To celebrate the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 on DVD and Blu-Ray Combo Pack on April 15, J-14 Magazine chatted with the cast at the opening of Harry Potter: The Exhibition in New York City's Times Square.
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Now that all the movies have been filmed, J-14 asked the cast exclusively what each of their first days on set were like. Here's what they had to say:
Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley): "I remember it starting on platform nine-and-three-quarters. Every month counts when you're that age, and I remember actually being the age of nine-and-three-quarters on platform nine-and-three-quarters. I remember being absolutely freezing from nerves, and I was clutching hot water bottles between every take, and I just didn't know what any word meant! Like action, curtain, rolling, speed... all those words. I was just like, 'What's going on?' I was so confused."
Clemence Poesy (Fleur Delacour): "What I remember is the sets themselves. Harry Potter has that thing where you can kind of close your eyes and think you're in that world... You get that 'Ah' feeling."
James Phelps (Fred Weasley): "I nearly wet myself. I was really, really nervous. I didn't [wet myself]! But I was really nervous. But it was really lovely. Everyone was just incredibly welcoming. And you can tell the new guy on set because he's the one with a wand in the corner making strange noises."
Oliver Phelps (George Weasley): "Our first scene was the last scene of the first movie. But I remember being more nervous than I've ever been and probably ever will be. You're standing there and Robbie Coltrane, Alan Rickman, and Maggie Smith walk past you. The crew was huge! We didn't know what to expect. We were in a little place called Goathland, and in the middle of a Sunday morning there were sheep walking down the street. But I just remember being so nervous."
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