While Warner Bros.’ Harry Potter movies are a beloved piece of our childhoods, it turns out the wizarding world of J.K. Rowling has a major plot hole in it. Across eight movies and a whole decade of Hogwarts and Hippogriffs, Harry Potter cemented itself as one of the highest-grossing movie franchises of all time.
Everyone has a favourite — I’m personally partial to The Prisoner of Azkaban — but all eight movies were pretty well received and made stars out of Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson.
I’m under no illusion that the movies were perfect, but some eight years after Deathly Hallows: Part 2 bowed out, an eagle-eyed wizard has spotted a big flaw.
Heading back to Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in 2001, there is a constant mention of Harry having the same eyes of his mother. Lily Potter was the unrequited love interest of Severus Snape, while everyone notices the similarities between the lightning-scarred kid and his deceased mum.
It was pretty easy continuity for Rowling to keep in the book series, however, it turns out Warner Bros.’ directors aren’t quite so on the ball. That’s right, in not a single one of the movies does Radcliffe have Harry’s signature eye colour from the books.
Book Harry and Lily have green eyes, but on our screens, Radcliffe is always portrayed as having blue eyes. Seriously, check it out. On not a single poster or promo image does Harry have green eyes.
It turns out there’s actually a reason behind it though. Apparently, Radcliffe was given green contact lenses to wear during filming, but because they constantly irritated his eyes, the young star opted not to wear them.
Earlier this year, Radcliffe reveals why he has shied away from big Hollywood blockbusters since he put down his wand and broom.
Playing the lead in the J.K. Rowling’s creation might seem like a golden ticket to a lifetime in Hollywood but Radcliffe has opted for a slightly quieter path.
We’ve seen it before with other teen-friendly franchises like Twilight and The Hunger Games, but let’s remember we’ve seen a lot of Robert Pattinson and Jennifer Lawrence since they stopped playing Edward Cullen and Katniss Everdeen. It turns out, Radcliffe has his own reasons for being selective with his roles.
Speaking to StarLifestyle, Radcliffe explained that he goes where the scripts are. “A lot of the big studios, I find the scripts are not as challenging or weird or interesting as the stuff they make in the indie world or even in the TV world,” he said. “So the things that I gravitate to, so far they just happen to be in the indie world.”
That being said, he doesn’t completely rule out starring in a big blockbuster. Radcliffe continued, “But if there’s something happening in the studios and I love the script, I would love to be a part of some crazy big movie. It’s just about waiting for the right script.”
Looking back at his CV since Deathly Hallows: Part 2, the closest Radcliffe’s got to a blockbuster is probably a small part in Now You See Me 2 — hardly an Oscar-worthy outing.
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