Harry Potter gave us a magical world that will never leave our hearts. From Hogwarts to Hogsmeade, from Quidditch to the Triwizard Tournament, it gave us a story that we will never forget. When Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was released in 2001, we couldn’t help but stare at the floating candles, the Great Hall, and the characters who did justice to their roles. It all ended in 2011 with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, but it certainly left us with a heavy heart.
Six years later, the Harry Potter fandom still lives on. We read the books over and over. We have seen countless movie stills, memes and gifs, but what I am going to show you now will leave you feeling seriously nostalgic. So, grab your tissues, and take a look at these 20 behind-the-scenes photos from Harry Potter.
20 Harry Potter and the Big Smile
This behind-the-scenes picture from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is the happiest thing you will see today. Presumably from a close-up shot of Harry, you can see that Daniel Radcliffe can't take the scene too seriously. A lot of things happened in this movie, but the first incident that comes to our minds is the death of Sirius Black. We also saw Harry take his anger out on Dumbledore and other people. But most of all, we saw that all of the characters faced real challenges while fighting against Death Eaters in the Department of Mysteries. So, it's nice to see that even though this film was darker than the first four movies before it, the actor still managed to take things lightly.
19 Who am I?
Professor Gilderoy Lockhart was a hilarious (and immensely irritating) addition to the Harry Potter movies. He was a famous 'celebrity' who truly loved himself. He also made sure to boast that he had fought against the toughest and darkest creatures in the magical world. In this picture, the director is having a discussion with Rupert Grint and Kenneth Branagh on what appears to be the scene where Lockhart loses his memory. The scene brings back a lot of memories since it was the first time the audience was introduced to a horcrux: Tom Riddle's diary. Even though, this movie is quite old, we can see that the set was as terrifying in real life as it was in the movie. It's a shame we didn't get to see Lockhart in any of the other movies (or is it?).
18 Baby Potter
This picture captures a precious moment where a young Daniel couldn't stop smiling while sitting in the Great Hall. We can see that the table is full of the famous delicious Hogwarts food including lollipops in a cauldron. I bet it didn't take the directors much effort to make him to look this happy (Once again, just look at the food!). This is a scene from Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone where Harry gets sorted into Gryffindor (thankfully). The actors were clearly invested in the movie because Daniel's smile was just as genuine as the one seen above in all the scenes in the movies. And, as Percy would be, he looks irritated in the above photo -- he's probably disapprovingly looking at those Weasley twins! Or perhaps he is thinking he has to look after these new students. Ugh, freshmen.
17 Plot Twist: Voldemort & Dumbledore are friends!
There are a couple of things you immediately notice in this legendary picture. Firstly, these two wizards are actually in a very serious conversation, and they are not trying to kill each other. Secondly, Ralph Fiennes aka Voldemort has a nose and Dumbledore's beard is covered with a cloth! Thirdly, their wands are lit (What is with that?!). So, are they talking about food or talking about their characters? The more you look at it, the more questions come up unanswered. But we love the fact that two of the most powerful wizards of Harry Potter are having a genuine moment behind the scenes. Also, an honorable mention to Ralph for holding the wand like Voldemort does even though they are taking a break from shooting.
16 Harry and Dumbledore caught candid
It looks like Dumbledore's beard was a celebrity of its own in the Harry Potter movies. Just like the previous picture, the beard is carefully placed in a covering in this one too (Maybe there's dust that makes it look dirty??). This is a scene from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and you can see that it really does take a village to make a movie. It's heartwarming to see that Daniel Radcliffe has the same attitude towards his mentor Dumbledore (Michael Gambon) as his character does in the movie. Here, both of them are sharing a moment that is definitely going to make you feel nostalgic. Especially when you know what happens at the end of the movie.
15 One Word: Dramione
Harry Potter has had some interesting ships throughout the franchise. One of the most famous among those is Dramione: a romantic relationship between Hermione Granger and Draco Malfoy. This picture was taken behind the scenes at the Yule Ball during the filming of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Tom Felton is jokingly asking Emma Watson to dance with him to which she replies that she has decided to join the dark side. It's a touching moment because we only get to see the pair insulting, and fighting (or punching) each other. Once again, we can see that the cast had a very friendly relationship onset. But it's especially a bonus for those who ship their characters because it gives Dramione a reason to exist.
14 Hermione Granger knows it all!
This picture officially proves that Emma is just like Hermione in real life. Hermione is an intelligent and hard-working young girl who knows everything about just about anything. While being told by the director on what she has to do, Emma simply stares back with a hand on her hip looking as sassy as she can. She definitely knows what she has to do. You can also see Tom and Daniel in the background but Emma has stolen the show. This scene is from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban where we saw Hagrid becoming a 'professor' and teaching Care of Magical Creatures to third-year students. This is a delightful picture because it brings us all back to the days when the characters used to focus on studying.
13 Have a Potter-y Christmas
The award for the best Christmas Card goes to the Harry Potter cast. While filming for the second task of the Triwizard Tournament in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, the crew and cast decided to take a memorable picture. Daniel Radcliffe, Robert Pattinson, their body doubles, and the cameramen and other crew are seen wearing antlers and Rudolph noses to pose for a Christmas card. According to sources, Daniel got this picture photoshopped (the antlers and noses are not real) and then sent it as a Christmas card. Whatever the case, we love this photo and we love the fact that the cast had a blast while filming the underwater scene in the movie. Although, we wonder if the Merpeople tried to photobomb their picture or not.
12 Wands away!
Raise your hand if you really really hated Dolores Umbridge! While we all share the same feelings for this evil character, we have to admire Imelda Staunton's acting. She made us hate the color pink and made us cringe every time we saw her office decorated with that prancing cat china. She also tortured the students without feeling guilty for her actions. This behind-the-scenes photo was taken during Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. We can see Imelda being directed in this picture. It's interesting to note that she looks at him the way Dolores looks at people who support Harry Potter, like they are all stupid. We would love to know what the two were talking about since it looks like the pink evil mastermind disapproves.
11 RIP Aragog
One of the best parts about Harry Potter are the visual effects, sets, and the fact that they used real models in the movie. In Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Dumbledore asks Harry to befriend Professor Horace Slughorn to get information about Voldemort's horcruxes. After drinking Felix Felicis, Harry attends the funeral of Aragog (giant spider and former pet of Hagrid's) along with Professor Slughorn. This picture shows the scene being filmed, which turned out to be comical and slightly sorrowful. A lot of effort goes into crafting a scene outside a studio and especially one that requires CGI as well. This picture certainly proves that the crew and cast did a very good job to make the movie as realistic as possible.
10 Daniel Radcliffe gets directions
Although Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire started with a happy note and a funny and interesting storyline, it ended rather tragically. As showed in this picture, where Daniel is being directed while being tied to the gravestone, these moments were difficult for the cast as well. It brings back memories of how Cedric was killed soon after being transported by a Portkey to the graveyard. The way Daniel looks completely in character reminds us of how talented he was in the scene where he first (officially) met Voldemort. We can also see Robert in the background, who is surprisingly alive and well (and looks extremely upset because of course he is dead). Rest in peace, Cedric Diggory.
9 Daniel and Tom goofing around the set
If Harry Potter was made in 2017, we would get Snap-stories, Instagram pictures and tagged pictures of the cast behind the scenes on Facebook. But this picture shows how old the first movie really is: Daniel talks about showing Tom's embarrassing pictures that he took using a Polaroid. We know that Polaroids are back in fashion nowadays but back in 2001, they really were used for the purpose of taking pictures. It also shows that Daniel and Tom got along really well despite their differences in the movies. Here they are taking a break from shooting a scene for the Quidditch game from Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. And can we also just bring up the spiked hair? Remember when *that* was in fashion?!
8 The famous Whomping Willow
How do actors manage to keep a straight face while filming with fake sets, blue screens and CGI? We may not understand the process but this picture proves that Harry Potter's main cast has always given their best to their characters. This is a scene from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban when the Whomping Willow starts attacking Harry and Hermione. Daniel is suspended in the air by wires while Emma sits on a fake branch of the tree before going inside the Shrieking Shack to find an injured Rupert. Even if you go back to the scene after watching this picture, you will not remember that it was not real. This is how good the movies were!
7 Helena loves Daniel as much as we do
Helena Bonham Carter is a gem of a person but she is extremely scary as Bellatrix Lestrange. She is one of the characters who were the most loyal to Voldemort and were seriously evil to the core. Helena was so good at playing Bellatrix that we are sure we would be terrified in a real-life encounter with the actress. In this picture from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part Two, we see her giving a kiss to Daniel in between the shooting of the Battle of Hogwarts. Daniel looks extremely happy to have her on his side (even if it's off-camera). Moments like this remind us that the movie built a close relationship between its cast members, regardless of the side they chose to portray.
6 In an alternate universe ...
We all know what happened when Harry ran to save Sirius Black from Voldemort in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Not only did Sirius die, but Harry suffered some serious mental damage from the trauma of his passing, and from the events that transpired in the Department of Mysteries. The scene brought out the best performances from the cast and it must have taken a lot of patience and time to film. However, once the cameras stopped rolling, the cast came back to respecting each other as seen in the picture. It also makes us teary-eyed because it gives us all the right feels. Three of the people standing in the picture die when the movies end but their impact on Harry's life stays forever.
5 Dumbledore's Army
We have all wished at one point or another that we would receive an owl-delivered letter inviting us to attend Hogwarts, and many of us have even dreamed of becoming a part of the Dumbledore's Army. The army was created in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix bore a resemblance to the secret group created by Dumbledore before the first war against Voldemort. The members of Dumbledore's Army/the new Order of the Phoenix are shown here, smiling and oh so similar to the original members. Even though this is a picture taken behind the scenes, we can't help but smile at our favorite cast members standing together. Katie Leung, who portrayed Cho Chang, is holding a cake while the rest of them smile proudly. Let's just say, we want to imagine this as a scene straight from Harry Potter.
4 The original squad
This right here is what Harry Potter is to the fandom. A group of three children who became friends as soon as they joined Hogwarts and grew up to become three brilliant heroes. The smiles on the faces of Daniel, Emma and Rupert are so real that you feel like you are witnessing a seriously intimate moment. It's a touching scene captured while shooting Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. These three shared real-life moments and practically grew up together. They have laughed and cried together and their bond is always visible in their scenes. Pictures like these really melt our hearts and force us to watch the movies again and again. This is, after all, the original squad.
3 Where it all began ...
This is a true 'aw' moment for fans as this picture is what started the Harry Potter movies. Dumbledore and McGonagall talk to each other before deciding to leave Harry on the doorstep of his aunt and uncle. They wanted to protect him and allow him to grow in a world where people would not stop and stare at him. They also knew they would not be able to see him for the next eleven years which makes the scene more touching. It's also emotional because Richard Harris passed away in 2002 and only played Dumbledore in the first two movies. He was loved by fans and some even found it difficult to accept the new actor portraying Dumbledore. The black and white picture does justice to a magical moment.
2 Snape, Harry and Ron have a good laugh
Ah, Alan Rickman! One of the best actors who played one of the bravest characters (Severus Snape) in the Harry Potter movies. Snape never laughed with anyone, even with his colleagues. But this picture, taken behind the scenes of Snape's class in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, captures a moment that a lot of fans cherish up to this day. Rupert, Daniel and Alan laugh at a joke and send us back to the days when all our beloved characters were alive. You can't help but miss Snape while looking at this picture because you know he was hiding secrets to keep Harry safe, and was helping Harry defeat Voldemort, despite being aware that Harry hated him. Alan also passed away in 2016 and that left us all in a state of shock. We miss you, Snape. We miss you, Alan!
1 The last goodbye!
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part Two left us in tears. We knew that the franchise was over and that this was the last time we would see our characters onscreen. So, you can just imagine how difficult it would have been for the cast, and most importantly the trio, to shoot the last scene. They spent almost 11 years together and acted in 8 Harry Potter movies. They studied together and went to premiers together and they also were present to witness the last day on the set. The picture shows that the first time they met, they couldn't hold their excitement. But on the very last day, all three of them are crying and hugging each other because they can't believe it's over. Just like us — 6 years later we are still trying to hold back our tears.