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‘Deathly Hallows: Part 2’ receives three Oscar nominations, snubbed in the major categories

Stuart Craig has received multiple Oscar nominations for his work on the eight Harry Potter films.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 has received three nominations for the 84th Academy Awards (Oscars).

The film has been nominated for: Art Direction (Stuart Craig, pictured right, for production design and Stephanie McMillan for set decoration), Makeup (Nick Dudman, Amanda Knight and Lisa Tomblin) and Visual Effects (Tim Burke, David Vickery, Greg Butler and John Richardson).

Despite a large push by studio Warner Bros., the ‘Potter’ films were once again bizarrely snubbed by the Academy for consideration in the major categories.

‘Wizarding World of Harry Potter’ theme park coming to Hollywood

Warner Bros. and Universal have announced plans to expand The Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park by bringing it to Universal Studios in Hollywood. The park in Florida will also be “significantly expanded”.

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling said of the decision, “I am delighted that The Wizarding World of Harry Potter has been so popular with fans since the opening in Orlando last year and I am sure that the teams at Universal and Warner Bros. will bring their expertise and attention to detail to Hollywood to make this new experience equally as exciting.”

James and Oliver Phelps launch ‘Harry Potter: The Exhibition’ in Sydney

James and Oliver Phelps with Andy McCray of Harry Potter Fan ZoneLast night, James and Oliver Phelps (Fred and George Weasley in the Harry Potter films) attended the gala launch of Harry Potter: The Exhibition in Sydney.

I had the pleasure of attending the event, as well as a media preview earlier in the day, which was hosted at Sydney’s Powerhouse Museum. James and Oliver, along with creative wizards Eddie Newquist and Robin Stapley, shared a number of interesting facts about the exhibition.

Notably, they spoke about the logistics of bringing such a large exhibition to Australia and some of the more recent props and costumes on show for the first time.

Here are some of the most interesting facts that were shared.

  • It took 23 shipping containers and 40 days to bring Harry Potter: The Exhibition to Sydney.
  • At one point, James and Oliver had to have their wands shipped back to Leavesden Studios for ‘Deathly Hallows’ filming.
  • There’s a mark on one of the Bludgers where it was dropped on set.
  • There’s authentic James and Oliver Phelps graffiti carvings on the Gryffindor table in the Great Hall.
  • There are new props and costumes on show for the first time in Sydney, including the Hallows and Horcruxes (photos below).
  • Bellatrix’s costume is a new edition to the Sydney display (photo below).

Harry Potter: The Exhibition runs through until 18 March 2012 at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney. Tickets are now on sale.

Alan Rickman opens up about playing Severus Snape

Alan Rickman has remained tight-lipped over the last decade about his portrayal of Severus Snape in the Harry Potter films. In a new interview with Warner Bros. France, Rickman opens up about the role.

Harry Potter : Interview d'Alan Rickman by WarnerBrosPicturesFrance

J.K. Rowling reveals she almost killed Ron Weasley in ‘Deathly Hallows’

J.K. Rowling has revealed that she almost killed Ron Weasley in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

“Funnily enough, I planned from the start that none of them would die. Then midway through, which I think is a reflection of the fact that I wasn’t in a very happy place, I started thinking I might polish one of them off. Out of sheer spite. ‘There, now you definitely can’t have him any more.’ But I think in my absolute heart of heart of hearts, although I did seriously consider killing Ron, [I wouldn’t have done it],” she told the actor Daniel Radcliffe, who plays Harry Potter in the films and who was “convinced one of the main three had to buy it”.

Cast and crew look back at Harry’s relationship with Dumbledore

David Heyman, Emma Watson, Dan Radcliffe and Michael Gambon look at Harry’s relationship with Dumbledore in this new video from “Harry Potter: the Quest”.

There are also some great new behind-the-scenes shots in the clip. Watch it below.