With the recent news that all eight Harry Potter films are returning to theaters for a limited time later this month, not to mention the imminent release of Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, it’s safe to say that fan interest in the fantasy franchise is back in full swing (although one might argue that it never really went away).
Chris Columbus, who directed the first two Harry Potter films—The Philosopher’s Stone and The Chamber of Secrets—recently shared a few interesting insights into the process of making those movies back in the early 2000s on the debut episode of EW’s Binge podcast. The most interesting bit of information that Colombus shared was that he had to make the difficult decision to cut his favorite character from J.K. Rowling’s source material, Peeves the poltergeist, and that footage of the character still exists!
“We needed to cut something because the film was close to three hours,” Columbus says. “He was going to be a completely CGI character and that saved us a considerable amount of money, but also created a considerable amount of heartbreak. The footage exists so there’s the potential that someday we could put back together if people really were that interested.”
Hmm, is it safe to say that fans are going to start petitioning Columbus to release a cut of the film with Peeves reinserted?
Other interesting revelations from Columbus include the fact that Emma Watson wore fake teeth in the final scene of the first movie to give her an overbite like Hermione in the books, and that he wishes they had had the CGI budget to make Hagrid (Robbie Coltrane) appear even bigger.