When you thought the wizarding world of Harry Potter couldn’t get any weirder thanks to the revelation wizards used to zap their poop away before Muggle plumbing, one of the movie franchise’s stars is here to top that.
It turns out that Draco Malfoy wasn’t the most annoying part of those early movies…it was apparently baby teeth causing plenty of problems at Hogwarts.
While J.K. Rowling is known for dropping Potter bombshells even after her last book and the cameras stopped rolling on The Deathly Hallows: Part 2, it sounds like the cast are ready to play her at her own game.
Kids of a certain age are known to lose their baby teeth, which became an issue for the Harry Potter movies. Instead of forcing the stars not to smile, their gappy holes were replaced with a fake tooth until the real one came through. Voila — movie magic at its finest. Apparently, the crew made a mould of the cast’s teeth in case the Tooth Fairy came to visit.
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Daniel Radcliffe confirmed this gross piece of behind-the-scenes trivia to The Hollywood Reporter when promoting the movie Miracle Workers. Radcliffe stars in the movie alongside Deadpool‘s Karan Soni and apparently shared the story during filming.
Soni explained, “When they were doing the earlier movies, because their teeth were falling out, they would have a cast made of all their teeth. So that if one fell out, they could have a prop tooth put in. Just so they could keep filming.”
It makes sense as Radcliffe confirmed. “Cause you’ve got a set full of twenty 10-year-olds… they would cast everyone’s mouths,” she said.
Thankfully, the likes of Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint (hopefully) didn’t face these problems in later movies. Either way, the news highlights just how young a lot of the Harry Potter cast were back in the likes of Philosopher’s Stone and Chamber of Secrets.
Radcliffe was cast at the age of 11 and spent most of his teen years running around drafty castles in his robes. Even if the world of Harry Potter may have some disgusting toilet habits, at least the movies tried to up the ante when it comes to taking care of their teeth.
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