It’s been 17 years since Harry Potter debuted on the screen at the the Columbia Pictures lot in Los Angeles. The seven-book fantasy series that spawned a 12-film franchise is getting its very own movie anniversary celebration, beginning with the release of the first installment in the franchise, “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” on Friday. And to celebrate the occasion, Warner Bros. Pictures has put together a video that gives a behind-the-scenes look at how production (and a bunch of powerful magical forces) brought the books to the big screen.
The special section of the video, part of a decade-long celebration of the Harry Potter series, documents the making of the first movie. It contains never-before-seen footage and photos, including a behind-the-scenes look at the final scene in “The Sorcerer’s Stone” with Harry, Ron and Hermione standing before Hogwarts. The scene was shot at George Mason University’s basketball court, which housed the “magic attic” where spells were taught to the young wizards who would later star in the series. The Hogwarts Chamber of Secrets inside the basketball court, meanwhile, was also filmed.
Other behind-the-scenes moments of the shoot are showcased, including the filming of one of the climactic scenes between Harry and Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes). And those momentous frames of Harry Potter on screen have the cast and crew (including Alan Rickman, who played Severus Snape) reminiscing about the films. In addition to the nine “Potter” movies, all of which were directed by director and screenwriter David Yates, the “Harry Potter” franchise included two direct-to-video movies and numerous spin-off films, including “The Boy Who Lived: The New Movie Years.” The final film in the series, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2,” was released in 2010. All told, Warner Bros. Pictures has made a cool $7.6 billion from the Potter franchise, which made its marks worldwide in theaters as well as on the small screen. The next “Potter” film, which is set to debut in October, will be the last movie ever produced in the series.
To mark the occasion, WearingManStudio was asked to showcase a piece or two from the collection. Here’s one of the pieces. WearingManStudio worked with photographer Ann Handice and filmmaker Vincent Valentine on the project. And in addition to the work of WearingManStudio, here are the top six things we learned during our appreciation session with HPandCG.com and HarryPotterwizardFestival.com. The sixth thing we learned was the first Harry Potter movie cost $180 million to make. The former Austin Powers star Larry Hagrid was originally supposed to be played by…
WearingManStudio has also released more behind-the-scenes video, one from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and one from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.