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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.

Interview with ‘Harry Potter’ screenwriter Steve Kloves Interview with ‘Harry Potter’ screenwriter Steve Kloves

klovesThe Los Angeles Times recently interviewed Harry Potter screenwriter Steve Kloves. In the interview, Kloves talks about adapting the books to films, input from Jo Rowling, and his decision to not write the fifth film (it was written by Michael Goldenberg). You can read the full interview by clicking here.

Happy Birthday, Andy McCray! Happy Birthday, Andy McCray!

Please join the Harry Potter Fan Zone staff in wishing HPFZ’s webmaster Andy McCray a very happy twentieth birthday!  Andy has devoted the last 6 years of his life to HPFZ, and for that we are all grateful.  So cheers to as friendly, devoted, and driven a webmaster as there ever will be.  Enjoy your birthday mate – you deserve it!

New photos from ‘Half-Blood Prince’ New photos from ‘Half-Blood Prince’

Warner Bros. has passed on a number of new photos from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, including many behind-the-scenes photographs.

‘Half-Blood Prince’ cave display in Australia ‘Half-Blood Prince’ cave display in Australia

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince promotional stand featuring Harry and Dumbledore on their way to the cave is being displayed in cinemas in Australia. Some photos (albeit a little blurry) can be seen below.

‘Half-Blood Prince’ IMAX opening to be delayed ‘Half-Blood Prince’ IMAX opening to be delayed

ronhermioneimax2TV Watch Online has let us know that Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince will not be released in IMAX until July 29. According to IMAX:

“…IMAX® and Warner Bros. have announced the opening date for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: The IMAX Experience. This film will open in IMAX® theaters on Wednesday, July 29, 2009. Only in IMAX® theaters will fans be able to experience scenes from the film in spectacular IMAX 3D® … Tickets will go on sales closer to the end of June and I will send out another e-mail at that time.”

The delay comes because of an IMAX/Paramount deal allowing Transformers 2 a four-week exclusive IMAX run. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince will be released in theatres on July 15.

Track list for ‘Half-Blood Prince’ soundtrack revealed Track list for ‘Half-Blood Prince’ soundtrack revealed

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for the Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince soundtrack have been posted on Amazon. Twenty-eight tracks will be featured on the album, making it the longest Harry Potter soundtrack to date. The score is composed by Nicholas Hooper and will be available on July 14.

You can view the tracklisting below, however be aware of spoilers.

Read the full article.

New photos of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter New photos of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter

wizardparkNumerous photos have recently appeared online which show the construction of the upcoming Harry Potter theme park. The photos show what could possibly be a completed part of a Hogwarts wall, and several buildings that resemble the Hogsmeade area – with artificial snow and all!

Rhys Ifans on role as Xenophilius Lovegood in ‘Deathly Hallows’ Rhys Ifans on role as Xenophilius Lovegood in ‘Deathly Hallows’

ifansRhys Ifans, the actor set to play Xenophilius Lovegood in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, recently gave an interview with BBC Radio. He spoke about the enormity of the Harry Potter set, and how honoured he is to be working with actors such as Dame Maggie Smith and Michael Gambon. The full interview can be found here.

I can’t reveal much about the new Harry Potter film, which I don’t understand because the book is out anyway, but I had to sign a clause that I wouldn’t.

However, I play Xenophilus Lovegood, a wizard who is the father of Luna Lovegood, one of Harry Potter’s friends. That’s all I can really say because I haven’t read the book!

There’s been so much money thrown at the project, with there having been [six] other films. They’re filming up in Leavesden near London in an old Rolls Royce airplane engine factory.

It’s an enormous place, so you walk about and see things like a zoo full of owls, so if you need an owl for a scene, you pick up the phone and someone comes across with an owl. It’s a like a machine. I’ve never been – in America – with an employer of so many people.

I’m not a big fan of Harry Potter but it feels like a privilege to get called up with people like Maggie Smith and Michael Gambon so it’s an honour that they thought of me to play a cross-eyed wizard.

‘Harry Potter’ DVDs to be re-released ‘Harry Potter’ DVDs to be re-released

hpdvdsThe Harry Potter DVDs will be re-released in standard and Blu-ray formats in the United Kingdom on June 15.

Additionally, Warner Bros. has launched a contest in which a token will be hidden in one of the disks for a fan to find. The winner will be given the opportunity to spend a week at the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows set working in various production departments.

New HBP video game trailer now online New HBP video game trailer now online

IGN has released a new trailer for the Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince video game. The game will be released on June 30.

Tom Felton on ‘Harry Potter’ experience Tom Felton on ‘Harry Potter’ experience

feltonIn a recent interview, Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter films) touched on his involvement in the franchise. Reflecting back on his experiences, Tom said:

“I have endless memories. To pick out one is an endless task, but collectively the seven years have been a huge, huge experience for me and a great learning experience and I’ve met some great friends and it’s been too good to be true.”

Chris Rankin to return in ‘Deathly Hallows’ Chris Rankin to return in ‘Deathly Hallows’

rankinChris Rankin (Percy Weasley in the Harry Potter films) has confirmed that he will be reprising his role in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

Purchase tickets for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Purchase tickets for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

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Wait no longer folks; you can now purchase tickets for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince through Fandango. The film opens on July 15.

Click here to purchase tickets

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