“I’ve Never Seen a Set Built Like That Before”: Tom Felton Featured on Back to Hogwarts Livestream
Today – September 1 – kick-started the 20th-anniversary celebrations of the Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone film. Wizarding World Digital is celebrating each week of this month in the lead-up to the anniversary, beginning with a Back to Hogwarts event.
This morning’s Back to Hogwarts livestream started at 10:30 a.m. BST and took fans right up to 11 a.m., the same exact time that the Hogwarts Express would be leaving for students to return to the magical school. The livestream was hosted by DJ and self-confessed Harry Potter fanatic Yinka Bokinni, and she was joined by none other than Tom Felton for an exclusive interview to surprise fans.
During the livestream, Tom recounted that his favorite memory from filming the first movie was seeing the Great Hall set for the first time. “I’ve never seen a set built like that before, or since,” he exclaimed before delving into the story of the first time he walked into one of Hogwarts’s most recognizable rooms. He explained that the crew kept all the cast outside of the Great Hall, so that it would be a surprise for them and they could capture their reactions on camera.
He went on to say, “All of the cast’s reactions were genuine in that moment; we hadn’t seen it before, so it was a complete surprise.” Tom was also accompanied on the livestream by two superfans, Cherry Wallis and Chanel Williams, for fun, games, and impressions!
As most Potterheads know, September 1 is one of the most important dates on the Harry Potter calendar, if not the most important, so it is always special. In addition to this exciting livestream, Wizarding World Digital is involving fans in 20 magical moments on the 20th Anniversary Hub. Every Wizarding Wednesday, fans can get involved in quizzes and games and learn secrets from the cast and crew. There is also now a platform nine and three-quarters Instagram filter created by Wizarding World Digital, celebrating the anniversary. Fans can try it out by visiting the official Instagram page.
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