15 December 2008 at 11:42 GMT
Earlier this year I had the privilege of visiting Leavesden Studios, the film set where Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince was shot. Whilst at Leavesden, I was given a guided tour of the sets (both new and old), conducted interviews with the cast and crew, and watched filming. Read more from my visit to the set by clicking here.
One of the first things we are treated to upon arrival at Leavesden Studios is a look at some drawings and 3D renderings of the much-hyped cave sequence. The rocky grotto is awe-inspiring on paper, but even more so when brought to life. As we enter the stage, two mucky boats can be seen resting against the stage wall. Isolated in the middle of the room and set against giant green-screen walls are segments of the cave. At the heart of this jagged construction is the set’s centrepiece – a lavish stone basin – the resting place of a potential Horcrux. At the entrance to the room is a giant board plastered with shot-by-shot drawings of the cave sequence. The scene is so hush-hush that even we aren’t allowed a peek.
We’re nearing the end of the visit when we’re given a first-hand look at the construction of the Astronomy Tower. The wooden structure is enormous. Even at a place like Leavesden it looks as if it towers above everything else. I can’t imagine what it’ll look like on film. Construction is well underway – the framework appears to be complete, and on one side the walls are being painted. This is a truly breathtaking spectacle.
Slughorn’s office is being dressed for the party. Shooting is due to begin very soon. Red and gold lanterns are scattered on the ground and green drapes are being hung from the roof. Back at HQ, we’re given a look at some of the costumes that will be worn at the party. Flashbacks to the Yule Ball in Goblet of Fire immediately come to mind.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is set for release in July.
4 December 2008 at 05:28 GMT
The Tales of Beedle the Bard is now on sale in bookstores. Harry Potter fans may order the book over the internet as well. J.K. Rowling admitted seeing eye-to-eye with fans who argued against requiring “two million pounds” to read the book. “I thought ‘fair point’, so I thought ‘I’ll publish it and then the charity can have that money too.’
15 March 2008 at 10:18 GMT
It’s now official – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows will be split into two separate films.
David Heyman (Producer):
Over ten years ago, we made a commitment to Jo Rowling that, above all else, we would be faithful and true to the spirit of her books, and ever since we have endeavored never to compromise on the creative ambitions of the films. The Deathly Hallows is so rich, the story so dense and there is so much that is resolved that after discussing it with Jo, we came to the conclusion that two parts were needed to do it justice. I am thrilled that David Yates is returning to direct ‘The Deathly Hallows.’ He is both inspired and inspiring and is a passionate fan of the remarkable world and characters Jo has created. I know he will lead our incomparable cast and crew—most of whom have been with us since the very beginning—in bringing the series to the unforgettable conclusion it deserves.
David Yates (Director):
I’ve had great pleasure working with a tremendous cast and crew thus far, on both ‘the Order of the Phoenix’ and ‘the Half-Blood Prince.’ It’s a wonderful world to work in and be part of and to create within, and I consider it a great privilege to continue to bring Jo’s extraordinary world to the screen, and to be the director to complete this epic and exhilarating journey.
Dan Radcliffe (Harry Potter):
I think it’s the only way you can do it, without cutting out a huge portion of the book. There have been compartmentalized subplots in the other books that have made them easier to cut — although those cuts were still to the horror of some fans — but the seventh book doesn’t really have any subplots. It’s one driving, pounding story from the word go.
11 May 2007 at 06:15 GMT
I am both proud and overjoyed to find out today that Jo Rowling has awarded Harry Potter Fan Zone a fan site award on her official website. Of the site, Jo says:
How could I not love a fansite whose contributors include people named Thaddeus and Aunna? This is a great Australian site with an impressively young staff who have produced some really insightful editorials; I wish I could highlight a couple of them, but that would be waaaay too revealing. If you head over to FAQs, however, you will see some of the open letter questions answered (at long last, yes, I know… but I had to finish “Deathly Hallows” first). So congratulations and thanks, Andy, to you and all your talented colleagues.
From the bottom of my heart, thank you Jo – this means the world to all of us here at HPFZ.
8 May 2007 at 06:17 GMT
J.K. Rowling has taken the time to answer some of the questions from the open letter we wrote last year!
Ms. Rowling answered questions about Draco’s Patronus, Tonks and Myrtle’s Hogwarts houses, Death Eaters (Are Alecto and Amycus, the two sibling Death Eaters, the Carrows mentioned by Snape in Spinner’s End?), Tom Riddle’s birth date (it is indeed December 31), and the properties of Draco’s wand.
23 September 2006 at 14:41 GMT
English footballer Theo Walcott’s family has been fitted for their cameo appearance in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Don Walcott, his father, was unable to disclose which scene his family will appear in.
In addition, “Walcott himself had also been due to appear in the movie but had to pull out because filming schedules clashed with his commitments for Arsenal and England Under-21s.”