News articles from April 2009
25 April 2009 at 02:51 GMT
Snitch Seeker has just received confirmation from Warner Bros. that Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince will premiere on 6 July 2009 in Japan. Two other world premieres will be held: London on July 7th and New York City on July 8th.
23 April 2009 at 07:06 GMT
Last 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. Part two of my report (part one available here) follows.
We set ourselves up on a table in the Great Hall and watch as the cast and crew prepare for filming. Again, the attention to detail is paramount. Everything from the cereal boxes to the books on the table are appropriately themed. A “Win Win Slytherin” banner sits in the corner alongside similar Gryffindor paraphernalia. Quiet is called on set, and David Yates shouts action.
You’ve probably guessed by now, but this morning we’re watching the infamous placebo-potion breakfast scene. Dan Radcliffe (Harry), Rupert Grint (Ron), Emma Watson (Hermione) and newcomer Jessie Cave (Lavender Brown) all take the stage and the scene begins. On the ninth take I pick up subtle variations in the movement, dialogue and pace. It really emphasises the sheer amount of detail and persistence that goes into achieving a single shot.
It’s off to the flight-shed next, a small trip away from the main stages at Leavesden. Giant wooden frames and scaffolding are visible as we enter the stage. Building is still in the very early stages, though we’re given a sneak peek at some very detailed blueprints. The rather colossal build is none other than the streets of Diagon and Knockturn Alley. The sentiment is woven throughout my report, but it is only necessary to mention that once again, no detail has been spared. My hat off to production designer Stuart Craig.
A 360 degree look around Leavesden’s backlot will reveal an assortment of famous settings from the Harry Potter universe. In front of me are giant Quidditch posts and a huge sandpit sits below. An enormous green screen covers the perimeter of the set. A little further on, construction of the Spinner’s End set is well underway. Further on still, the crew are working feverishly on building the large Hogwarts entrance gates.
23 April 2009 at 05:03 GMT
Last month, HPFZ reported that filming for Deathly Hallows‘s “Shell Cottage” scene would be filmed in west Wales. Specifically, it will be filmed from May 11th to May 15th in Pembrokeshire National Park.
However, some residents have worried that filming would be destructive to the beach, believing it could potentially lead to the beach’s temporary closure in mid-May. In response, Warner Bros. has promised a maximum crew of 200 – which isn’t a bad promise (the last public Deathly Hallows scene filmed which included over 400 extras).
In addition, Pembrokeshire council cabinet member Rob Lewis insisted that the benefits of filming (mainly tourism in the current economy) would outweigh any temporary disruption.
23 April 2009 at 04:36 GMT
Warner Bros. has passed on to us two new high-resolution photos from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.
22 April 2009 at 00:17 GMT
In an interview with Empire magazine, Daniel Radcliffe and David Heyman elaborated about the “split scene” dividing Deathly Hallows: Part 1 and Deathly Hallows: Part 2:
“We’ve played around with a couple of places,” said Heyman, “and ultimately settled on a place that we think is very exciting, and I think quite bold, in that it’s not necessarily where one might expect. You want to give a sense of completion, on one hand, but a sense that there’s another piece, more to come. We tried one and then Steve (Kloves, screenwriter) came up with the idea to try it another way and when we tried that, it felt just right.”
Daniel Radcliffe added that the split is “at a very tense cliffhanger,” which may be a bigger clue for fans.
Tell us where you think Part 1 will end in the comments!
22 April 2009 at 00:11 GMT
Jessie Cave’s agency has recently confirmed that Jessie will reprise her role as ‘Lavender Brown’ in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.