Harry Potter almost killed Hedwig the Owl

Although she never had any lines, Hedwig the Owl managed to become one of the most beloved characters in the Harry potter franchise. Despite its popularity, one of its most dramatic scenes had gone unnoticed until recently. Thanks to a viral tweet, Harry potter fans now realize that the wizard boy almost killed his pet in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Newsweek reports.

The start of the second Harry potter The film shows Harry and Ron at King’s Cross Station in London preparing to board the Hogwarts Express. They have to go through platforms 9 and 3/4 to get to the magic train, but by the time they arrive, the gate is closed. The two characters discover it by running at full speed and crashing into a solid brick.

While Ron and Harry were behind their luggage carts, Hedwig suffered the full brunt of the collision, as the viral clip tweeted by the user @MuskTillDawn shows. For a split second, you can see the helpless bird being knocked down in its cage. Fortunately, the scene switches to a slightly disheveled, but unharmed, photo of Hedwig before young viewers have a chance to panic. You can watch the moment unfold in the video below.

Hedwig was brought to life onscreen by seven different Snowy Owls throughout the production of the series. While stunt owls were used for some of the action-packed sequences, real-life animals were treated much better than Hedwig’s character. For scenes where Harry’s pet is in danger, like the one in the viral tweet, live birds have been replaced with puppets or CGI.

JK Rowling attributes Hedwig’s unusual behaviors to her magical abilities. It may also explain his resilience to the trauma Harry throws at him. Here are some more interesting facts about the world of Harry potter.

[h/t Newsweek]

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