Running today Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets at 8:15 p.m. on Sat.1. But even if the second film in the series is now 18 years old, there is still something interesting to learn about it. For example, did you know that Hermione actress Emma Watson was responsible for changing an important scene.

In fact, a moment at the end of Harry Potter 2 only exists as we know it today because the then 12-year-old actress was somewhat too embarrassed in the script. (Warning, Harry Potter spoilers to follow)

Harry Potter 2: why doesn't Hermione end up hugging Ron?

Every fan knows the scene: At the end of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Hermione (Emma Watson), healed from her petrification, enters Hogwarts Great Hall and is met with Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) and Ron (Rupert Grint) reunited. Harry hugs her, but Ron just shakes her hand.

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Harry Potter 2: hug or handshake?

Are we dealing with an early form of social distancing? No not really. The explanation that the moment is a foreshadowing, a hint of what's to come (Ron and Hermione eventually become a couple), is a nice icing on the cake, but was not the real reason why the reunion was so formal . Apparently the reality of fiction played here

accidentally in your hands.

Emma Watson and the embarrassments of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

The real reason for this Harry Potter 2 scene is rather the embarrassment of the

then 12-year-old young actress. In one BBC interview Emma Watson said:

At that time I said (to director Chris Columbus): You can't be serious! You want me to run through the Great Hall and throw my arms around Harry? - Chris said: yes. And I said: never, that's so embarrassing! In front of 300 actors in the Great Hall! So we made a deal: no slow motion and no lank music.

The script for Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets did instruct Hermione to hug both boys Chris Columbus accepted Emma Watson's change to just push Harry and shake Ron's hand.

Emma Watson also later revealed that she always let go of Daniel Radcliffe when the scene was being shot, which is why the shot had to be frozen to make the moment last longer. Although nothing can be seen in the finished film, it is striking how quickly the first cut is made after the children's physical contact is made. Look at the scene again here:

In a way, we could argue that Emma Watson's change makes Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets more real, because since she was a child of Hermione Granger's age, it is not unlikely that the wizard student would have had similar feelings.

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