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Ralph Fiennes, Helena Bonham Carter, Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, J.K. Rowling, Rupert Grint, Timothy Spall

J.K. Rowling [9]


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Born:July 31, 1965 (52)
Filmography Rating:8.11 / 10
IMDB Rating:7.56 / 10
Amazon Rating:3.85 / 5
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:83.63%
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List of Titles and Roles/Jobs:
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone [2001](36) => Novel
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets [2002](37) => Novel
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkeban [2004](39) => Novel
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire [2005](40) => Novel
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix [2007](42) => Novel
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince [2009](44) => Novel
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 [2010](45) => Novel
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 [2011](46) => Novel
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them [2016](51) => Writer

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 [2010]
  • Jason Isaacs originally considered not returning for this film, fearing that his character's arrest and imprisonment at the end of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix would mean very little if any screen time in the finale. Upon meeting J.K. Rowling, he begged to be let out of prison. She told him "You're out. Chapter one." This immediately convinced him to sign on for the film.
    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 [2011]
  • In the book, Snape's (Alan Rickman) death originally takes place at the Shrieking Shack, but art directors suggested and moved the location (with J.K. Rowling's agreement) to the boathouse in order to make it more dramatic and poignant. One of the art directors, [?] Andrew Ackland-Snow added, "We wanted to get him out from, not a conventional interior, but from that kind of box, to do it in a more dramatic atmosphere."
  • Not long after Alan Rickman started to play Severus Snape, J.K. Rowling told him some character secrets about Snape that would not be otherwise revealed until the last book. Most significantly, Rickman was one of the very few people other than Rowling to know (years ahead of the last book's publication) that Snape had been in love with Lily Evans (later Potter) when they were students at Hogwarts, and both Snape's protection of and antagonism toward Harry came from that. Rowling said that she shared this information with Rickman because "he needed to understand, I think, and does completely understand and did completely understand where this bitterness towards this boy, who's living proof of Lily's preference for another man, came from." According to Rickman, the directors prior to the publication of the last book were not privy to the information of Snape's true character either, and he had to ask them to defer to him on the portrayal of Snape, whether or not they understood why.
    Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince [2009]
  • J.K. Rowling read through the script for this film, and found a line where Dumbledore mentions a girl he had a crush on when he was younger. After reading it, she informed the filmmakers that Dumbledore is in fact gay, and that his only romantic infatuation was with the wizard Grindelwald, whom he later had to defeat in a wizard duel. She later made this information public while promoting the final book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
    Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix [2007]
  • Sirius Black's (Gary Oldman) death was foreshadowed and mentioned by Sybil Trelawney in the third novel Prisoner of Azkaban. J.K. Rowling's text line mentioned: "When thirteen dine together, the first to rise will be the first to die." In the dining room in Grimmauld Place, we see thirteen people including Sirius dining together and during a commotion with Mrs. Weasley, he got up first. When Sirius fell at the Department of Mysteries, this means that what Trelawney mentioned was accurate.
  • According to the original script, the character of Kreacher was not intended to be in this film at all. But after J.K. Rowling read the script, she more or less insisted on him needing to be there to avoid some serious problems with future installments of the series. So, even if Kreacher still has no noticeable impact on the plot or story as it's presented in the film, a couple of scenes with him were added at the last minute based on this request.
  • Evanna Lynch beat 15000 girls and 29 finalists for the role of Luna. When it came to viewing the finalists, she was the ninth person in the audition videos and one of the producers, [?] David Barron stopped viewing after her saying, "She is Luna." Unknown to them, Lynch actually wrote a letter directly to J.K. Rowling.
    Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone [2001]
  • In the film, the scar on Harry's forehead is off-center. This was done at J.K. Rowling's request. Due to the artwork on the covers of her books, many people have assumed that his scar is supposed to be in the center of his forehead. The books, however, never specify exactly where on his forehead the scar is located.
  • Alan Rickman was hand-picked to play Snape by J.K. Rowling.
    Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them [2016]
  • Samantha Morton marks another connection between the Harry Potter world and Middle-Earth. J.K. Rowling worked in references such as Bathilda Bagshot (named for Bagshot Row, a street in Hobbiton) and Neville Longbottom (Longbottom Leaf is a type of pipe weed). Morton is the daughter-in-law of Ian Holm, who not only played Bilbo in Peter Jackson's films but also voiced Frodo in the BBC Radio drama, in which Bill Nighy (Rufus Scrimgeour) voiced Sam, and Robert Stephens (former husband of Dame Maggie Smith (Minerva McGonagall)) voiced Aragorn. Also, Sir John Hurt, who played Garrick Ollivander in the [Harry Potter] movies, voiced Aragorn in the 1978 film The Lord of the Rings.
  • Eddie Redmayne has admitted that he didn't do well at the audition for the role of Kylo Ren in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and this freed him up for the role of Newt, although he was not aware that he was, according to J.K. Rowling, the studio's only choice for the latter. Redmayne didn't have to audition, and he took part in the other casting decisions.
  • Screenwriting debut of J.K. Rowling.
  • J.K. Rowling has stated that this film "is neither a prequel, nor a sequel to the [Harry Potter] series, but an extension of the wizarding world. Newt's story will start in New York City, seventy years before Harry gets underway."
  • "Frank" is a Thunderbird. Thunderbird is one of the four Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry houses, as detailed on Pottermore. According to J.K. Rowling, Alison Sudol came up with the words for the Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry school song. Originally, there is a scene set before the climax, where Tina and Queenie sing part of the song to Newt and Jacob. The scene was, however, deleted from the final film.
  • Prior to filming, Eddie Redmayne was provided with a very detailed backstory, which J.K. Rowling revealed exclusively to him.
  • The gray and yellow scarf that Newt wears in the film's last scene, as well as in promotional materials, is an allusion to the fact that he was in Hufflepuff while attending Hogwarts (a fact that J.K. Rowling has confirmed in supplemental materials).