By Andy on 22 June 2009 at 07:49 GMT
An 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.
By Andy on 22 June 2009 at 02:41 GMT
Channel 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!
By Andy on 21 June 2009 at 21:44 GMT
An 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.
By Andy on 21 June 2009 at 00:00 GMT
Harry 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.
By Andy on 20 June 2009 at 13:08 GMT
Matthew 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.
By Andy on 20 June 2009 at 11:30 GMT
A 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.
By Andy on 19 June 2009 at 11:32 GMT
Harry 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.
By Andy on 17 June 2009 at 11:56 GMT
The 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.
By Andy on 14 June 2009 at 05:53 GMT
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!
By Andy on 13 June 2009 at 02:23 GMT
Warner Bros. has passed on a number of new photos from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, including many behind-the-scenes photographs.
By Andy on 11 June 2009 at 08:15 GMT
A 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.
By Andy on 8 June 2009 at 01:19 GMT
TV 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.
By Andy on 7 June 2009 at 22:23 GMT
Track listings 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.
By Andy on 7 June 2009 at 22:01 GMT
Numerous 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!
By Andy on 7 June 2009 at 21:56 GMT
Rhys 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.