HBO released the Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts special on New Year’s Day. The whole Harry Potter team came together for the special reunion episode and recalled important scenes and discussed the great time they had making the film. This special episode is available on Amazon Prime Video.
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The episode also shows the relationships that actors had with some of the leading British actors like Maggie Smith, Ralph Fiennes, Gary Oldman, and many others. Actor Jason Isaacs, who played the role of the conniving and evil Death Eater Lucius Malfoy, described why he had joined the movie and the affection he had for his onscreen son, Tom Felton.
Jason said that he had initially hoped to play Gilderoy, which was later played by Kenneth Branagh, and added that he adored Tom from the beginning. Later Tom described his work experience with Jason and called it a real treat.
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Jason said the first scene that was shot showed him and Tom in Knockturn Alley, looking through a shop. This was not included in the movie. Jason recollected how he hurt Tom’s hand and his eyes welled with tears.
“But I didn’t know how sharp the teeth were and they went right into little Tom’s hand. And he looked up at me with his eyes welled with tears. And I went, ‘Tom I am so sorry, I didn’t realise how sharp they were and how heavy it was’ and he said, ‘No, no. It’s alright. It’s good for the scene’,” Jason said.
Tom then recollected how Jason would ask him with a cuddle if he hit him too hard.
Jason also mentions how Draco’s journey was more important than Harry’s.
The first Harry Potter film was released in the year 2001 and was followed by seven other films based on JK Rowling’s novels.