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Brief new HBP behind-the-scenes footage on E!

090701 Daily 10The Daily 10 aired a brief sneak peek of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince this evening, which included some new behind-the-scenes footage from the film.  The new footage shows the trio in the Great Hall, as well as Quidditch tryouts with Harry and Ron.  Check out the footage here.

New Zealand Herald profiles Daniel Radcliffe

090701 Radcliffe profileThe New Zealand Herald has published a lengthy feature on Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter).  In the piece – “Harry Potter – still working his magic” – Radcliffe discusses his hopes for the final two films; why he is glad the seventh book is being made into two films; and what it’s like working with Michael Gambon (Professor Dumbledore), among other things.

“I’m very happy that the seventh book is being made as two films,” notes Radcliffe, “because I was worried they would have to cut important scenes. For example in the fourth film you could cut out the house elf sub-plot and it doesn’t affect the main story in any way. In the second film they cut out the Nearly Headless Nick Death Day Party. In fact that whole character has fallen by the wayside. The problem with doing that with the final book is that there is nothing that doesn’t relate to the main story or drive it forward. There’s not much you could cut. So we’ve given ourselves the room and opportunity to do it justice.”

Rupert Grint reflects on life after ‘Potter’

090701 Ron LAThe LA Times’ countdown to Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince continues today with a new feature piece on Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley in the Harry Potter films). In the piece, Grint reflects on the Potter movies coming to an end in 2011.

“I was thinking about what it’s going to be like when we’re done, after the last movie,” Grint said. “It is going to be really weird, actually. At the moment it seems quite far away. I don’t know what I’m going to do, really. I’m going to miss it, I think, because it’s been my whole life for a long time. I really enjoy it as well, every year we’ve come back and done it. All of this, this is what I know…”

“I think it’s going to be sad when this, all of it, when it’s all over. Reading the last book, there was so much talk about who was going to die. So I was half-expecting, I mean, me, Dan and Emma to not survive. Or our characters, I mean. I was pleasantly surprised, though. I’m glad that it ended the way it did. We all make it.”

New HBP clip: Attack on the Burrow

090701 Burrow clipA new clip from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is now on MySpace. The clip is a little over one minute long, and shows part of the attack on the Burrow. Fans will recall that Warner Bros. decided to add this scene to the movie in order to remind people that “the world is no longer a safe place.” The clip features Harry, Ginny and Greyback, among others. Thanks to Leaky for the news.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince hits theaters on July 15.

New HBP clip: Trio, Ginny discuss potions book

090701 AOLAOL Moviefone has posted a new clip from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince on their website.  The clip shows the trio in the Gryffindor Common Room discussing the mysterious potions book that Harry acquires and, more specifically, who it belongs to.  Check out the clip at this linkHarry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince opens on July 15.

Weasley twins on ‘Half-Blood Prince’ and ‘Potter’ phenomonenon

James and Oliver PhelpsIn yet another feature piece in the LA Times, James and Oliver Phelps (Fred and George Weasley in the Harry Potter films) speak about working on Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, director David Yates, and bringing the Weasley twins to life.

Both James and Oliver agreed that the joke shop scenes were their favourite to film in Half-Blood Prince, noting that, “The crew built an exquisite set, and there are a lot of special effects involved to simulate the magical pops and explosions. It’s a great scene. ”

The twins also debunked the belief that they are often mistaken for one another.

MG: Are you often confused for each other like the Weasley twins are in the movie?

OP: It’s funny that you should ask that, because we rarely are. When we first went in for casting calls and got the part, the crew was very methodical. They said to me “You’re George,” and to James, “You’re Fred” and I guess it stuck because no one ever really got confused.

Read the full interview by clicking here.

AOL offering ‘Half-Blood Prince’ soundtrack previews

Nicholas HooperAOL Radio are currently previewing tracks from the Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince score. A track is being played every hour, on the hour.

The score is composed by Nicholas Hooper, who also scored Order of the Phoenix, and will be released on July 14.

To listen to the soundtrack previews, click here and select “Listen to Movie Scores on AOL Radio”.

‘Harry Potter’ stars seen filming ‘Deathly Hallows’ in London

dan-rupert-filmingDan Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson were today filming scenes from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in Whitehall in London. The trio were filming the Ministry of Magic entrance scene.

Photos of the filming can be seen here, and a video can be seen below.

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