Harry Potter Directors Share Their Favorite Scenes

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Harry Potter remains in our hearts even though the series has long since ended. With a play, spin-off franchises, a theme park, and new merchandise, we know that Hogwarts will always be there to welcome us home.

Thanks to the four directors over the original series (Christopher Columbus, Alfonso Cuaron, and David Yates), we have the world to inhabit.

But what were there favorite moments?

Talking to Entertainment Weeklythe three of the directors shared their fave scenes.

For Columbus, who directed The Philosopher’s Stone and The Chamber of Secrets, he picked scenes that showcased the hard work for the crew.

The first is the reveal of the Great Hall in Stone, “Our special-effects team painstakingly attached hundreds of candles to the ceiling. The very first time we shot it, the kids walked in with the camera craned up. We reset, and the candles started to fall. We only had one crack at it. When we got the dailies…everyone gets chills. I’ve got tears in my eyes. The crew applauded. We created the magic without CGI.”

The second was the reveal of the eponymous Chamber of Secrets, “That was a practical set that [production designer] Stuart Craig built. I was just blown away by the scale, again, without any CGI work whatsoever. It was stunning. To see that projected on the big screen for the first time was a moment where we all gasped.”

Cuaron, who directed The Prisoner of Azkaban, picked the showdown at the Shrieking Shack.

“I remember fondly shooting the Shrieking Shack scene just because I had the joy to be working with Daniel and Rupert and Emma, but also with Gary Oldman and David Thewlis and Timothy Spall and Alan Rickman. All of them in this very crazy scene but with such conviction.”

Yates, who directed the last four Potter films and is heading Fantastic Beasts, had a plethora of moments to pick from.

For Order of the Phoenix, he picked the Dementor scene, “I wanted to bring the films into the real world, and an urban underpass feels very real and threatening at night — the perfect place to come across a Dementor.”

He picked one of the saddest moments of the franchise for Half-Blood Prince, when everyone stands in shadow realizing Dumbledore (Michael Gambon) was dead.

“There was always something stirring and moving about seeing pupils and teachers stand together against the darkness, united.”

Then for the two parts of the Deathly Hallows, he picked the Seven Potters and the aftermath of the Battle of Hogwarts.

“We filmed multiple versions of Dan being different characters. It was fun,” Yates said of the Seven Potters.

As for the aftermath, specifically the bridge scene, he said, “This is where they were saying goodbye to their extraordinary journey and their childhood.”

All amazing scenes, indeed.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald hits theatres November 16th.

Bec Heim

Senior Editor at 4YE
Rebecca "Bec" Heim is the Senior Editor for 4YE. She has a BA in English Literature from the University of Scranton. She also has an MA in Film-Radio-Television from Syracuse University and an MFA in Screenwriting from Boston University. She enjoys reading through her ever growing mountain of books, talking way too much about superheroes, and trying to reach transcendental state.
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