The Reason Harry Potter's Eyes Changed From Green in the Books to Blue in the Movies

Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.

When it comes to Harry Potter's appearance, dedicated fans of the series have no doubt noticed a major discrepancy between the books and the movies. And it has a little something to do with "his mother's eyes."

In the books, The Boy Who Lived is described as having "bright green" eyes—but actor Daniel Radcliffe's naturally blue eyes are the ones that we saw in all the movies. Why did author J.K. Rowling and the movies' producers decide to ignore this major detail?

As it turns out, the exact color of Harry's eyes was not as important a detail as some fans may think. Rowling only asked the producers that Harry's eyes be the same color as his mother, Lily's, but she never stipulated that the color had to be green.

This must have been a huge relief for Radcliffe, who had an adverse reaction to the green contacts the filmmakers originally wanted to use to give him the eye color the books had promised. It probably didn't hurt that Radcliffe's natural eye color was part of what made producer David Heyman notice him, and push him to audition for the role.

"There sitting behind me was this boy with these big blue eyes. It was Dan Radcliffe," Heyman later said of the first time he met Radcliffe at a theater. "I remember my first impressions: He was curious and funny and so energetic. There was real generosity too, and sweetness. But at the same time he was really voracious and with hunger for knowledge of whatever kind."

Following their meeting, Heyman convinced the then-unknown child actor to audition for the role. The rest, of course, is history.

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

Indestructible Shoes
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.

Indestructible Shoes Hummer.
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.

You can get 44 percent off all styles if you order today.

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The Reason Friends Turned Down Justin Timberlake for a Guest Role

The one where the NSYNC star was rejected.
The one where the NSYNC star was rejected.
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From featuring celebrities such as Brad Pitt and Christina Applegate to smaller roles from Craig Robinson and Ellen Pompeo, Friends certainly had no shortage of major guest stars. Throughout its 10-season run, we've seen the Central Perk crew interact with a ton of A-listers, and as it turns out, Grammy winner Justin Timberlake was nearly one of them.

As Insider reports, the showrunners were approached about casting the former NSYNC member in a guest role, but ultimately turned him down. In a 2014 interview to celebrate the series' 20th anniversary, creators Marta Kauffman and David Crane recalled what went down.

"We got a call that Justin Timberlake wanted to do the show," Kauffman remembered, with Crane explaining, "We had a meeting with him, and he was lovely, but we didn’t have a good part for him." Apparently the iconic orange couch wasn't the right fit for the singer, and no, fans aren't the only ones upset with the decision. "My kids were furious. They wanted to kill me," Kauffman added.

As you'd expect, most of the actors who did end up guest-starring on Friends loved the experience. But there are a few who actually regretted it. As Screen Rant reports, Kathleen Turner (who played Charles Bing) and Tate Donovan (who played Joshua) have both expressed complaints about their time on the show.

Though it wasn't meant to be for Timberlake, we can't help but imagine the former boy band star going on a few dates with Rachel or Phoebe.

[h/t Insider]