By Andy on 1 February 2011 at 10:57 GMT
In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, animator Ben Hibon spoke about the inspiration behind and the creation of the gorgeous animated sequence in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1.
In the film, the animated sequence provides the visual accompaniment to Hermione's narration of The Tale of the Three Brothers (the story inspired by the three Deathly Hallows).
"This is the first animated sequence ever to appear in a Harry Potter film, so it had to be distinctive and special. It’s not animation as we might think of it today; it is a moving illustration of the story being read aloud by Hermione — the story of the Deathly Hallows. The fact that the sequence would be explaining the origin of the title made it all the more important."
"The work of artist Lotte Reiniger from the 1930s was another early reference. Her silhouette-style stop-motion animations are beautifully handcrafted and captured the naïve visual tone we were after. We also looked at Asian shadow-play, which is visually striking, very intricate and yet so beautifully simple. The technique is basic, but the end result is particularly charming and engaging. There’s something so ingenious about projecting shadows onto a simple cloth."
"Animation is the art of smoke and mirrors, lights and shadows, and the team of artists behind this piece are true magicians."
You can read the full interview and discover more about the sequence by clicking here.
Additionally, you can see a plethora of concept art from the sequence by artist Alexis Liddell at this link.
By Andy on 1 February 2011 at 10:37 GMT
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 will be available on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and digital download come April 15.
The film will be available on Blu-ray Combo Pack, "featuring a hi-definition, a standard definition, and a digital copy of the film" for $35.99 and as a single DVD "in widescreen format" for $28.98.
Among the special features included in the combo pack is a first-look at Deathly Hallows: Part 2 which hits cinemas in July.
By Andy on 29 January 2011 at 04:43 GMT
I stumbled upon this video earlier today of a rather talented YouTuber playing a medley of pieces from the first four Harry Potter films on piano; it's definitely worth a watch!
By Andy on 23 January 2011 at 01:20 GMT
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on April 11 of this year.
Additionally, the BBFC is reporting that the home video release will include nearly one hour of new material (including deleted scenes and featurettes).
The deleted scenes run:
- The Burrow's Shed: Ron discusses radios with Mr. Weasley
- The Dursley House: Harry and Aunt Petunia as they leave house
- The Dursley House: Harry and Dudley shake hands
- The Granger House: Death Eater searches deserted house
- Ministry Of Magic Lifts: Harry tells Arthur he's being tracked
- Tent: Trio discuss destroying the locket
- Rabbit chase in the forest
- Montage: Ron and Hermione skimming stones
Other behind-the-scenes features include a number of "focus points", which you can read about at this link.
There will also be a first-look at Deathly Hallows: Part 2 among the extra material.
By Andy on 19 January 2011 at 10:29 GMT
The location of Snape's death in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 has been changed, according to art director Andrew Ackland-Snow (spoilers below).
"The art director, Andrew Ackland-Snow, described to us another set created for the film. [...] "We also made the boat house. We wanted to change a bit where Snape dies. In the book, he dies on the Shrieking Shack, and we wanted to get him out from, not a conventional interior, but from that kind of box, to do it in a more dramatic atmosphere. We asked J.K. if she agreed for that to happen in there, because we hadn't really seen it before. We made a crystal house, and you can see what happens in the boat house from there – Are you listening Harry? -, but also the school is in flames…and she loved it. Besides, it's a very romantic place to die. Snape dies in a extremely good way, I gotta say."
Let us know below which location you prefer!
By Andy on 16 January 2011 at 11:44 GMT
It's low-resolution, but check out a first look none-the-less at Neville and Bellatrix from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 below.
Deathly Hallows: Part 2 is due for release in July.
By Andy on 7 January 2011 at 00:01 GMT
Universal today announced the sale of the millionth Butterbeer inside The Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park.
To celebrate the milestone, the park, "shared 1,000 complimentary Butterbeers with guests on the streets of Hogsmeade."
By Andy on 6 January 2011 at 04:25 GMT
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 hits cinemas in July and will mark the end of the ten-year Harry Potter film franchise.
Let us know which scene you are most looking forward to in 2011's most anticipated film!
By Andy on 6 January 2011 at 01:04 GMT
Aberforth Dumbeldore's part in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 will be a "blink-and-you'll-miss-it" role according to actor Ciarán Hinds.
Hinds has revealed that his role in the film, "[was] a four-page exposition scene about Albus Dumbledore's childhood and how he's not all he said he was".
Of Dan Radcliffe, Hines says, "He's very good, but he will get better and better. He's very committed to it, and although he's not a bustling figure, he's a very thoughtful and thorough professional."
Deathly Hallows: Part 2 hits cinemas in July.
By Andy on 31 December 2010 at 22:37 GMT
To all our readers, a happy new year! There are now only 195 days until Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 is released.
By Andy on 29 December 2010 at 03:55 GMT
Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter films) recently visited The Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park in Florida. Check out a photo of Tom (with some Beauxbaton students) below.
Felton also visited the park during its construction two years ago; photos from that event can be found here.
By Andy on 26 December 2010 at 12:26 GMT
The role of young Severus Snape in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 will be played by 14-year-old Benedict Clarke.
Additionally, 13-year-old Bertie Gilbert will play the role of Scorpius Malfoy (son of Draco) in the epilogue sequence, which was shot at Leavesden Studios over Christmas.
Earlier this year the names of actors playing various other younger characters in this sequence were revealed.
With thanks to SnitchSeeker.
By Andy on 22 December 2010 at 13:47 GMT
Last month we reported that the cast of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 would be reshooting the King's Cross epilogue sequence at Leavesden Studios over Christmas.
The original shoot took place at King's Cross earlier this year, though both cast and crew felt the shoot was rushed. Emma Watson, who plays Hermione Granger, noted that, "we only had two days to shoot it and we needed so much more time than that".
Watson updated her Facebook page this week letting fans know that she's, "currently at Leavesden filming reshoots with Dan [Radcliffe] and Rupert [Grint]. Feels strange to be back!". Exciting!
On an unrelated note, today marks Harry Potter Fan Zone's (lucky) seventh anniversary!
By Andy on 22 November 2010 at 10:48 GMT
Now that you've had the chance to see Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 we have for you the full interview with Dan Radcliffe from the set of Deathly Hallows earlier this year. If you missed Harry Potter Fan Zone's report from the set, you can read that too by clicking here.
Question: You're coming to the end of the journey now and we've basically watched you and some of the other actors grow up on-screen. And they've become kind of like a family to you I'm sure. How do you feel about it? Has it sunk in or do you not think about it yet?
Radcliffe: I'm not thinking about it that much at the moment. It's very occasionally. My memories [are] kind of jogged and I'm suddenly thinking, "oh God I am only here for another three months". Three or four months. And so that's very odd and it will be very upsetting when it does come to an end because I've spent so much time here and made some fantastic friends who I hope will stay with me for the rest of my life. And so yeah, it'll be very sad but equally it is an exciting time. I suppose whenever you go through periods of transition or in a way it's a very definite closing of a certain chapter of your life. I suppose those times are always going to be both very upsetting and also very exciting by the very nature because things are changing and you don't know what's going to happen.
Question: Could you talk about when you got the seventh book? Your experience of reading it for the first time and just your emotions. Also, the epilogue.
Radcliffe: Yeah, I obviously loved the seventh book kind of as much as everybody else did. I was reading actually at a cricket match because it came out two days before my eighteenth birthday. And I was going to a match for my birthday. So I was going 'round for two days without having read it where everybody else was reading it. And so it was a two day long struggle to beg not get told the ending. And I did actually manage to do that and then yeah, I remember finishing it on the plane and just becoming very emotional. I found it's a very moving book. The epilogue was something that I liked. I know not everybody did at all, but it was actually something I didn't have a problem with. And it's tying together all those loose ends. Because the thing is, what people don't realise about the epilogue, is I think that if Jo Rowling hadn't written that epilogue can you imagine being her for the rest of her life and having to cope with questions about what did Harry go on to do? She has to give something to I think to shut people up aside from everything else, you know, to give some conclusion.
By Andy on 22 November 2010 at 07:40 GMT
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 has earned an estimated $125.1 million during opening weekend in the United States. The film played on 9,400 screens at 4,125 locations.
This makes Deathly Hallows: Part 1 the highest earning first weekend 'Potter' film in front of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire which earned $102.7 million on opening weekend back in 2005.
The Harry Potter franchise has earned $1.84 billion thus far and is estimated to overtake Star Wars as the highest grossing franchise ever within ten days.
The first film, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, released in 2001, is still the highest grossing with $974.7 million worldwide gross. In contrast, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, released in 2004, was the lowest grossing film.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 will be released in cinemas in July.