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Stanislav Ianevski (Viktor Krum) talks about ‘Harry Potter’ love triangle cut from ‘Deathly Hallows’ Stanislav Ianevski (Viktor Krum) talks about ‘Harry Potter’ love triangle cut from ‘Deathly Hallows’

The Viktor Krum actor reveals a "love triangle plot" between he, Hermione and Ron was cut from the 'Deathly Hallows' films

The Viktor Krum actor reveals a “love triangle plot” between he, Hermione and Ron was cut from the ‘Deathly Hallows’ films

Stanislav Ianevski, the Bulgarian actor who played Quidditch superstar and Durmstrang student Viktor Krum in both Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, recently spoke to Entertainment Weekly about his roles in the ‘Potter’ films.

Interestingly, Ianevski spoke of a “love triangle plot”, conceived by director David Yates, and not present in the Deathly Hallows book.

Says the actor, “[the director] invented a new story that wasn’t in the books, a love triangle between Viktor Krum, Hermione, and Ron … but that was cut out of the film because it obviously didn’t fit with all the horrible things that happen in the last book.”

Ianevski goes on to talk about a dance scene at the wedding: “We did a new dance scene, I sort of stole [Hermione] from Ron. … She remembered our old times, Viktor was acting like a gentleman again, happy to see her, she was happy to see him. Ron was sitting on the side, was jealous, and then Viktor took her to the dance floor.”

And how would the love triangle have ended? Victory for Bulgaria? The actor jokes, “Viktor would obviously win and then live happily on forever with Hermione”.

You can listen to Ianevski’s interview through EW’s Binge podcast, which also includes an interview with ‘Potter’ costume designer Jany Temime, by clicking here.

David Yates doesn’t believe ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ should be a film David Yates doesn’t believe ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ should be a film

David Yates doesn't think 'Cursed Child' should be a film

David Yates doesn’t think ‘Cursed Child’ should be a film

Director David Yates doesn’t believe Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, J.K. Rowling’s “eighth Harry Potter story” West End play should become a film.

Yates, director of the last four ‘Potter’ films, and the upcoming Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them film, commented on a possible adaptation while gearing up for ‘Beasts’ promotion.

Says the director, “there’s something unique and special keeping it as a play … it’s a shame to then say ‘Let’s turn it into a movie'”. “It’s a brave and incredibly successful way of presenting these classic characters. The guys who created it have done such a wonderful job and it’s such a different medium.”

Alison Sudol will play ‘Queenie’ in the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them film Alison Sudol will play ‘Queenie’ in the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them film

Alison Sudol will play 'Queenie' in the Fantastic Beasts film

Alison Sudol will play ‘Queenie’ in the Fantastic Beasts film

Musician Alison Sudol will play the character of ‘Queenie’ in the upcoming Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them film. Sudol will star alongside Eddie Redmayne, who was cast last month as protagonist Newt Scamander.

The character Queenie is the younger sister of Porpentina (Tina), played by Katherine Waterston, who meets Newt while he is in New York cataloguing magical beasts.

The role of Jacob, Newt’s rival in the film, is expected to be announced in the coming days. Josh Gad (Frozen), Michael Cera (Superbad) and John Krasinski (The Office) are rumoured for the part.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (the first in a trilogy of films) will be released on 18 November 2016. The film will be directed by David Yates (director of the last four Harry Potter films) and penned by J.K. Rowling.

Image: WME Entertainment

Eddie Redmayne is Newt Scamander in the ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Harry Potter prequels Eddie Redmayne is Newt Scamander in the ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Harry Potter prequels

Eddie Redmayne is Newt Scamander in the 'Fantastic Beasts' prequelsWarner Bros. today announced that actor Eddie Redmayne will play protagonist Newt Scamander in the J.K. Rowling-penned Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them prequels.

According to the press release, “Redmayne will play J.K. Rowling’s creation Newt Scamander, the Wizarding World’s preeminent magizoologist, who in his travels has encountered and documented a myriad of magical creatures, ultimately leading to his penning the Hogwarts School textbook Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.”

David Yates, who directed the last four “Harry Potter” films and will direct “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” stated, “Eddie is a fearless actor, brimming with invention, wit and humanity. I couldn’t be more excited about the prospect of working with him as we start this new adventure in J.K. Rowling’s wonderful world, and I know she feels the same way.”

Redmayne won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything. He’s also known to audiences for his performance as Marius in the 2012 film adaptation of Les Misérables.

Filming on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will begin later this year with a release date of 18 November 2016.

Warner Bros. confirms three ‘Fantastic Beasts’ films, penned by J.K. Rowling, directed by David Yates Warner Bros. confirms three ‘Fantastic Beasts’ films, penned by J.K. Rowling, directed by David Yates

Warner Bros. confirms three 'Fantastic Beasts' films, penned by J.K. Rowling, directed by David YatesWarner Bros. today confirmed that at least three Fantastic Beasts spin-off films will be produced: the first released in 2016 and then in 2018 and 2020.

While J.K. Rowling will pen the screenplay, it has been revealed today that David Yates (director of Order of the Phoenix, Half-Blood Prince and both Deathly Hallows films) will direct. Producer David Heyman and various other members of the ‘Potter’ production crew will also return.

The Studio will release three pictures, in 2016, 2018 and 2020, based on best-selling author J.K. Rowling’s original story and screenwriting debut, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.” Set in an extension of her familiar wizarding world, featuring magical creatures and characters inspired by Harry Potter’s Hogwarts textbook and its fictitious author, Newt Scamander, “Fantastic Beasts” will be directed by David Yates, who directed the last four Harry Potter movies, and reunite the filmmaking team of David Heyman, J.K. Rowling, Steve Kloves and Lionel Wigram.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (a fictional textbook in the ‘Potter’ universe) will follow the adventures of author Newt Scamander. J.K. Rowling teased fans last week with a Twitter anagram, revealing, “Newt only meant to stay in New York for a few hours. Circumstances ensured that he remained… for the length of a movie, anyway.”

Photos from the New York City ‘Deathly Hallows: Part 1’ premiere Photos from the New York City ‘Deathly Hallows: Part 1’ premiere

Check out Harry Potter Fan Zone’s photos from the New York City premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 below.

David Heyman, David Yates on Alexandre Desplat’s ‘Deathly Hallows’ music, John Williams returning David Heyman, David Yates on Alexandre Desplat’s ‘Deathly Hallows’ music, John Williams returning

Earlier this month Harry Potter Fan Zone spoke with the cast and crew of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows as part of the London press junket.

Below you can read our interviews about the music of the final two films, including producers David Heyman and David Barron commenting on the possibility of John Williams scoring the final Potter film.

Harry Potter Fan Zone (HPFZ): Was John Williams ever asked to score Deathly Hallows: Part 2? Did he decline?

David Heyman (DH): Yes, he was. We wanted to make it work with John but John’s schedule didn’t permit.

David Barron (DB): He was just unavailable unfortunately.

HPFZ: He wanted to do it?

Both: He did, very much so.

DH: We asked him around the time of [movie] six. Actually, we talked to him all the way along [about coming back for the end] but his schedule didn’t permit.

DB: It’s incredible for a man of advancing years who you think might be taking it easy, we spoke to him almost two years before the scoring sessions for this film and already then he had schedule issues.

DH: And then he tried to work his schedule to try and accommodate it but it just wasn’t possible.

We also asked director David Yates about the use of “Hedwig’s Theme” in Deathly Hallows: Part 1.

HPFZ: Alexandre Desplat mentioned that you picked very specific moments for “Hedwig’s Theme”. What was so significant about those moments?

David Yates (DY): Anything that felt like we were being nostalgic or in a way reflective of the past. That’s when we used it.

HPFZ: Was it a conscious decision for him to play with the melody?

DY: Yeah, we wanted it to feel like it was all getting a bit distressed. We wanted to sort of [mess] it up a bit.

We’ll have more, including an interview with Alexandre Desplat, the composer for the Deathly Hallows films, later this week.

Dan Radcliffe, David Yates to participate in HBP screening Dan Radcliffe, David Yates to participate in HBP screening

Half-Blood PrinceDaniel Radcliffe and director David Yates will participate in a live screening of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince on December 12. Fans who purchase the Blu-ray edition of Half-Blood Prince will be able to participate in the “Live Community Screening” at 12:00 PM PST (3:00 PM EST) on December 12.

Fans will be able to, “watch the movie together with Daniel Radcliffe and director David Yates and hear an interactive Q&A where fans can ask questions about the blockbuster film directly to Daniel and David, directly from their home”.

David Yates says of the event:

“It’s a tremendous honor to be invited to host the first worldwide Live Community Screening and to have the opportunity to talk directly to fans across the globe.  I’m looking forward to engaging with the thoughts and opinions of the fans who have supported us so loyally and passionately over the years – without them the films wouldn’t be the success they are.”

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on December 8.

HBP producers, director to ring closing bell for stock market HBP producers, director to ring closing bell for stock market

090709 yatesIn an interesting new press release, we learn that David Heyman and David Barron, producers of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, and David Yates, the film’s director, will be ringing the NASDAQ stock market closing bell tomorrow (Friday, July 10) between 3:45 and 4:00 pm EST.  They will be ringing the bell “to celebrate the release of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.” A live webcast will be available for fans to view at this link. For more information, go here.

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

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