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Reminder: Win ‘Prisoner of Azkaban’, ‘Goblet of Fire’ ultimate editions and Blu-ray player!

Harry Potter Fan Zone is giving away copies of the ultimate editions of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire on DVD and Blu-ray!

One lucky visitor will receive both ultimate editions on Blu-ray plus a Blu-ray disc player valued at $299. Three runners up will win two sets of both ultimate editions on DVD.

If you’re a US resident and over the age of eighteen, click here to enter the sweepstakes for a chance to win!

The Prisoner of Azkaban Ultimate Editions will give you these bonus features:

  • Creating the World of Harry Potter Part 3: Creatures and featurette – Tour Nick Dudman’s Creature Shop
  • Additional Special Features: Featurettes – Creating the Vision: an interview with J.K. Rowling and the filmmakers, Conjuring a Scene: Creating Buckbeak and the Dementors for the screen; Additional Scenes and more
  • 48-Page Creatures Photo Book
  • Two Collectible Character Cards: Hermione Granger, Sirius Black
  • Year 3 Lenticular Card
  • Bonus Digital Copy of the Theatrical Film

The Goblet of Fire Ultimate Editions will give you these bonus features:

  • Creating the World of Harry Potter Part 4: Sound & Music
  • Additional Special Features: Featurettes – Preparing for the Yule Ball; conversations with the Cast; Reflections on the Fourth Film; and more
  • 44-Page Sound & Music Photo Book
  • Two Collectible Character Cards: Ronald Weasley, Alastor “Mad-Eye” Moody
  • Year 4 Lenticular Card
  • Bonus Digital Copy of the Theatrical Film

‘Deathly Hallows: Part 1’ preview in Entertainment Weekly magazine

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 is the subject of this week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly, with Dan Radcliffe featuring on the cover.

Radcliffe has always been pretty fearless. At 11, when most boys are afraid of being vulnerable, he talked about how he found out that he’d been cast as the boy wizard, after months of auditions. “I was in the bath at the time,” he said then. “My dad came running in and said, ‘Guess who they want to play Harry Potter?’ and I started to cry. It was probably the best moment of my life.” In the years since, Radcliffe has proved he isn’t afraid to reveal himself. He famously appeared naked on stage in Equus, both in London’s West End and on Broadway. (There’s even a reference to it in Hallows-Part 1.

In one scene, Ron, Hermione and Harry, on the run in London, enter a café. On the wall in one corner is a poster for Equus.) Radcliffe is still taking risks. He’s currently rehearsing to star in a stage musical, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and trying to not think about saying goodbye to Harry after all these years. “It’s key for me to keep working,” he says. “Focusing on other things rather than moping around the house.”

Read more by clicking here. The magazine is also in stores now.

Win a ‘Deathly Hallows’ Ministry of Magic badge

Warner Bros. are giving away a Ministry of Magic visitor badge prop created for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1. As well as the badge, one first place winner will receive Harry Potter Years 1-6 on Blu-ray and a PlayStation 3 (with Blu-ray player).

Second and third place winners will receive gift certificates to WBShop.com to use on Harry Potter merchandise.

To enter the competition, click here.

‘Deathly Hallows: Part 1’ New York City, London premiere information

Warner Bros. has let us know that the London premiere for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 will be held on the afternoon of Thursday 11 November at the Empire & Odeon, Leicester Square.

Check out our photos from the above event by clicking here.

The New York City premiere will be held at Alice Tully Hall in New York on the evening of Monday 15 November. Photos from the event can be found here.

Are you planning on attending either premiere?

Alexandre Desplat on composing the ‘Deathly Hallows: Part 1’ score

Check out a behind-the-scenes feature below with composer Alexandre Desplat talking about composing the music for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1.

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Watch a ‘Deathly Hallows’ behind-the-scenes feature

Warner Bros. has sent over a behind-the-scenes look at Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows which includes some new Part 1 footage and interviews with cast and crew.

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Dan Radcliffe on physical and emotional challenges in ‘Deathly Hallows’

Harry Potter Fan Zone, along with a number of other fan sites, recently had the chance to speak with Dan Radcliffe. I asked Dan about the most physically and emotionally challenging scenes in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

Harry Potter Fan Zone: What would you say [was] the most challenging scene to film physically and then the most challenging emotionally in this film?

Dan Radcliffe: Physically? The underwater stuff is always pretty tricky and in this case it was particularly tricky. I’m going under into the frozen lake to get the Sword of Gryffindor and the Horcrux is fighting for its existence and is trying to kill me. We do what will hopefully be a pretty terrifying almost semi-homage to The Omen where I get dragged up against the surface of the ice and torn around by the locket. That was pretty challenging.

Emotionally? All the stuff early on in the film with Rupert. It’s very, very hard to hate Rupert Grint, even in performance terms. That was a challenge but hopefully some really, really good scenes will come out of it. Also all the scenes in Godric’s Hollow where Harry sees his parents’ tombstone. They were obviously big emotional moments.

Harry being such a battle-hardened, almost desensitised person at this stage, is dealing with emotions which he doesn’t know how to show because he’s buried emotions for so long. That’s how he’s managed to survive and keep his sanity: by ignoring, a lot of the time, his tragic past and how he feels about it. So to combine the natural grief one would feel at that moment with the kind of stoicism that Harry has developed over the last year, that was a challenge, but one I thoroughly enjoyed.

‘Deathly Hallows: Part 1’ score track names revealed

The track titles for Alexandre Desplat’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 score have been published online. You can pre-order the soundtrack at Amazon. A limited edition release will also be available in December.

  • Obliviate
  • Snape to Malfoy Manor
  • Polyjuice Potion
  • Sky Battle
  • At The Burrow
  • Harry and Ginny
  • The Will
  • Death Eaters
  • Dobby
  • Ministry of Magic
  • Detonators
  • The Locket
  • Fireplaces Escape
  • Ron Leaves
  • The Exodus
  • Godric’s Hollow Graveyard
  • Bathilda Bagshot
  • Hermione’s Parents
  • Destroying the Locket
  • Ron’s Speech
  • Lovegood
  • The Deathly Hallows
  • Captured and Tortured
  • Rescuing Hermione
  • Farewell to Dobby
  • The Elder Wand