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Harry Potter body double admits iconic scenes didn’t actually feature Emma Watson at all

Britt Jones

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Harry Potter body double admits iconic scenes didn’t actually feature Emma Watson at all

It may come as surprise that some of the most iconic scenes within the Harry Potter film franchise didn't actually feature one of the favourited cast members at all.

Flick Miles, now 31, was the lucky body double for Hermione Granger, played by Emma Watson, in the first three Harry Potter movies.

Last year, Flick took to Reddit’s public forum to share her experience while on the set of one of the most successful film series of all time.

Starting the post, she wrote: “I am Flick Miles. I was Hermione Granger’s body double in the Harry Potter films. Ask me anything!”

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Flick Miles was Emma Watson's body double in the first three Harry Potter movies. Credit: Twitter/@FlickMiles1
Flick Miles was Emma Watson's body double in the first three Harry Potter movies. Credit: Twitter/@FlickMiles1

Flick now hosts the Behind The Wand: Stories From The Harry Potter Films podcast.

Under the username MuggleNet, she explained: “I tell stories about my time working on the films and about talking with some of the most influential people about the untold stories and amazing memories of what it was like bringing Harry Potter to life."

Sharing her experience about the amazing opportunity to work with an all-star cast, Flick detailed exactly how she managed to land such an incredible role.

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She wrote: "I was super lucky with how I got the job as Hermione's double. I went to a drama class in a church hall after school - it was pretty low key - and the woman who ran the class also had an agency.

"She asked my mum if she could have some pictures of me, so my mum gave her a few snaps and few weeks later the audition for Hermione's double came up.

"I think although I don't look much like Emma now, at the time we were the same height, build, had a similar hair colour, and similar shape face."

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The body double took to Reddit to explain how she got the role. Credit: Twitter/@FlickMiles1
The body double took to Reddit to explain how she got the role. Credit: Twitter/@FlickMiles1

Flick continued: "When I auditioned, I basically had to stand next to Emma and then [director of the first two films] Chris Columbus and [series producer] David Heyman looked at us through the camera lens.

"Then they got me to stand with Dan [Radcliffe] and Rupert [Grint] to see how I lined up against them. They seemed happy, so I originally contracted to 12 weeks work - which then ended up being about 4 years!"

After having taken to the platform to disclose her previous work and share that she was behind the scenes of the iconic film series, Potterheads took the opportunity to ask their most burning questions.

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When asked if there were any scenes that would surprise fans to know that didn’t feature Emma, Flick noted that there was one in particular.

Hermione Granger in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Credit: Warner Bros
Hermione Granger in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Credit: Warner Bros

"When Hermione is turned into a cat after pulling a cat hair off Millicent Bullstrode's robes - that was actually me!” she revealed, referring to the scene where Hermoine turns into a half-cat half-human due to a Polyjuice Potion incident during Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

This was due to a skin reaction which forced Emma into having to step back from the scene.

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Flick explained: "Emma had an allergic reaction to the glue used for the make up, so I stepped in. When Nick Dudman's team made a model of Hermione for when she is petrified by the Basilisk they actually took a cast of my body.

"It was very similar to when you break your arm and have a plaster cast, they basically covered my whole body in that.”

Not only that, but many fans will remember the fantastic scene where Draco Malfoy finally gets a well-deserved punch in the face, and it turns out that Flick was the lucky one to throw the fist.

Flick wrote: "I actually did 'punch' Tom [Felton] as one of the shots was over the shoulder, that was a fun scene to film in Scotland! Not sure if my take made it into the film, I didn't quite punch him hard enough!"

Featured Image Credit: Twitter/Flick Miles/Warner Bros

Topics: Emma Watson, Harry Potter, TV and Film

Britt Jones
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