‘Harry Potter’ quiz show producers reveal Helen Mirren ‘was present’ as host after single call

“Harry Potter: Hogwarts Houses Tournament” celebrates all things “Harry Potter”. HL spoke to producers EXCLUSIVELY about hosting Helen Mirren and why this show isn’t just for superfans.

Harry Potter: Hogwarts Houses Tournament is a four-part competition series that airs November 28 on TBS and as part of Cartoon Network’s ACME night. Dame Hélène Mirren is the host of this magic quiz which celebrates the film’s 20th anniversary Harry potter and the sorcerer’s stone. HollywoodLa Vie spoken EXCLUSIVELY with the producers of the show Robin Ashbrook and Yasmin Shackleton about catching Helen as a host.

Helen Mirren is the host of the show. (TBS)

“Obviously at first we wondered if it had to be someone from the movies,” Robin said. “We are celebrating 20 years of The sorcerer’s stone, so the motivation for the show was the movie rather than the books. We discussed the presence of talent in this movie, but quickly came to the idea that in order to celebrate something so big and its place in global popular culture, it would be best to find someone who didn’t. had not been in the movies, that as soon as you saw them just makes sense. Now the Harry Potter the films are littered with British royalty, and probably the only name, the greatest type of British actor who does not appear in these films, is Dame Helen Mirren. It made sense for us to celebrate her kind of global Britishness and the size and scale of the event. We were lucky enough to find out that Helen Mirren was a fan of Harry Potter franchise. Before contacting anyone, she was sort of number 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 on the list. It doesn’t happen often, Avery, as you might imagine. You usually end up going very low on the list. But after a conversation with Lady Helen, she was in it. Once she figured out how wide the format was, that it wasn’t just for superfans, that it was for everyone, and it’s really a family celebration, she pretty quickly said. Yes. ”

It is undeniable that there are millions of Harry Potter superfans there. This tournament is not only for Harry Potter whistles over there. This series of special events may be for Harry Potter fans of all ranges.

“The tone of the show is that we want everyone to enjoy it,” Yasmin said. HollywoodLa Vie. “So whether you are a super fan and have read all the books and watched all the movies 10 times, you can enjoy it as much as someone who is a little new to the world. We wanted to encourage this game at home. Even if you are not really 100% on the answer, you can play the game. Many of the questions are multiple choice questions for this very reason. Regarding the difficulty of the questions, I think we started out by thinking that we had some kind of fairly difficult question scale. As soon as we started to talk and meet Harry Potter fans of the series when we were in the casting and started giving them quizzes to test their level of knowledge, we were pretty blown away by the love these fans have for movies and books and how much they love them. are steeped in history. We quickly realized that the question had to be made more difficult for them. We have done a lot of testing with Harry Potter fans to get that level just right. We have rewritten and rewritten the questions over and over again to make them difficult. That was the hardest part of it all, just getting to the right level of questions and making it hard, but not to deny people who weren’t superfans the right to vote.

The show is also aimed at fans of all ages. “Children adore him as much as grandmothers and grandfathers adore him. We really wanted to represent all the fans. So if you watch the show, you can see yourself on the show, per se. For example, our youngest contestant on the show is 15 years old. Our oldest competitor is 76 years old, ”revealed Yasmin. “They both have this fiery love for Harry Potter. I think we also wanted to introduce people from different backgrounds – people from all over America, we have people who grew up in different countries. We really wanted to show the large fan base that he has and touches, no matter what your job is, no matter if you’re from a big city or a very, very small town.

Harry Potter: Hogwarts Tournament of Houses will feature familiar faces from the wizarding world. Robin admitted that they had so many cast members and famous fans who wanted to be involved.

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Harry, Ron and Hermione in “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”. (Everett Collection)

“In the same vein as Dame Helen, what you realize is that there is so much love for this franchise,” Robin noted. “As soon as you pick up the phone and ask people to remember what it was like to film it in the case of Shirley [Henderson] and Tom Felton etc. They’re part of one of the greatest movie franchises, greatest storytelling genre of all time, certainly in the last 20 years. They are more than happy to celebrate it. Likewise, we have celebrity superfans appearances like Pierre Davidson and Jay Leno. It’s not just those who were there. It seems like it touches so many people in so many different ways that it’s not hard to get people to join us and share their love for the Wizarding World. In fact, it’s very rare that when you try to put on these shows you end up with more people than you need to. Honestly, we could do it for the next 10 years because there are so many people who want to be a part of it. I don’t think we’ll ever run out.

The Wizarding World competition event will consist of four parts, from November 28 to December 19. In the end, a house will be crowned the new House Cup champion.

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‘Harry Potter’ quiz show producers reveal Helen Mirren ‘was present’ as host after single call