This is great, because it allows younger fans to see the trailers they were never able to see, and older fans can relive the memories (such as the Goblet of Fire, the year of no haircuts).
If you haven’t watched any of these clips before, here’s a great collection of some of the funniest filming mistakes from the Potter movies.
Source: Screen Invasion
According to The Sun, the Harry Potter cast is reuniting to make a mini-movie to be shown exclusively at Harry Potter theme parks.
The eighth big-screen movie based on JK Rowling’s books had been billed as the final one.
But Helena Bonham Carter, 46, is among cast members who have been filming scenes at the Potter studios in Hertfordshire — reprising her role as witch Bellatrix Lestrange.
A source confirmed last night: “The cast have really enjoyed getting back together — they are so tight-knit.”
The new “mini movie” will go on show at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter attraction in Florida and two new Hogwarts theme parks under construction.
There isn’t much much to go on yet, but if this is really happening how does it make you feel?
Click here to read complete article.
Throughout her US promotion of The Casual Vacancy, J.K. Rowling has given a lot of interviews. One of the compelling factors in this one is the light she sheds on the film productions of Harry Potter.
Charlie Rose: When you’re writing, do you see it like a movie? I assume, after Harry Potter, you saw the character as exactly the movie character for Harry Potter.
JK Rowling: Interestingly no, I didn’t – with one exception. This is what’s interesting to me. I never saw Dan or Rupert or Emma as … no. Because I’d lived with them so long, I saw my characters in my head. There was one exception. I’ve said this before. Evanna Lynch, who played Luna Lovegood, I saw her. I’m not saying the others weren’t perfect pieces of casting, because I adore those people, but she got in my head. I even heard her voice when I was writing Luna.
CR: How did Harry differ from the actor? How did the picture you had in your head differ from the picture we see on the screen?
JKR: Dan, Rupert and Emma – and they know, I’ve said this to them – they’re much better looking than the kids I saw in my head
JKR: Yeah, definitely. Emma is beautiful, staggeringly beautiful. In the book, Hermione is a plain Jane, although she sorts herself out a little bit, and she gets a little more styled as she gets older. I am so glad they cast her as Hermione. Emma is a very intelligent girl, who played intelligent beautifully. Even though she’s stunningly beautiful – Emma is not at all about her looks. That’s who Emma is, and that shown through in her portrayal of Hermione. That’s why I was thrilled they cast her because she is such a smart, bright girl. I needed my Hermione to be that kind of person.
CR: Did the movies teach you anything about your characters? Did you see anything about your characters that might have added to their complexity? Because actors can take lines and their job is to to enhance them.
JKR: Yeah definitely, and make them their own. Gary Oldman was fantastic as Sirius. He was amazing. He gave Sirius something that was in my mind for Sirius, but on screen I really saw it – that slight edge of insanity, of being imbalanced, from someone that’d been locked up for a long time. He just played that.
CR: When you’re writing this with the multiple characters you have, is finding somebody that’s a bit crazed thrilling? Because you can do so many things with a bad person.
JKR: You’ve got to reign it in though. You’ve got to just pitch it right because otherwise it becomes like a cardboard and paste caricature. You’ve still got to find the center of the crazy person. Bellatrix, in the books, is probably the most out of control, insane person in the books. She’s vicious. Even more than Voldemort, who has a control about him. But that was how I saw her. There was a lack of boundaries.
The longer video also includes information from the author about The Casual Vacancy.
From geektyrant, we’ve been brought this fantastic video that portrays the best moments from the Harry Potter films.
The video creator, Kees van Dijkhuizen said,
One of the greatest tales of our time, Harry Potter has enchanted us all with wit, courage and magic. Relive the greatest moments of the brilliant film series with ‘Mischief Managed’, an epic retrospective with original music from the films. The magic lives on!
Without the films, we’d never have been able to experience John Williams’s Hedwig’s Theme, Stuart Craig’s Hogwarts or Daniel Radcliffe’s Harry. We’d never have been able to meet in the theatre and say goodbye to Harry last year during all those packed midnight screenings. It may be over, but like J.K. Rowling said; whether you come back by page or by the big screen, Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home.
I think we can all agree with that inspiring message!
Today, July 31st, marks Harry Potter and J.K. Rowling’s birthdays- and also the day when Warner Brothers released a list of the items that the Harry Potter’s Wizard Collection includes.
The Leaky Cauldron posted a list of the items.
…due in stores on September 10, 2012. Harry Potter Wizard’s Collection contains more than 37 hours of special features, including all previously released special features from the eight Harry Potter films and nearly four hours of never-before-seen bonus features.
Films Included in this Collection – All on Blu-ray, DVD and UltraViolet
- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone Theatrical Version and Extended Cut
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Theatrical Version and Extended Cut
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 2D and 3D Versions
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 2D and 3D Versions
Blu-ray Special Features for Hours of Entertainment – Includes all previously released Special Features
- Harry Potter Wizard’s Collection Bonus Disc: Nearly 4 hours of features including:
- All New! “The Harry Potters You Never Met” – Meet the stunt doubles for Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson as they demonstrate how they balanced major stunt work with seamlessly mimicking the actors they represented and share their favorite moments.
- All New! “Designing the World of Harry Potter” – Explore how production designer Stuart Craig and his creative team brought J.K. Rowling’s imagination to life on the screen.
- All New! “When Harry Left Hogwarts” (Extended Version) – Hear candid and emotional stories about the final days on set in this extended behind-the-scenes look.
- All New! “50 Greatest Harry Potter Moments” (Definitive Version) – Take a look back with cast members who share their on and off-screen memories.
- All New! “Secrets Revealed! Quidditch” – At last, the secrets behind the special effects required for the breathtaking Quidditch scenes are revealed!
- All New! “Secrets Revealed! Hagrid”- See the camera tricks, towering stand-in and voluminous body suits behind the beloved Keeper of Keys and Grounds at Hogwarts.
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 Bonus Disc: Over 2 hours of features including:
- All New! “Creating the World of Harry Potter, Part. 7: Story”
- Plus all previously released special features!0
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 Bonus Disc: Over 4 hours of features including:
- All New! “Creating the World of Harry Potter, Part. 8: Growing Up”
- All New! “A Conversation with J.K. Rowling and Daniel Radcliffe: Extended Version” – with 15 minutes of new footage
- “Hogwarts’ Last Stand” (Extended Version)
- Plus all previously released special features!
· Exclusive Premiums
- Memorabilia designed exclusively for the collection by the graphic designers from the films
- Label Collection – A collection of prop labels created by the production for potions, wizarding products and more
- Harry Potter Catalogue of Artefacts – 48-page rigid book featuring the favorite props of the film’s graphic designers
- Blueprint poster of Hogwarts castle – Detailed blueprint of Hogwarts castle is 22” x 26”
- Concept Art Prints – High quality color concept art prints from the films are perfect for framing
- Map of Hogwarts and the areas surrounding it – Full color 24” x 36” map of Hogwarts printed on fabric
- Stuart Craig Sketch Prints — Series of 5” x 7” black and white concept sketches from Harry Potter production designer, Stuart Craig
- Horcrux Locket – Wearable, high-quality prop replica created by Noble Collection
- Certificate of Authenticity – A uniquely numbered 8” x 10” certificate inspired by a Hogwarts Express ticket
Additionally, a video has been released featuring Bonnie Wright, Matthew Lewis, Warwick Davis and Evanna Lynch exploring the boxset for the first time and giving fans a look at what’s inside.
Which special features do you think sound the best?
The Harry Potter castle was recently visited by the 2012 London Olympic Torch!
According to iTv.com, on the 27th day of the Torch Circuit, the torch left Edinburgh where it headed south before crossing into Northumberland and passing by Alnwick castle.
Alnwick Castle is famed for being the castle used in the Harry Potter movies.
Around 400,000 are estimated to have crowded the streets to cheer the flame on.
Read the whole story here!
Torchbearer Brian Tinnion carries the flame past Bamburgh Castle. Credit: Chris Radburn/LOCOG/PA Wire
What? You thought I was kidding? Warner Bros. Studios of London is giving tours of the Harry Potter film studios!
Tours have been running starting this year, as early as March, and you can book YOURS at http://www.wbstudiotour.co.uk/
Sarah Lyall, writing for the New York Times, presented us with a description of the tour.
“When they made the hourglasses that keep track of the house points,” he continued, referring to Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Slytherin and Ravenclaw, the four Hogwarts houses, “they used so many beads that they created a national bead shortage in England!” [Dan] beamed. (Dan is a tour guide, who was a Slytherin extra in the movies)
The tour, which is mostly self-guided, takes place in two vast Warner Bros. sound studios on the Leavesden Studios lot, about 20 miles northwest of London, where the Harry Potter movies were filmed. There are complete sets, like the Gryffindor boys’ dormitory, with its velvet-trimmed four-poster beds. There are the tiniest of props, like the flurry of hand-engraved envelopes announcing Harry’s acceptance to Hogwarts. Here is everything you wanted to know, and also everything you didn’t know you wanted to know.
My daughter Isobel, 12, and I had been worried about expectation inflation when we set out by car from West London, about a 40-minute trip. But our hearts lifted when in the distance we spotted something that looked suspiciously like the wizarding world’s version of public transportation, the magical three-decker Knight Bus (it was).
(Just a disclaimer- the studio is in London. If you don’t live in the British Isles, you might want to reconsider going)
I just realized that one day they will die. I don’t know what I’ll do with my life once that day comes, it’ll be like the seventh book and eighth movie all over again. Let’s all take a moment to think about this. When this happens it will be over, actually over! We should go wrap them all in bubble wrap to protect them!