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Last month, I wrote "10 Fun Facts About 'Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone!'", and to continue with the series, here are ten fun facts about Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, the film.
1. Filming took place three days after the release of the first film.
Damn, these actors really grew up on this movie set, didn't they?
2. Emma Watson was too embarrassed to hug both Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint in front of the whole set.
In the original script, Hermione was originally supposed to hug both Harry and Ron in the Great Hall scene ending. But Watson was too embarrassed hugging them both in front of that many people, so she simply shook Grint's hand instead, which makes sense for their characters.
3. Head lice broke out on the set during filming, and everyone had to get checked.
Well, at least they weren't coughing up slugs. Lice is nothing compared to that.
4. Actor Jason Isaacs came up with the idea for Lucius Malfoy to have long hair.
In the book, it wasn't specified what kind of hair Lucius had. His portrayer, Jason Isaacs, came up with the idea for long hair in order to have a contrast with actor Tom Felton's hair (he played Draco Malfoy).
5. Dobby was portrayed by an orange ball and stick.
That must have been a very strange experience for the actors. That means an orange ball was hitting itself with a lamp. And it means that Lucius Malfoy was blown backwards by the orange ball and stick that he owned.
Dobby was created in CGI during post-production.
6. Draco's line, "I didn't know you could read", was improvised by Tom Felton.
While filming this scene, Felton forgot the line he was supposed to say after Harry/Goyle said the glasses were reading glasses. So, he improvised his funniest line, "I didn't know you could read."
The line was left in the film.
7. Shirley Henderson was 37 years old when she portrayed Moaning Myrtle.
Despite the fact that Myrtle was supposed to be only 14, she was portrayed by 37-year-old Shirley Henderson, making her the oldest actress to portray a Hogwarts student.
You know, when I saw her in the film for the first time before I read the book, I thought Harry was just getting haunted by his ghostly female counterpart.
8. An exchange between Harry and Lucius was completely improvised by both actors.
When filming the Dumbledore's office scene, Lucius was originally going to just walk away, but Isaacs felt like Lucius should say something before he walked out. Director Chris Columbus told him to just say whatever he wanted.
So, Isaacs said, "Let us hope that Mr. Potter will always be around to save the day." Radcliffe didn't know that Isaacs was going to say that, but kept the scene going by responding, "Don't worry. I will be." Isaacs knew that at that moment, Radcliffe was a VERY talented actor.
And I also have to give props to Radcliffe for that line.
9. Fourteen Ford Anglias were destroyed during the Whomping Willow scene.
Wow. All for a PG movie.
10. Russian president Vladimir Putin allegedly wanted to sue the filmmakers for making Dobby look too much like him.
Back when the film came out, Russian lawyers claimed that Dobby looked a little too much like Putin. And I don't blame them for seeing the resemblance, but I wouldn't have even been offended by it.
Hopefully, President Trump doesn't find out about the news story, because being him, he'd follow in Putin's footsteps by trying to sue Harry Potter for ripping off HIS likeness.
And if he's unsuccessful in that one, maybe he can sue Star Wars.