The 20th anniversary of the first-ever Harry Potter film i.e., Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone is just around the corner and since last year, preparations for the same had begun, with Tom Felton, Daniel Radcliffe, and the rest already getting ready for something big during the celebrations this year. And looks like the wave of nostalgia has started early on as one of the saga’s producers, David Heyman, has recently shared an incident that took place on the sets of the first film, which proves that even as a young child, Daniel Radcliffe was a dedicated actor.
In a chat with Empire Magazine for its 20th-anniversary edition, Heyman shared his experience of being on the set for the first film and how Daniel Radcliffe, at the mere age of 11, put aside his discomfort to shoot what is perhaps the most emotional scene in the film.
“I realized I had something special when I first read the book. I loved it. It moved me. I fell in love with it before it was published. I’ll never forget being on set that first day, filming the last scene of Philosopher’s Stone where Hagrid and Harry bid farewell at the railway station at Hogsmeade. Daniel Radcliffe was wearing these contact lenses to make his eyes green, and he had an allergic reaction to them,” Heyman shared
“His eyes were red and swollen and we had to take them out – we thought we may add that green digitally, though ultimately we decided not to because it felt artificial. But Dan’s eyes were puffy and red, and oddly it was quite appropriate for the scene where he was saying goodbye to Hagrid,” he further added.
Oh my! Imagine having to act and go through an entire scene while your eyes hurt and itch. But Daniel Radcliffe being the amazing actor that he is, still went through with it.
With Heyman getting all nostalgic about the early days of the Harry Potter saga, we can expect more such trips down the memory lane. Last year, Daniel Radcliffe had even shared how the cast and crew of the mega-franchise will be celebrating the much-awaited 20th anniversary of the first film.
“My first thoughts are that this is but a mere preview of the nostalgia we’ll be immersed in next year when it hits 20 years since the first film was released,” Daniel Radcliffe had shared. “I feel like we’ll be doing a lot of reminiscing probably in various forms next year.”
“It feels insane that that much time has gone by […] It seems impossible that all that time has passed,” he had further added.