Harry Potter Fan Zone

HPFZ's JK Rowling Fan Site Award

✨ Exclusive: read part one of our interview with Wizarding World graphic designers MinaLima ✨

David Heyman, David Yates on Alexandre Desplat’s ‘Deathly Hallows’ music, John Williams returning

Earlier this month Harry Potter Fan Zone spoke with the cast and crew of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows as part of the London press junket.

Below you can read our interviews about the music of the final two films, including producers David Heyman and David Barron commenting on the possibility of John Williams scoring the final Potter film.

Harry Potter Fan Zone (HPFZ): Was John Williams ever asked to score Deathly Hallows: Part 2? Did he decline?

David Heyman (DH): Yes, he was. We wanted to make it work with John but John’s schedule didn’t permit.

David Barron (DB): He was just unavailable unfortunately.

HPFZ: He wanted to do it?

Both: He did, very much so.

DH: We asked him around the time of [movie] six. Actually, we talked to him all the way along [about coming back for the end] but his schedule didn’t permit.

DB: It’s incredible for a man of advancing years who you think might be taking it easy, we spoke to him almost two years before the scoring sessions for this film and already then he had schedule issues.

DH: And then he tried to work his schedule to try and accommodate it but it just wasn’t possible.

We also asked director David Yates about the use of “Hedwig’s Theme” in Deathly Hallows: Part 1.

HPFZ: Alexandre Desplat mentioned that you picked very specific moments for “Hedwig’s Theme”. What was so significant about those moments?

David Yates (DY): Anything that felt like we were being nostalgic or in a way reflective of the past. That’s when we used it.

HPFZ: Was it a conscious decision for him to play with the melody?

DY: Yeah, we wanted it to feel like it was all getting a bit distressed. We wanted to sort of [mess] it up a bit.

We’ll have more, including an interview with Alexandre Desplat, the composer for the Deathly Hallows films, later this week.

‘Deathly Hallows: Part 1’ London premiere photos

Check out some of our photos from the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 world premiere in London below.

HPFZ’s coverage of the London premiere

The London premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 is today at the Empire & Odeon in Leicester Square! HPFZ webmaster Andy McCray will be at the event from start to finish, so be sure to check back throughout the day for his coverage. In addition, you can watch LIVE coverage of the premiere beginning at 12 p.m. EST below.

The live stream has now ended, check out a recap video below

[flv:http://pdl.warnerbros.com/wbmovies/deathlyhallows/pt1/premiere/hp7worldpremieredomesticedit_med.mov 640 266]

Check out our photos from the event by clicking here.

Follow us on Twitter for live updates!

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.