By Andy on 7 November 2010 at 12:04 GMT
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.
By Andy on 5 November 2010 at 23:38 GMT
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.
By Andy on 4 November 2010 at 12:49 GMT
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?
By Andy on 30 October 2010 at 00:19 GMT
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.
By Andy on 27 October 2010 at 10:09 GMT
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.
By Andy on 25 October 2010 at 11:31 GMT
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.
By Andy on 25 October 2010 at 07:04 GMT
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.
- Snape to Malfoy Manor
- Polyjuice Potion
- Sky Battle
- At The Burrow
- Harry and Ginny
- The Will
- Death Eaters
- Ministry of Magic
- The Locket
- Fireplaces Escape
- Ron Leaves
- The Exodus
- Godric's Hollow Graveyard
- Bathilda Bagshot
- Hermione's Parents
- Destroying the Locket
- Ron's Speech
- The Deathly Hallows
- Captured and Tortured
- Rescuing Hermione
- Farewell to Dobby
- The Elder Wand
By Andy on 22 October 2010 at 00:28 GMT
Warner Bros. has sent over one of the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 television spots in high-definition.
By Andy on 20 October 2010 at 10:56 GMT
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.
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
- 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
By Andy on 20 October 2010 at 10:29 GMT
Warner Bros. has released nine thirty-second television spots for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1. You can check them out over at their YouTube channel, or below.
By Andy on 17 October 2010 at 06:07 GMT
Check out a new poster for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 featuring Bellatrix Lestrange and the tagline, "the hunt begins".
You can see more of the "hunt begins" character posters by clicking here.
By Andy on 14 October 2010 at 23:11 GMT
Warner Bros. has released a new promotional poster for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, this time featuring Dobby the house-elf.
By Andy on 12 October 2010 at 11:22 GMT
I recently had the pleasure of chatting to Andy Linden, the actor who will portray Mundungus Fletcher in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Although Mundungus appears in a number of the Harry Potter books, this is the first time we'll see him brought to life on screen.
Harry Potter Fan Zone (HPFZ): How did you come to be cast as Mundungus Fletcher?
Andy Linden (AL): I'll be brutally honest with you; a bit of nepotism came into play there as it does with showbiz. I've worked with David Yates before. I did an art house movie with him many years ago when the world was flat [laughs]. Then I had a small role in State of Play, a quite successful TV series, so he [kept] me in mind for Mundungus Fletcher.
HPFZ: Were you a Harry Potter fan at all? Had you read the books or seen the films?
AL: I'd read the last book actually. The thing is you see I'm pushing fifty-seven, so at my time of life it was more Lord of the Rings in terms of fantasy. I was in my forties [when the first Harry Potter book was released] and I wouldn't have known about Harry Potter, but in my youth it was Tolkien really.
HPFZ: Did you read up on the books once you'd been cast or go back and check what your character got up to?
AL: Yes, I did. I read the last one – the one that I was involved in – and I started watching the movies just to get a feel and shape of things to come.
HPFZ: When did you start filming Deathly Hallows?
AL: That would have been late February/early March 2009. I do believe mine was the very first scene [shot].
HPFZ: Was that the Seven Potters scene?
AL: No, that was later on. This was a scene in Diagon Alley. The scene is set where it's absolutely chucking it down. It's [raining] relentlessly. Needless to say, I was quite the big drip all day.
HPFZ: Could you talk about what other scenes Mundungus appears in? There's another scene in the book where he gets attacked by a house-elf.
AL: Yes, Dobby and Kreacher attack him in the kitchen. I do believe it's Kreacher that brings him back from Diagon Alley because he stole the [locket]. Eventually, he's questioned by the three of them regarding it. There are three very good scenes and it's a lovely little cameo. I had such a great time doing it.
HPFZ: Does Mundungus appear in Deathly Hallows: Part II at all?
AL: No, alas, Mundungus is not in Part II which is a shame really, but he's a joy to play.
HPFZ: What was it like doing special effects scenes for example transforming into Harry?
AL: Time consuming [laughs]. It's all highly technical so consequently all the scenes are broken up if you know what I mean. You're kind of acting to nothing really. It's hundreds of little series of eye liners and pulling faces and trying to anticipate what's coming next.
HPFZ: Daniel Radcliffe mentioned that that sequence took ninety-five takes to film.
AL: Yes, and that really wasn't the inability of the actors. It was technical. It was [the crew] having so much coverage that they're spoiled for choice if you know what I mean.
HPFZ: Did you get to ride on a broom as well?
AL: Yes, I did [laughs] but in the guise of Harry Potter. By then everybody had taken the Polyjuice [Potion]. Consequently, we're all decoys. That particular scene took a long, long time simply because Daniel had to replicate all our different expressions and movements.
HPFZ: It sounds like it was a pretty intense process.
AL: Yeah, somewhat elongated shall we say. But I had a great time on Harry Potter. I thought the cast were wonderful; the crew are fantastic as well. You've got a crew there that know exactly what they're doing. They've been doing it for ten years and you're in good hands.
HPFZ: Finally, in the books, Mundungus is a big one for hoarding souvenirs. Were you able to take any souvenirs away from your experience on Harry Potter?
AL: I would love to say yes, but I couldn't really. They're quite precious when it comes to props and costume. Even script, you've got to guard it with your life. I've taken away from it some good memories.
Harry Potter Fan Zone would like to thank Andy for his time in putting together this interview.
By Andy on 12 October 2010 at 06:43 GMT
Warner Bros. has released four new character banners promoting Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I.
By Andy on 11 October 2010 at 00:27 GMT
Conrad Pope, the orchestrator for the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I soundtrack, has provided another update via his Facebook page. The score, which is composed by Alexandre Desplat, is due for release on November 16th. Recording began in September.
Back in L.A. after working on HP7 for Alexandre Desplat. The score adds a new dimension to Potter. Wish I could be more specific and share all my thoughts and news but I've promised the producers my silence until the picture is released. So, everyone with questions: please know they'll be all answered soon enough. For me, it's on to the next panic…. I mean project! (Actually HP was a delight, as these things go)
Last month, Pope also provided information regarding some of the themes we should expect in the score.
27 August: Working on Alexandre Desplat's new score for the next "Potter". Exciting, vigorous music! Harry flies, fights and conjures. All accompanied by the distinctive, definitely non-generic voice of Desplat. Those who love melodies, harmonies and emotions in their film scores should be pleased. Reminds one of the old days. Stay tuned.
24 September: Just finished the first week with the LSO of recording Alexandre Desplat's score to "HP7". Harry Potter now occupies a new musical universe. For Lovegood AD has written a charming, "groovin'" theme. Dobby, too, is given a new "voice". The emotional music reaches its climax in Ron’s speech in the "wilderness" where the poetry of AD conveys the emotion in a single chord's voicing. Stay tuned.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I will be released on November 19.