By Andy on 4 October 2010 at 12:17 GMT
In July, Harry Potter Fan Zone reporters David, Toni and Courtney Gras attended Infinitus 2010 in Florida and also visited the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park. Our intrepid trio has written reports for both events which we can share with you today.
As is the case with all HPEF conferences, there was a vendor room with fine samplings of Potter clothing, souvenirs, fan trips, books and other such commodities. The Potter Art Room and Common Room were in one large area and were frequented often by conference attendees looking for a comfortable place to relax, sing karaoke, be sorted by the larger-than-life Sorting Hat and admire purchased art work. The mascot for the conference was a large dragon in the middle of the foyer which everyone passed on their way to lectures, meals and other events – these reporters argued if it was the Hungarian Horntail or the Chinese Fireball!
The outdoor setting of Professor Sprout's Greenhouse is bright and lively in comparison to the darkness inside – but wait – if you thought all this was great – Professor Dumbledore has some words of advice for you – and don't hurry by – let others pass you! If all this isn't enough, wait for Harry, Ron and Hermione to guide you the rest of the way from their Defense Against the Dark Arts chamber! Upon seeing the floating candles of The Great Hall, you have arrived – be ready to embark quickly on your ride into the darkness of the Forbidden Journey! Get ready for some tilts and twists on your private car – lots will zoom by you as you follow Harry through many adventures.
By Andy on 2 October 2010 at 06:23 GMT
Check out a new Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I poster showing Harry, Ron and Hermione on the run and the tagline, "the end begins" courtesy of MSN.
By Andy on 30 September 2010 at 00:34 GMT
Warner Bros. has released three character posters from Deathly Hallows: Part I featuring the trio in London and the tagline, "Nowhere is safe". Check them out in high-resolution below.
By Andy on 29 September 2010 at 13:22 GMT
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I is just around the corner. To keep you in a 'Potter' mood until November, we're bringing you a collection of twenty-four Deathly Hallows themed desktop wallpapers.
Each wallpaper has been designed to fit a number of screen resolutions.
Check the wallpapers out and try one for yourself by clicking here.
By Andy on 28 September 2010 at 00:28 GMT
Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling will appear on the The Oprah Winfrey Show this Friday, October first. The interview was recorded at the Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh where Rowling completed Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows back in 2007.
In a wide-ranging interview that took place in Edinburgh, Scotland, Rowling speaks candidly with Winfrey about her life and career as well as her journey to becoming one of the most recognizable writers of children's literature today. Rowling, who rarely does interviews, also shares her thoughts on the possibility of ever writing another Harry Potter book in the future.
Rowling reveals the moment when she knew that her life had changed forever. It was while in the United States on her second book tour: "There was this enormous Barnes & Noble, and I thought, oh my God. And the queue snaked up the street, up the Barnes & Noble, up through four floors and they took me in the back entrance. They opened the door and they screamed. They screamed….That's a real stand-out moment for me. I knew it was getting big in that there was press attention and so on, but at that point, that for me…was when it felt 'Beatle-esque.'"
Rowling also reveals to Winfrey that coping with the pressures of sudden stardom was not easy: "You ask about the pressure. At that point, I kept saying to people, yeah I'm coping…but the truth was there were times when I was barely hanging on by a thread."
Read the full press release by clicking here.
By Andy on 27 September 2010 at 06:15 GMT
Now that the Deathly Hallows: Part I trailer has been online for a few days (watch it here), we thought we'd take a closer look at some of the little details you might have missed on your first (or second, or tenth, or millionth) viewing.
Click each image below for a larger version.
By Andy on 26 September 2010 at 03:19 GMT
10-year-old Ryan Turner will play the role of Hugo Weasley in the epilogue scene in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II, it has been revealed.
Additionally, Harry and Ginny's children, James Sirius Potter and Albus Severus Potter will be played by actors Will Dunn and Arthur Bowen respectively.
Deathly Hallows: Part II will be released in July of next year.
By Andy on 25 September 2010 at 01:30 GMT
Both the Lovegoods and Dobby will get musical themes in Alexandre Desplat's score for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I, according to an update by Conrad Pope, the score's orchestrator. Recording with the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) began a week ago.
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.
Deathly Hallows: Part I will be released on November 19; Alexandre Desplat's soundtrack will be released on November 16.
With thanks to UHP.
By Andy on 23 September 2010 at 01:14 GMT
The full length trailer for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I has been released. See it below, courtesy of Warner Bros. Watch and download it in other formats after the jump.
By Andy on 23 September 2010 at 00:31 GMT
Check them out below, courtesy of Warner Bros.
By Andy on 15 September 2010 at 16:00 GMT
Earlier this year, I had the pleasure of visiting Leavesden Studios where cast and crew were busy at work on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. During the visit, I toured the sets (both old and new), and interviewed many members of the cast and crew. You can read a preview of my report below.
We climb up some steps to arrive in a new set: the toilet block which Harry and Ron use to enter the Ministry of Magic. The attention to detail here is paramount. Visually, the room is old and dilapidated and everything about this set – stalls and all – looks oddly authentic. That is until you reach the end of the set, where a large painting of a London street hangs over the construction.
The now familiar Ministry of Magic set has been extended for the film too. On Leavesden's 'C'-stage, a new trial room has been erected. It's noticeably "cosier" than those featured in earlier films. It's here that Dolores Umbridge will interrogate Mary Cattermole. Back in the Atrium, crew members are reassembling the iconic set after its dramatic destruction in Order of the Phoenix. It takes roughly a month to reassemble. Behind the Atrium, Ministry lifts are also being constructed. Filming is set to begin here shortly.
The full piece for Deathly Hallows: Part I will be available next month.
By Andy on 11 September 2010 at 01:54 GMT
Check out the first TV spot for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I below, courtesy of Warner Bros.
By Andy on 9 September 2010 at 01:33 GMT
See two new images from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I, which first appeared in Empire Magazine Australia, below.
By Andy on 4 September 2010 at 05:07 GMT
Check out a number of new images from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I below, including our first official look at Bill Nighy as Rufus Scrimgeour.
By Andy on 1 September 2010 at 11:13 GMT
Thanks to Warner Bros.!