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‘Harry Potter’ stars seen filming ‘Deathly Hallows’ in London ‘Harry Potter’ stars seen filming ‘Deathly Hallows’ in London

dan-rupert-filmingDan 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.

‘Harry Potter’ production designer on CGI, set design and more ‘Harry Potter’ production designer on CGI, set design and more

slughorn-setHarry 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.

Tom Felton to sign autographs at New Jersey Hot Topic store Tom Felton to sign autographs at New Jersey Hot Topic store

feltonWarner 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.

‘Harry Potter’ costume designer on dressing Slughorn ‘Harry Potter’ costume designer on dressing Slughorn

slughornHarry 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.

Mark Williams on Arthur Weasley, ‘Potter’ series and more Mark Williams on Arthur Weasley, ‘Potter’ series and more

markwilliamsMark 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.

‘Half-Blood Prince’ soundtrack, enhanced edition out July 14 ‘Half-Blood Prince’ soundtrack, enhanced edition out July 14

hooperWarner 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.

New interview with Jessie Cave (Lavender Brown) New interview with Jessie Cave (Lavender Brown)

caveThe 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.

David Bradley (Argus Filch) to appear in ‘Deathly Hallows’ David Bradley (Argus Filch) to appear in ‘Deathly Hallows’

bradleyDavid 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!

Declining DVD sales may hamper ‘Half-Blood Prince’ Declining DVD sales may hamper ‘Half-Blood Prince’

yates-broadbentAn interesting piece over at the LA Times ponders whether a recent trend in declining DVD sales will have a negative effect on the success of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. According to a home video industry analyst, “There’s been a fairly substantial shrinkage in the overall DVD market since the last ‘Harry Potter’ film came out”.

The article also notes that while the Potter films have sold well on DVD, each successive film has sold less than its predecessor. Warner Bros. President Alan Horne however was optimistic about the success of the Potter franchise.

Horn said he didn’t expect the soft DVD market to hamper sales of “Half-Blood Prince” because it was a “unique property.” Although Horn took a lot of flak from “Potter” fans when the studio pushed back the release of “Half-Blood Prince” to July from last November, the move may help boost DVD sales because the DVD will be released during the heavy gift-buying holiday season.

If the article is correct, we should see Half-Blood Prince on DVD and Blu-ray before the end of the year.

Live in Mexico? Win a visit to the ‘Deathly Hallows’ set! Live in Mexico? Win a visit to the ‘Deathly Hallows’ set!

dh-harryChannel 5 (“Canal 5”) is sponsoring a contest where Mexican Harry Potter fans have the chance to win a visit to the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows set! Rupert Grint introduced the contest here (it involves correctly answering 12 trivia questions), but more contest details can be found at this location. Good luck!

The Observer goes ‘Inside the Potter Machine’ The Observer goes ‘Inside the Potter Machine’

harry-lunaAn extensive Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince set report appeared in today’s issue of The Observer. The online report includes quotes from all of the major cast and crew members, as well as a new behind-the-scenes picture of Daniel Radcliffe and Evanna Lynch outside the Hogwarts grounds.

Additionally, the print edition features two behind-the-scenes pictures not included with the online report. These pictures show David Yates with the trio in Diagon Alley, as well as Yates with Alan Rickman and Jim Broadbent in the Great Hall.

Changes aplenty at Harry Potter Fan Zone Changes aplenty at Harry Potter Fan Zone

hpfz-newsHarry Potter Fan Zone has undergone a major facelift today – we hope you like it! As well as the obvious cosmetic changes, you’ll notice that a major restructuring of our content and navigation has taken place. The goal of the project was to make the site’s content more accessible and organised.

Feature-wise, you can now browse through our news archives through the new permanent sidebar, as well as perform a global site search (search every news article and page of content from the one place). Additionally, you’ll find many of our content sections have been given a complete refresh (take a look at our new book and movie sections for starters). More updates are also on the way!

Finally, we’ve brought some Web 2.0 goodness to the site – you can now join us on Facebook, Twitter, and of course subscribe to our RSS news feed. We’d love your feedback on the site refresh, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have a question or comment.

‘Harry Potter’ cast members watch ‘Half-Blood Prince’ ‘Harry Potter’ cast members watch ‘Half-Blood Prince’

weasley-shopMatthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom), Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy), and James and Oliver Phelps (Fred and George Weasley) all attended a screening of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince yesterday and shared their thoughts with Newsround. The film’s comedic elements were noted by many of the stars, as well as the dark tone.

James and Oliver Phelps commented on the extravagant joke shop set and spoke about filming “away from Hogwarts”.

“It was really cool because we got to work in probably the best set there,” said Oliver. “The set Fred and George have is so insane we weren’t disappointed to be away from Hogwarts at the time,” added James.

You can read all of the musings by clicking here.

David Yates on HBP, DH and ‘Potter’ future David Yates on HBP, DH and ‘Potter’ future

david-yatesA lengthy Los Angeles Times interview with Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince director David Yates is now online. In the interview Yates talks about the decision by Warner Bros. to push back the film’s release date, as well as working on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. On the decision to push back the release of Half-Blood Prince, Yates was initially apprehensive.

“It was not something I warmed to initially. At the time, I was so adrenalized, I was so caught up in the process of getting the film in on deadline and making the movie on a certain schedule, and then the decision to delay was a huge anticlimax. There was a huge sense of disappointment, I must say.”

Yates also spoke about the climactic point where the first Deathly Hallows film will end.

“We’ve had three or four different ideas about where to cut off the seventh film. Traditionally, the movies have ended with a death or a bereavement, some sort of passage or arrival. This time we think we will end with more a cliffhanger. Again, though, that’s the thought as of this moment.”

You can read the full interview by clicking here.

David Heyman on returning to ‘Half-Blood Prince’ David Heyman on returning to ‘Half-Blood Prince’

heymanHarry Potter producer David Heyman is profiled in a new feature over at Film Journal. In the interview, Heyman talks about returning to Half-Blood Prince, filming Deathly Hallows and his involvement within the Harry Potter franchise. You can read the full piece by clicking here.

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