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Check out this amazing Harry Potter piano medley Check out this amazing Harry Potter piano medley

I stumbled upon this video earlier today of a rather talented YouTuber playing a medley of pieces from the first four Harry Potter films on piano; it’s definitely worth a watch!

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‘Deathly Hallows: Part 1’ Blu-ray and DVD out April 11 ‘Deathly Hallows: Part 1’ Blu-ray and DVD out April 11

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on April 11 of this year.

Additionally, the BBFC is reporting that the home video release will include nearly one hour of new material (including deleted scenes and featurettes).

The deleted scenes run:

  • The Burrow’s Shed: Ron discusses radios with Mr. Weasley
  • The Dursley House: Harry and Aunt Petunia as they leave house
  • The Dursley House: Harry and Dudley shake hands
  • The Granger House: Death Eater searches deserted house
  • Ministry Of Magic Lifts: Harry tells Arthur he’s being tracked
  • Tent: Trio discuss destroying the locket
  • Rabbit chase in the forest
  • Montage: Ron and Hermione skimming stones

Other behind-the-scenes features include a number of “focus points”, which you can read about at this link.

There will also be a first-look at Deathly Hallows: Part 2 among the extra material.

Snape’s death scene in ‘Deathly Hallows: Part 2’ altered by filmmakers Snape’s death scene in ‘Deathly Hallows: Part 2’ altered by filmmakers

The location of Snape’s death in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 has been changed, according to art director Andrew Ackland-Snow (spoilers below).

The art director, Andrew Ackland-Snow, described to us another set created for the film. […] “We also made the boat house. We wanted to change a bit where Snape dies. In the book, he dies on the Shrieking Shack, and we wanted to get him out from, not a conventional interior, but from that kind of box, to do it in a more dramatic atmosphere. We asked J.K. if she agreed for that to happen in there, because we hadn’t really seen it before. We made a crystal house, and you can see what happens in the boat house from there – Are you listening Harry? -, but also the school is in flames…and she loved it. Besides, it’s a very romantic place to die. Snape dies in a extremely good way, I gotta say.”

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Photo of Neville and Bellatrix from ‘Deathly Hallows: Part 2’ Photo of Neville and Bellatrix from ‘Deathly Hallows: Part 2’

It’s low-resolution, but check out a first look none-the-less at Neville and Bellatrix from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 below.

Deathly Hallows: Part 2 is due for release in July.

Millionth Butterbeer sold at ‘The Wizarding World of Harry Potter’ Millionth Butterbeer sold at ‘The Wizarding World of Harry Potter’

Universal today announced the sale of the millionth Butterbeer inside The Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park.

To celebrate the milestone, the park, “shared 1,000 complimentary Butterbeers with guests on the streets of Hogsmeade.”

Which scene are you most looking forward to in ‘Deathly Hallows: Part 2’? Which scene are you most looking forward to in ‘Deathly Hallows: Part 2’?

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 hits cinemas in July and will mark the end of the ten-year Harry Potter film franchise.

Let us know which scene you are most looking forward to in 2011’s most anticipated film!

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Ciarán Hinds on Aberforth Dumbledore’s role in ‘Deathly Hallows: Part 2’ Ciarán Hinds on Aberforth Dumbledore’s role in ‘Deathly Hallows: Part 2’

Aberforth Dumbeldore’s part in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 will be a “blink-and-you’ll-miss-it” role according to actor Ciarán Hinds.

Hinds has revealed that his role in the film, “[was] a four-page exposition scene about Albus Dumbledore’s childhood and how he’s not all he said he was”.

Of Dan Radcliffe, Hines says, “He’s very good, but he will get better and better. He’s very committed to it, and although he’s not a bustling figure, he’s a very thoughtful and thorough professional.”

Deathly Hallows: Part 2 hits cinemas in July.