Here 30+ Amazing Photos That Take Us Behind the Scenes of Harry Potter

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Can you believe that more than two decades have passed since the world first fell in love with Harry Potter, Hermione, Ron, and their fellow Hogwarts students? Today, we’ll look at some rare behind-the-scenes photos from the films. So, grab your scarf, wand, and Quidditch stick as we prepare to board the Hogwarts Express, which leaves from Platform 9¾ at King’s Cross Station in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1…

Young Harry Potter

After spending much of his life in his aunt and uncle’s cupboard under the stairs, Harry is accepted to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. In Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, our protagonist and Ron travel by train, meet Hagrid, cross the castle’s moat in a rickety rowing boat, and are greeted by Professor Minerva McGonagall.

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The two wide-eyed kids are blown away by the ancient, spooky, and impressive Scottish castle. Then, they’re blown away again when they meet Hermione Granger.

Behind the Scenes — Young Harry Potter

Now, here’s a blast from the past! It’s a young Daniel Radcliffe goofing around on set at the start of his Hogwarts journey. The actor was only 12 years old when he rose to global fame playing the most famous boy wizard of them all. Even before he was a teenager, Daniel was a millionaire, reportedly earning a million bucks for the first movie.

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Over the course of the eight movies, Radcliffe made a staggering $95.6 million. But, that’s nothing compared to what J.K. Rowling made. She was the world’s first billionaire author.

Dudley Fight Scene

This scene from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix sees our boy Harry ask his cousin Dudley Dursley — who he lives with at number four Privet Drive — and his gang if he’d been picking on another 10-year-old. The oversized bully then taunts Harry about his late mother, which triggers the boy wizard to attack Dudley, holding his wand to his throat.

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Immediately, the sun disappears behind dark storm clouds. The kids are forced to run, and Harry saves Dudley from a deadly Dementor’s kiss in the tunnel.

Behind the Scenes — Dudley Fight Scene

Here’s a BTS shot of filmmaker David Yates directing Daniel Radcliffe and Harry Melling, aka Harry and Dudley Dursley, getting ready for their fight scene. Did you know that Dudley’s surname comes from a town in Gloucestershire, England near where J.K. Rowling is from?

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David Yates obviously did a fantastic job, as Warner Bros. invited him back to the franchise six times. He directed the final four films in the Harry Potter series and helmed all three Fantastic Beasts movies.

The Knight Bus

The Knight Bus appeared in the third film, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Riffing on the quintessential red, London double-decker bus, it was a purple triple-decker bus with seats during the day and four-poster beds at night. Harry accidentally summoned the Knight Bus by raising his wand arm when escaping Privet Drive.

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To make up for a rather bumpy ride to the Leaky Cauldron, extra comfy beds, toothbrushes, and mugs of hot chocolate are available. Thanks for choosing the Knight Bus.

Behind the Scenes — The Knight Bus

Here’s Alfonso Cuarón directing Daniel Radcliffe after he accidentally summoned The Knight Bus. The Mexican filmmaker made The Prisoner of Azkaban one of the best films in the eight-film franchise and was asked back to make the fourth.

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However, Alfonso had to decline to direct Goblet of Fire, saying committing to another Harry Potter film so soon would mean he wouldn’t have time to wouldn’t finish Azkaban. While we’d have loved another Cuarón film, it’s probably better that he perfected scaring us all with those terrifying Dementors.

Dumbledore’s Speech

Who could forget Dumbledore’s chilling speech during the feast at Hogwarts? He’s warning the witches and wizards about another young student who studied at the school many years ago — Tom Marvolo Riddle, aka Lord Voldemort. The Dark Lord chose that name as it’s an anagram of “I am Lord Voldemort.”

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Why do supervillains always have to give clues as to their real identity? He could have chosen any name like Keith Smith, which would have left him much less likely to get rumbled!

Behind the Scenes — Dumbledore’s Speech

Here’s Sir Michael Gambon between scenes filming his speech at the feast. Alan Rickman’s Severus Snape, Jim Broadbent’s Professor Horace Slughorn, and the witchy-named Sally Mortemore’s Hogwarts librarian Irma Pince and Hagrid all appeared at the feast, though there probably wasn’t much food left once Hagrid showed up.

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Sadly, the actor who played Hagrid, Robbie Coltrane, is another Harry Potter alum who’s departed. Robbie passed away in 2022, aged 72.

Ministry of Magic

On August 12th, 1995, the Ministry of Magic charged Harry with using underage magic outside of school at a disciplinary hearing. He’d been forced to conjure a Patronus Charm to save himself and Dudley Dursley from Dementors in the Muggle town of Little Whinging 10 days earlier.

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The disciplinary hearing, of course, is a ruse. Minister for Magic Cornelius Fudge and the Wizengamot were trying to discredit Harry and Dumbledore’s claims that Lord Voldemort had returned. Harry was eventually cleared of all crimes.

Behind the Scenes — Ministry of Magic

Here’s a beaming Daniel Radcliffe preparing to shoot his scenes at the Ministry of Magic, up on charges of using magic while he was not at school at Hogwarts. Perhaps Daniel looks so happy as he knows something that the Wizengamot do not… that Dumbledore is wise to their plans.

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The Wizengamot had tried to trick Dumbledore by moving the venue, but the canny wizard guessed their underhand tactics by turning up three hours early and guessing where they’d moved the hearing to. Way to go, Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore!

Professor Sprout’s Greenhouse

After startling Professor Horace Slughorn, who’s rummaging among some plants in Professor Pomona Sprout’s greenhouse, causing him to respond with “Merlin’s Beard!” Harry says he’s venturing off the grounds to visit his friend Hagrid. But, what was Horace doing in there?

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Well, he might have been talking to Professor Sprout’s Felix Felicis plants. These plants are the source of “Liquid Luck,” a potion that makes the drinker lucky for a period of time… or a game of Quidditch!

Behind the Scenes — Professor Sprout’s Greenhouse

This BTS photo perfectly demonstrates how different studios are from what we Muggles see on screen. Here, the set of Professor Sprout’s greenhouse stretches high above the actors’ heads to incorporate dozens of powerful lights.

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Those stone walls are made of styrofoam, that grass is astroturf, and Daniel Radcliffe isn’t really a wizard! That’s why they call it the magic of film! To fully shatter the illusion, you can visit Professor Sprout’s Greenhouse, and many more Harry Potter sets at London’s Warner Bros. Studio Tour.

Harry, Luna, and the Thestral

When we finally get to see the mythical Thestrals, we realize that despite their reptilian-like faces, leathery bat wings, and dangerous reputations, they’re actually kind of cute. Harry encounters a herd of them in the forest and sees a bare-footed Luna Lovegood talking to a Thestral after all her shoes have mysteriously disappeared.

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Luna suspects Nargles are behind this heinous crime. Luna explains to her wizard school friend that he’s not mad as she has been able to see Thestrals since losing her mom.

Behind the Scenes — Harry, Luna, and the Thestral

Here’s Evanna Lynch and director David Yates getting in a little acting practice before petting a Thestral in the forest and giving Harry a lesson on Thestrals, Voldemort, and life. Of course, the magical yet different-looking flying beasts were computer generated and added later by VFX artists, but the actors need to act and look towards something.

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That’s why the art department knocked up this plastic model of a Threstral’s head — so Evanna and Daniel could ensure their eye-lines were all ship shape and Bristol fashion, as J.K. Rowling might say.

The Thestral Flight

Here’s Harry, Hermione, Ron and Ginny Weasley, and Neville Longbottom (Matthew Lewis) preparing to ride Thestrals. These rare, invisible, skeletal, winged horses can fly and are only visible to people who have witnessed death. But, Thestrals aren’t all bad…

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Thestrals can be mounted and ridden, so make a great alternative if you’ve lost your broom or forgotten your Apparition spell. Since only Harry and Luna could see them, though, they had to help Hermione, Ron, and Neville mount them.

Behind the Scenes — The Thestral Flight

Here’s the gang getting ready for their Thestral ride from the forest outside Hogwarts to London to find Sirius Black, whom Harry believed to be in danger in the Ministry of Magic. It must have been a fun scene to film, as they weren’t real.

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VFX Senior Supervisor Steve Rawlins from Industrial Light and Magic explained that the Thestral Flight was one of the trickiest scenes to film in the whole franchise. They green-screened the actors riding a bucking bronco-type mount against helicopter shots of Scotland and London.

Sybil Takes Umbridge

Remember the famous scene in Order of The Phoenix where Professor Dolores Umbridge (Imelda Staunton) fires Sybill Trelawney, played by Emma Thompson? Well, you might also recall Professor Minerva McGonagall was waiting in the wings to rush to Trelawney’s aid before Dumbledore saved the day.

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That’s some fine British and Irish acting talent. Maggie Smith and Emma Thompson are both Dames, Imelda Staunton is a Commander of the British Empire, and Sir Michael Gambon was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.

Behind the Scenes — Sybil Takes Umbridge

Here’s Maggie Smith taking a breather before she gets back into character as Professor Minerva McGonagall. While the professor is Scottish, Dame Maggie is English. She must have been taking dialect lessons from Scottish actor Robbie Coltrane, who made a right meal of his West Country English accent as Hagrid!

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Fun Fact — did you know the actresses who played Sybill Trelawney and Mafalda Hopkirk are sisters? The always wonderful Emma Thompson played Sybil, while Mafalda was portrayed by her sister, Sophie Thompson.

Sirius Takes on Lucius Malfoy

During the Battle of the Department of Mysteries, the first major skirmish of the Second Wizarding War, Sirius Black (Gary Oldman) shows up to help Harry and his cohorts fight off Voldemort. He holds off the spells and attacks while the gang escapes.

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But then, an inexperienced Harry tries to help his friend Sirius. Just as it looks like Sirius has defeated Lucius, Bellatrix Lestrange turns up to polish off her cousin, Sirius. Oh, darn — we forgot to say spoiler alert!

Behind the Scenes — Sirius Takes on Lucius Malfoy

Here’s the omnipresent David Yates giving some instructions to Jason Isaacs and Gary Oldman. Hilariously, Isaacs wrote himself out of a bigger part. The actor confessed he came up with a great idea of how to end Lucius’ story, an idea that Yates loved.

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So they filmed the scene, and Isaacs waited in his trailer to be called. Then, the First Assistant Director knocked on his door and informed Isaacs he wouldn’t be required again. Jason Isaacs said, “Argh! I’ve changed my mind! It was a terrible mistake!”

You-Know-Who

Remember earlier when we mentioned how Harry was dragged before the Ministry of Magic disciplinary panel for daring to suggest that Lord Voldemort was back in the land of the living? Well, spoiler alert. Harry was right!

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He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named returned and fought Dumbledore in a fantastic fight scene at the Ministry. He breathed fire and turned it into a giant flaming snake. But, Dumbledore was equal to his wizardry and conjured a ball of water to encase You-Know-Who.

Behind the Scenes — You-Know-Who

If you thought actor Ralph Fiennes spent hours in makeup getting that Voldemort nose job, think again. The Dark Lord’s messed-up, reptilian features were achieved with a different kind of witchcraft… computer wizardry. But, while he didn’t need to spend hours in the makeup trailer, this meant Ralph Fiennes had to wear those dots all over his face and head.

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The most famous instance of these blue dots is the motion capture polka-dotted suit that Andy Serkis wore to play Gollum in The Lord of the Rings films.

The Ministry of Magic Battle

Speaking of The Lord of the Rings, here’s Professor Albus Dumbledore looking more like Gandalf than Mithrandir himself. Irish actor and hellraiser Richard Harris played Hogwarts headmaster in the first film, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone — or Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.

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But sadly, Richard Harris passed away in 2002, and the slightly less hell-raising actor Sir Michael Gambon was brought in to play Dumbledore in the second film, The Chamber of Secrets.

Behind the Scenes — The Ministry of Magic Battle

While the Ministry of Magic Battle was all about Dumbledore and Voldemort, some other characters were present. First, Dumbledore apparated Bellatrix Lestrange in a flash of green flame so she couldn’t use her indomitable powers against him.

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But, did you notice that Dumbledore had to keep using his magic to slide Harry out of harm’s way? Here are Jason Isaacs, Daniel Radcliffe, Helena Bonham Carter, and Sir Michael Gambon smiling for a behind-the-scenes snap before getting into character and wreaking havoc.

The Sectumsempra Scene

In Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Harry follows Draco Malfoy to the Hogwarts boy’s bathroom. Malfoy is about to cast a Cruciatus curse, so Harry is forced to defend himself by using the Sectumsempra spell without fully knowing its effects.

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If you don’t know its effects either, Severus Snape created the Sectumsempra spell, which cuts its victims with an invisible blade. Harry’s devastating attack leaves Draco covered in lacerations and lying on the floor. However, Severus Snape turns up to magically heal him.

Behind the Scenes — The Sectumsempra Scene

Using the Sectumsempra spell was one of Harry’s most reckless actions. Without knowing anything about the spell nor its power, he expected a funny outcome, like with other spells he found in his second-hand potion book — like Levicorpus, which levitates the victim by lifting them into the air by the ankle.

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But instead, Harry nearly wiped Draco off the face of the earth. Here, young actor Tom Felton receives some direction from David Yates while filming the famous Sectumsempra scene.

The Unbreakable Vow

In Half-Blood Prince, Severus Snape, Narcissa Malfoy, and Bellatrix Lestrange make an Unbreakable Vow to destroy Harry Potter and protect Narcissa’s son Draco. In order for the vow to work, two parties have to be kneeling or standing opposite each other and clasping each other’s right hands.

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A third party holds their wand and stands quite close to the pair holding hands. Alan Rickman delivered a scene-stealing performance, but then again, didn’t he always?

Behind the Scenes — The Unbreakable Vow

Yet again, here’s producer and director David Yates coaching his actors before yelling, “Lights, camera, action!” Not that Alan Rickman or his co-star in this scene, Helen McCrory, needed any coaching. They were both masters of their craft.

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Tragically, both actors playing Severus Snape and Narcissa Malfoy have passed away. Alan Rickman passed away in 2016, aged 69. Helen McCrory passed just a few years later, in 2021. She was only 52.

They Might Be Giants

Grawp might stand a mighty 16 feet tall, but that’s only tall if you’re a Muggle. He’s pretty short amongst his kind. You see, giants in the Harry Potter series average between 20 and 25 feet. That’s why we said they might be giants.

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While standing almost five meters tall, Grawp is a dim-witted, gentle giant. However, Harry and Ron don’t know that when the colossus swipes and picks up Hermione for a closer inspection. They think he could snap their friend in half as if she were a matchstick. And they were probably right!

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Here are the Harry, Hermione, and Ron stand-in actors setting up the shot in which Grawp grabs Hermione. To give the impression her arms are resting on the giant’s hand, actress Flick Miles holds on to a bicycle handlebar while a crewmember pulls a blue rope.

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While Hagrid also appears in this scene with Harry, Hermione, and Ron, he doesn’t appear in this shot since he’s a half-giant; actor Robbie Coltrane was digitally added in post-production.

The Forbidden Forest

In Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and Hermione Granger trick Professor Dolores Umbridge into the Forbidden Forest. And there, an army of Centaurs aim their bows and fire an arrow at the trio.

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However, the half-blood witch and Senior Undersecretary of the British Ministry of Magic enacts her revenge by casting a spell and tying the leader of the Centaurs up with a rope. Until that is, good old Grawp intervenes and picks Umbridge up. Then, the Centaurs carry her away. It’s what she deserved!

Behind the Scenes — The Forbidden Forest

We all know that the film and TV industry use body doubles to block shots and set up lights and cameras. But, what some people don’t know is that stand-in actors often appear on film. When you think you’re looking at an over-the-shoulder shot of the famous actor, those shoulders probably belong to their double.

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Emma Watson’s body double, Flick Miles, even appeared in a full Chamber of Secrets scene in which Hermoine turns into a cat. Watson had an allergic reaction to some glue, so Flick had to stand in.

Heroic Ron

After Grawp snatches Hermione, heroic Ron swings into action. He picks up a log and smacks the giant with it. But human-sized Ron only comes up to Grawp’s knees, so he smashes the giant in the calf, breaking the log in half.

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Then Grawp swipes measly Weasley away like we’d swat a mosquito, kicking poor Ron to the forest floor. But this was one of many times when we saw Ron rush to Hermione’s aid… when he wasn’t outright bullying her, that is!

Behind the Scenes — Heroic Ron

Hermione didn’t even need Ron Weasley’s gingerly heroic defense as she ended up saving herself, sternly telling Grawp, “Put. Me. Down. Now!” While Ron fearfully looks up at Grawp after he’s just been knocked to the ground by the behemoth, actor Ruper Grint looks happy to have just had the wind knocked out of him.

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And so would you if you were on Rupert’s salary! Rupert Grint is believed to have made $56 million from his eight Harry Potter film appearances. And Ron ended up with Hermione!

Dolores Umbridge

Here’s Imelda Staunton playing Dolores Umbridge in the Forbidden Forest scene, just before she’s introduced to the Centaurs and Grawp. Also known as the Dark Forest, the wooded area near Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry in the Scottish Highlands is so named because it’s strictly off-limits to Hogwarts students.

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While the Forbidden Forest looked much more real than the computer-generated Centaurs and Grawp, these scenes were filmed in a studio in Watford, northwest of London.

Behind the Scenes — Dolores Umbridge

Here’s that man again, director David Yates, giving orders to Emma Watson and Imelda Staunton. Notice the difference in the colors between the movie still and this behind-the-scenes still. The gray/blue color was added in post-production.

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In years gone by, this effect would have been a physical blue filter on the camera. On the set of Tim Burton’s similarly washed-out Sleepy Hollow, they had to use bright orange fake blood, as normal red fake blood didn’t register on the camera.

The Cave Inferi

After crossing dangerous seas and spilling blood to enter, Dumbledore and Harry make it to the Cave Inferi to continue their Horcrux search. With its crystals, the cave resembles Superman’s Fortress of Solitude. Harry collects water from a pool before being attacked by Inferi — gaunt, skeletal zombie-like beings — who drag him into the icy water.

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Luckily, Dumbledore is on hand to save Harry by summoning a whirlwind of fire. We’re not sure how that defeats the Inferi, who are underwater, but sometimes you have to just go with the magic.

Behind the Scenes — The Cave Inferi

While filled to the brim with Inferi, the underground cavern is simply named “The Cave” in the Half-Blood Prince book and film. Here’s David Yates talking to Daniel Radcliffe and Sir Michael Gambon on a less spooky-looking set. All that smoke and fire was computer generated.

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At least we hope it was, else Dumbledore would have singed his beard in a health and safety nightmare! While designing the set, the art department took their inspiration from a real-life salt crystal cave near Frankfurt, Germany.

The Burning of the Burrow

The Weasley family home, “The Burrow,” is first introduced in The Chamber of Secrets. The wonky house with lopsided chimney stacks lies near Ottery St. Catchpole, deep in the Devon countryside. In Half-Blood Prince, Death Eaters attacked The Burrow on Christmas Day, planning to lure Harry out of his safe house and capture him.

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But, Harry had a secret weapon up his sleeve. With help from Ron, Ginny, and Arthur Weasley, the four magicians fend off the Death Eaters, but the Burrow is burned down.

Behind the Scenes — The Burning of the Burrow

Now, as any true Harry Potter fan knows, the Burning of the Burrow doesn’t happen in J.K. Rowling’s books. Director David Yates added the scene to remind the audience that our protagonists are in the middle of the Second Wizarding War and that the stakes are high.

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Here, brave Harry and Ginny (Bonnie Wright) fend off a Dementor attack. Given the Burrow’s countryside location, it’s very reminiscent of the Scouring of the Shire in The Lord of the Rings.

Ron in the Hospital Wing

After being poisoned, Ron Weasley ends up in Hogwart’s hospital wing. And while being poisoned is a grave crime, the scene provides some much-needed comic relief when Lavender Brown shows up saying she’s Ron’s girlfriend. Naturally, Hermione has something to say about that.

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While half professing she’s Ron’s girlfriend, Hermione calls Lavender a “Dumb dimbo!” Ron whispers Hermione’s name, and Lavender runs off in tears, heartbroken. Dumbledore surmises, “Oh, to be young and to feel love’s keen sting.”

Behind the Scenes — Ron in the Hospital Wing

While Ron in the hospital wing scene is fraught with emotion — again showing the high stakes of the wizarding war — behind the scenes, the mood on set is much lighter. Here’s Jessie Cave, who brilliantly portrayed Lavender Brown and Bonnie Wright having a laugh with Rupert Grint at Ron’s bedside.

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Wherever this scene was filmed, it looks pretty darned cold as poor bed-ridden Rupert had to wrap up in a winter coat between scenes. Filmmaking is nowhere near as glamorous as people think!

The Battle of the Astronomy Tower

When Harry and Dumbledore returned to Hogsmeade, the Dark Mark appeared above Hogwarts. And what followed was soul-destroying. Draco Malfoy, Bellatrix Lestrange, and Severus Snape see to the demise of Dumbledore. Hogwarts headmaster sacrificed himself to keep Harry safe during the Battle of the Astronomy Tower.

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But, what Harry didn’t know was that Dumbledore and Snape had an agreement as Dumbledore only had a year left to live after a blast of cursed energy from one of Voldemort’s seven Horcruxues in Marvolo Gaunt’s ring damaged his hand.

Behind the Scenes — The Battle of the Astronomy Tower

Here’s Sir Michael Gambon preparing for the scene that spells the end of Dumbledore. Get it? Spells the end! According to producer David Heyman, most of this battle was left out of Half-Blood Prince, so the Battle of Hogwarts in the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 didn’t feel repetitive.

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While Gambon looks like Gandalf, the way he falls from the Lightning-Struck Tower is more like Saruman falling from the Tower or Orthanc in The Return of the King. And that spells the end of our behind-the-scenes photos!

40+ Kardashian-Jenner Family Controversies and Scandals We Forgot About

We’ve been keeping up with the Kardashians (and Jenners) for over a decade now, and there’s been plenty of controversy in all those years. Join us as we reflect on the many family controversies the Kardashian-Jenners have faced — and caused — over the years.

Kim’s Leaked Tape

Back in the early 2000s, a young Kim organized celebrity closets including those of Paris Hilton, and singer Brandy. However, it was Kim’s private tape with Brandy’s brother, Ray J, that ended up catapulting her to the spotlight.

Kim’s Leaked Tape

Tyga and Kylie’s Relationship

There have been plenty of relationship scandals when it comes to the Kardashian-Jenners, including the coupling of youngest sibling Kylie and rapper Tyga. When Tyga appeared on the scene, he had already had a child with Kim’s former friend, Blac Chyna. More importantly, the pair met at Kendall’s 16th birthday, making Kylie a minor.

Tyga and Kylie’s Relationship

Tyga and Kylie announced they were dating in 2015 when she turned 18, but people were pretty creeped out by the couple’s age difference. The pair finally called it quits in 2017.

Khloé’s New Look

When the Kardashian sisters first appeared on the scene back in 2007, Khloé was bullied in the media for her appearance. Since then, fans have watched the star transform herself physically, both through extensive exercise and cosmetic surgery. In fact, Khloé even hosts a reality makeover show called Revenge Body that’s all about looking good to get back at someone (sigh).

Khloé’s New Look

In recently posted pictures, fans have complained that Khloé looks “unrecognizable.” The family has all had lots of work done, but Khloé is the most extreme case.

Caitlyn’s Public Transition

When Caitlyn Jenner went through her public transition, it was an absolutely huge controversy for the Kardashian-Jenner family. Tabloids were constantly snapping pics of the transforming star, and the family was continually asked about their thoughts and feelings on the situation.

Caitlyn’s Public Transition

Caitlyn’s transition was such a huge story that the family had two special episodes of Keeping Up With the Kardashians to deal with it. Then, Caitlyn sat down with Diane Sawyer and starred in a front-page Vanity Fair article.

The Mysterious Rob Kardashian

When we talk about the Kardashian-Jenners, we tend to gloss over the only man in the family — Rob Kardashian. While Rob appeared on early seasons of KUWTK, even living with Khloé and Lamar while they were married, he soon disappeared under mysterious circumstances.

The Mysterious Rob Kardashian

Rob’s storylines are often about his weight gain, implied mental health issues, and difficulty living in the public eye like his sisters. Considering he was second place on Dancing With the Stars, it’s strange that the celeb has spent years out of the spotlight.

Kim and Kanye vs. Taylor Swift

Who could forget about the multi-year feud between popstar Taylor Swift and Kimye? We all know where this started — with Kanye West jumping on stage to interrupt Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech at the VMAs.

Kim and Kanye vs. Taylor Swift

Kanye and Taylor Swift continued to fight it out in public for years, eventually having another issue over lyrics in Kanye’s song “Famous.” The whole scandal culminated in Kim releasing a private phone call between the celebs, and Swift releasing her snake-themed Reputation album.

Kourtney and Kim’s Physical Fight

Several years ago, Kourtney Kardashian started seeing a new therapist who helped her to reevaluate her priorities. This led to the eldest Kardashian sibling stepping back from filming KUWTK as much, which led to Kim and Khloé criticizing her work ethic.

Kourtney and Kim’s Physical Fight

Eventually, in a 2019 episode, the sisters sat down with production to discuss the issue. Unfortunately, this led to a physical fight between Kourtney and Kim, which itself led to the show being shut down for a week. Yikes!

The Paris Robbery

In one of the most shocking Kardashian-Jenner incidents ever, Kim Kardashian was robbed in her hotel room during Paris Fashion Week in 2016. The celeb was bound and gagged by five thieves dressed as police officers, and she thought that she was going to die. They ended up running off with $10 million of jewelry.

The Paris Robbery

The Paris robbery caused a social media storm, and some pretty unsavory accusations. Interestingly, the traumatic event caused Kimye to start trying for another child.

Kylie Jenner’s Lips

Who could forget the media storm over Kylie Jenner’s lips? The youngest sibling had thin lips as a child, and suddenly started sporting a massive pout. While she didn’t cop to it at first, Kylie eventually admitted to getting lip injections. Shortly after, she made a fortune selling lip kits.

Kylie Jenner’s Lips

In a 2017 episode of spin-off Life of Kylie, the reality star revealed that she was insecure because an ex-boyfriend once told her, “I didn’t think you would be a good kisser because you have such small lips.”

Scott Cheating on Kourtney

Viewers first met Scott Disick on KUWTK as Kourtney’s wild, younger boyfriend. The New Yorker was controversial straight away, and in the second season, Kourt accused him of cheating after finding texts on his phone. They got back together, Kourt got pregnant, and suddenly, they were parents.

Scott Cheating on Kourtney

Three kids later and the couple split in 2015 when pictures surfaced of Scott with ex-girlfriend Chloe Bartoli on a yacht in the South of France. The couple now co-parent, but haven’t rekindled their romantic relationship.

Kendall’s Culturally Appropriative Cornrows

Lots of the Kardashian Jenner scandals are caused by the family’s cultural insensitivity. While the elder Kardashian siblings are part-Armenian, the younger two are white. This might not seem particularly relevant, but it is when it comes to insensitive hairstyles and fashion choices.

Kendall’s Culturally Appropriative Cornrows

When Kendall Jenner stepped out sporting cornrows after a vacation to Jamaica, onlookers were quick to point out that they weren’t really for her. Protective styles like this are for afro-textured hair, not reality stars turned models. Sorry Kenny, move along.

Kim and Kanye vs. Drake

When it comes to Kanye West and Canadian rapper Drake, there’s a lot of beef. In the beginning, Drake said that Kanye was one of the biggest inspirations in his career, but then it started getting messy. The two started dissing each other in tracks and interviews, and then took to social media.

Kim and Kanye vs. Drake

Eventually, Kim was brought into the whole mess. Kanye felt that Drake had referenced his wife on “In My Feelings,” and then lost his temper when his rival followed Kim on Instagram.

Kim’s Marriage to Damon

Here’s another Kardashian scandal from the early days. While Kim’s second and third marriages were big news, she doesn’t speak much about her first. Kim Kardashian ran off to elope with music producer Damon Thomas when she was only 19 years old.

Kim’s Marriage to Damon

The couple divorced in 2003 amid claims of domestic abuse. Kim has said, “You think you know so much about love when you’re really young and you look back later and probably realize it is not what you thought it was.”

Kylie’s Secret Pregnancy

While the Kardashian-Jenners are famous for putting it all out there, Kylie Jenner decided to do the opposite when she was expecting daughter Stormi. Between 2017 and 2018, the star hid her pregnancy from the world and stayed tucked away inside her mansion.

Kylie’s Secret Pregnancy

While the world speculated on what was going on, they didn’t actually find out until Kylie released a video one week after Stormi was born. She has since said that staying inside prepared her for lockdowns and quarantine!

Khloé’s Native American Headdress

When it comes to being culturally insensitive, Khloé Kardashian is up there. No matter how many times the star is called out for embracing certain hairstyles or fashion choices, she just keeps them coming.

Khloé’s Native American Headdress

This particular scandal happened back in 2014 when Khloé posted a picture of herself wearing a feathered Native American headdress to Instagram. These items have cultural and spiritual significance to their own communities — they’re not just dress-up toys for reality stars! Kylie also posted a picture of herself wearing the item.

Rob and Blac Chyna’s Relationship

Kardashian-Jenner fans were truly shook when the news of Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna dropped. Seriously, we’re still not over it. The model posted a picture of herself and a tattooed arm in 2016, and it was soon revealed that the couple was engaged and expecting. Ah!

Rob and Blac Chyna’s Relationship

Of course, Blac Chyna already had connections with the Kardashians. She had been pals with Kim but that fizzled out when her ex and baby daddy Tyga started dating youngest sibling Kylie.

Kylie’s Blackface Controversy

As we’ve hinted, the Kardashian-Jenners are particularly bad when it comes to being culturally insensitive. These women just want to do what they want to do, and they don’t really seem to take it in when people get upset or offended by their choices.

Kylie’s Blackface Controversy

Kylie was hit with accusations of blackface when she posted these heavily altered images of herself in 2015, captioned with, “What I wish I looked like all the time.”

Lamar Odom Cheats on Khloé

Khloé Kardashian and NBA player Lamar Odom had a whirlwind relationship that sadly caused the reality star a world of pain. The pair met and married within a month, and landed their own spin-off, Khloé and Lamar. When things started to go south for the couple, Khloé kept it to herself.

Lamar Odom Cheats on Khloé

Eventually, fans learned that Odom had cheated on Kardashian multiple times. Later, when he collapsed in Nevada, Khloé delayed their divorce so she could make his medical decisions and care for him.

Kanye’s TMZ Breakdown

While he’s no longer an official member of the Kardashian-Jenner clan, Kanye West caused plenty of controversy during his time with the family. In 2020, during what seemed to be a public breakdown, the rapper started ranting in the TMZ offices about sensitive political subjects.

Kanye’s TMZ Breakdown

This led to a TMZ staffer standing up to debate West, which resulted in a viral video. During the aftermath of this episode, Kanye West called his mother-in-law Kris Jenner, “Kris Jon Un.”

The End of Kris and Caitlyn

After 23 years of marriage, Kris and Caitlyn Jenner officially called it quits in 2013. At the time, they seemed to be on good terms, though viewers had watched their marriage disintegrate for years on KUWTK.

The End of Kris and Caitlyn

After Caitlyn’s public transition in 2015, the Kardashians were publicly supportive of their step-parent. However, once Caitlyn started speaking unkindly about Kris, things were over. The pair have been photographed together several times, but they clearly no longer have a friendly relationship.

Kim’s Marriage to Kris Humphries

Kim Kardashian’s most infamous relationship is her 72-day marriage with NBA player Kris Humphries. The couple first met in 2010, and made their relationship official in 2011. Though Kim’s family members and fans could tell this wasn’t a match made in heaven, the reality star pushed ahead with an extravagant televised wedding that same year.

Kim’s Marriage to Kris Humphries

Just two months after they said “I do,” fans watched as Kim broke down on the family’s flagship reality show. The ensuing divorce lasted longer than the marriage.

Kylie’s GoFundMe

In 2021, Kylie Jenner shocked fans when she publicized a GoFundMe fundraiser for her former makeup artist. Considering the star’s immense personal wealth, people thought it was pretty scandalous for Kylie to ask anyone for money for anything. Why didn’t she just give her friend the funds?

Kylie’s GoFundMe

Eventually, Kylie clarified that she had donated $5,000 to get the fund to its goal of $10,000. The star claimed she shared the link to gain awareness and raise more funds.

Kim’s Blackface Controversy

We’ve already seen Kylie Jenner’s blackface controversy, so let’s take a look at Kim’s. When the celeb posted a selection of promotional images for KKW Beauty in 2017, onlookers noticed that her skin was particularly dark. As a result, Kim was accused of blackfishing.

Kim’s Blackface Controversy

In response, Kim said, “I would obviously never want to offend anyone […] I was really tan when we shot the images, and it might be that the contrast was off […] No one brought that to our attention. No one mentioned it.”

Kanye’s Campaign Speech

Kanye West has long spoken of running for President of the USA, and in 2020 he made that dream a reality. Unfortunately (or fortunately), Kanye didn’t really organize an actual political campaign, but he did stand up and say a bunch of really controversial stuff.

Kanye’s Campaign Speech

During Kanye’s campaign speech in South Carolina, he revealed that he and Kim had considered not having their first child, North. As a result, Kim was extremely upset that Kanye had discussed such personal matters with the public.

Kendall’s Pepsi Commercial

Now, here’s a really big Kardashian-Jenner scandal. Back in 2017, when the world was getting to grips with the Black Lives Matter movement, Kendall Jenner starred in a particularly tone-deaf commercial for Pepsi. In the ad, Jenner quashes a clash between protestors and police by giving an officer a can of Pepsi.

Kendall’s Pepsi Commercial

It basically tried to suggest that Kendall could cure racism with a Pepsi. People felt that the commercial trivialized really important issues, and eventually, Pepsi pulled the commercial and apologized.

Kylie’s Billionaire Status

The world reeled when Forbes magazine declared that Kylie Jenner was the youngest self-made billionaire in the world. To begin with, people didn’t love the idea that Kylie is “self-made,” considering she’s been on a reality show since she was 10 years old.

Kylie’s Billionaire Status

That’s the sort of platform most people never get. On top of that, Forbes later retracted their claim, saying that the Kardashians-Jenners had gone to “unusual lengths” to present Kylie as richer than she was.

Kim’s Kimono Line

Before Kim Kardashian’s shapewear line Skims was Skims, it was Kimono. That’s right, our Kimmy tried to name her new company after the national garment of Japan, and it didn’t exactly go well. In fact, this scandal caused so much controversy that the mayor of Kyoto wrote to the star asking her to change her trademark.

Kim’s Kimono Line

It turns out that picking words that sound like your own name isn’t the greatest business strategy. Due to public pressure, Kim eventually switched the name to Skims.

Scott’s Picture of Penelope

Oh dear, oh dear. For a family that are regularly accused of cultural appropriation and blackfishing, this ill-advised snap was a terrible idea. Also, holding your eyes to look like a different racial group is a terrible idea in general.

Scott’s Picture of Penelope

Scott Disick posted this picture of himself and Penelope while they dined at a Japanese restaurant in 2019. Naturally, angry onlookers argued that Scott should have explained to his daughter that it’s not respectful to imitate another race.

Kendall’s Proactiv Announcement

We have to laugh at Kendall Jenner’s Proactiv announcement, because Kris Jenner made the whole thing much worse than it should have been. In 2019, the momager tweeted that Kendall would be sharing her “most raw story” ever that night.

Kendall’s Proactiv Announcement

Considering many people have speculated about Kendall’s romantic preferences, fans were expecting a serious revelation. However, Kendall’s most raw story was that she has bad skin and would now be hawking Proactiv products. On top of all this, most people didn’t believe the star actually used the brand.

Kim’s 40th Birthday

When the rest of the world was staying inside to stop the spread of a new contagious virus, Kim Kardashian found a loophole to enjoy her 4oth birthday. For the big event, Kardashian flew her friends and family to a private island, after making sure they’d all had multiple health screens and time to quarantine.

Kim’s 40th Birthday

The last thing the world wanted to see at this difficult time was a bunch of celebs partying on their own private island. Not cool, Kim.

Khloé’s Bantu Knots

To use the words of one angry Twitter user, Khloé Kardashian has “appropriated just about everything there is to appropriate.” Here, Kardashian wears yet another protective hairstyle for a hair texture that she just doesn’t have.

Khloé’s Bantu Knots

The reality star posted a picture of herself wearing Bantu knots, captioned with the words, “bantu babe.” Unsurprisingly, nobody was pleased with this content, and the star eventually deleted the post and reuploaded it with a different caption. Same story, different day.

Tristan Cheats on Khloé, Part 1

After her tumultuous marriage to Lamar Odom and a string of unsuccessful relationships, viewers were delighted to see Khloé Kardashian get together with professional basketball player Tristan Thompson. The star was glowing on episodes of KUWTK, and eventually announced that she was pregnant with her first child.

Tristan Cheats on Khloé, Part 1

Unbelievably, when Khloé was nine months pregnant, videos surfaced of Tristan with multiple other women. Despite this huge betrayal, Khloé allowed the athlete to be in the room when his daughter was born.

Kim’s Break the Internet Shoot

When Kim Kardashian appeared on the front cover of Paper magazine in 2014, people took notice. The shoot — headlined with “Break the Internet” — was with photographer Jean-Paul Goode, and birthed a million memes.

Kim’s Break the Internet Shoot

Whilst people took issue with Kim’s full frontal nudity for this shoot, the bigger issue were the racial undertones. The shoot was based on Goode’s previous work, which is undeniably problematic. People also drew similarities between the picture and a South African woman named Saartjie Baartman who was displayed throughout Europe as a sideshow.

Kanye’s Relationship With Joel Osteen

Over the past several years, Kanye West has been on his own spiritual journey. The rapper created Sunday Service, a Christian service that features a choir dressed in Yeezy, conducted by West. Eventually, the rapper struck up a relationship with televangelist Joel Osteen, and spoke at his megachurch.

Kanye’s Relationship With Joel Osteen

In his talk at Lakewood Church in Houston in 2019, West made various outlandish claims. He stated that “the devil stole all the good producers,” and that he is “the greatest artist that G-d has ever created.”

Kendall and Kylie’s T-Shirts

Youngest siblings Kendall and Kylie have had several clothing lines throughout their careers. However, their self-named line Kendall + Kylie was supposed to be a high fashion line rather than a fast fashion endorsement. Unfortunately for them, they had issues straight out of the gate.

Kendall and Kylie’s T-Shirts

In 2017, Kendall and Kylie sold a range of vintage t-shirts with images of late rappers Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur on them. Foolishly, they hadn’t got permission from the artists’ estates, leading to some strong words from their families.

Khloé’s Diana Ross Hair

It’s hard for us to believe that Khloé Kardashian would go out with her hair like this and not stop and think, “Would this offend anyone?” Heck, it’s hard for us to believe she wouldn’t at least stop and think, “Does this look really weird?”

Khloé’s Diana Ross Hair

We think that if Khloé Kardashian had asked herself any questions at all about this look she would never have left home. Khloé wore this look to Diana Ross’s 75th birthday. We guess that imitation is the greatest form of flattery…except in this case.

Kim’s Appetite Suppressing Lollipops

Since they peddle Flat Tummy Teas and Sugar Bear Hair vitamins, it should be no surprise that Kim Kardashian has also endorsed appetite suppressant lollipops. In 2018, the star posted this picture of herself eating one of the lollipops to her millions of followers, and was hit with a wave of criticism.

Kim’s Appetite Suppressing Lollipops

Actress Jameela Jamil has headed the campaign against these sorts of toxic products. The Good Place star has been in multiple Kardashian-Jenners comment sections fighting for more responsible content.

Tristan Cheats on Khloé, Part 2

Incredibly, after Tristan Thompson cheated on Khloé Kardashian when she was nine months pregnant, she took him back and he did it again. To make things even worse, and much more scandalous, the professional athlete cheated with Khloé’s sister’s best friend, Jordyn Woods.

Tristan Cheats on Khloé, Part 2

This Kardashian-Jenner story was truly huge, and resulted in the end of Kylie and Jordyn’s long friendship. For her part, Woods went on Red Table Talk to tell Jada Pinkett Smith her side of the story.

Kim’s Aaliyah Halloween Costume

Halloween costumes can easily offend people, especially if you’ve decided to dress up as someone else’s culture and call it a costume. For lots of people, they’d rather their cultures weren’t used as costumes that can be put on and then cast aside.

Kim’s Aaliyah Halloween Costume

Kim rubbed people up the wrong way when she dressed up as the late Princess of R&B, Aaliyah in 2017. In response to criticisms that she had darkened her skin for the costume, Kim apologized and said, “We don’t see color in my home.”

Rob and Chyna’s Demise

The beginning of Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna’s relationship was extremely shocking, and things only got more intense from there. The pair announced their engagement and Chyna’s pregnancy, and then landed their own spin-off, Rob & Chyna.

Rob and Chyna’s Demise

However, the controversial couple never tied the knot, and ended up in huge public arguments on social media. Rob accused Chyna of cheating, and then posted explicit pictures of her without her consent. In response, Chyna got a restraining order against her daughter’s father.

Kendall’s 25th Birthday Party

Just one week after Kim’s 40th birthday on a private island, Kendall decided to have her own secretive 25th birthday party. Importantly, at this time, the rest of the world was stuck indoors thanks to lockdowns and quarantining.

Kendall’s 25th Birthday Party

But of course, the mega rich don’t have to follow the same rules as the rest of us. For Kendall’s 25th birthday bash, the model had over 100 guests and a social media ban. In leaked pictures of the do, people were seen partying without masks.

Scott’s Money Shoving Madness

Scott Disick didn’t exactly make a good first impression with viewers of KUWTK. Perhaps one of the worst, most controversial things the reality star has done during his time on the show is shove a $100 bill down a waiter’s throat in Las Vegas.

Scott’s Money Shoving Madness

While it’s now well-known that Scott suffers from addiction and mental health issues, at the time his behavior just seemed like that of a spoiled brat. Thankfully, Disick has since grown up rather a lot, and makes an excellent father to his three children.

Kim’s Pregnancy Pills

With all of their spon con, it’s no wonder that the Kardashian-Jenners occasionally land in hot water over their advertised posts. In 2015, Kim posted a picture of herself and a pack of Diclegis, claiming that the pills helped her with morning sickness.

Kim’s Pregnancy Pills

What’s the issue you say? Well, Diclegis was not FDA approved at the time. Because of this, Kim faced a ton of backlash, especially because the pills can also cause dizziness, digestive issues and sleep disruption.

Khloé and Tristan Rekindle

Shockingly, despite two incidents of appalling cheating from Tristan, Khloé Kardashian seems to have taken the rat back. In an episode of KUWTK, the celeb goes ahead and freezes embryos made with Thompson, deciding she might want more children in the future.

Khloé and Tristan Rekindle

Then, as the world went into lockdown, the pair ended up quarantining together with their daughter. Then, Khloe posted this picture with the caption, “I do appreciate the effort you make and the new you — it’s night and day who you are.”

KUWTK Is Ending

Despite all of the many controversies and scandals the Kardashian-Jenners have faced, perhaps the most shocking piece of news is that Keeping Up With the Kardashians is finally coming to an end. Why would they do this to us?

KUWTK Is Ending

We were hoping for many more seasons of North, Penelope, Stormi, and True, but instead the family is shutting it all down and sticking with their online businesses. By the time the show ends, we’ll have been keeping up with the Kardashians for a whopping 14 years.