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Rare footage showing how Harry Potter filmed platform 9 3/4 scene is anything but magic

Rare footage showing how Harry Potter filmed platform 9 3/4 scene is anything but magic

The footage gives a rare glimpse into how the flick was made

Rare behind the scenes footage has revealed how the famous Platform 9 ¾ from Harry Potter and Philosopher’s Stone was filmed - and it’s not quite as magical as it appeared in the flick.

Believe it or not, it’s been more than two decades until we saw Daniel Radcliffe pick up his wand to play the wildly popular wizard for the first time.

But despite being released so long ago, there are still snippets and previously hidden details that are a surprise to fans - such as this behind the scenes footage that was shared on TikTok.

Set to Lana Del Rey’s ‘Summertime Sadness’, the footage shows the special camera trickery that was used to create the scene where we see the boy wizard as he charges through the wall of Platform 9 ¾ in The Philosopher's Stone.

While the Harry Potter scene is an absolute moment, the clip reveals it was filmed using a simple archway to create the clever transformation into the Hogwarts Express platform. Way more boring than what we see on film...

Shot from another angle, you can see a young Radcliffe rushing towards the set piece, with cameramen in front of him – all the while the real-life King’s Cross station is visible.

Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint in Harry Potter and The Philosopher's Stone.
Warner Bros

As if to hammer the point home, you can hear a sound bite from Euphoria gloomily saying ‘none of it was real’ - as if the shattering of the childhood memory wasn’t heartbreaking enough!

Eagled-eyed fans even spotted the back of Molly and Ron Weasley’s heads – of course, played by Julie Walters and Rupert Grint respectively.

Understandably, muggles have been shocked after discovering how the magical illusion was done – with many brutally disappointed.

Originally uploaded by TikTok user @drarryhq, users commented the clip ‘destroyed’ their childhood.

“It's real please I really like magic,” pleaded one Harry Potter fan, with another joking: “I thought it was real magic! No no no now my childhood is destroyed.”

Fans have been left shocked after seeing how the famous Platform 9 ¾  scene was filmed.
Warner Bros

However, one heartbroken fan had a very important theory as to why the behind-the-scenes footage had just emerged.

“This is what the MoM want the muggles to know,” they pointedly wrote, referring to the Ministry of Magic trying to cover up magical activities in the books and films.

While some wanted to remain in the Wizarding World and hoped for their Hogwarts letter, other fans decided to be far more realistic.

“They filmed the movies really well tbh,” wrote one commenter, who was clearly impressed by the clever camera trick.

It seems like the filmmakers behind The Philosopher's Stone didn’t need to go to Hogwarts to create on-screen magic.

Featured Image Credit: Warner Bros

Topics: Harry Potter, TV and Film, TikTok, Social Media, Daniel Radcliffe