Last updated on May 26, 2020
It was the spectacle that correctly introduced the show’ only important Indian personalities, the twins Parvati and Padma Patil.
At a 2005 BBC interview, the celebrities talked about the nerve-wracking procedure of the casting.
Shefali stated, “It came about if the casting representatives were moving around some colleges in my area searching for a few people to visit the auditions. I’d just got from a test and I thought I had done very badly in the test, and I had been in a terrible mood and my instructor was waving my title at me onto a sheet of paper with these other women. She stated someone came searching for just two twins to the Harry Potter novels to be from the movie – are you curious? She added that because she had been a fan of this show, she chose to give it a shot. She continued, “I moved into the first audition and I believed OK there is a good deal of women here, I don’t know whether I have got an opportunity, but there is nothing to lose, so I went to it. Then I got a call about a week after, perhaps more, stating that I had been through into the next round, so that I was OK I have an opportunity today. I was getting excited, and they only kept calling back after every audition before I and Afshan auditioned with Mike Newell the manager, then we’ve got a call saying that we had obtained it that was it.”
Afshan included, “In the daytime (at college ) we’ve found and we all had a note which our form coaches just reads outside. And I remember just sitting there and my instructor was going through each of the actions which were happening now and it was very dull. Then she stated that casting agents were coming into our school to search for two Asian allies to get involved in the Harry Potter movies and everyone started laughing.”
She continued, “I went into an all-girls school and thus everyone wanted to participate and we said:’Oh let us go!’ So I and a buddy had read the book, and we believed we are not planning to get in but we are not going to get rid of anything. We sent in after school and watched all of the women lining up and they were looking after themselves, all trimming their hair, putting make-up on. I believed I did not have an opportunity, so I went as myself you understand, smiled a little, and from my collection of five I had been the only person who got through the second round. My friends were like ‘Oh my God perhaps you have got an opportunity’ and I said:’No way – that is Harry Potter, someone like me would not enter Harry Potter!’ But little did I know I’d get back day after day, week after week, as Shefali explained, I’ve put with Shefali at the previous audition with Mike Newell and it all started from there really.”
Shefali reported that before her final screenplay for director Mike Newell, she could not eat anything all day. “Mike was supplying me this fruit and he was just like’Oh you should eat something’. He was so fine,” she explained. Afshan included, “I recall you’re very nervous and I thought:’Oh God when she is nervous, I must be anxious!’ It was not only us in the last audition – there were approximately 12 more women. But me personally and Shefali came back a lot since they were attempting to discover twins it was rather odd since there were twins but Mike was stating that we’d rather have two individuals that could behave than twins who could not behave.”
And now we, Dan and I, became best buddies and Rupert was hilarious in place. He is a perfect joker, it is difficult to comprehend but they are just really normal individuals, ordinary teenagers who were only to get a laugh and we just had fun. Everybody was just like the family in place and everybody just went to each other if they had a shoulder to cry on or shared with the laughs.”
Dancing – we had been much better dance off-screen than onscreen and he has like a mad sense of humor, so filled with energy and he is just encouraging. Since I got very nervous at one stage and that I had been doing a scene with me and Afshan and Rupert. I got very nervous and he had been very supportive.”
The Harry Potter series reasoned in 2013 and is now the third-largest highest-grossing movie franchise ever. Afshan wed Nabil Kazi in 2018, while Shefali’s final role was at the 2019 brief movie Odilo Fabian or (The chance of Impossible Dreams).