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Daniel Radcliffe on ‘epic’ Deathly Hallows, future remakes, and more At London’s Movie-Con this weekend, ‘Harry Potter’ star Daniel Radcliffe talked candidly with Empire magazine about everything from the early films to the inevitable remakes.
With Deathly Hallows finished–and with it the entire series–Radcliffe admits filming the two-part final installment was a long and grueling process. “It was hard. Before, the producers and directors were very good at taking all the pressure on their shoulders, but this time going into it we were slightly more nervous than we were before, because we didn’t want to screw it up as the last one. It was a long shoot, near enough 18 months, but a film set is the best place in the world as far as I’m concerned.”
According to Radcliffe, the two parts each have a distinct, separate tone. “The first part is a very weird road movie kind of thing. The first part is slower paced, but only compared to the second part. There’s more of an exploration of the relationships between the characters, that’s tested for the first times. And you’re not in Hogwarts, which gives it a very different feel from the other movies. It’s a road movie, in a weird way, and it’s how the characters function outside those familiar surroundings. The second part starts as a heist movie and then turns into a war. It’s epic. This is the first time I’m genuinely excited to see the film.”
When asked what role he has his eye on in the case of an eventual remake, Radcliffe laughs, “I don’t! But if I have to, Sirius if they do it in 30 years, and Dumbledore if they do it in 50. Alan Rickman is so indelibly printed on that role [as Snape] for me and I can’t imagine anyone else doing it…but Sirius is the part that everyone wants; Ian Hart had just read the third book on set of the second movie, and he was kicking himself that he didn’t get Sirius. But of course I was glad that went to Gary Oldman, because as you all know he’s my true love.”
For the immediate future, however, Radcliffe is content. “Now we’re on to new things and I’m looking forward to the future. I’m very excited about [upcoming project] The Woman In Black. I think James [Watkins] is great; he’s going to be the next Chris Nolan I think.”
Still, he glows with praise for his Potter director, saying of […]

EW’s Fall Movie Preview Features Harry Potter Cover

By Hanako M. Ricks Entertainment Weekly has given readers a sneak peek of what to expect in its annual Fall Movie Preview edition, and just as it was last year, Harry Potter graces the cover. In the August 13 issue, stars Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson talk about the past ten years and how they have mixed emotions about the end of the franchise that turned them into household names. Daniel, in particular, spoke of how he stepped up his game for the last two films, saying that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was the most trying film for him to make, physically and mentally.

“I wasn’t entirely thrilled with my performance in Half-Blood [Prince] — I found it quite same-y, and didn’t think there was enough variation in it — so I’ve worked hard to make sure that if the seventh film comes out and I’m still unhappy with it, I’ll know it won’t be from lack of trying.”

The article also reveals where the split between Parts 1 & 2 will take place. You can check out the full preview issue when it hits newsstands August 13.

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Harry Potter Trio Reflect on “The Deathly Hallows”

By Hanako M. Ricks Total Film Magazine’s September issue is out on stands now, and previews some of the most anticipated blockbuster films, including Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. The magazine visited the set of Deathly Hallows in January 2010 and spoke to the film’s steadfast trio of Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson, who’ve all been with the franchise since Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone was released in theaters in 2000 – as well as director David Yates, who has been with the franchise since 2007’s Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Now facing the film’s final chapter (split into two parts), the trio talk about how much has changed between the first movie and the last. As Rupert states matter-of-factly, “It’s all got kind of grown-up.”
Radcliffe, Grint and Watson talk about how much hard work went into filming Deathly Hallows, which is markedly different from the other films as the trio will spend most of the first part away from Hogwarts. They are out of their comfort zone, and they talk about how the physical and emotional changes their characters face also affected them as actors.
A snapshot of the feature can be found here, and the issue is available now in stores.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows will be released on November 19, 2010 (Part I) and July 15, 2011 (Part II).
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“Harry Potter” Exhibition Has Frightening New Addition

By Hanako M. Ricks If you happen to be visiting Harry Potter: The Exhibition at the Ontario Science Center and begin to feel the happiness draining from all around you, there’s a perfectly logical reason for it. The exhibition, which opened at the center in April and will remain in Ontario until August 22, has added a 10-foot tall Dementor to the traveling exhibit.
Dementors, for those of you muggles who know nothing of the Harry Potter world, are magical beings whose sole purpose is to drain all others of any happy thoughts, even going so far as to suck out your soul. Harry Potter fans first encountered the creepy creatures in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, and then saw them again (slightly re-vamped) in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.
Harry Potter: The Exhibition has been open to the public since Spring 2009, featuring more than 200 costumes, props and other artifacts items taken directly from the film sets and put on display for Potter fans everywhere. The exhibit debuted in Chicago, then traveled to Boston before moving to our neighbor up north. The next location for the traveling exhibit has not been announced yet, but with the Exhibition closing out in Canada in less than a month, an announcement should be made very soon.
For more information on the exhibit, you can visit the official website.
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Release Date Announced for Prisoner of Azkaban, Goblet of Fire Ultimate Editions

By Hanako M. Ricks October 19, 2010 has been announced as the date when the Ultimate Collector’s Editions of “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” and “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” will be released. Similar editions of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets were released in November 2009, and these new releases will follow the same format. Product description is as follows:
Each Harry Potter Ultimate Edition contains three discs filled with hours of special features. Also included are collectibles such as a book featuring over 40 pages of movie stills, production sketches, concept paintings and behind-the-scenes insight. The Ultimate Editions also feature collectible character cards and a bonus Digital Copy of the film.
Creating the World of Harry Potter Part 3: Creatures (included in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: Ultimate Edition) features never-before-seen footage of the creature shop and includes never revealed concept drawings and interviews with creators who describe the quest to create real creatures with emotional power to move the adventure forward. Go behind the scenes with Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson as they interact with a marvelous menagerie from magnificent Buckbeak to malevolent Dementors. Watch creatures develop from page to sketch to model to screen. Discover how actors are transformed from humans to rats and werewolves. Witness Voldemort’s evolution from grotesque, infant-like creature to the Darkest Force of all.
Creating the World of Harry Potter Part 4: Sound & Music (included in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: Ultimate Edition) shows how musical themes for Harry, Hedwig, Luna and Lord Voldemort define each character’s identity. Learn how sound effects experts create the crunch of footsteps on snow and the whoosh of a flying broomstick. Visit recording studios and see how each composer brings his orchestral vision to the films. Plunge into fun as Daniel gets the sound of underwater. Feel the magic as music is added to a scene, intensifying the emotion and steering the story.
Content list for DVDs and extras:
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Disc 1: The Movie
Disc 2: Creating the World of Harry Potter Part 3: Creatures
Disc 3: Additional Special Features: Featurettes – Creating the Vision: an interview with J.K. Rowling and the filmmakers, Conjuring a Scene: Creating Buckbeak and the Dementors for the screen; Additional Scenes and more
48-Page Creatures Photo Book
Two Collectible Character Cards: Hermione Granger, Sirius […]

“Forrest Gump”, “Wizard of Oz” Among Influences for “Harry Potter” Stars

By Hanako M. Ricks Several stars from the Harry Potter films have revealed the movies that inspired them to pursue careers in acting. FILMCLUB, which is an after-school initiative program in England, revealed the information as part of their “Film Journeys” campaign.
FILMCLUB is a free program that runs in state-funded schools with the purpose to give pupils and teachers the chance to explore the world of film through after school film clubs. With free weekly screenings, online reviewing, industry events and hands on support, FILMCLUB inspires, excites and opens up new avenues for learning.
So, what films inspired the stars of Harry Potter?
James Phelps (Fred Weasley) was inspired by a certain character who had a knack for showing up in the oddest moments of history: “I would say the film that made me most interested in films and acting in films when I was growing up was Forrest Gump. It has always been my favourite film for many reasons; there is no bad guy and the story went into real events in history. Plus Tom Hanks is a great actor, which makes it all so believable.”
Phelps’ onscreen sister, Bonnie Wright names a film that could very well have been a pick of Ginny Weasley herself: “The film that changed my life was A Little Princess, which I remember watching when I was a little girl and it made me really believe that inside every girl that there is a little princess.”
What did onscreen father/son Jason Isaacs and Tom Felton select? Isaacs reveals a beloved childhood classic as his inspiration, while Felton proves that his taste in movie could be similar that what his character Draco Malfoy might enjoy. Of his choice, Isaacs says, “A film that changed my life and has throughout my life is The Wizard of Oz. I first saw it when I was a little kid…on a giant screen and it was overwhelming – it was awash with colours and music and extraordinary looking people…One of the great things about the film is that it makes you think about films.” Felton had more mischievous tastes: “There are a few films that have definitely influenced me on my journey to becoming an actor. I remember as a kid loving Robin Hood and all the James Bond movies were a big inspiration to me as a child. Those were some of the films that […]

ABC Family Announces “Harry Potter” Weekend Complete with New Footage and Interviews from Deathly Hallows

By Hanako M. Ricks ABC Family Channel is once again giving Harry Potter fans an excuse to be couch potatoes during the weekend of July 8-11, when they air the first five movies of the franchise during “Harry Potter Weekend”. HP Weekend is becoming a regular staple of the channel, always complete with new things for Potter fans to get excited about, and this time is no exception.
New clips and interviews from the final two movies, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Parts I & II, will be shown over the course of the weekend, which starts on July 8 with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. The rest of the schedule for the weekend is as follows:
Thursday, July 8th
(7:30 – 10:30 PM ET/PT) “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”
Friday, July 9th
(3:30 – 7:00 PM ET/PT) “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”
(7:00 – 11:00 PM ET/PT) “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets”
Saturday, July 10th
(12:30 – 4:30 PM ET/PT) “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets”
(4:30 – 7:30 PM ET/PT) “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban”
(7:30 – 11:00 PM ET/PT) “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”
Sunday, July 11th
(1:30 – 4:30 PM ET/PT) “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban”
(4:30 – 8:00 PM ET/PT) “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”
(8:00 – 11:00 PM ET/PT) “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix”
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Warwick Davis to Launch Release of LEGO Harry Potter Game in London

By Hanako M. Ricks Warwick Davis (Professor Flitwick) announced this morning via Twitter that he will appear in London for the release of the highly anticipated LEGO Harry Potter Years 1-4 video game. The release event will take place at Hamleys Toy Shop in London, beginning at 6:00pm GST. The video game, which will be released in the States on June 29, chronicles the adventures of Harry Potter and his friends at Hogwarts through the first four years of the series. It is available in all formats: Sony PS3 and PSP, Nintendo Wii and DS, PC, and Xbox 360.

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Harry Potter and Comic Con: Will It Happen in 2010?

By Hanako M. Ricks I read a very interesting article on last week, that discussed the possibility of the Harry Potter cast finally making an appearance at San Diego’s Comic-Con. With filming of the series having wrapped just two weeks ago, Comic-Con would be a great venue for the cast to appear to promote the final two films of the series, and give longtime U.S. con-goers the chance to see the stars live and in person (Dan Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson have never appeared at fan conventions, although other members of the cast regularly do). The only downside I could see to this would be the rumor that Emma is currently filming a movie (at least according to Universal Orlando, who stated that as the reason Emma was absent from the grand opening of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter).
So what do you think, Potterphiles? Are you planning a trip to Comic-Con this year, and would you like to see the cast there?
And just to tide you over until we receive more new footage, here is the most recent trailer for Deathly Hallows, as it was broadcast on the MTV Movie Awards earlier this month:

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