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First look at ‘Battle For Hogwarts’ LEGO with seven mini-figs First look at ‘Battle For Hogwarts’ LEGO with seven mini-figs

LEGO will be releasing three new Harry Potter sets in August to accompany the final film, and we now have our first look at one of the three sets below thanks to Eurobricks.

The set will include seven mini-figures: a Dementor, Harry Potter, Remus Lupin, Gregory Goyle, Lucius Malfoy, Neville Longbottom, and Professor Sprout.

Check out the ‘Deathly Hallows: Part 1’ Blu-ray and DVD box art Check out the ‘Deathly Hallows: Part 1’ Blu-ray and DVD box art

Below you’ll find the box art for both the Blu-ray (combo pack) and 2-disc DVD editions of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, out April 11.

Ben Hibon explains the animated sequence in ‘Deathly Hallows: Part 1’, concept art reveals more gorgeous detail Ben Hibon explains the animated sequence in ‘Deathly Hallows: Part 1’, concept art reveals more gorgeous detail


In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, animator Ben Hibon spoke about the inspiration behind and the creation of the gorgeous animated sequence in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1.

In the film, the animated sequence provides the visual accompaniment to Hermione’s narration of The Tale of the Three Brothers (the story inspired by the three Deathly Hallows).

“This is the first animated sequence ever to appear in a Harry Potter film, so it had to be distinctive and special. It’s not animation as we might think of it today; it is a moving illustration of the story being read aloud by Hermione — the story of the Deathly Hallows. The fact that the sequence would be explaining the origin of the title made it all the more important.”

“The work of artist Lotte Reiniger from the 1930s was another early reference. Her silhouette-style stop-motion animations are beautifully handcrafted and captured the naïve visual tone we were after. We also looked at Asian shadow-play, which is visually striking, very intricate and yet so beautifully simple. The technique is basic, but the end result is particularly charming and engaging. There’s something so ingenious about projecting shadows onto a simple cloth.”

“Animation is the art of smoke and mirrors, lights and shadows, and the team of artists behind this piece are true magicians.”

You can read the full interview and discover more about the sequence by clicking here.

Additionally, you can see a plethora of concept art from the sequence by artist Alexis Liddell at this link.

‘Deathly Hallows: Part 1’ available as Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and digital download from April 15 ‘Deathly Hallows: Part 1’ available as Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and digital download from April 15

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 will be available on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and digital download come April 15.

The film will be available on Blu-ray Combo Pack, “featuring a hi-definition, a standard definition, and a digital copy of the film” for $35.99 and as a single DVD “in widescreen format” for $28.98.

Among the special features included in the combo pack is a first-look at Deathly Hallows: Part 2 which hits cinemas in July.

You can read more about the special features at the official press release and see what deleted scenes will be included by clicking here.

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