Harry Potter Sorcerer S Stone Director Has One Half Giant Size Regret
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone turns 15 in November, and director Chris Columbus is feeling nostalgic. (To be fair, I always feel nostalgic for Harry Potter , and I didn't even make the film.)
Looking back on the film with Entertainment Weekly, Columbus shared some insight into the making of the groundbreaking film. ( Sorcerer's Stone set the bar for all YA film adaptations to come, don't @ me!) While he divulged some incredible revelations — did you catch Emma Watson's fake Hermione teeth on the Hogwarts Express in the final scene of the film ? — perhaps his most surprising disclosure is his one Harry Potter regret.
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'I always thought Hagrid should be a little bigger,' Columbus told EW of the beloved half-giant. 'Believe it or not, we didn’t have the resources or the money to actually create a CGI version of Hagrid for the first couple of films, so we had a rugby player in a gigantic Hagrid suit who worked in the wide shots for us.'
'He was actually walking there with the kids, and then we did forced perspective sets for Robbie [Coltrane] and created an image of Robbie being much bigger than he was,' he added, 'but I always thought Hagrid should be about two feet taller and about 100 pounds heavier.'
So there were two Hagrids on set — one Hagrid was big, one small. Of course, that meant that Coltrane, at six-foot-one-inch, was the small Hagrid. The other Hagrid was six-foot-ten-inch English rugby star Martin Bayfield , who donned Hagrid's oversize moleskin coat in scenes where the half-giant needed to be bigger than the setting around him.