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J.K. Rowling to appear on ‘Oprah’ on Friday J.K. Rowling to appear on ‘Oprah’ on Friday

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling will appear on the The Oprah Winfrey Show this Friday, October first. The interview was recorded at the Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh where Rowling completed Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows back in 2007.

In a wide-ranging interview that took place in Edinburgh, Scotland, Rowling speaks candidly with Winfrey about her life and career as well as her journey to becoming one of the most recognizable writers of children’s literature today. Rowling, who rarely does interviews, also shares her thoughts on the possibility of ever writing another Harry Potter book in the future.

Rowling reveals the moment when she knew that her life had changed forever. It was while in the United States on her second book tour: “There was this enormous Barnes & Noble, and I thought, oh my God. And the queue snaked up the street, up the Barnes & Noble, up through four floors and they took me in the back entrance. They opened the door and they screamed. They screamed….That’s a real stand-out moment for me. I knew it was getting big in that there was press attention and so on, but at that point, that for me…was when it felt ‘Beatle-esque.'”

Rowling also reveals to Winfrey that coping with the pressures of sudden stardom was not easy: “You ask about the pressure. At that point, I kept saying to people, yeah I’m coping…but the truth was there were times when I was barely hanging on by a thread.”

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Take a closer look at the ‘Deathly Hallows: Part I’ trailer Take a closer look at the ‘Deathly Hallows: Part I’ trailer

Now that the Deathly Hallows: Part I trailer has been online for a few days (watch it here), we thought we’d take a closer look at some of the little details you might have missed on your first (or second, or tenth, or millionth) viewing.

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Above: The symbol of the Deathly Hallows: the wand, the stone and the cloak.

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Cast for ‘Deathly Hallows: Part II’ epilogue revealed Cast for ‘Deathly Hallows: Part II’ epilogue revealed

10-year-old Ryan Turner will play the role of Hugo Weasley in the epilogue scene in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II, it has been revealed.

Additionally, Harry and Ginny’s children, James Sirius Potter and Albus Severus Potter will be played by actors Will Dunn and Arthur Bowen respectively.

Above: Arthur Bowen as Albus Potter, Ryan Turner as Hugo Weasley and Will Dunn as James Potter.

Deathly Hallows: Part II will be released in July of next year.

With thanks to Snitch Seeker and Screen Terrier.

Lovegoods, Dobby to get musical themes in ‘Deathly Hallows’ score Lovegoods, Dobby to get musical themes in ‘Deathly Hallows’ score

Both the Lovegoods and Dobby will get musical themes in Alexandre Desplat’s score for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I, according to an update by Conrad Pope, the score’s orchestrator. Recording with the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) began a week ago.

27 August: Working on Alexandre Desplat’s new score for the next “Potter”. Exciting, vigorous music! Harry flies, fights and conjures. All accompanied by the distinctive, definitely non-generic voice of Desplat. Those who love melodies, harmonies and emotions in their film scores should be pleased. Reminds one of the old days. Stay tuned.

24 September: Just finished the first week with the LSO of recording Alexandre Desplat’s score to “HP7”. Harry Potter now occupies a new musical universe. For Lovegood AD has written a charming, “groovin'” theme. Dobby, too, is given a new “voice”. The emotional music reaches its climax in Ron’s speech in the “wilderness” where the poetry of AD conveys the emotion in a single chord’s voicing. Stay tuned.

Deathly Hallows: Part I will be released on November 19; Alexandre Desplat’s soundtrack will be released on November 16.

With thanks to UHP.

Watch the full ‘Deathly Hallows: Part I’ trailer Watch the full ‘Deathly Hallows: Part I’ trailer

The full length trailer for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I has been released. See it below, courtesy of Warner Bros. Watch and download it in other formats after the jump.

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Thirteen new ‘Deathly Hallows: Part I’ pictures Thirteen new ‘Deathly Hallows: Part I’ pictures

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Read our ‘Deathly Hallows: Part I’ set report preview Read our ‘Deathly Hallows: Part I’ set report preview

Earlier this year, I had the pleasure of visiting Leavesden Studios where cast and crew were busy at work on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. During the visit, I toured the sets (both old and new), and interviewed many members of the cast and crew. You can read a preview of my report below.

We climb up some steps to arrive in a new set: the toilet block which Harry and Ron use to enter the Ministry of Magic. The attention to detail here is paramount. Visually, the room is old and dilapidated and everything about this set – stalls and all – looks oddly authentic. That is until you reach the end of the set, where a large painting of a London street hangs over the construction.

The now familiar Ministry of Magic set has been extended for the film too. On Leavesden’s ‘C’-stage, a new trial room has been erected. It’s noticeably “cosier” than those featured in earlier films. It’s here that Dolores Umbridge will interrogate Mary Cattermole. Back in the Atrium, crew members are reassembling the iconic set after its dramatic destruction in Order of the Phoenix. It takes roughly a month to reassemble. Behind the Atrium, Ministry lifts are also being constructed. Filming is set to begin here shortly.

The full piece for Deathly Hallows: Part I will be available next month.

Watch the ‘Deathly Hallows’ TV spot Watch the ‘Deathly Hallows’ TV spot

Check out the first TV spot for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I below, courtesy of Warner Bros.

Two new ‘Deathly Hallows’ photos Two new ‘Deathly Hallows’ photos

See two new images from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I, which first appeared in Empire Magazine Australia, below.

New ‘Deathly Hallows’ photos, first look at Bill Nighy as Scrimgeour New ‘Deathly Hallows’ photos, first look at Bill Nighy as Scrimgeour

Check out a number of new images from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I below, including our first official look at Bill Nighy as Rufus Scrimgeour.

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