Behind The Wand: Stories From The Harry Potter Films

Behind The Wand: Stories From The Harry Potter Films

My name is Flick Miles and I was Hermione Granger’s double in the "Harry Potter" films. To mark 20 years since the release of the first film, I have decided to get back in touch with some of the most influential people involved in creating the film. They have shared their untold stories and amazing memories of what it was like to bring "Harry Potter" to life. If you want to know what life was really like behind the scenes of "Harry Potter," this is the podcast for you!

Episodes

December 20, 2022 84 min
This week on the podcast, I got interviewed by Behind The Wands producer Lucy. I dive into life on set, my favorite scene and what I may have taken from the set.
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This week on the podcast, I talk with Rob Bliss, a Concept Artist, on the films. He created characters like Kreacher and Dementors, Thestral and much more.
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November 14, 2022 54 min
This week Todd Arnow joins me on the podcast. He was an Associate Producer on Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. We talk all things about making the first film.
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This week Christopher M Anthony joins me on the podcast to discuss his experience as a visual effects designer. We discuss creating Scabbers, Lupin as a Werewolf and many more exciting scenes.
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This week Peter Myles joins me on the podcast to talk about his experience as a music editor. We dive deep into the whole process of music editing, from inspirations to favourite scenes to edit.
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This week Celia Barnett joins me on the podcast to talk about his experience as a research specialist. We dive deep into the strange research requests, famous inspirations and the people she met with to help bring the Wizarding World to life.
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This week Paul Warren joins me on the podcast to talk about his experience as Daniel Radcliffe's body double in Harry Potter and the Order of the Pheonix. We also discuss his other roles in the Half-Blood Prince and Deathly Hallows.
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This week RJ Mino returns for part 2. We continue our conversion on all things production but in this part, specifically the filming of the first film. He also goes into more details on the secret opening scene, plus many more untold stories.
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This week RJ Mino joins me on the podcast to talk about all things production. This is the first part of a two-part episode. In the first part, myself and RJ discuss everything that goes into pre-production, from hiring the crew, making the script a reality and a secret scene that never made it into the books or films.
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This week Flick dives into the Casting Department for Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone with Karen Lindsay-Stewart, Buffy Hall and Carolyn McLeod.

They talk about everything casting from the beginning stages of finding the cast members, the challenges they face casting for a child heavy film to how the industry has changed in the past 20 years.
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February 15, 2022 52 min
This week Chris Rankin joins me on the podcast. We reminisce about our time working on Harry Potter, from the fond memories of the Great Hall to the casting process.
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This week Flick enters the wizarding world hair department with Lisa Tomblin, a Hair Designer who designed some iconic hairstyles for the films such as Narcissa Malfoy. She also dives into the challenges of keeping the hairstyles consistent across the entire film and a single scene.
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This week Flick enters the wizarding world wardrobe with Laurent Guinci, a costume illustrator and wardrobe master, who worked on some of the most iconic costumes in the Harry Potter universe. He tells us all about creating the robes for the dementors to the challenges the costume department faced when filming underwater for the triwizard competition.
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This week Flick talks with Andrew Williamson, a Concept Artist from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
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This week, I spoke with Nick Pelham, a storyboard artist for the first five Harry Potter films.

We talk about what it takes to be a storyboard artist, his favorite scene to draw and the most complex scenes.
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December 14, 2021 51 min
This week, I spoke with Ellen Lister, who became Emma Watson's body double for Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Order of the Pheonix and Deathly Hallow part 1 & 2.

We talk about being a body double, her favourite scene to film, fond memories from the set, and more.
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This week, I spoke with Gary Tomkins, Art Director for all eight Harry Potter films and the Fantastic Beasts franchise.

We talk all about making Hogwarts Castle miniature from the secrets of the Castle you can only see close up to changing it each film. We also talked about his work set dressing and a model that took six months to make but six minutes to burn.
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This week, I spoke with Pierre Bohanna, Prop Designer for all eight Harry Potter's and the Fantastic Beasts series.

We talk about all his favorite props to make, working with the actors to create the wands and the process of creating the brooms.
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November 23, 2021 71 min
This week, I spoke with Eddy Joseph, Supervising Sound Editor for Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.

We talk about all the different sounds he created for the film, including the iconic sounds for the Bludger and Snitch. Along with the original cut of the chess game, which included sounds for individual pieces.
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This week, I spoke with Richard Francis Bruce, the film Editor for Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.

He talked about how the first time Harry, Ron, and Hermione met on the train took five months to film. Therefore people would come to him to look at the last shots filmed to match the scene. We also talk about how closely he worked with Christopher Columbus and John Williams to create the film.
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