Throw the Harry Potter films was not an easy task. Directors, producers, and casting directors had to get it right as they translated a beloved book series to the big screen. Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint starred as the golden trio, and casting directors had to follow a very strict set of rules to get them to play their roles. Even when Radcliffe, Watson and Grint joined a shortlist of applicants, they still had to endure arduous audition processes. As Radcliffe once revealed, a cracked egg on the script created a messy experience during one of his auditions.
The long and unusual casting process for Radcliffe and his co-stars
Finding the perfect children to play Harry, Hermione and Ron took time.
Finding Hermione was an unusual process. There was no open audition, according to Watson. Casting directors stopped by her school (and presumably others) looking for kids who looked like Hermione. The directors liked what they saw in Watson, and they invited her to be part of the grueling audition process that lasted eight rounds before she won the role.
Grint knew the competition for the role of Ron would be fierce. To stand out from other interested child actors, he recorded a video in which he performed an original rap song listing his vital signs (name, height and contact details).
Radcliffe lost interest in the role and decided not to audition until a Harry Potter The producer bumped into him and his dad and urged him to change his mind. Director Chris Columbus witnessed Radcliffe’s secret musical talent during one of their meetings – playing a TV theme song on his cheeks.
Things got even weirder when a cracked egg showed up at one of Radcliffe’s auditions for the role of Harry Potter.
Columbus cracked an egg on the script during one of Radcliffe’s auditions
Radcliffe’s cheeky musical abilities left an impression on Columbus, who said, “If that doesn’t get you the part, nothing will.”
Leaving a lasting impression is a two-way street, and Columbus did it at one of Radcliffe’s auditions. During a stopover in 2005 at Friday Night with Jonathan RossRadcliffe told the host that Columbus went wild with an egg during one of their meetings (via Youtube).
“I was at the auditions and I kind of remember…I remember Chris Columbus, who directed the first one, broke an egg at one point and let the yolk go on the script. And now, I don’t know what relevance that had to anything… He might have tried to throw me out and see how I reacted.
We have so many questions. Which animal produced the egg? Did Columbus only have one or did he have access to an entire box? And what exactly was the point of intentionally messing around with your potential future lead actor?
We’ll never know the answers, but something went wrong during Radcliffe’s audition. Columbus found a talented but not famous child actor for the lead role, Radcliffe’s performance won over audiences, and the young star embarked on a successful acting career.
Where to stream the ‘Harry Potter’ movies
Radcliffe became famous – and his side effects less pleasant – thanks to Harry Potterand his standout performances as the Boy Who Lived paved the way for a successful eclectic post-production.Potter career.
If you don’t own the movies or your library doesn’t have them in stock, you can stream all the movies on HBO Max (subscription required). NBC’s Peacock streaming service had the franchise, but all eight films migrated to HBO Max.
Major streaming platforms including Apple TV, Amazon, Google Play, and YouTube are offering the entire series for rent or purchase, depending on just look.
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