly located. The powder is believed to heighten mankind’s connection with the divine. Thankfully, Kumkuma doesn’t erase memories. Otherwise, India would be a pretty confused place.

6 The Glove

This innocuous looking gauntlet was tailor-made for a good, old-fashioned inquisition. All you have to do is touch someone with The Glove and ask them a question. If they lie, The Glove burns their soul and makes them bleed from their eyes. Coventry would have needed a dozen charm necklaces to circumvent this frightening device.

In a way, The Glove is a supped-up version of medieval branding irons used to torture prisoners. It’s funny how wizards are always determined to cling to archaic behavior and technology. Even indoor plumbing took a while to catch on in the Harry Potter universe!

5 Cursed Obsidian Fragment

A major plot point in The Order is Coventry’s attempt to rebuild a malevolent book known as the Vade Maecum Infernal (more on that later). Decades before the events in the show, the book was split into four pieces and scattered across the world. One of the pieces was sealed within a fragment of obsidian that could deflect any spell back on its attacker.

While stones and crystals are another ubiquitous part of magical lore, obsidian was once an integral part of Mesoamerican cultures. Instead of steel, the Aztecs and Mayans used obsidian to craft weapons, particularly blades for sacrificial or bloodletting rituals. This works quite well aesthetically. After all, Obsidian is one of the most sinister looking mineraloids.

4 Necrophone

Contacting the dead used to be a huge hassle. You’d have to hire a medium, set up a seance, and even then there was no guarantee it would work. The Order’s necrophone cuts through all that nonsense. Designed like a phonograph, all you have to do is speak into the necrophone’s receiver and address the ghost of your choice. The most popular way of speaking with the dearly departed today is a spirit board or Ouija.

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While the Ouija is little more than a party game, (invented by a savvy businessman in the 80’s) its ancient precursor: “fuji” or “planchette writing,” began in 1100 AD China. Practitioners of fuji would try to channel the dead and spell out messages by dragging a suspended writing device over sand or ashes. But don’t bother with any of that, pick up your very own necrophone today for just five payments of $19.99. Operators are standing by.

3 Werewolf Pelts

As discussed here, The Order gives werewolf lore a massive, highly creative makeover. In the show, werewolves are the result of magical wolf pelts (that appear to be alive and capable of thought) melding with human hosts. Think  Power Rangers, just with more hair and “wet dog” smell.

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Throughout history, many different types of warriors have worn pelts into battle. The best example would be Norse berserkers who believed they could take on the unique attributes of the animals they clad themselves in. The Order makes that line of reasoning literal.

2 Sir Richard De Payne

Calling De Payne a magical artifact is perhaps stretching the truth a little. He might look like an ancient, preserved corpse, but he’s very much alive. De Payne was cursed to sleep forever and conceal part of the Vade Maecum inside his subconscious. To retrieve the piece, an intrepid spellcaster must enter his eternal dream and face a gauntlet of horrors designed specifically with them in mind. No pun intended.

Even though he has a pulse, De Payne’s closest real-world analog would probably be a mummy. Everyone immediately thinks of the Egyptian variety, but there are also chilling stories of Buddhist monks allegedly self-mummifying themselves with a technique involving meditation, starvation, and gradual suffocation. In Catholicism, incorruptibility (a.k.a. defying the natural process of decomposition) is said to be a sign of sainthood. With an imagination like his though, De Payne is clearly no saint.

1 Vade Maecum Infernal

This is The Order’s answer to the One Ring or the Infinity Stones. Anyone who forges a contract with the Maecum gains immense power and the ability to perform magic without any of the usual drawbacks. All it takes is one tiny, initial fee: the sacrifice of your first-born son. But hey, if you want to make an omelet you’ve got to break a few kid-sized eggs, right? Evil books are incredibly common in fiction and, surprisingly, they’re common in our reality too.

The Codex Gigas/Devil’s Bible was conceived by a fallen monk on the night before his execution in a bizarre bid for clemency. Knowing he would be unable to finish it in time, the monk made a pact with Satan asking him to complete the Codex in return for his soul. Or so the story goes. Speaking of which, do you think the Prince of Darkness would be willing to help out with a few pop-culture listicles? Asking for a friend.

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2019-04-12 07:04:34

Billy Greer

Harry Potter: 10 Magical Items That Should Be Illegal (But Aren’t)

The world of Harry Potter is full of wonderful magics and artifacts… but there are just as many that are dangerous and deadly. Many artifacts look harmless, but that is very much not the case. Admittedly most of the dangerous artifacts were either designed to target specific enemies, or they were designed to go after unknowing muggles (seems a little mean, doesn’t it?).

Then there are those ones you really have to watch out for. And of course there are the items that were intended for good, but then twisted for other purposes. Those items while mostly harmless, can be used in combination with other items or plans to cause great harm or danger.

Here is a list of ten artifacts and items known to exist in the world of Harry Potter. None of these items are explicitly illegal, but they really should be.

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11 Decoy Detonators

Decoy Detonators are one of the many inventions by the Weasley twins. While it was intended all in good fun, it, unfortunately, does leave room for abuse. The Decoy Detonators were designed to distract, obviously. But think about all the times and all the people who shouldn’t be distracted while on the job. It’s unlikely any true harm would come from the devices, but realistically the Ministry would ban them at some point anyway. It’s a guaranteed that Filtch already has (though of course he’s already got a blanket ban on all of their items).

In the series, we saw Harry use one of these inside the Ministry itself. This example alone should prove how many people it can distract, and how high level it can actually go.

10 Peruvian Instant Darkness Powder

Peruvian Instant Darkness Power is another Weasley invention. Say what you will about them, those boys are geniuses. Unfortunately, as above, this is another one of their inventions that could be easily used for ill. We saw it happen during the Half Blood Prince.

In that book, Malfoy used a combination of Peruvian Instant Darkness Powder and the Hand of Glory to blind his opponents and see be able to see himself. He then led his Death Eater allies into Hogwarts. Without the powder the alarm would have been raised sooner, although it’s hard to say if the outcome would have changed any though.

9 Hand Of Glory

The first time we see the Hand of Glory, it’s inside Borgin and Burkes. So that already implies that this artifact is considered to be unseemly. The Hand of Glory is an actual item of legend to us, but in the Harry Potter world, it acts a little differently. It casts a light that only the holder can see.

As stated above, this item was used in combination with another to allow Death Eaters to sneak into the Hogwarts grounds. While no students died, there was a very real potential for it.

Presumably, there are plenty of other nefarious uses for the Hand of Glory, which is the main reason that it should be officially made illegal.

8 Invisibility Cloaks

Here we’re not just talking about Harry’s invisibility cloak (aka the invisibility cloak, one of the Deathly Hallows), but all invisibility cloaks in general. This once again has more to do with how the item could be used, as opposed to how it was designed to be used.

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Cloaks are an obvious security risk. Now, most places with decent security, like the Ministry of Magic or Hogwarts, have ways of detecting basic invisibility cloaks, but what about everywhere else? Most people probably don’t love the idea of a stranger sneaking into their house and watching them. Especially not at the height of a dark wizard’s regime.

7 Vanishing Cabinet

The Vanishing Cabinet is an interesting case. It allows the owners to be able to immediately go from one cabinet to the other. This has a lot of potential uses, both good and bad. On the one hand, it could allow innocent witches and wizards to flee to safety. On the other hand, it can be used as a getaway or worse by those with less innocent intents.

We saw exactly that in the Half Blood Prince. As pointed out above, Draco successfully used the combination of multiple items and artifacts to smuggle Death Eaters into Hogwarts. Frankly, it’s amazing no students died in the process. Had they not had a specific target, and had the members of the DA not responded so quickly, things might not have gone so well (relatively speaking, that is).

6 The Philosopher’s Stone

The Philosopher’s Stone is amazing, and thankfully nearly impossible to make. We only know of one person in history who succeeded in making one, Nicholas Flamel. In many magical worlds, the Philosopher’s Stone breaks all their rules. It allows for the owner to become immortal, and it can create gold. It’s because of this that it is highly sought after by many.

However, the people seeking it are frequently the ones who should never get their hands on it. That is why Nicholas Flamel made the right choice when he opted to destroy the Philosopher’s Stone. It was too dangerous to risk getting into the wrong hands.

The Philosopher’s Stone isn’t illegal, and thus any witch or wizard could attempt to make one. Assuming they succeeded, which is unlikely, they’d be allowed to keep it. It’s likely that the reason it hasn’t been made illegal is simply because of the difficulty in creating one.

5 Black Quill

The Black Quill is one of those items that will chill the blood of many Harry Potter fans. It was infamously used during the Order of the Phoenix as a method of torture… sorry, we mean punishment, for students who misbehaved.

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The user was none other than Professor Umbridge, likely the most hated professor of all time. Admittedly this item being illegal probably wouldn’t have deterred Umbridge from using it. After all, she was willing to use the Unforgivable Curses on students, and those are obviously all sorts of illegal.

4 The Resurrection Stone

The Resurrection Stone is believed to be a children’s story by most, and that is likely the main reason it was never outlawed and sought out by the Ministry. If the Ministry of Magic ever had reason to believe it existed they likely would have confiscated it on the spot. Hopefully, they would have locked it up more effectively than some of the other items we’ve seen.

The Resurrection Stone sounds wonderful in theory – being able to bring back those you love but have been lost. But the cost is too high, and the lost loved one is never the same. This world is no longer where they belong, so the use of the stone only increases pain for all.

Since the stone causes nothing but pain, it really shouldn’t be used, or owned. Harry made the right choice in how he disposed of it – now nobody can be tempted. After all, even the great Dumbledore was tempted. Further proof of the stone’s temptations.

3 Time Turners

Time Turners first made their appearance in The Prisoner of Azkaban, and honestly, it felt like they weren’t taken as seriously as they should have been. Time Turners give the user the ability to go back in time. Granted the time is limited by just a few hours, but that is enough to cause significant change and damage.

In The Prisoner of Azkaban Hermione Granger, a third-year Hogwarts student, was granted the use of one. She’s a brilliant student, to be sure, but the choice seems a little ridiculous. After all, how could they know she’d only use it for her studies? There’s no way they could guarantee she wouldn’t abuse the use of it – after all, she technically did. Yes, she saved lives by using it, but the Ministry sure wouldn’t have seen it that way.

The Time Turners were all destroyed, thankfully. However, the Ministry showed no signs of considering a ban on them before that point. That’s the main reason they made it onto the list. We all know that should they discover a new cache of them, they would be put back into use.

2 Horcrux

A Horcrux can only be made by killing another human. For that reason alone owning a Horcrux should be illegal. Though technically it’s only the act required to make them that is currently illegal (as it should be). There’s no law against owning Horcruxes, knowingly or otherwise.

There would be some practical concerns with a ban on them, however, the law itself would give Aurors more authority to act when they find an item they suspected of being one. Better safe than sorry, correct? Especially now that the truth is officially out about how Voldemort survived. Who knows how many other twisted witches and wizards out there will try it.

1 Honorable Mention: The Marauder’s Map

The Marauder’s Map is absolutely amazing. It allows the user to not only see a complete map of Hogwarts, but to even see where every single person on the grounds it. It’s brilliant, but it’s also incredibly dangerous if in the wrong hands.

Of course, the Ministry has no idea that this object exists, and therefore could never even dream of making it illegal. That’s the main reason why it is only an honorable mention.

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2019-03-29 01:03:18

Cat Wyatt

Syfy Developing Wayward Children TV Show About Magical Boarding School

Syfy is developing Wayward Children, a TV series about a magical boarding school. The popular sci-fi, horror, fantasy and reality channel has been busy as of late, building a new roster of programming that includes TV adaptations of the well-known Child’s Play horror film series, as well as comic book series, Resident Alien.

The channel is also in the process of saying goodbye to some of its previous line up, with programs such as Z Nation and Channel Zero having been recently cancelled, alongside Game of Thrones creator George R.R. Martin’s Nightflyers. For its part, however, Syfy continues to move forward and not dwell on the past. Having already cancelled a series by such a popular author after a short run, it would be understandable if the network were somewhat hesitant about taking a risk on another. That doesn’t appear to be the case at all, though, as Syfy are now gearing up to work with highly prolific fantasy author, Seanan McGuire.

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THR reports that McGuire’s popular Wayward Children series, which began in 2016 with the publication of Every Heart A Doorway, is currently in development at Syfy. The series is comprised of four novellas, which deal with Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children, a boarding school that helps teens adjust to life in the regular world after having spent time in fantasy realms. But when it becomes clear that a killer is on the loose at the school, the students must band together in order to put an end to the terror.

As of this writing, Wayward Children is in the very early stages of development at Syfy, without any confirmed director or cast. What we do know, however, is that the writer of Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, Joe Tracz, will be handling the adaptation of the books. Though McGuire’s series isn’t as popular as other similar children’s books such as Ransom Riggs’ Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children series or the aforementioned A Series of Unfortunate Events, it definitely does have a strong following of its own. The decision to bring Tracz onboard is also sure to provide an important degree of experience in adapting well-received children’s books into well-received television programming.

With the sheer number of new television series currently in development, it’s clear that TV networks and streaming services alike are doing everything they can to try and secure the best concepts around. This does seem to pay off quite often for a variety of content creators like Netflix, FX or HBO, but for every successful series out there, it’s worth keeping in mind that there are countless others that don’t hit the right mark with audiences. Adapting a series of books is often a good move, so here’s hoping that Wayward Children finds the same success onscreen that it’s found on paper.

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Source: THR

2019-03-18 03:03:08

Mike Jones

Harry Potter: Magical Abilities & Powers, Ranked

Harry Potter Talking To Snakes in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

The magic of Harry Potter transformed the fantasy genre for a generation, both in the books and the movies. For millions of people, words like accio and lumos have become a part of a common vocabulary. JK Rowling built a world that’s so immersive that many of us are still secretly waiting for our invitations to Hogwarts. But of all the powers displayed in the Harry Potter universe, which ones are the best? And here we’re not talking about spells, we mean the extra special powers witches and wizards are born with or teach themselves. So prepare for a closer look at the magical abilities from the best of the magical crop!

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10. Lycanthropy

Very simply, this power is the ability to turn into a werewolf – but it’s involuntary. As we learned from Lupin, this is a condition that comes from being bitten by another werewolf. This one is definitely at the bottom of the barrel. While it’s cool to turn into another creature, being a werewolf doesn’t sound like any fun. Instead of getting to explore the world through the eyes of an animal, you just turn into a feral, bloodthirsty beast. It’s no wonder that there’s a stigma against these poor people in the wizarding world.

9. Veela Charm

Veelas have a magical knack for enchanting those around them, particularly men – who go completely bonkers around them, willing to do anything to impress the Veela in front of them. It’s a skill that can be passed down even to mostly-human descendants as we saw in Harry Potter And The Goblet of Fire with Fleur Delacour when she accidentally wooed Ron, and again in Deathly Hallows when her veela power made her more beautiful at her wedding. It’s definitely a power that would be useful from time to time.

8. Magical Resistance

HP Hagrid Magic

Certain witches and wizards have the ability to resist magic used against them, sometimes through genetics and sometimes through innate talent. For example, Hagrid, as a half-giant, has a giant’s ability to resist numerous stunning spells – something that definitely came in handy. On the other hand, Harry seemed to just naturally have the skill needed to resist the imperius curse in The Goblet of Fire. It was yet another time when being the chosen one paid off – although it was suggested that any wizard with enough willpower could do the same.

7. Parseltongue

This is definitely the most metal of the Harry Potter powers. Parseltongues are able to speak to snakes, an ability with limited uses that’s still cool as hell. This is also helpful when Slytherins may use Parseltongue words as passwords and magical commands, say, to open the Chamber of Secrets. It’s a skill that can be genetically inherited, learned, or (as a random example) fused into your being with a piece of the soul of the Dark Lord as he tries to kill you. Any of those will do.

6. Legilimency And Occlumency

Harry Potter Occlumency

Now we come to the really handy magic. Legilimency is the power to read minds, while occlumency is the corresponding ability to block mind-readers. Frankly, it’s surprising that these skills aren’t more widely studied in the wizarding world, as who wouldn’t want to read people’s minds occasionally? And then, if having your mind read was a possibility, you’d think occlumency would be very popular among the paranoid if no one else. Perhaps it’s because these are not easy skills to master that makes them relatively rare for witches and wizards to posses.

5. Seeing

Via: Pottermore

Throughout the Harry Potter series, Professor Trelawney is considered a bit of a joke, but the fact is that despite her oft-incorrect (and dire) predictions, she is a real seer. Seers can have visions of the future and it’s a very powerful ability when handled correctly. The idea of seeing into the future is so popular that there are even numerous people in the real world who make their living convincing themselves and others that they have the gift. Rowling tapped into some intense wish-fulfillment there.

4. Wandless Magic

Harry Potter

If you’re a witch or wizard already then it can be hard to see your way up from there. After all, you have magic! That alone should be a dream come true. But when spells by themselves start to lose their novelty you might start to get frustrated at needing your wand for everything. Not a problem for advanced magic users! Wands help channel magic and make spells more precise, but truly powerful witches and wizards don’t need all that. They can get by on will alone. This is truly an advanced skill, but an incredibly useful one.

3. Apparition

Harry and Dumbledore Apparate From Hogwarts Half Blood Prince

This is where Harry Potter magic starts to encroach on the territory of sci-fi. Who doesn’t want to just appear where they need to go? Star Trek figured that out years ago. Still, apparition is extremely cool. It’s just too bad it has so many restrictions on it. Otherwise, Harry could have saved himself a lot of trouble by disappearing every time he was being hunted by the forces of evil.

2. Animagus

McGonagall cat in Harry Potter

This power is another dream come true for people. If you’re an animagus you can transform into the animal of your choice. Throughout the books and movies, this was a very useful skill for a number of witches and wizards. James Potter became a stag to help Lupin through his werewolf transformations, Rita Skeeter became a beetle to spy on people, and Professor McGonagall became a cat to further prove that she’s a complete badass.

1. Metamorphmagi

While changing into an animal is awesome, being able to change your appearance at will is even better. In the series Tonks and her son Teddy are the only metamorphmagi that we see, suggesting that it is both a rare and genetic trait. Tonks mostly uses her abilities to illustrate her mood with her hair color and as a party trick. However, it’s a power that can be used to change one’s race, age, and attractiveness. If it were real, this is the power everyone would be clamoring to get!

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2019-01-15 01:01:36

Harry Potter: The 11 Most Powerful (And 10 Weakest) Magical Creatures, Officially Ranked

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is one of the most popular fantasy franchise of modern times. So many elements of myths, legends, and folklore are represented in the series. The Harry Potter franchise is so popular that it heavily influences many peoples’ concept of magic, wizards, and hidden worlds when it comes to entertainment.

One of the most influential components of magical world that Harry Potter has shaped in fans’ minds is its magical creatures. Magical creatures are also one of the aspects of myths legends and folklore that Harry Potter borrows the most widely from. The series boasts everything from dragons, phoenixes, and unicorns, to werewolves, vampires, and merpeople. There are even magical creatures of J. K. Rowling’s own imagination. Their role in the Wizarding World is just as diverse as the creatures themselves. Some wizards keep many magical creatures as pets or objects of study, while others take advantage of the creatures’ magical powers and use them as potent weapons against their enemies.

Of all of the magical creatures in Harry Potter, some are definitely more powerful than others. Certain creatures have such fantastic properties that they can defy fate or seal it, if used correctly. Even the most knowledgable wizards should keep their distance from these entities. Other creatures, while certainly magical, don’t have such spectacular uses or powers.

If you’re looking for a handy guide about which beasts to befriend and which to avoid, Newt Scamander would surely approve of these 11 Most Powerful (And 10 Weakest) Magical Creatures In The Harry Potter Series, Officially Ranked!


Hippogriffs are magical creatures with the hind quarters of a horse, but the wings, head, and front appendages of an eagle. Hagrid brings Hippogriffs to Harry Potter’s first ever Care of Magical Creatures lesson at Hogwarts. They can make faithful friends to those who earn their trust. However, they are extremely proud beasts, prone to lashing out at any one who offends them.

Draco Malfoy learned this lesson the hard way. Hagrid warned the students that Hippogriffs may only be approached if a mutual bow is exchanged.  However, Draco ignored this and approached Buckbeak the Hippogriff head on. Buckbeak slashed Malfoy’s arm with his massive talons and Hagrid had to end the lesson prematurely to treat Malfoy.


Grindylows are water-dwelling creatures that lurk in the shadowy depths of the Black Lake at Hogwarts. Harry Potter first encountered them in his Defense Against the Dark Arts class during his third year. Professor Remus Lupin had captured a grindylow and displayed it in a tank in his office.

Harry didn’t have to contend with grindylows until his fourth year. In the second task of the Tri-Wizard Tournament, Harry and the other champions had to dive into the Black Lake to retrieve something precious to each of them. A whole swarm of grindylows attacked Harry, latching onto him with their wiry fingers and sharp teeth. They almost caused Harry to drown and succeeded in forcing Fleur Delacour to retire from the task.


The Zouwu is a mysterious magical beast originating in China. Various mythological sources describe the creature as cat-like, but the actual creature is much larger than any cat found in the natural world. It can grow as large as an elephant and has multiple colors of feathers and fur. The Zouwu also has large saber teeth tusks that protrude above the corners of its mouth.

In Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald, Newt Scamander encountered a captive Zouwu at the Circus Arcanus. Skender, the owner and ringmaster of the circus, got severely mauled by the creature. When it escaped, only Newt was able to calm it down. To him, this fantastic beast was “just a big kitten.”


Pixies are diminutive humanoid creatures with wings and bulbous eyes. Harry Potter and his classmates encountered Cornish Pixies in their second year at Hogwarts. Gilderoy Lockhart brought a cage full of them to his Defense Against the Dark Arts class for a practical demonstration.

Lockhart warned the students that the Pixies were “devilishly tricky little blighters,” and then opened the cage. They wreaked havoc on the class room, ripping up books, breaking glass fixtures, and smashing a skeleton suspended from the ceiling. Lockhart himself decided to hide in his office, bidding Harry Ron and Hermione to round them up. Just two pixies were strong enough to lift Neville Longbottom up by his ears and hang him from a chandelier.


Lycanthropy is a terrible affliction in the Harry Potter series. Every month at the full moon, someone with lycanthropy will transform into a wolf-like creature with no awareness of their human character or relationships. Werewolves will attack any humans they encounter, whether they be friend or foe.

Harry and his classmates studied werewolves in their third year at Hogwarts without realizing that their Defense Against the Dark Arts Teacher, Remus Lupin, was a werewolf. Lupin was able to contain his condition with the help of the Wolfsbane Potion. But on the night that Peter Pettigrew was revealed and escaped, Lupin had forgotten his potion. Lupin would have mauled Harry, Ron and Hermione if Sirius and Buckbeak had not intervened and driven him off.


Nifflers are small mole-like magical creatures with long snouts and fluffy coats of fur. They have a prodigious attraction to shiny objects. Nifflers can burrow into the tightest nooks and crannies looking for jewels, coins, or any kind of metal or shiny object. Witches and wizards often use Nifflers to search for lost treasures.

While their ability to unearth riches seems desirable, Nifflers are also capable of wrecking indoor environments. They also tend to hoard whatever they find in a magical, bottomless pouch in their bellies. Newt Scamander had a Niffler that got loose in a bank during his visit to New York in Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them. The Niffler had stashed a pile of valuables many times its size in its pouch before Newt recaptured it.


Trolls are hulking magical creatures known for their immense strength. They dwell in mountainous regions and sometimes wear analogous human clothing. They are notoriously slow witted, but this can make them even more dangerous sometimes.

In Harry Potter’s first year at Hogwarts, the two-faced professor Quirrell helped a mountain troll break into the castle during the Halloween Feast. The troll wielded a club and wrecked all of the stalls and sinks in the girl’s bathroom. It could have easily crushed Hermione Granger if Harry Potter and Ron Weasley hadn’t gone to find her. Together, they distracted the troll long enough for Ron to enchant the troll’s club to fall onto its head and knock it out.


Boggarts are closer to spirits than physical entities. They take the form of whatever the person who encounters them fears the most. They can sense the deepest fears of people around them and immediately transform into a manifestation of it. Because of this, no one knows what a boggart really looks like.

In Harry Potter’s third year at Hogwarts, Professor Lupin made the students face a boggart in a Defense Against the Dark Arts class. As far as we’ve seen, boggarts have no way of inflicting physical harm onto people and don’t hunt or eat them. There was one exception, however, which happened when a boggart took the form of a Dementor in front of Harry Potter. Harry experienced mild versions of the weakness that real Dementors can induce.


Acromantulas are giant arachnid creatures that can grow as large as automobiles. Unlike many other magical creatures, they possess sentience and they can learn human speech. Some believe that Acromantulas might be a wizard-bred species.

During his time as a Hogwarts student, Hagrid kept a baby Acromantula named Aragog as a pet. When Tom Riddle opened the Chamber of Secrets the first time, he framed Hagrid and Aragog, who were expelled and banished to the Forbidden Forest, respectively. Aragog grew and started his own colony of Acromantulas. They are known to feast on human flesh. Despite their size, healthy Acromantulas have proportional strength and agility like any spider, making them fearsome creatures, especially in groups.


Crookshanks was Hermione Granger’s feline pet starting in her third year at Hogwarts. Crookshanks always seemed conveniently smart for an ordinary cat. He repeatedly tried to eat Scabbers because he knew that Scabbers wasn’t an ordinary rat. He also knew that Sirius Black’s dog form was an Animagus and he knew exactly how to disable the Whomping Willow by touching the knot in its roots.

Outside sources have revealed that Crookshanks’s keen senses are due to the fact that he is part Kneazle. Kneazles are magical feline creatures with acute perceptions of other people and strong senses of loyalty. Crookshanks has some of the visual characteristics of Kneazles, like a bottlebrush tail and yellow eyes. He is also larger than average cats.


These three-headed canines are gigantic. Having three heads is intimidating enough, but these magical creatures are many times the size of any ordinary dog. Harry, Ron, and Hermione encountered one such creature at Hogwarts in their first year.

The three of them got lost along the third floor corridor and came upon the three-headed dog named Fluffy. Fluffy belonged to Hagrid and was set to guard the entrance to the trap door that led to the room where the Sorcerer’s Stone was hidden. When Fluffy first caught sight of the students, he gave chase immediately, all three of its ferocious maws bearing and snapping and drooling. The only way to soothe Fluffy is by playing music.


Augureys are solemn looking birds that are occasionally called Irish Phoenixes. They have subdued white, grey, and green plumage and big, expressive eyes. In folklore and in many parts of the Wizarding World, witches and wizards go out of their way to avoid Augureys. Supposedly, the cries of an Augurey foretold the premature passing to whoever wields it.

However, in actuality, Augureys only give their distinctive cries when rain is approaching. Newt Scamander kept several Augureys in his apartment in Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them and Jacob Kowalski encountered at least one of them. Almost a century later, Lord Voldemort’s daughter Delphi took a great liking to Augureys. Delphi’s caretaker kept an Augurey and she eventually adopted it as her symbol and as a tattoo.


Thunderbirds are spectacular avian creatures that are native to North America. They appear to have heads reminiscent of eagles. They also have three sets of wings with brilliant gold, blue, and white plumage. Thunderbirds can grow as large a human in height. One of the houses of the wizarding school Ilvermorny is named after the Thunderbird.

In Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, Newt Scamander travelled to the United States, ostensibly to release a Thunderbird back into its native habitat of Arizona. Newt rescued the Thunderbird from traffickers in Egypt and named him Frank. Thunderbirds have a keen sense of approaching danger and they can conjure powerful rain and lightning storms in their wake. Newt ultimately decided to release Frank in New York City, taking advantage of its powers to obliviate the muggle inhabitants.


Bowtruckles are tree-dwelling creatures made of vines and branches. They only inhabit trees of sufficient quality to produce magical wands, so if you find a tree with Bowtruckles on it, you might want to collect a few samples. Bowtruckles protect whatever trees they decide to live in. They have sharp claws and can hurl bits of tree bark at any trespassers.

Newt Scamander kept a Bowtruckle with him during his visit to New York in Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them. Named Pickett, Newt’s Bowtruckle might have been young since it seemed especially shy and wasn’t up to guarding much of anything. Newt kept Picket hidden under the collar of his jacket throughout his adventures. He was adamantly against giving Pickett to Gnarlack, the goblin gangster.


Dementors are spectral beings that bring darkness and despair wherever they go. They feed on the emotions of humans and, if they can get close enough, they will suck out a person’s soul. Those who suffer the so-called Dementor’s Kiss are left in a permanent vegetative state.

Traditionally, Dementors have served as the guards of the notorious wizard prison Azkaban. They sap the will of every prisoner by forcing them to continuously relive their worst memories. Anyone who comes close to a Dementor will endure this. Dementors can also attack anyone, innocent or guilty, who crosses their path, since they have a hard time differentiating between people with similar spirits, emotions, and fears. In his third year, Harry Potter learned that the only defense against Dementors was to summon a Patronus charm.


Mooncalves are shy, rare creatures that only emerge during the night of a full moon. They have stubby legs, webbed feet, and long necks like giraffes. However, they are not very large and are usually only as tall as an average human’s waist. Their eyes are huge and bulbous, with their pupils appearing larger than a human’s whole eye. Mooncalf dung is a powerful fertilizer for farmers and gardeners.

Newt Scamander hand a herd of mooncalves in his suitcase when he visited New York in Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them. Jacob Kowalski even got to feed them when Newt showed him inside. They seem quite harmless and they even have a primary predator in Hodags.


A Basilisk is a colossal serpentine creature with many lethal properties and powers. It can grow more than fifty feet long and can bite its prey with teeth as long as swords. Direct eye contact with a Basilisk will snuff out its victim instantaneously. Basilisk venom is extremely dangerous, capable of ending a person’s life in minutes. Indirect eye contact with a Basilisk will petrify its victim.

The most famous Basilisk was the Serpent of Slytherin. After Salazar Slytherin left the other Hogwarts founders, he built the Chamber of Secrets and hid a Basilisk inside. Slytherin’s heir, Tom Riddle, commanded the Basilisk through Parseltongue to wake it from its slumber and attack the Muggle-born students of Hogwarts.


The Chupacabra is a small creature of reptilian or amphibious nature. They are known to suck blood from heedless victims. When the Magical Congress of the United States of America imprisoned Gellert Grindelwald in 1926, a Chupacabra found its way into his cell. Grindelwald managed to win the creature’s affections and urge it to attack the Aurors who guarded him.

Unfortunately for the Chupacabra, Grindelwald didn’t care to keep him around. As the dark wizard makes his escape, he holds the creature in his hands for a moment and then tosses him out of his carriage window. Even naming the Chupacabra Antonio wasn’t a sign that Grindelwald valued the creature after it served its purpose apparently.


Phoenixes are magical birds bearing stunning red and gold plumage. They have many powerful magical properties. At the end of their lives, their feathers wilt until they burst into flame. However, once they burn away, they are are reborn from their ashes.

Phoenixes can carry immensely heavy loads, including multiple fully grown humans. Their feathers are powerful enough on their own to make one of the most common wand core substances. The tears of a Phoenix also have powerful restorative properties. When Fawkes cried over Harry’s mortal wound from the Basilisk fang, his cut fully healed. Fawkes showed great loyalty to Dumbledore, and to those like Harry who were also loyal to Dumbledore. The battle against the Basilisk in the Chamber of Secrets would have been lost without Fawkes.


Fred and George Weasley concocted numerous original magical toys and tricks when they opened their own shop in Diagon Alley, Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes. One of their creations was actually a magical creature. Pygmy Puffs are miniature Puffskeins.

Just about everyone in the Wizarding World regarded them as adorable pets, so, of course, the Weasley twins bred them with thick soft fur coats of pink and purple shades that could grow many times the size of the creature itself. George even remarked that they couldn’t breed the Pygmy Puffs fast enough to meet demand. Pygmy Puffs are basically harmless, since they don’t have fangs like some of their non-domesticated counterparts. Ginny Weasley bought a purple Pygmy Puff and named it Arnold.


Dragons exist in myths and legends throughout the world in various forms. Almost every region of the magical world has a native species of dragons. However, they are all powerful, dangerous creatures with immense strength, fire breath, and great wingspans.

Despite their danger, the Wizarding World tries to keep up a working relationship with dragons. One dragon lurked in the depths of Gringotts’ vaults, protecting the gold stored there. Hagrid successfully hatched a Ridgeback in Harry, Ron and Hermione’s first year at Hogwarts. In Harry’s fourth year at Hogwarts, he had to face a fully grown Horntail. The Tri-wizard Tournament procured four different dragons that were selected at random for the champions to face as part of their first task. Defeating a dragon is no easy feat for any wizard, regardless of their skill level.

Are there any other powerful (or weak) magical creatures from the Wizarding World of Harry Potter that we forgot to mention? Sound off in the comment section!

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2018-12-06 04:12:35

Does First Man Have An After-Credits Scene?

You’ve been to the Moon and back with Ryan Gosling’s Neil Armstrong, does First Man have an after-credits scene in store for you? The new film from Damien Chazelle (Whiplash, La La Land) is about the first man to walk on the lunar surface, exploring Armstong’s family life as much as his humanity leaping actions.

It’s a very different sort of biopic for sure. While all the key moments are there – Neil joining NASA, the near-fatal Gemini 8 mission, the successful and unforgettable Apollo 11 landings – the film takes a more abstract approach, with documentary-style filming and moments of reflection creating something more personal than a peek behind the curtain. One of the biggest aspects of this is the lack of any end cards that explain what happened to First Man‘s key players after the Moon landings.

Watch: The First Man Trailer

And if you’re expecting to find out more by sticking around in the theater, you’re out of luck: First Man does not have an after-credits scene. However, there are two very good reasons to still stick about. The first is Justin Hurwitz’s score. In the movie itself, it’s a stunning blend of grounded and magical styles, evoking 2001 and Interstellar while still being its own thing, and the credits suite is a perfect cap. Second, there’s the use of archive NASA recordings at the end that serve as both a reminder of the reality of this story and how space exploration continued beyond the Moon landings.

It shouldn’t be too surprising that First Man doesn’t include anything after the credits. Even with it shirking a lot of drama genre conventions, it’s not going to dip its toe into a trope typically saved for superhero movies. The story of both the Space Race and Neil Armstrong are completed by the movie’s end, so there’s no greater narrative to explore – even if that final scene is rather ambiguous. A stinger showing Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin planting the US flag in the Moon would be humorous, but again not totally fitting.

There’ll be other ways to keep up with the talent involved. Chazelle is going to be giving the big screen a break, but is set to direct the first two episodes of upcoming musical Netflix series The Eddy and is writing a project for Apple TV. Ryan Gosling has no other acting projects lined up, but Claire Foy will be back in cinemas next month for The Girl In The Spider’s Web (but not on Netflix for The Crown, where the role of Queen Elizabeth has been recast with Olivia Coleman).

Next: First Man’s Moon Sequences Are Meant To Be Seen In IMAX

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2018-10-11 03:10:50 – Alex Leadbeater

Wonder Woman Does The Unthinkable To Save DC’s Magic

Warning: SPOILERS For Wonder Woman #56

The latest chapter of The Witching Hour crossover has seen Wonder Woman and her allies in Justice League Dark joining forces with her most powerful enemy – the sorceress Circe. Given Circe’s long-standing grudge against the Amazons and Diana, it would take extraordinary circumstances for her to put aside her legendary spite for a common goal.  Of course with magic itself dying in DC’s Universe, describing the current circumstances as “extraordinary” is putting things lightly.

Based on the character from Greek mythology, the DC Comics version of Circe first appeared in Wonder Woman #37 in 1949. The precise reasons for Circe’s hatred of The Amazons and Wonder Woman have changed several times over the years, but the most common reasons are that The Amazons were responsible for imprisoning Circe for her crimes against humanity and that a prophecy predicted that Circe’s doom would be brought about by the Amazon princess. Though she first appeared during the Golden Age of Comics, it was not until George Perez’s revamp of Wonder Woman in 1987 that Circe was redeveloped into a major player in Princess Diana’s Rogues’ Gallery. It is a position of dishonor she has held ever since.

Related: Wonder Woman Unlocks New Powers of Witchcraft

The first chapter of The Witching Hour revealed that Wonder Woman was a conduit for hereto unknown magic powers – the result of her having been branded as a child by followers of Hectate, the Ancient Greek goddess of Magic. With Zatanna having discovered the meaning of the magical brand, Justice League Dark was able to start seeking answers as to what was happening to Wonder Woman and why.

This led them to Aeaea – the island home of Circe, according to The Odyssey. It was hoped that Circe, who drew her powers from a connection to Hectate, might know something of what was going on and be willing to bargain for that knowledge.

Though she was hostile at first, Circe was mollified the moment she saw what she called “the witchmark” on Diana’s forehead. Circe went on to explain the history of Hectate and how she was truly a power far older than the Olympian gods. The first wizards tried to tap Hectate’s power for their own uses unsuccessfully, caging a far more evil source of power that would come to slowly infect the world, and Hectate herself, with darkness.

This led Hectate to take the majority of her power and split it among five mortal vessels, The Witchmarked, who would hold Hectate’s pure and unsullied essence until a time when the magic of the rising darkness had begun to fade. Then Hectate would reclaim her power to defeat it, once and for all. As each of The Witchmarked died, the followers of Hectate would find another woman to hold Hectate’s power, passing her energy down from generation to generation.

The problem, Circe reveals, is that the passing years have corrupted Hectate’s mind and she is now a being born of spite and hatred rather than love and light and it was that desire for revenge that made Circe into a perfect avatar for Hectate’s power. The practical upshot is that while Hectate may be capable of fighting the rising darkness, she will forever destroy magic as it is known on Earth, with no magical power but her’s existing. This leaves Justice League Dark with few good options, as Wonder Woman seems doomed to die no matter what and the best option involves all magic being under the control of a single vengeful goddess. Of course all this assumes that Circe is telling the truth and this isn’t part of her own plan for revenge on Diana.

Wonder Woman #56 is now available from DC Comics.

More: Say Goodbye To Magic in DC’s Comic Universe

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2018-10-11 01:10:54 – Matt Morrison

Harry Potter: 20 Crazy Details Only True Potterheads Knew About Wormtail

For a lot of reasons, Peter Pettigrew, AKA “Wormtail”, may be one of the creepiest characters in all of the Harry Potter series. First and foremost, is the rather strange decision on the part of author J.K. Rowlings, to make Pettigrew’s animagus form hang around so closely with a preteen Ronald Weasley. With that particularly large elephant out of the room, we can get into some of the more unnerving, crazy, and interesting facts about this Voldemort supporter.

Everyone knows Wormtail to be the man who betrayed Lily and James Potter’s location to Voldemort, who sought to destroy them and their newborn son after finding out that Harry may one day defeat him. Although Voldemort’s attempt on Harry’s life backfired (quite literally), this moment it did cement Wormtail as one of Tom Riddle’s most famous supporters. In addition to this, Wormtail also got away with it all by blaming Sirius Black for that horrible night.

In many ways, Wormtail was the most unlikely member of Voldemort’s inner circle. He didn’t have the dedication to Voldemort’s evil agenda that Lucius Malfoy did. Nor did he have the obsessive nature of the deranged Bellatrix Lestrange. At the end of the day, Wormtail was a coward, and that why he let betrayed his friends to become part of one of the darkest cults of all time. Despite all he has done, Wormtail was still a far more engaging character than most fans may recall.

Without further ado, here are 20 Crazy Facts About Wormtail.

20 He Was Almost Not Sorted Into Gryffindor

When Peter Pettigrew arrived at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, he lined up with the rest of the First Years to await The Sorting Hat’s decision on which House he would join. While in line, he met both Sirius Black, who uttered his contempt for Slytherin House, and James Potter. Immediately, Pettigrew took a liking to these boys and longed to be Sorted with them.

When he finally was placed under The Sorting Hat, Pettigrew waited a whole five minutes to be placed in Gryffindor.

This is what was called a “Hatstall.” The Sorting Hat clearly saw that this character was suitable for more than one house. Although Slytherin would be the obvious alternative choice, Hufflepuff was one as well.

19 He Was A Member Of The Order Of The Phoenix

Due to Peter Pettigrew’s friendship with James, Remus, and Sirius, he joined The Order of the Phoenix after his time at Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry.

The Order of the Phoenix was a secret society founded by Albus Dumbledore to combat Voldemort and his sycophantic followers during the First Wizarding War. This was the time when Voldemort returned from traveling abroad and sought to overthrow the Ministry of Magic and persecute Muggles and Muggle-born magical folk. Although Pettigrew wasn’t a fan of Voldemort’s ideology, he was part of the Order purely because his friends were. It was a community for him. He did not have the same passion for the cause as the other members did.

18 He Wasn’t A True Believer In Voldemort

Much like Peter Pettigrew wasn’t a true believer in the Order of the Phoenix, he wasn’t one of Voldemort’s dedicated followers either. He did not share the same lust for dominance over the Wizarding World, nor the same level of intolerance.

When Pettigrew became a spy for Voldemort, it was purely out of fear.

Wormtail, at the end of the day, is an opportunist. He is someone who will do just about anything to survive, and that included betraying his best friends in order to remain on the powerful dark wizard’s good side. In many instances, especially in the books, Wormtail even couldn’t bear Voldemort’s violence and occasionally attempted to suggest alternative measures to achieve his dark desire.

17 McGonagall Didn’t Like Him, even as a kid

If there’s one thing that Minerva McGonagall has never done, it’s mince words. First and foremost, this Transfiguration professor and Gryffindor Head of House is brutally honest. In the books, she was honest about how she felt about Peter Pettigrew during his time at Hogwarts.

Of course, McGonagall taught him Transfiguration as well as watched over him as the H.O.H. She claimed that Pettigrew “hero-worshipped” both James Potter and Sirius Black. In fact, she even described him as a “lump of a boy” who constantly followed Sirius around like his lap-dog. She even claimed that Peter was “stupid” as well as “foolish.” However, Minerva clearly grew to have some respect for him once he joined the Order. She even spoke sadly about him before she learned that he was the one responsible for the betrayal and not Sirius.

16 He Lived As A Rat For 12 Years

As most fans know, Peter Pettigrew was one of the Mauraders, the small group of friends that consisted of James Potter, Sirius Black, and Remus Lupin. Peter even decided to become an animagus in order to make Remus feel more comfortable with the fact that he was tragically turned into a werewolf. The fact that Pettigrew could turn into a rat at will was something that came in handy after he was forced to fake his own demise in order to properly frame Sirius Black.

Due to his fear of being caught, Pettigrew lived as a rat for a solid 12 years.

He was eventually discovered by Sirius and Remus in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

15 He Chose The Weasleys As Owners To Avoid The Death Eaters

After Pettigrew faked his demise, he chose to live as a rat in order to both keep up his lie as well as to avoid the Death Eaters. At this stage, many of Voldemort’s followers were unknown to the authorities and lived amongst the common-folk. Due to the fact that Voldemort’s apparent demise happened due to Pettigrew’s information, the Death Eaters believed that Pettigrew was a traitor and therefore sought to destroy him.

Wormtail knew that he stood a better chance at staying alive if he picked a “good” family to stay with. Eventually, he came to be Percy Weasley’s possession and was handed down to Ron. Presumably, Wormtail (as “Scabbers”) stayed with the Weasleys because he knew that the family would treat him right as well as shield him from Voldemort’s secret followers.

14 He Almost Ruined Ron And Hermione’s Relationship

Although Wormtail didn’t mean to, he almost completely ruined Hermione and Ron’s friendship in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Throughout the book and the film (to a lesser extent), Ron was constantly trying to save Scabbers (AKA Wormtail) from Hermione’s carnivorous new cat, Crookshanks. When Wormtail heard that Sirius Black had escaped from Azkaban and was poking around the Hogwarts grounds, he decided to flee, faking his demise a second time.

In the book, he bit himself in order to leave blood that suggested that Crookshanks had finally taken him out.

It completely convinced Ron, and the pair’s relationship nearly ended until the truth was revealed. This is just another instance of Peter Pettigrew doing anything necessary to remain alive.

13 Rats helped him find Voldemort

A lot of fans of Harry Potter who haven’t paid close enough detail to the books wonder how Wormtail and Voldemort were reunited before the events of The Goblet of Fire. Well, the truth is Wormtail learned from fellow rats that a dark force was living in a forest in Albania. This force ended up being Voldemort himself, who was living off the animals in the forest. However, Voldemort was just clinging to life in his shriveled-up form.

Wormtail lured a prominent ministry witch, who was on vacation in Albania, into the forest and then proceeded to force information out of her that helped persuade Voldemort to take him back into his good graces.

12 He Fed Voldemort Nagini’s Milk to Save Him

Aside from finding Lord Voldemort in a forest in Albania and giving him some vital information about the upcoming Triwizard Tournament from the ministry official he lured into the forest, Wormtail also stayed in Voldemort’s good graces due to the fact that he kept him alive. At this point, Voldemort was simply a shriveled up humanoid creature who barely had any power at all.

With Wormtail’s help, he managed to stay strong enough to last until the end of The Goblet of Fire when he was “reborn.”

Wormtail was able to do this because he milked the venom out of Nagini, Voldemort’s giant snake who will appear in human form in Fantastic Beasts 2: The Crimes of Grindelwald. This venom provided Voldemort with the rudimentary body we see in Goblet of Fire.

11 He Helped Capture Mad-Eye

When Wormtail traveled to Albania to seek Voldemort, he ran into a ministry official who he forced into telling him legitimate information about the goings on at Hogwarts. This included the upcoming Triwizard Tournament that they would get Harry Potter to take part in, as well as the fact that Alastor “Mad-Eye” Moody would be the next Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher.

Another piece of information this ministry official gave was that there was a Voldemort supporter hiding out in England. This ended up being Barty Crouch Jr., who, with the help of Wormtail, tracked down Mad-Eye Moody and captured him. Crouch then famously continued to take locks of Mad-Eye’s hair in order to brew a Polyjuice Potion that turned him into Mad-Eye.

10 Snape Got His Revenge On Pettigrew

As we found out through various flashbacks during Harry’s time learning legilimency from Severus Snape, Severus was teased and pushed around by Harry’s father, Lupin, Sirius, and Peter Pettigrew as a child. Pettigrew probably wouldn’t have been the one to instigate this, but he was happy to play along with what the “cool kids” were doing. That, after all, was sort of his M.O. However, in their later years, Snape got his revenge on Wormtail after Voldemort ordered Wormtail to live with Snape at Spinner’s End in order to help him with various things.

Wormtail ended up being Snape’s punching bag and personal servant.

In fact, Snape treated him quite poorly, which, without a doubt had more to do with Wormtail betraying Lily Potter than anything else.

9 Voldemort Loathed Him

Lord Voldemort may not have had the ability to love anything except for himself, and even that is arguable, but he certainly had some appreciation and respect for certain members of his cult. At one time, he had immense respect for Lucius Malfoy, but that went away after Lucius continued to fail him. Bellatrix and Snape seem to be in his good graces constantly as they appeared to be his most ardent supporters. Snape, specifically, was the one he thought was infiltrating Dumbledore and the Order.

Wormtail is a different story entirely. Voldemort never liked Wormtail at all. He put up with him because Wormtail helped to keep him alive. But even before Voldemort’s first downfall, the villain knew that Wormtail was only around out of fear, not out of duty or respect.

8 He Wasn’t Skilled At Magic

Throughout the course of the Harry Potter series, two very different powerful magical folk made comments on Wormtail’s lack of power. The first was Wormtail’s old Transfiguration teacher, Minerva McGonagall, who claimed that he was far less talented than his friends when it came to magic. Then there’s Voldemort, who always regarded his servant as particularly weak. The truth is, they were mostly right about him.

He was a hopeless dueler, only besting opponents when catching them off-guard.

However, there are a couple of instances where he’s shown more potential than even he believed. One of these moments was when he caused an explosion that ended the lives of twelve Muggles and allowed him to get away from Sirius Black.

7 He Was Surprisingly Intelligent And An Opportunist

You can say a lot about Peter Pettigrew, including his cowardly demeanor, but one thing you can’t say is that he was dumb. On the contrary, Wormtail was actually pretty intelligent. This cunning helped him frame Sirius for the crime that he committed, as well as search out Voldemort.

Wormtail’s intelligence also allowed him to be quite the opportunist. This trait perhaps sums him up the most, as from the start of things he knew how to get in with the “right” crowd. When the tides changed and there was a better group to be associated with, that’s exactly where Wormtail would end up. A fool wouldn’t be able to navigate situations like this, let alone stay on Voldemort’s good side.

6 The Other Death Eaters Didn’t Like Him

Being an opportunist didn’t quite go over well when it came to Voldemort’s closest servants. First of all, many of them, including Bellatrix Lestrange, were there because they either believed in Voldemort’s cause or Voldemort himself.

Many of these Death Eaters saw Wormtail as a clinger; someone who was merely there to survive and never truly fought for what they believed in.

Another major source of the dislike the Death Eaters had for Wormtail had to do with Voldemort’s first downfall. This event happened on Wormtail’s information. When Voldemort was seemingly annihilated after attacking Harry Potter, many Death Eaters saw Wormtail as a traitor who purposefully led Voldemort to his grave.

5 His Hand Was Cursed

Although the filmmakers behind the Harry Potter movies didn’t explore Wormtail’s silver hand, it was certainly talked about in detail in J.K. Rowling’s novels. Wormtail first got this magical silver hand after he severed it from his body while resurrecting Voldemort in The Goblet of Fire. However, it came with a catch.

The catch with Wormtail’s replacement hand was that it was cursed. Sure, the hand had magical properties, including being impervious to certain jinxes, but it also led to his downfall. Though Wormtail didn’t receive a proper final scene in the films, his demise in the books occurred when he was planning to do good on his “life debt” to Harry. Wormtail’s magical hand turned on him, wrapped around his neck, and took his life.

4 He was insecure about his body

Every single person on the planet has their own set of insecurities. This is true of all of the characters within J.K. Rowling’s masterful series. For Wormtail, it was his stature. Not only was his short height an issue for him, but his weight and shape particularly bothered him. He no doubt compared himself to the more traditionally handsome James Potter and Sirius Black while growing up.

Due to actor Timothy Spall’s height, Wormtail was portrayed a taller than he was in the books.

However, when he first appeared in Prisoner of Azkaban, he was around the same height as a 13 and 14-year-old Harry and Hermione. Both Harry and Hermione would grow to be taller, while Pettigrew remained the same height.

3 He Was Made More Rat-Like For The Films

J.K. Rowlings described Peter Pettigrew has had some of the qualities of a rat, especially after living as one for a solid twelve years. These traits included watery eyes, grubby skin, a pointed nose, and even a squeaky voice that followed him after he revealed himself in The Prisoner of Azkaban.

Azkaban director Alfonso Cuaron wanted to make sure audiences absolutely knew that Pettigrew would have maintained some of his rat-like qualities after his twelve-year stint. These added details included extra nostril hair, knuckle hair, two big teeth, and a consistency between Scabbers’ fur and Wormtail’s locks. Hiding his neck with the right coat also made Wormtail’s rat-like look more believable. These details also came in handy for Wormtail’s visual transition back into his animagus form as he escaped.

2 He Took Voldemort’s Wand

Wormtail didn’t keep his distance the day after Voldemort’s downfall in Godric’s Hollow. He made sure he was nearby as he hoped his information would be useful. Voldemort, of course, wanted to take out a young Harry Potter due to the prophecy that stated that the boy could lead to his demise. Unfortunately for Voldemort, his attempt on Harry’s life backfired and he was practically disintegrated.

Wormtail deduced this once he came across the rubble of the house. He then found Voldemort’s iconic phoenix-feathered wand and took it for safe keeping.

He later gave it back to Voldemort once he was strong enough to use it once more.

There’s no telling where exactly Wormtail stored the wand while living as a rat for twelve years.

1 His Demise Was Connected To The Marauders

Wormtail’s connection to the Marauders, Lupin (Mooney), Sirius (Padfoot), and James (Prongs) was fully realized the day that he met his end. This is because Wormtail’s demise (at least in the book) was very similar to those of his three classmates.

All four of them, in one way or another, passed away while trying to protect or save Harry.

James met his end at the hands of Lord Voldemort that day in Godric’s Hollow. Sirius was protecting Harry when he was struck by Bellatrix’s curse. Lupin fought in the Battle of Hogwarts, giving Harry a moment to escape from Dolohov, who was later revealed to have taken Lupin out. Finally, Wormtail’s cursed hand turned on him the moment he was about to let Harry go, honoring his life-debt.

What do you think is the craziest fact about Wormtail in Harry Potter? Let us know in the comments below!

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2018-10-10 06:10:32 – Dylan Parker

Harry Potter: 25 Behind-The-Scenes Photos That Completely Change Deathly Hallows Part 1 & 2

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows had a lot of ground to cover, as Harry had to destroy the remaining four Horcruxes that were hidden around Great Britain, while Voldemort was just beginning to take control of the wizarding world from the shadows.

The fact that there was so much content in The Deathly Hallows meant that the creators of the Harry Potter films decided to split the final book into two movies, which opened the door for the creators of the Twilight and The Hunger Games movies to do the same.

The process of creating the final two Harry Potter movies was an emotional one for everyone involved, as a series that took a decade to make was coming to an end. This wasn’t helped by the many beloved characters meeting their maker throughout the course of the story, meaning that there were a lot more emotional send-offs than in the previous movies.

We are here today to see what moments from behind-the-scenes of The Deathly Hallows movies were captured on film forever – from the last time that Remus Lupin & Severus Snape smiled, to the final day of the ten-year odyssey of the Harry Potter movie franchise.

Here are the 25 Behind-The-Scenes Photos That Completely Change Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 1 & 2!

25 Lupin & Snape Getting Along

Alan Rickman so totally owned the role of Severus Snape that it’s hard to imagine any other actor playing the part. It’s also difficult not to hear Rickman’s voice whenever reading one of Snape’s scenes in the Harry Potter novels.

It’s also a surreal experience seeing Alan Rickman clowning around or smiling in any behind-the-scenes footage of the Harry Potter movies, as Snape never had anything close to a light-hearted moment or laughed at anything that was funny.

Remus Lupin and Severus Snape may have had a cold relationship in the movies, but that didn’t stop David Thewlis and Alan Rickman coming together for a photo on their last day of filming, which even resulted in a rare Snape smile.

24 Voldemort & His Tracking Dots

The Harry Potter movies decided to remove Voldemort’s nose in order to give him a more serpent-like appearance. This was only accomplishable due to advances in CGI and the fact that Voldemort generally didn’t appear that often compared to the other nose-bearing members of the cast.

In order to create the effect of Voldemort lacking a nose, Ralph Fiennes needed to have tracking dots applied to his face. These were necessary in order to tell the computers where all of the parts of Fiennes’ face where in relation to each other so that they could take away the nose and remove all traces of the dots on his face. Ralph Fiennes also had to wear other prosthetics, including a gross-looking set of fake teeth.

23 Talking Through The Nagini Chase

The scene where Neville slices Nagini in two with the Sword of Godric Gryffindor is one of the all-time greatest moments in the Harry Potter series. It is meant to reflect Harry defeating the basilisk in The Chamber of Secrets, with Neville finally becoming the hero that he was always meant to be and becoming worthy of drawing the sword from the Sorting Hat.

The movie version of The Deathly Hallows botched this scene somewhat by adding Hermione and Ron to the mix, as they attempt to deal with Nagini using spells. Neville had to rush in and save them, as they both suddenly developed the aiming skills of a Stormtrooper from Star Wars. 

22 The Dark Lord Of Clowning Around On Set

Ralph Fiennes has appeared in some of the greatest movies of all time, including the likes of Schindler’s List, The English Patient, and The Grand Budapest Hotel. He is known for his extensive theatre work and for taking on roles in serious and somber movies.

All of these serious roles may give you the impression that Ralph Fiennes lacks a sense of humor, but that couldn’t be further from the truth.

He would never have taken on the part of Lord Voldemort if he was going to stick to roles that would win him Academy Award nominations. Ralph Fiennes must have known early on that the role of Lord Voldemort was going to become the one that he was most associated with, so he clearly leaned into it and had as much fun as possible with the part.

21 Hermione & Ariana

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows left us with a lot of unanswered questions about Albus Dumbledore, especially where his sister is concerned.

Ariana Dumbledore was attacked by a group of Muggle boys as a child, which left her emotionally scarred and unable to control her magic. The release of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and the revelations concerning Credence Barebone have led some fans to suggest that Ariana Dumbledore was an Obscurial and that Grindelwald’s obsession with them was sparked by meeting her. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 neglected to reveal much about Ariana’s backstory, though we were at least given the chance to see her in the flesh.

20 Wandless Magic

Wands are an important aspect of the Harry Potter series, which means that they appeared all of the time in the movies. The props department always had to make sure that there were lots of spare wands ready at any moment, as they were pretty flimsy and easy to accidentally break during filming.

Daniel Radcliffe broke over eighty wands on the set of the Harry Potter movies, either through being too rough with them or for just wearing them down with overuse. This can be clearly seen in the behind-the-scenes footage where he has a tendency to use them as drumsticks when bored on set. Luckily for Daniel Radcliffe, there were times when wands were added in later with CGI, so he just had to pretend to hold one.

19 Draco’s Fear Of Flying

You might think that the flying broom sequences in the Harry Potter movies are accomplished using only green screen effects, but there is a practical element involved that is necessary in order to make the movement of the brooms seem more natural.

The flying broom is connected to a rig that looks like the mechanism used for a theme park ride, which is essentially what it is.

This flying machine can be moved in such a way as to make it look like the broom is tipping or changing direction, while the background can be added in using CGI in order to complete the illusion. Poor Tom Felton was stuck riding on a broom while looking like a wimp, as Daniel Radcliffe got to look like a super cool wizard.

18 Griphook’s Goggles

One of the most difficult aspects of wearing a prosthetic mask that covers your whole head is what it does for your sweat. Robert Llewellyn who played Kryten in Red Dwarf has talked about how his mask was so tight that the sweat was all squeezed down onto his back.

Warwick Davis is no stranger to prosthetics and masks, which is why he was well-prepared for the outdoor scenes involving Griphook in The Deathly Hallows movies. The Griphook outfit not only covers all of Warwick Davis’ head but also his hands. This is why he is seen wearing goggles during outdoor sequences, as they protect his eyes from the elements without risking him accidentally touching his eyes with his clawed hands.

17 Filming Helena Ravenclaw

In order to discover the truth about Ravenclaw’s diadem, Harry must seek out the Ghost of Ravenclaw House, who is revealed to be Helena Ravenclaw. She is the one who reveals to Harry that the diadem was stored within the Room of Requirement, as Voldemort was dense enough to believe that no future Hogwarts student would ever discover the existence of the room.

The meeting between Harry and Helena involved two separate sets, as she was a ghost and spent almost all of her scenes floating off the ground or passing through objects. This meant that Kelly Macdonald (the actress who portrayed Helena) and Daniel Radcliffe had to shoot their scenes separately, as Radcliffe wasn’t available during her shooting days.

16 Filch & Harry Make Up

David Bradley played Argus Filch in almost every Harry Potter movie, missing out on only Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1. Filch’s role was greatly diminished from that of the books and he was mostly used as a comic relief character in the movies.

As one of the few actors who had remained with the franchise from the beginning, David Bradley made sure he was there for the final day of shooting, where he embraced Daniel Radcliffe.

On the surface, this image makes it seem like Harry and Filch finally made amends, which seems out of character for both of them, even though Filch did aid in the defense of Hogwarts during its hour of need. The other reason why Filch may be smiling so much is that he’s already planning his party for the Stark family.

15 Hagrid & The March Of The Death Eaters

The role of Rubeus Hagrid was mostly played by Robbie Coltrane throughout the eight Harry Potter movies. We say mostly because another actor also played Hagrid in many different scenes. Robbie Coltrane is slightly over six-feet tall, but that still isn’t tall enough to play the role of a half-giant. This meant that Hagrid was often played by Martin Bayfield for the purpose of being a body double and performing stunts, as Bayfield is almost seven-feet tall.

The version of Hagrid from the Harry Potter books was over eleven-feet tall, meaning that it would have been impossible to recreate him on film without using CGI. This meant that Robbie Coltrane and Martin Bayfield still had to wear bulky costumes in order to increase their size in order to make Hagrid look bigger than he was, as even carrying someone that is the same size as Daniel Radcliffe needs to look like an impressive feat of strength.

14 Luna Loves Harry Potter

Evanna Lynch had never acted professionally before auditioning for the role of Luna Lovegood in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. She was a huge fan of the Harry Potter novels and won the role because, as producer, David Heyman said: “The others could play Luna; Evanna Lynch is Luna.”

The passing of Dobby and his subsequent burial was filmed outdoors, which meant that Evanna Lynch had to find some entertainment while she waited for the crew to finish setting up each scene. This would normally result in the smartphone or tablet being whipped out at this point, but Lynch decided to go old school and read her copy of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. 

13 Dobby Relaxing On Set

The actor who played Dobby was a notorious drama queen on-set. This was partly due to trouble that started early on in his career, brought on by the numerous fake news reports that stated he was being sued by the Russian government due to his resemblance to Vladamir Putin.

The passing of Dobby is one of the most emotional scenes in The Deathly Hallows films, which is why it took so long for his actor to get into the right frame of mind in order to expire in Harry Potter’s arms.

You may think that the Dobby guy is sneaking in a few moments of sleep while on the set, but he’s actually using an advanced method of the Meisner technique in order to get into character.

12 The Secret Of The Brooms

We mentioned earlier that the broom sequences required the use of a moveable rig and a green screen in order to make the flying sequences seem realistic, but not all of the broom scenes involved high-speed chases. There were times when the brooms sat in a static position while floating in mid-air, as they waited for their owner to climb on top of them.

In order to create these scenes, the special effects team developed a standing rig for the brooms that would suspend them above the ground. These rigs had to be strong enough to hold the weight of an adult person, while also being slender enough to be easily removed later by the special effects team. The scene shown above comes from the Seven Potters sequence, where everyone is preparing to leave Privet Drive on broomsticks, save for Hagrid, who is using Sirius Black’s bike.

11 Bellatrix & Warwick Davis

The Harry Potter franchise was very kind to Warwick Davis, as he played Professor Flitwick since the first movie and Griphook in both of The Deathly Hallows films. He also voiced Griphook in the first movie, but the physical role was played by Verne Troyer, making him one of the few American actors to appear in the Harry Potter movie series.

Warwick Davis spent much of his time in the makeup chair, as even the reworked version of Professor Flitwick still required a fancy new hairdo and mustache. The picture above gives us a glimpse of Davis out of costume, but Helena Bonham Carter wasn’t so lucky, as she was fully adorned in the Bellatrix gear.

10 Bellatrix Posing

Bellatrix Lestrange may be one of the most loathsome characters in the Harry Potter series, as she is Lord Voldemort’s most devoted follower and will gleefully commit atrocities in his name. Bellatrix is responsible for disposing of Sirius Black, which immediately earned her a significant hatedom among the Harry Potter fans.

The movie version of Bellatrix is much more difficult to hate, thanks to an incredible performance by Helena Bonham Carter, who managed to turn Bellatrix into the Harley Quinn of the Harry Potter franchise.

Helena Bonham Carter never let the fact that she was playing a crazed murderer affect her on a personal level, as she can be seen clowning around in many different behind-the-scenes photos from the Harry Potter movie series.

9 The Weasley’s Prepare For Battle

The Battle of Hogwarts is probably the most chaotic moment in the series, with seemingly every important character showing up for the final conflict between the forces of good and evil.

There were moments of the battle that were sectioned off, in order to make them easier to film. One of these involved the final duel between Bellatrix Lestrange and Molly Weasley, which took place in the Great Hall as a battle raged on behind them. The duel scene was shot in such a way that you could only see directly behind Bellatrix & Molly, which meant that you only saw a small portion of the battle that was happening. This was likely done in order to make the scene easier to film.

8 Filming The Battle Of Hogwarts

The Battle of Hogwarts was incredibly difficult to film, which is true of all battle scenes that involve a lot of participants. The reason why the Battle of Hogwarts was even more difficult than normal was the fact that almost everyone involved was either using a supernatural weapon (usually a wand) or was some kind of magical creature.

There were parts of the Battle of Hogwarts which involved Harry running through a battlefield that was filled with dueling wizards, huge spiders, suits of animated armor, and giants, all of whom were fighting each other. The producers and special effects team that worked on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 rose to the challenge and created one of the greatest looking battles in movie history. They managed to capture the chaos of a large-scale conflict while also maintaining the fantastical elements that the Harry Potter series is known for.

7 The Burrow Set

One of the new scenes that were added to the movie adaptation of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince involved the Death Eaters attacking and burning down the Burrow, which is the home of the Weasley family.

This scene wasn’t popular with the fans, as it ignored aspects of lore and was totally pointless, as the Burrow needed to return for the wedding of Bill Weasley and Fleur Delacour in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows movies.

Harry and his friends return to the Burrow at the start of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, after escaping from the Death Eaters at Privet Drive. This scene involved showing the lands around the Burrow, which was accomplished with the use of a green screen.

6 Dobby’s Funeral Is Hilarious

Dobby the house-elf was created almost entirely with CGI in the Harry Potter movies, which was a necessity due to his size and stature. Dobby helps Harry Potter and his friends escape from Malfoy Manor, but takes a knife to the chest for his troubles. This results in a scene where Harry cradles an injured Dobby and comforts him as he slowly passes away, in what is one of the saddest moments in the series.

The scene of Harry holding Dobby required the use of a physical Dobby puppet that Daniel Radcliffe could hold, which could be altered with CGI at a later date. The puppet that is seen in the picture above is clearly in an unfinished state, which may be why the cast is having such a laugh, as Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint are certainly not in character.

5 Stylish & Wounded

Apparition is one of the most prized skills of any wizard, or at least it would be if it weren’t possible to block apparition within certain locations. Those who wish to apparate are required to pass a test, as those who do not perform the spell properly can screw it up and cause “splinching” which is the term used for leaving pieces of your body behind.

Ron manages to harm himself in The Deathly Hallows movies through splinching, which meant that Rupert Grint needed to have injury makeup applied. This didn’t stop Rupert from looking his best and pulling off his model pose while having holes added to his arms and shoulders.

4 The Real Father Of Delphini

Daniel Radcliffe is one of those people who is impossible to hate, except by the most bitter of people who despise the fact that he was given such an important and lucrative role at such a young age. He comes off brilliantly in interviews and seems like of the most genuine and nicest people you could ever meet.

It seems that the charms of the Harry Potter actor are even effective against Death Eaters, as Helena Bonham Carter was clearly fond of her on-screen mortal enemy.

The two of them can be seen clowning around together in various behind-the-scenes clips, which must have been a way to burn off some tension before they started chasing each other with wands again.

3 The Boring Wedding Of Bill & Fleur

The hardest part of any movie/television production on the part of the actors is the waiting around between shots. It can take a long time for the crew to set up each shot for even a simple production. When you have a movie series like Harry Potter which involves huge sets that need constructing and special effects work that needs preparing for, then it can take forever to set up even a few seconds worth of footage.

The wedding of Bill Weasley and Fleur Delacour would have required a lot of setting up, due to the sheer amount of extras that are engaging each other in the background of each shot. It’s no wonder that the main trio doesn’t look as interested as they should be.

2 Bellatrix’s Sound Check

The reason why Helena Bonham Carter is sitting on a set of benches is that this is the location where she filmed her final duel of the series. The movie version of Bellatrix’s demise is actually way more violent than what happened in the books.

In the book version of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the duel between Bellatrix Lestrange and Molly Weasley ends when Molly fires a curse that strikes Bellatrix above the heart. We never find out what spell Molly cast, but it was enough to deal with Bellatrix for good. The movie version of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 shows Molly freezing Bellatrix in place and then shattering her body into pieces.

1 The Last Day

Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson were cast in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone at the age of eleven. They spent the next ten years of their lives working on the Harry Potter movie series, which meant that there formative years were spent in front of the cameras. An entire generation of Harry Potter fans grew up alongside them.

As Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 finished production, more and more of the actors were given a send-off for their final day of filming.

The most emotional of these last days was the one for the main trio, who had finally finished their decade-long odyssey and hugged on the set. These last moments can be seen on the home releases of The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 and it’s hard for any fan of the Harry Potter series to remain dry-eyed when seeing them say goodbye to each other and to the roles that defined their youth.

What do you think of these photos? Do they completely change Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 & 2 for you? Let us know in the comments!

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2018-10-08 02:10:12 – Scott Baird