News articles from February 2011
27 February 2011 at 21:25 GMT
The Mirror is today claiming that a second Harry Potter theme park is set to open, this time at Leavesden Studios, the location where all eight Harry Potter films were shot.
This is completely untrue. Instead, we can confirm that on Thursday Warner Bros. is going to share with the fans some exciting news regarding a behind-the-scenes look at the Harry Potter films.
26 February 2011 at 12:31 GMT
The ultimate editions of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince will reportedly be released on June 14.
Both sets will contain new additions to the “Creating the World of Harry Potter” documentary series, this time focusing on “Evolution” and “Magical Effects”.
You can see photos of both sets below.
14 February 2011 at 06:08 GMT
Last week was Battle for Hogwarts, and now this week we have your first look at the other two HP sets that LEGO will be releasing this summer.
LEGO 4866, The Knight Bus, will cost $34.99 and is slated for release in June. Additionally, LEGO 4865, The Forbidden Forest, will cost $11.99 and will be released in August.
You can see pictures of all three sets below. Additional close-ups can be found at ActionFigs.com.
12 February 2011 at 11:35 GMT
David Heyman recently called a rough cut of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, “very exciting”, despite it having no visual effects, music, or sounds effects.
Talking with Empire Online, Heyman spoke about the ‘Potter’ franchise coming to an end, as well as some of the juicer material to come in Part 2, including the King’s Cross sequence and Snape’s memories.
Yeah. I’ve seen a very, very early cut. It’s very exciting. No visual effects, no music, no sound effects, and it’s really exciting. But it’s early days and the film continues to take shape and will continue to take shape over the next many months. I think it will be a great ending to the series. It was a really long shoot; we shot over 260 days on this one.
Well, in a way this is an easier structure than Part One because it’s quite defined. In terms of the King’s Cross scene, I think it does work and it’s very moving. We actually did it once, and then re-did it a little bit because we needed to refine something, and I’m pretty glad we did. It’s a very quiet, moving scene, but I think it leaves the series on the right note. The only flashback really that one thinks about is the Snape flashback, when Harry goes into the Pensieve to see Snape’s story, and that’ll be defined, but it’ll be very moving.
You can read the entire interview with David at this link.
9 February 2011 at 11:13 GMT
Check out a number of pieces of gorgeous concept artwork by artist Andrew Williamson for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 below.
With thanks to UHP.
9 February 2011 at 10:35 GMT
Check out two photos below of comedian Jon Stewart visiting Zonko’s joke shop at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park in Florida.
8 February 2011 at 03:24 GMT
LEGO will be releasing three new Harry Potter sets in August to accompany the final film, and we now have our first look at one of the three sets below thanks to Eurobricks.
The set will include seven mini-figures: a Dementor, Harry Potter, Remus Lupin, Gregory Goyle, Lucius Malfoy, Neville Longbottom, and Professor Sprout.
4 February 2011 at 12:11 GMT
Below you’ll find the box art for both the Blu-ray (combo pack) and 2-disc DVD editions of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, out April 11.
1 February 2011 at 10:57 GMT
In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, animator Ben Hibon spoke about the inspiration behind and the creation of the gorgeous animated sequence in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1.
In the film, the animated sequence provides the visual accompaniment to Hermione’s narration of The Tale of the Three Brothers (the story inspired by the three Deathly Hallows).
“This is the first animated sequence ever to appear in a Harry Potter film, so it had to be distinctive and special. It’s not animation as we might think of it today; it is a moving illustration of the story being read aloud by Hermione — the story of the Deathly Hallows. The fact that the sequence would be explaining the origin of the title made it all the more important.”
“The work of artist Lotte Reiniger from the 1930s was another early reference. Her silhouette-style stop-motion animations are beautifully handcrafted and captured the naïve visual tone we were after. We also looked at Asian shadow-play, which is visually striking, very intricate and yet so beautifully simple. The technique is basic, but the end result is particularly charming and engaging. There’s something so ingenious about projecting shadows onto a simple cloth.”
“Animation is the art of smoke and mirrors, lights and shadows, and the team of artists behind this piece are true magicians.”
You can read the full interview and discover more about the sequence by clicking here.
Additionally, you can see a plethora of concept art from the sequence by artist Alexis Liddell at this link.
1 February 2011 at 10:37 GMT
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 will be available on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and digital download come April 15.
The film will be available on Blu-ray Combo Pack, “featuring a hi-definition, a standard definition, and a digital copy of the film” for $35.99 and as a single DVD “in widescreen format” for $28.98.
Among the special features included in the combo pack is a first-look at Deathly Hallows: Part 2 which hits cinemas in July.