Ralph Fiennes Went Off Script as Voldemort for One Memorable Harry Potter Moment

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© 2011 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Harry Potter Publishing Rights © J.K.R.

Harry Potter fans were shocked when Voldemort hugged Draco Malfoy in one of the final scenes of 2011's Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2. But they weren't nearly as surprised by the gesture as Tom Felton, the actor who played Draco in all eight of the Harry Potter movies.

As Felton explained during a recently resurfaced interview from the 2011 DragonCon, there were about 25 takes of the scene in which Ralph Fiennes, who plays Voldemort, calls Draco down to join the Death Eaters.

“The hug was never in the script for that scene and Fiennes only decided to do it once during all of the takes,” Felton said. “I was standing there like ‘What the hell is he doing? Why is he hugging me in this weird fashion?’ It was very strange; it was a surprise for me.”

Felton described the memory of filming it as “pretty menacing.”

“It was pretty terrifying to be honest with you. That wasn’t in the script ... it was a one-off thing that he just threw at me,” Felton continued.

Not only was Felton surprised by the hug during filming, but also while watching the final Harry Potter film for the first time. “I was baffled," the actor said. "I mean, more baffled that that was the take that they used."

During the same interview, Felton spoke about how audiences in various countries reacted to the scene in very different ways.

“In England it’s considered a very chilling moment. The whole audience kind of goes dead quiet and nobody knows what to say or do, but over here [in the U.S.] it’s hilarious,” Felton explained. “Literally the audience bursts into laughter, which is great. I love that. I love how you guys seem to find humor in all sorts of places.”

These Rugged Steel-Toe Boots Look and Feel Like Summer Sneakers

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Indestructible Shoes

Thanks to new, high-tech materials, our favorite shoes are lighter and more comfortable than ever. Unfortunately, one thing most sneakers are not is durable. They can’t protect your feet from the rain, let alone heavy objects. Luckily, as their name implies, Indestructible Shoes has come up with a line of steel-toe boots that look and feel like regular sneakers.

Made to be incredibly strong but still lightweight, every pair of Indestructible Shoes has steel toes, skid-proof grips, and shock-absorption technology. But they don't look clunky or bulky, which makes them suitable whether you're going to work, the gym, or a family gathering.

The Hummer is Indestructible Shoes’s most well-rounded model. It features European steel toes to protect your feet, while the durable "flymesh" material wicks moisture to keep your feet feeling fresh. The insole features 3D arch support and extra padding in the heel cup. And the outsole features additional padding that distributes weight and helps your body withstand strain.

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The Hummer from Indestructible Shoes.
Indestructible Shoes

There’s also the Xciter, Indestructible Shoes’s latest design. The company prioritized comfort for this model, with the same steel toes as the Hummer, but with additional extra-large, no-slip outsoles capable of gripping even smooth, slippery surfaces—like, say, a boat deck. The upper is made of breathable moisture-wicking flymesh to help keep your feet dry in the rain or if you're wearing them on the water.

If you want a more breathable shoe for the peak summer months, there's the Ryder. This shoe is designed to be a stylish solution to the problem of sweaty feet, thanks to a breathable mesh that maximizes airflow and minimizes sweat and odor. Meanwhile, extra padding in the midsole will keep your feet protected.

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The Office Writers Considered Making Michael Scott a Murderer, According to Greg Daniels

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NBCUniversal, Inc.

Greg Daniels is best known as the showrunner of The Office, a job that earned him two of his four Emmys. As reported by Screen Rant, the acclaimed creator dished in a recent interview with The Guardian about why the American version of the much-loved show almost wasn't made, along with a proposed plot twist for Michael Scott that forced Daniels to put his foot down.

"The UK version hadn’t finished airing and I’d never heard of it. My agent sent me a VHS tape of season one. It had a somewhat boring title so I didn’t look at it. He told me he wanted to show it to someone else if I wasn’t interested, so I popped it in. I watched the entire first series that evening," Daniels said.

As the show really got going after Steve Carell's role in The 40-Year-Old Virgin made him a household name, Daniels said some ideas in the writers room got too wacky for their own good. He recalled one particular instance, saying, “There were times where [the writers] would become enamored with a joke, and I'd have to put my foot down. For instance, they really wanted Michael to kill Meredith with his car. That was an early pitch, where he runs her over in the parking lot and then comes back, gets a tire iron and finishes the job. I was like, 'You can’t do that, that’s crazy!'”

Michael being a murderer certainly would have changed the tone of the show, so it makes sense that it never happened. Imagine the courtroom scenes we would have had to endure! The Scranton Strangler storyline would have paled in comparison.

[h/t Screen Rant]