News articles from January 2009
12 January 2009 at 18:31 GMT
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince “strike[s] a balance” between darkness and comedy, according to a new interview with Dan Radcliffe in Melbourne’s Herald Sun. The actor notes a conscious decision to tone down the darkness of the film in comparison with its predecessors.
“I mean, the one thing when I read the script I could always yearn for was more darkness and more of that real intense stuff, because I enjoy doing that more, but hopefully this time we have struck a balance between that darkness and a certain comedy in this film.”
Radcliffe also comments on the style of comedy (“it’s much more subtle”), and cites director David Yates as a key player in helping the franchise earn cinematic respect.
“And I think actually through making the films darker we’ve gained a lot. And also through people like (director) David Yates directing them, a certain amount of respect has been gained for the films as cinema.”
10 January 2009 at 19:08 GMT
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince has been named the most anticipated film of 2009 by AOL Movies. Other notable films on the list include the fourth installment of the Terminator franchise and a prequel to X-Men.
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10 January 2009 at 18:42 GMT
Jim Broadbent, Horace Slughorn in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, describes his character as “a good man, a decent man, but a weak man” in a new interview with the Los Angeles Times.
“It’s wonderful to be part of this now, to come in at this stage, because they’ve got it running so smoothly now, it’s amazing to see,” said the 59-year-old Broadbent, whose screen career dates to 1978.”
Broadbent, a fan of the books, praises the adaptations from page to screen.
“I saw the first film when it came out, and it was so brilliantly conceived,” Broadbent said. “You read the book and then you see the film and every moment you think, ‘That is exactly how I imagined it.'”
Half-Blood Prince‘s director David Yates is also a fan of the actor, noting that “he works exceptionally hard, and he makes everything look exceedingly easy”.
9 January 2009 at 23:58 GMT
Toby Jones will soon return to the studio to voice the role of Dobby, confirming the character will return in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
This year, he appears in the Darwin biopic Creation, playing the biologist Thomas Huxley. Next year he will become a digitised baddy in Steven Spielberg’s animated version of Tintin. And he’ll soon be back in the recording studio for the next Harry Potter, in which he voices Dobby the house elf.
Deathly Hallows will be the first film Dobby has appeared in since Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
9 January 2009 at 22:30 GMT
J.K. Rowling’s official website has been updated to wish Severus Snape a happy birthday.
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9 January 2009 at 22:21 GMT
Teen Vogue has named Emma Watson “best-dressed” for December. Described as “sheer magic”, Watson wore designer William Tempest last month at the premiere of The Tale of Despereaux in Los Angeles.
9 January 2009 at 04:43 GMT
Abe Books has announced a contest to win a rare collector’s edition of The Tales of Beedle the Bard, currently worth $100 USD. Also up for grabs is a copy of the auction catalog for Beedle the Bard‘s hand-written edition from December 2007.
To be eligible, Harry Potter fans must submit an entry form and answer the provided trivia question on the Abe Books website. Contest rules apply. Good luck!
7 January 2009 at 23:35 GMT
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince will be rated PG in the US, according to the MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America). The PG rating has been given for, “scary images, some violence, language and mild sensuality”.
Both Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix received PG-13 ratings.
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6 January 2009 at 23:56 GMT
Two new behind-the-scenes photographs from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince today. Both pictures originally appeared in Empire Magazine and show director David Yates and cast on set.
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4 January 2009 at 17:27 GMT
Tom Felton, Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter series, recently visited Orlando’s Universal Studios along with girlfriend Jade Gordon. During their visit, Tom posed for a photograph beside a Ministry of Magic proclamation teasing construction of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter park.
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is currently being built at Universal’s Islands of Adventure park and will be open to the public in 2010.