- Tom Felton shared memories from the set of the ‘Harry Potter’ films in his memoir, ‘Beyond the Scepter’.
- To film the flight scenes, the actors had to look at the tennis balls and pretend they were something else.
- Felton said actor Daniel Radcliffe looked at “a particularly beautiful picture of Cameron Diaz”.
Tom Felton said that “Harry Potter” actor Daniel Radcliffe’s admiration for Cameron Diaz was evident on the set of fantasy films.
Felton explained the film’s magic that went into scenes that included flying on a broomstick in his new memoir, “Beyond the Wand: The Magic and Mayhem of Growing Up a Wizard,” released Tuesday.
The actor, who portrayed Draco Malfoy, wrote in Chapter 13: “The approach was that if a piece of magic or any kind of special effect could be practically achieved, that’s the best way to do it.” In the early days, when visual effects teams had less advanced technology at their disposal.”
Flying, which was a major aspect of the Quidditch scenes of the franchise, was performed in a studio in a room wrapped in blue or green screens so that the background could be added digitally in post-production.
“The broomstick was a metal pole with a very uncomfortable bicycle saddle,” Felton explained. “There were stirrups for your feet and a harness to keep you from falling. They tied you to the pole so you wouldn’t fall and they had a more elaborate trapeze device to move you up and down and left and right. They blew fans in your face to make it look like you had the wind in your hair.”
As the sights were later modified, it was “important that all players look in the right direction to shoot”. This continuity of eye lines was achieved by a crew member lifting a tennis ball onto a long pole with an orange ribbon on it, Felton said.
When the first assistant director shouted ‘Dragon! Or “Blodger!” You had to look at the tennis ball as if it were, well, a dragon or a rocker.”
Felton continued: “Sometimes there is more than one tennis ball in there, and since one was so similar to the other, after a while they gave us more individual things to stare at. We chose pictures of something or someone close to our hearts. Daniel Radcliffe had a picture Cameron Diaz is especially beautiful.”
As for Felton, an avid fishing enthusiast, he “picked a picture of a more beautiful carp.”
Radcliffe, who starred as “Harry Potter” in all eight films released between 2001 and 2011, has spoken of his admiration for Diaz before.
“Cameron Diaz is still at the top of the list, Drew Barrymore is around,” Radcliffe said of his celebrity crush during an interview with the radio show “Capital Breakfast” in April 2022.
He shared a similar response during a 2014 interview with Us Weekly, saying, “I had pictures of her and Drew Barrymore taped to my bedroom wall.”
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