This Iconic Harry Potter Scene Is Envied by Fans, but Utterly Loathed by the Cast
Hogwarts is indeed a magical but dangerous place.
Among the iconic settings of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, including the ever-cheering Quidditch field or the mysterious Forbidden Forest, the Great Hall stands out as a place with an atmosphere of magic and wonder.
Mirroring the enchanting descriptions in the books, the movie Great Hall is a stunning and meticulously designed set as it captures the essence of the wizarding world with its towering magical ceiling, long wooden tables, and countless candles suspended in the air.
It's the unique place where students first experience the grandeur of Hogwarts and witness the Sorting Ceremony that determines their House. The Great Hall symbolizes the wonder and mystery of the series and marks the beginning of each student's magical journey.
However, there is a surprising disparity in how fans and cast members perceive the scenes, including this hallowed place. While fans cherish moments in the Great Hall and dream of one day experiencing it, some cast members have admitted to loathing it for a specific reason.
The Great Hall is not only where Hogwarts students gather for magical events or meetings with teachers, but it's also where they eat, and while movies often depict fake food, the first dining scene captured in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone used tons of real food, and that's where the problem begins.
Warwick Davis, the actor who portrayed Professor Flitwick and Griphook in the Harry Potter series, has shared a behind-the-scenes tidbit about the food used in the banquet scenes set in the Great Hall.
The actor recalls that on the first day of filming the feast scene, the cast was served a delicious spread of meat, vegetables, and potatoes that they could actually eat (via Mirror).
However, as filming continued over several days, the same food would be used and the cast would be instructed not to eat it. By the fourth day, the Great Hall had taken on a noticeable stink, even though the food looked unchanged.
The Great Hall of Hogwarts is undoubtedly one of the most iconic and cherished locations in the Harry Potter films, and while fans hold these scenes close to their hearts, filming in the Great Hall presented its own set of challenges for the cast.