Dance might not be the first thing you’d associate with the Harry Potter franchise, but with a number of high-octane and carefully staged wand battles required for
Order of the Phoenix
, director David Yates brought expert choreographer Paul Harris on board. Harris, having worked across film and TV before (he choreographed the laser scene in
) seemed like the perfect choice to develop each spell-casting move.
Total film caught up with Harris at the Warner Bros. Studio Tour for a quick lesson in wand technique, and gave us the top 10 ingredients for the perfect wand battle.
Step one - a flair for dance.....
“It’s a dance battle” explains Harris as he talks Total Film through the different moves he developed for the Harry Potter franchise’s duelling scenes. Harris was brought in to create a wholly new universal wand-technique with elements of ballet, salsa and perhaps just a little bit of kung fu. Any witch or wizard worth their salt would need to be able to swivel those hips to let the magic happen.