Summer Grant, a recent grad of Magazine Journalism and Feature Writing at Southampton Solent and blogger at anyonething, recently posted an interview she conducted with the enduring Robert Hardy, who plays the Minister of Magic Cornelius Fudge in the first four Harry Potter films. Hardy describes working on the series alongside the younger and older cast members, and of course, with Alfonso Cuarón, filming in the director’s beloved Scottish highlands. ;)
During the conversation it becomes clear that Hardy did indeed enjoy his time as the Minster of Magic and of the four films he appeared in it was Prisoner of Azkaban that left the deepest impression. Directed by Alfonso Cuaron and released in 2004 it is regarded by many fans as the best of the films, despite it being the lowest grossing of the eight movies.
“Cuaron was marvelous; he was such fun and so inventive and so full of humour,” Hardy enthused. “I remember filming in Scotland, Hagrid’s Hut up in Glencoe and the weather turned bad on us as we arrived. Robbie Coltrane, Michael Gambon and I climbed up to Hagrid’s Hut in the rain and the mist and the wind, and there was Alfonso Cuaron standing, looking bemused by the British weather.”
At this point Hardy puts on a South American accent and does an impression of Cuaron; “He would say to us ‘Hello, hello, I don’t know. I can’t see you, my cameras can’t see you. It’s too foggy, why don’t you go back into your cars and back to your hotel and have some lunch.’”