A masturbating monkey disrupted 'Harry Potter' shoot, says Daniel Radcliffe

Gregory Wakeman
·Contributor
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Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter (Warner Bros)
Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter. The actor has revealed an unusual incident happened during the filming of the franchise. (Warner Bros)

Having basically grown up on the set of all eight Harry Potter films, it makes sense that Daniel Radcliffe would have endless stories to tell from its production.

Radcliffe has been asked about the franchise so much over the years that fans probably thought they’d heard them all.

But there was one story from the 31-year-old’s days making Harry Potter that he hadn’t yet divulged... until now.

In First We Feast’s Hot Ones YouTube series, Radcliffe revealed that a masturbating monkey repeatedly wreaked havoc while they filmed one of the scenes in Professor McGonagall’s transfiguration classroom.

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Radcliffe made this revelation after he was asked whether it was true that 60 animals were on set for a scene, which provoked him to admit, “There were a lot of animals,” adding that there were “upwards of 60” present.

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Radcliffe then opened up about the rogue monkey who just couldn’t help himself: “There was a monkey of some kind in a cage that did just start jerking off, uh, relentlessly.”

Thankfully the other animals that were present didn’t follow the monkey’s lead, as Radcliffe added: “But generally speaking the animals were very well behaved.”

Except for one, which Radcliffe said “peed” on Rupert Grint, although Radcliffe “got away pretty cleanly after that”.

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During the same discussion, Radcliffe dismissed rumours that he broke around 130 pairs of glasses while shooting Harry Potter, but did admit that he snapped a lot of wands.

He had a good reason, though, as he said that he’d “drum” on his legs with them, which meant that they’d need to be replaced every three to four weeks.