Harry Potter Reunion is out now and actress Emma Watson, who played the role of Hermione Granger in the series, revealed which particular scene in the entire franchise she hated filming and it was one of the character’s most important moments.
Emma Watson Hated Filming The Yuke Ball Scene In Goblet of Fire
During the Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts reunion on HBO Max, Watson revealed that she was absolutely miserable when filming Hermione’s iconic Yule ball entrance in the fourth installment of the series, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. “I think for the first time, Harry and Ron, particularly Ron, see Hermione as a young woman, not just this kind of sidekick that they each have,” Watson began. “I knew it was a big deal, and I was miserable…I just knew it was the duckling becomes a swan moment, I mean there was just all of this pressure suddenly.”
Watson revealed that she had a lot of trouble after the dozens of directions given to her by director Mike Newell while filming the head-turning entrance of Hermoine Granger. “Mike Newell coached me to walk down the stairs in the dress… ‘Your arms are swinging too much, you’re walking too quickly, you need to walk slower.’ He’s giving me a million different directions about how to walk down the stairs, and of course, I fell down the stairs.”
The scene turned out to be a real turning point for Hermione’s character as she ends up breaking out from the nerdy shell that she has been pigeon-holed into, simply with the help of a gorgeous chiffon gown. This also serves as the catalyst for her relationship with Ron Weasley, as he starts to develop feelings for Hermione, starting to look at her romantically, despite not considering to ask her to be his date for the Yuke ball in the first place. While Watson acknowledged the significance of the moment, she commiserated her misgivings with shooting the whole scene.
Regardless of how Watson feels, scenes like these have stayed in the minds and hearts of fans, allowing the Harry Potter franchise to thrive, despite the last film in the Harry Potter series was released over 10 years ago.
Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts was released on HBO Max on Jan. 1, celebrating the movie franchise exactly 20 years after Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone‘s initial release by taking a look at what really took place behind the scenes. While it was initially thought that author J.K. Rowling did not take part in the Reunion special due to the accusations against her regarding her anti-transgender views, it was later confirmed by her team that she declined the invitation to do more new interviews for the reunion. This resulted in her presence being limited only to archival footage.
Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts is out for streaming on HBO Max now.