The follow-up trilogy to the Harry Potter movies, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” introduced us to a few fun characters such as Newt Scamander… but did you know you can see that name in one of the Harry Potter movies? It’s all the way back in the third film, which introduces the Marauder’s Map – a magical device able to show you everything in the entire school.
Newt Scamander is spotted during one of the uses. It’s unknown what he was doing in the school at that time, but it didn’t seem to have any effect on Harry’s story.
Saying Hi to Their Favorite Animal
Long before we get to know the ins and outs of the wizarding world, Harry and his muggle family go to the reptile house for Dudley’s birthday. There, Harry has a strange brush with a snake that he accidentally lets free (while also locking his cousin in the glass case), but there’s an interesting sight.
A group of school-age children, all wearing green, are seen departing from the reptile house as an establishing shot. It’s likely this was just a bit of set dressing, but could these have been Hogwarts students from Slytherin going to see the animals that their house founder adored so much?
An Allergy to Critical Details
One of the more famous elements of Harry Potter’s appearance is his green eyes. Sure, they take a backseat to his floppy black hair and lightning bolt scar, but they’re brought up a number of times. However, in the movies, Potter’s eyes are a more common blue, and the green eye element is dropped entirely.
The plan was to have Daniel Radcliffe wear colored contacts to make his blue peepers green, but he started suffering an allergic reaction to them. A decision was made to drop the element from the movie series so that Radcliffe wouldn’t have to go through agony or ruin his look. We’re sure he’s grateful.
Nothing Like a Bit of Chess
Wizard’s chess is way cooler than normal chess, but it’s really just normal chess in terms of essence and rules. Ron is quite good at it, too. Harry loves learning all that he can about the new world that he finds himself in, and he loves watching the chessmen wrestle, even as he’s losing.
Of course, this foreshadows (or, more accurately, sets up the stakes) the giant wizard’s chess game during the final section of the movie. Ron has to take the reins and help Harry get across. It proves dangerous for him, but he’s all right in the end.
Just Like the Flag
A few different directors have applied their trade to the Harry Potter movies, starting with Chris Columbus. There’s also David Yates, but what about Alfonso Cuarón? He directed “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban,” and he was able to slip in a small detail from his home country of Mexico.
At one point, the three main kids head to a snowy village to help figure out some mysteries that had been plaguing them. While there, we get to see a statue of an eagle with a snake in its mouth. Such a design just so happens to be on the Mexican flag