News articles from June 2009
30 June 2009 at 12:48 GMT
In yet another feature piece in the LA Times, James and Oliver Phelps (Fred and George Weasley in the Harry Potter films) speak about working on Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, director David Yates, and bringing the Weasley twins to life.
Both James and Oliver agreed that the joke shop scenes were their favourite to film in Half-Blood Prince, noting that, “The crew built an exquisite set, and there are a lot of special effects involved to simulate the magical pops and explosions. It’s a great scene. ”
The twins also debunked the belief that they are often mistaken for one another.
MG: Are you often confused for each other like the Weasley twins are in the movie?
OP: It’s funny that you should ask that, because we rarely are. When we first went in for casting calls and got the part, the crew was very methodical. They said to me “You’re George,” and to James, “You’re Fred” and I guess it stuck because no one ever really got confused.
Read the full interview by clicking here.
30 June 2009 at 06:39 GMT
AOL Radio are currently previewing tracks from the Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince score. A track is being played every hour, on the hour.
The score is composed by Nicholas Hooper, who also scored Order of the Phoenix, and will be released on July 14.
To listen to the soundtrack previews, click here and select “Listen to Movie Scores on AOL Radio”.
29 June 2009 at 02:03 GMT
Dan Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson were today filming scenes from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in Whitehall in London. The trio were filming the Ministry of Magic entrance scene.
Photos of the filming can be seen here, and a video can be seen below.
27 June 2009 at 01:16 GMT
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince production designer Stuart Craig is profiled in a new interview with the LA Times. In the interview, Craig talks about the use of CGI, designing sets for Professor Slughorn, the cave, and more.
JP: What substance did you actually use for the memories?
SC: It was a computer-generated, CG effect, as many of these things are. These movies have been done for nine years now. When we began, there was much more done physically — and it’s amazing when you look back on the progress of digital effects in the last nine years.
You can read the full interview by clicking here.
26 June 2009 at 12:18 GMT
Warner Bros. has today let us know that Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter movies) will be making a special in-store appearance at the Garden State Plaza Hot Topic store in Paramus, New Jersey.
Felton will appear in-store beginning at 7 PM on July 10, and will be signing autographs for 750 lucky fans who purchase a limited edition Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince shirt.
Fans can now purchase the shirt at the Garden State Plaza Hot Topic store; the first 750 will receive a special wristband allowing them access to the event.
26 June 2009 at 03:25 GMT
Harry Potter costume designer Jany Temime discusses the challenges involved in dressing Professor Slughorn in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince in a new interview with the LA Times.
“Everything we did for his costumes was very rich, but also very used, because he’s not a rich man anymore. He hasn’t worked for a long time. He is a bit of a has-been. But his clothes, even if they were from 20 years ago, were once upon a time, very rich and very glamorous. So we went for ‘Old Glamour’ when designing…Very pompous, very extreme, very glorious.”
You can read the full interview by clicking here.
25 June 2009 at 04:01 GMT
Mark Williams was interested in narrating the Harry Potter audiobooks before being cast as Arthur Weasley, according to a new interview in the LA Times. Williams also speaks about the fandom, being a father figure in the series, and the now grown up trio.
For Harry Potter, did you read any of the novels before you were cast?
Yeah! I read them before I was cast and was, kind of embarrassingly, a fan, a bit. I found my agent and said ‘Is anybody gonna read these as talking books because I’d like to put my name up for it.’ I knew who Arthur Weasley was, and I know who I am and I knew I could do it.
The full interview can be read by clicking here.
25 June 2009 at 02:46 GMT
Warner Bros. has today confirmed that the Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince soundtrack, composed by Nicholas Hooper, will be available on July 14. The score includes twenty-eight tracks (the longest ‘Potter’ soundtrack yet), with over an hour of material.
An enhanced edition of the soundtrack will also be released, “giving fans a free digital download of the entire soundtrack in 5.1 Surround Sound audio, along with bonus exclusive content”.
The soundtrack can currently be pre-ordered over at Amazon.
24 June 2009 at 00:12 GMT
The HeroComplex Blog in the LA Times has featured a new interview with Jessie Cave, who plays Lavender Brown in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Jessie specifically discusses “the big kissing scene” in detail, explaining that Rupert was scared, she was nervous, and all those nerves collectively made for the perfect kissing scene – as well as for some major laughs after filming. A cool excerpt from the interview:
How is Lavender introduced?
She’s in the Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes shop and she’s kind of ogling Ron. She’s been going to school with them for years, but it’s not that she’s making her interests known.
23 June 2009 at 11:15 GMT
David Bradley, Hogwarts caretaker Argus Filch in the Harry Potter films, will reprise his role in both Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II.
The final two ‘Potter’ films will be released in 2010 and 2011, respectively.
Thanks to Snitch Seeker!