By Andy on 12 February 2009 at 01:31 GMT
James and Oliver Phelps (Fred and George Weasley in the Harry Potter films) gave an interview discussing their involvement in the Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince video game. They spoke of their experiences during the making of previous Harry Potter games and shed some light on what takes place behind the scenes.
By Andy on 9 February 2009 at 22:56 GMT
Emma Watson has revealed that she is just as nervous as co-star Rupert Grint about the Ron/Hermione kiss in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Rupert believes the scene will be particularly difficult to film because of his ongoing friendship with Emma.
Filming for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows will commence in two weeks.
By Andy on 8 February 2009 at 00:24 GMT
Filming on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows will begin in two weeks, according to a new report by the BBC. Pre-production at Leavesden Studios was recently halted when a stuntman suffered spinal injuries after a fall. The studio has since reopened.
"We have not begun filming yet and will not do so for another two weeks. This has always been the case," she said.
"Filming will commence mid-February and go through to spring 2009."
Both Deathly Hallows: Part I and Part II will be shot back-to-back, so we believe the representative meant 2010.
By Andy on 6 February 2009 at 23:18 GMT
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows has been checked out of British libraries approximately 109,000 times, making it the United Kingdom's most borrowed book.
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By Andy on 6 February 2009 at 23:11 GMT
The Harry Potter series has been nominated at the 2009 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards. Voting begins March 2 (we'll post a reminder when the date arrives).
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By Andy on 6 February 2009 at 06:03 GMT
J.K. Rowling's official website has been updated to wish Arthur Weasley a happy birthday.
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By Andy on 5 February 2009 at 22:28 GMT
Warner Bros. has released three high-resolution posters from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince featuring Harry and Dumbledore.
By Andy on 3 February 2009 at 20:33 GMT
J.K. Rowling received a Legion of Honour award today at an induction ceremony in Paris. She announced that her great-grandfather had received the same honour in 1924 for his courage in World War I, later asking French Harry Potter fans to pardon her for giving the book's primary antagonist (Lord Voldemort) a French name.
"Thanks to this internationally renowned saga, you have contributed to giving young people the taste for reading again," Sarkozy said before pinning the Legion of Honor medal on her. "With you, they understand that reading is not punishment, but a source of pleasure."
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By Andy on 12 January 2009 at 18:31 GMT
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince "strike[s] a balance" between darkness and comedy, according to a new interview with Dan Radcliffe in Melbourne's Herald Sun. The actor notes a conscious decision to tone down the darkness of the film in comparison with its predecessors.
"I mean, the one thing when I read the script I could always yearn for was more darkness and more of that real intense stuff, because I enjoy doing that more, but hopefully this time we have struck a balance between that darkness and a certain comedy in this film."
Radcliffe also comments on the style of comedy ("it's much more subtle"), and cites director David Yates as a key player in helping the franchise earn cinematic respect.
"And I think actually through making the films darker we've gained a lot. And also through people like (director) David Yates directing them, a certain amount of respect has been gained for the films as cinema."
By Andy on 10 January 2009 at 19:08 GMT
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince has been named the most anticipated film of 2009 by AOL Movies. Other notable films on the list include the fourth installment of the Terminator franchise and a prequel to X-Men.
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By Andy on 10 January 2009 at 18:42 GMT
Jim Broadbent, Horace Slughorn in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, describes his character as "a good man, a decent man, but a weak man" in a new interview with the Los Angeles Times.
"It's wonderful to be part of this now, to come in at this stage, because they've got it running so smoothly now, it's amazing to see," said the 59-year-old Broadbent, whose screen career dates to 1978."
Broadbent, a fan of the books, praises the adaptations from page to screen.
"I saw the first film when it came out, and it was so brilliantly conceived," Broadbent said. "You read the book and then you see the film and every moment you think, 'That is exactly how I imagined it.'"
Half-Blood Prince's director David Yates is also a fan of the actor, noting that "he works exceptionally hard, and he makes everything look exceedingly easy".
By Andy on 9 January 2009 at 23:58 GMT
Toby Jones will soon return to the studio to voice the role of Dobby, confirming the character will return in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
This year, he appears in the Darwin biopic Creation, playing the biologist Thomas Huxley. Next year he will become a digitised baddy in Steven Spielberg's animated version of Tintin. And he'll soon be back in the recording studio for the next Harry Potter, in which he voices Dobby the house elf.
Deathly Hallows will be the first film Dobby has appeared in since Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
By Andy on 9 January 2009 at 22:30 GMT
J.K. Rowling's official website has been updated to wish Severus Snape a happy birthday.
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By Andy on 9 January 2009 at 22:21 GMT
Teen Vogue has named Emma Watson "best-dressed" for December. Described as "sheer magic", Watson wore designer William Tempest last month at the premiere of The Tale of Despereaux in Los Angeles.
By Andy on 9 January 2009 at 04:43 GMT
Abe Books has announced a contest to win a rare collector's edition of The Tales of Beedle the Bard, currently worth $100 USD. Also up for grabs is a copy of the auction catalog for Beedle the Bard's hand-written edition from December 2007.
To be eligible, Harry Potter fans must submit an entry form and answer the provided trivia question on the Abe Books website. Contest rules apply. Good luck!