The classroom scenes were often chaotic (Picture: Warner Bros)
Daniel Radcliffe has revealed a frisky monkey caused havoc on the Harry Potter set.
Now 31, Daniel played the Boy Who Lived in eight films between 2011 until 2011, and got to witness the building of the magical world first hand.
However, while animals tended to behave in the classrooms in the movies, they weren’t as easy to work with in real life.
The actor appeared on YouTube series Hot Ones and was asked by Sean Evans about the reports that there were 60 animals on set to film a scene set in Professor McGonagall’s Transfiguration classroom in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
Daniel said: ‘There were a lot of animals. They must have had upwards of 60. I don’t imagine they were often all on set together, but definitely in that scene, in the Transfiguration classroom, there was a monkey of some kind in a cage that did start jerking off relentlessly.’
The star added: ‘But generally, the animals were very well behaved. Although I think Rupert [Grint] got peed on by a bat at one point.’
Well, they do say never work with children or animals for a reason.
Daniel was on the show to eat chicken wings laced with increasingly spicy hot sauce and to promote his film Escape From Pretoria, but was happy to discuss the best and worst food he got on the set of the film.
Talking about the breakfasts served for Hogwarts’ banquet scenes, he said: ‘I was an 11 or 12-year-old child just piling on fried eggs and bacon and sausages and baked beans every morning for days… that was great.’
But not everything was as delicious, as he shared: ‘In one of the films I have to eat Gillyweed, which I think was black liquorice lace, it was designed to look like an underwater seaweed plant that I could shovel down my throat. That was pretty gross.’
Daniel also cleared up rumours that he had broken 70 wands and 130 pair of Harry’s famous glasses during his time as the wizard, although did break quite a few wands.
He said: ‘I definitely didn’t break the glasses that often, at all I don’t think.
‘The wands I definitely broke a lot, because I would drum on my legs with it, and do that incessantly, so probably like once every three, four weeks, it would weaken to the point it would snap.’
The Guns Akimbo star added that the props department were always very kind when he brought in yet another broken wand.
While Harry Potter ended in 2011 with the Deathly Hallows: Part Two, the wizarding world lives on in the form of the Fantastic Beasts franchise, which is set to produce another three films following Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them and The Crimes Of Grindelwald.
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