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IT ALL ENDS!

Harry Potter: It All Ends

Emotional Goodbyes

J.K. Rowling, Dan Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint Give Emotional Goodbye to 'Potter' Series

J.K. Rowling, Dan Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint Give Emotional Goodbye to 'Potter' Series

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Helena Bonham Carter Talks About The "Terrifying" Bellatrix Lestrange

A new profile from the LA Times Hero Complex blog focuses on Helena Bonham Carter and her infamous portrayal of Bellatrix Lestrange in the "Harry Potter" films.

The actress talks about her career and family, but also explains how she developed Bellatrix's character for the films.

“Bellatrix has really good fun, and she’s been a bit of surprise to me, in fact,” Bonham Carter said. “It wasn’t really there on the page. When I took it on, I found there wasn’t a huge amount to go by in the script, and I read the book and she wasn’t necessarily on the page there either, so I did ask [director] David Yates if I could bring a bit of other things or are these the Bibles? And he said yes, certainly, and apparently J.K. Rowling was very pleased with it when she saw it, and the childish dimension and the fact that she’s totally savage, that was a bit of departure.”


"I just felt she had to make an impression because there wasn’t much time in which to do so. And she had to be terrifying. She needed to be somebody you didn’t know what to feel towards. One moment she’s horribly revolting but then also weirdly sexy, maybe, or just disturbing to the mind when you watch her. There’s a lot of decaying, too, with the bad teeth. She’s been in prison for so long. The mad hair. She’s someone who has seen better times but still carries herself with the memory of what she was."

Bonham Carter also praises the crew working on the Harry Potter films and likens the experience to belonging to a "nice tribe."

“I love going back year after year. It’s refreshing. A lot of times in this business, it’s so transitory — it’s just 10 weeks here or there on a movie and then it’s over – but to see the same people over all that time, a decade, makes you feel really safe and secure. It was fantastically well-organized, the [assistant directors] are simply unbelievable, the best...It has been perfect for me, and I will miss it.”

More about Helena Bonham Carter and her thoughts about Bellatrix can be read at the LA Times. The interview also has some great information about Bonham Carter's next film, The King's Speech.

(SOURCE: THE LEAKY CAULDRON)

Emma Watson Discusses Life at Brown University, Dan Radcliffe and Rupert Grint, and More

The Daily Mail has a new article about Emma Watson (Hermione Granger), where she discusses many things, among them her experience thus far at Brown University:

On the first day at her US university - chosen over Cambridge because the latter was 'a bit Hogwarts-looking' - Emma Watson was bombarded by autograph hunters.

She was caught so unawares that she couldn't contain her shock: 'Everyone looked at me horrified, like, "Oh my God, what's wrong with her?"'

So how did she deal with the unwanted autograph hunters, once she had overcome her initial shock? In typical Emma Watson (and Hermione) style, it appears - with quiet determination.

She dusted herself down and decided that she would proceed as planned, on her terms. 'I just said, "I'm really sorry, but I'm here to study and I just want to be a student. Would it be OK if I don't sign, because you'll be seeing me around all the time anyway?"'

The fact that she has now completed her first year of studies is clearly something of a triumph, not least, she admits, because not a single shot of her in the shared uni bathroom has made its way onto the internet.

'One morning I was walking down the corridor from the bathroom in just a towel and I thought I must be mad, anyone could just snap me,' she says, laughing. 'But no one did. Not even when I had my birthday party. 100 people came, and not one person put a picture on Facebook.'

Watson also discusses how she thinks Dan Radcliffe (Harry Potter) and Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley) have changed since she first met them, and the differences in her relationship with both of them:

She remains close to both Rupert and Daniel, and seems bemused by how they have both developed.

'It's funny, they've both gone completely opposite ways. At the beginning Rupert was very confident, really chatty, very outgoing, and Dan was the quiet shy one.

'I remember at the first press conference, he was so overwhelmed by the whole thing. Now, you can't shut Dan up. He's telling jokes, he's got this incredible energy. Rupert's gone quiet. He's much more reserved.

'We are like siblings. If I'm feeling a bit anxious or I need to talk something over with someone, Dan's the one I'll go to. We had this great weekend once. We were stuck in the middle of nowhere in Scotland in this castle.

'We were both meant to be in bed and I sneaked into Dan's room and stayed up watching movies all night, drinking Coke and eating M&Ms from the minibar.

'Rupert's the guy I go to when I want to be relaxed and have a good laugh. His dressing room is like a child's wonderland with every kind of game, every kind of sweet, every kind of whatever you can imagine. I go to him if I want to snuggle up on the sofa and watch television.'

Watson also talks about the adult actors on the set of Harry Potter and what she learned from them:

She cites Helena Bonham Carter and Emma Thompson as her role models.

'I learned from Emma how to behave on a set. She remembers everyone's name, she's incredibly courteous and considerate, and she makes everyone laugh.

'It's up to the leading actors and actresses to set the tone on a film set, and the first time I saw Emma I remember thinking, "That's the kind of actress I want to be."'

Indeed, when filming finished, Emma Watson bought all the crew members a Smythson leather notebook engraved with her thanks and a quote from Dickens:

'The pain of parting is nothing to the joy of meeting again.' Emma Thompson would surely have approved.

Further on in the article Watson talks about the TV shows she watches to relax, her haircut, and juggling her schoolwork and her acting. You can read the rest of the article here.

(SOURCE: THE LEAKY CAULDRON)

Dan Radcliffe Talks About Differences Between "Deathly Hallows: Part 1" and "Deathly Hallows: Part 2"

Now that "Deathly Hallows: Part 1" is in theatres, Dan Radcliffe (Harry Potter) has further elaborated on the differences between "Deathly Hallows: Part 1" and "Deathly Hallows: Part 2":

"The last movie is going to be really, really fast-paced and a load of action in it, and it is like a war film," Radcliffe told Reuters. "If we had done this book in one film, the stuff that would have got cut is most of this film."

However, it's Part 1 that the actor finds more appealing because it contains the most character development.

"Part 1, Radcliffe added, is "so sedate compared to what the next one is going to be like. The next film, because you've had all the plot set up already, you can just kind of enjoy the insanity of all the action."

Radcliffe also said that the cast and crew felt a tremendous amount of pressure to get the final two films just right. As a result, some scenes were being rewritten the day before they were shot.

"It was constantly moving and had a less settled feel than the other ones had had," he said.

Deathly Hallows Part 1 opened Friday with a franchise-best $125.1 million bow, winning the weekend. Part 2 is scheduled to open in July. ABC Family recently acquired TV rights to both movies.

(SOURCE: THE LEAKY CAULDRON)

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Tom Felton Going Back to Leavesden Studios to Do Reshoots

LA Times HeroComplex blog is reporting that Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy) will be returning to Leavesden Studios to do a single day of reshoots:

“I got the call today,” Felton said Tuesday. “I have to go back for one more day of reshoots. So I’m going back in a couple weeks to do, literally, one more day.”

The “Harry Potter” co-star, who has spent nearly half his life in the role of Draco Malfoy, said he will return to the blond-and-sneering persona for a single day of reshoots for “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2,” the eighth and final film in the franchise. That film is due in theaters next summer; the final day of principal photography was last June and post-production is well underway. But at last week’s New York premiere of the seventh film there was considerable chatter about the three main stars - Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint -having been notified that they need to come back to Leavesden Film Studios just outside London for a bit more time in front of the camera. Now Felton is another Hogwarts student going back to wizarding school for a bit of post-graduate work.

“I knew that Dan, Rupert and Emma were called in and I was enjoying that, I was joking that, ‘Oh, I got it on the first take so I don’t need any of that, going back to do it again.’ And here I am eating my own words and going back to redo it. They just want to get a couple of extra camera shots. I don’t think anything was done wrong, they just want to cover it more. It could literally be a case of panning the shot five degrees to the left or whatever just to make sure the CGI shot work. So I’m going to go and serve my duty.”

(SOURCE: THE LEAKY CAULDRON)

Monday, November 22, 2010

Jason Isaacs Discusses the Creation of Lucius Malfoy for the Films

In an Entertainment Weekly article, Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy) discusses how he initially put together the character of Lucius Malfoy in the first Harry Potter film he appeared in, "Chamber of Secrets." Isaacs talks about the contributions he made to the character's costume (which includes the wig) and his accent:

“I went to the set, and they had this idea of me wearing a pinstripe suit, short black-and-white hair,” Isaacs recalls. “I was slightly horrified. He was a racist, a eugenicist. There’s no way he would cut his hair like a Muggle, or dress like a Muggle.” So Isaacs suggested instead that he wear a long white wig, and a particularly ostentatious wizard-like ensemble. “In order to keep the hair straight, I had to tip my head back, so I was looking down my nose at everyone. There was 50 percent of the character. I asked for a walking stick, which [Chamber of Secrets director] Chris Columbus first thought was because I had something wrong with my leg. I explained I wanted it as an affectation so I can pull my wand out [of the cane]. After a second’s thought, he said, ‘You know what, I think the toy guys are going to love you.’ He was completly right.”

Next: Malfoy’s accent. “There’s a particular art critic in England who has a voice like fingernails on a blackboard,” says Isaacs, who in real life has a far more accessible, slightly working class London accent. “I combined him with a teacher I thought was patronizing and sadistic when I was in drama school. To me what [the accent] smacks of is a sense of entitlement. I just wanted to find a voice that made him drip with the millennia that his family had been in power — complete disdain and contempt for anybody and everything else.”

Isaacs goes on to talk about director Chris Columbus's reaction to the accent and Daniel Radcliffe's (Harry Potter) opinion of it. You can read the rest of the article here.

(SOURCE: THE LEAKY CAULDRON)

Monday, November 15, 2010

New AP Photoshoot of Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint

Seven brand new photos from an Associated Press photoshoot featuring Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint (Harry, Hermione and Ron, respectively) can now be found here in the galleries. Enjoy!

(SOURCE: THE LEAKY CAULDRON)

Sunday, November 14, 2010

New Behind the Scenes Images and Set Pictures of "Deathly Hallows: Part 1"

Thanks to our friends at ScarPotter we have a few new behind the scenes pictures from "Deathly Hallows: Part 1," which you can view here in our Image Galleries. Most of them feature director David Yates working with the actors on various scenes, such as with Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) in Grimmauld Place, and Rhys Ifans (Xenophilius Lovegood) in the Lovegood's house.

We also have many new pictures of the sets used in "Deathly Hallows: Part 1," which can be viewed here in our Image Galleries. We get some really nice views of Grimmauld Place, the Lovegood's house, Sirius Black's bedroom, the Ministry of Magic, and many other sets.

Enjoy!

(SOURCE: THE LEAKY CAULDRON)

Monday, November 08, 2010

Warner Bros. Announces Leavesden Studios Plans and Potter Set Tours in 2012

Warner Bros. have revealed their plans to redevelop Leavesden Studios into a "state-of-the-art filmmaking hub" and provide fans with behind-the-scenes tours of the Harry Potter sets.

Leavesden Studios which is located in Hertfordshire, England, has been home to the Harry Potter films for the past decade.

As part of the renovations, two new soundstages will be built to hold sets used in the Harry Potter films as well as numerous other film memorabilia. The behind-the-scenes tours of these soundstages are tentatively scheduled to begin around Easter 2012.

Early concept art of the new Leavesden can be seen at Empire Online.

Barry Meyer, Warner Bros. chairman and CEO expressed his excitement over the new project, saying:

"Our multi-million pound investment in creating a state-of-the-art, permanent UK film production base further demonstrates our long-term commitment to the skills and creativity of the UK film industry."

The project is expected to cost £100m, and will provide 300 new jobs in the filmmaking industry. In the past, Leavesden has also been used to film scenes from "The Dark Knight" and "Inception," both also Warner Bros. films.

(SOURCE: THE LEAKY CAULDRON)

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Moviefone Visits the Set of 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I'

Moviefone visited the set of 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I' and spoke to actors Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter), Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley) and Mark Williams (Arthur Weasley), and directer David Yates.

'Deathly Hallows: Part I' is the first in the two-part adaptation of the final Harry Potter book. The second part arrives July 2011.

The young actors talked about their feelings on the penultimate film of the series and on saying goodbye to the Potter franchise. Radcliffe also touched on how Harry has changed as a character throughout the series as he -- as both an actor and a character -- has grown up.

"The whole series for me is about loss of innocence and about Harry going from this kind of wide-eyed child ... into this slightly grizzled young man by the end of it," Radcliffe told Moviefone's Mike Hess. "Although as I was saying to people the other day, it is essential that he does not turn into a man necessarily in the film, because what makes all that fight stuff at the end so powerful and so kind of horrible to watch is the fact that you're seeing a kid get beaten up by a very strong, very angry man."

'Deathly Hallows' marks the end of Harry's lifelong battle with the evil Lord Voldemort.

Check back here on Tuesday, Oct. 5, for the full set visit report and for interviews with Radcliffe, Grint, Williams and Yates.

'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I' premieres Nov. 19.

(SOURCE: MOVIEFONE)

New Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Banners!

These turned up on Yahoo! Movies today. They are awesome!

You can check out the full-sized posters at Yahoo! Movies.

(SOURCE: YAHOO! MOVIES)

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

New Images from Bonnie Wright's "Geography of the Hapless Heart"

The official Facebook page for "Geography of the Hapless Heart," in which Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley) stars as Mia, has been updated with new stills and behind the scenes photos from filming. The updates on the page comment that filming in London was, "An intense shoot... thanks to our amazing cast and crew who worked 12 hour days."

"Geography of the Hapless Heart" is composed of five short films shot in five locations around the world. Wright plays a leading role in short film "Sweat," set in London. The stills can be found here in our galleries, while the behind the scenes photos can be found at this link, also in our galleries.

You can find the Facebook page for "Hapless Heart" at this link.

(SOURCE: THE LEAKY CAULDRON)

New "Deathly Hallows: Part 1" Video Game Promos Released

New promos for the "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1" video game have been released. The new images, taken from the Nintendo Wii platform of the game, can be found from this picture onwards in the Leaky galleries.

Pictured promos from the video game include:

Harry, Ron and Hermione in what appears to be a tent

A Snatcher duelling at the Ministry of Magic

A Death Eater at the Ministry

A Dementor in a graveyard

Harry duelling a Death Eater in the street
 
(SOURCE: THE LEAKY CAULDRON)

First Set Pictures of Dan Radcliffe from "The Woman in Black"

The first set pictures featuring Dan Radcliffe (Harry Potter) in costume on the set of his upcoming film "The Woman in Black" have been released. You can see them here in our Image Galleries. Enjoy!

(SOURCE: THE LEAKY CAULDRON)

Total Film Magazine Release Fourth Online-Only Cover Featuring Tom Felton

A fourth cover for the November issue of Total Film has been released through the magazine's Twitter. The cover features Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy) with blood on his face and will not be available in shops. You can have a closer look at the cover right here in our galleries!

Images have already been released of the three covers that will be sold in shops when the issue comes out on Thursday. You can find those covers, featuring Dan Radcliffe (Harry Potter), Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley) and Emma Watson (Hermione Granger) right here in our galleries.

(SOURCE: THE LEAKY CAULDRON)

Monday, September 27, 2010

New J.K. Rowling Interview Quotes and Image from The Oprah Winfrey Show (Updated)

A press release issued today has a number of new quotations from J.K. Rowling's interview on The Oprah Winfrey Show, which will air this Friday, 1st October. Speaking to Oprah about the pressure of sudden stardom, Rowling says, "At that point, I kept saying to people, yeah I’m coping…but the truth was there were times when I was barely hanging on by a thread."

Update: A brand new image of J.K. Rowling and Oprah can now be seen here in our galleries!

The Harry Potter author also spoke about the moment she knew her life had changed forever, during her second tour of the USA:

There was this enormous Barnes & Noble, and I thought, oh my God. And the queue snaked up the street, up the Barnes & Noble, up through four floors and they took me in the back entrance. They opened the door and they screamed. They screamed….That’s a real stand-out moment for me. I knew it was getting big in that there was press attention and so on, but at that point, that for me...was when it felt 'Beatle-esque.'

Stay close to Leaky for more from the interview as it comes in! You can see the first images from the interview via this link.

(SOURCE: THE LEAKY CAULDRON)

Trio Featured on a Choice of Three Covers for November Issue of Total Film Magazine

New images have been released of the November 2010 issue of Total Film magazine, which will have three different Harry Potter-themed covers. Dan Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson each appear on one of the three magazine covers as Harry, Ron and Hermione respectively; Hermione and Ron are holding wands, while Harry has the Sword of Gryffindor. You can find images of these covers right here in our galleries!

(SOURCE: THE LEAKY CAULDRON)

Saturday, September 25, 2010

First Images from Oprah Interview with J. K. Rowling Now Online

As readers will recall, an interview with Harry Potter author J. K. Rowling is set to air this coming Friday, October 1st, on the nationally syndicated Oprah Winfrey Show. The first glimpses of Ms. Rowling being interviewed have made their way online, and can be viewed right here in our Image Galleries.

Readers who able to capture video from the episode, please do email us at staff@leakynews.com!

(SOURCE: THE LEAKY CAULDRON)

Friday, September 24, 2010

J. K. Rowling to Appear on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" Next Friday (Updated)

Thanks to TLC reader Kyle we are now getting word that an interview with Harry Potter author J. K. Rowling will air on on the Friday, October 1, episode of the nationally syndicated "The Oprah Winfrey Show." The DVR listing reads:

All New! On Location in Scotland: Oprah & Harry Potter Phenom Billionaire J.K. Rowling: All new! Oprah sits down with the billionaire behind the "Harry Potter" empire: J.K. Rowling.

A listing on WSOC, the local ABC affiliate for Charlotte, North Carolina, confirms the report, and offers and expanded preview of the episode. Quoteage:

Friday, October 1


All New! On Location In Scotland: Oprah & “Harry Potter Phenom” Billionaire J.K. Rowling (PG)


She's the “Beatles" of bestsellers, the first self-made billionaire author in history – selling more than 400 million books and captivating readers in 69 languages and 200 countries. Today Oprah is on location in Scotland with J.K. Rowling, the billionaire mom behind the “Harry Potter” empire as she takes on the harsh critics, and opens up about depression, her biggest regrets, and the love of her life. Find out how her epic failure became a billion dollar success story, and why she turned down an offer from the King of Pop, Michael Jackson. Join us for a fascinating hour, on Friday's Oprah.

As readers will recall, earlier this month TLC reported that "The Oprah Winfrey Show" was looking for "fans willing to appear on the programme to talk about how J.K. Rowling and the Harry Potter series has inspired them or their family." We await further confirmation on the airing of this episode, and will update you when such information becomes available. To see when the "The Oprah Winfrey Show" airs in your market, a listing is available via this link.

Update: The official Oprah Winfrey Show website has been updated to reflect the October 1st airing of the interview with Harry Potter author J. K. Rowling.

(SOURCE: THE LEAKY CAULDRON)

Some Details about "Deathly Hallows: Part 1" Soundtrack Released

Conrad Pope, film composer and orchestrator, has updated his Facebook with comments on the "Deathly Hallows: Part 1" soundtrack:

Just finished the first week with the LSO of recording Alexandre Desplat’s score to “HP7”. Harry Potter now occupies a new musical universe. For Lovegood AD has written a charming, “groovin’” theme. Dobby, too, is given a new “voice”. The emotional music reaches its climax in Ron’s speech in the “wilderness” where the poetry of AD conveys the emotion in a single chord’s voicing. Stay tuned.

The soundtrack will be released on November 16th.

(SOURCE: THE LEAKY CAULDRON)

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1" Trailer Now Online

The first full theatrical trailer for the upcoming "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1" film has now been released online and can be watched HERE in our Video Galleries! Enjoy!

Update: WB has now released download links for the trailer in a multitude of formats and sizes:

WINDOWS HD

480

720

1080

WINDOWS STANDARD

Small

Medium

Large

FLASH

Medium

Large

480p

QUICKTIME HD

1080

720

480

QUICKTIME STANDARD

Large

LL

Med

Small

IPOD

(SOURCE: THE LEAKY CAULDRON)

Magic is Might! "Deathly Hallows" Trailer Preview Image Released (Updated)

As a preview for the "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1" trailer which will be released later today, WB has released this image from the trailer. This preview gives us a glimpse at the new order which has taken over at the Ministry, under the control of the ever-pink Dolores Umbridge.

Update: WB has released several more promotional stills from the "Deathly Hallows: Part 1" film, which you can see here in our Image Galleries. Among the new stills is our first look at the Seven Potters scene.

Check back to Leaky at 6pm PST (9pm EST) tonight to be the first to see the new "Deathly Hallows" trailer!

(SOURCE: THE LEAKY CAULDRON)

Friday, September 17, 2010

"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1" Trailer Due Wednesday at 6pm PST

WB has announced that the full trailer for the forthcoming "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1" film will be released online at 6 PM PST (9 PM EST) on Wednesday, September 22.

Check back to Leaky next Wednesday at 6 PM PST (9 PM EST) to be the first to see the trailer for the first part of the final Harry Potter film!

(SOURCE: THE LEAKY CAULDRON)

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Preview of Leaky's "Deathly Hallows: Part 1" Set Report; Full Report October 5th

Earlier this year, Leaky was among a number of fan sties to visit the set of the "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1" film at Leavesden Studios just outside London, England. Our full set report will be online on October 5, but today we have a sneak peek at what we uncovered on the set. Enjoy!

Always aiming to improve on the previous films, the cast and crew of the "Deathly Hallows" films seem to be on track to outdo themselves once again. While walking through the expansive former factory complex which houses the animatronic creature creation lab, prosthetic and makeup studio, and props department, evidence is everywhere of just how serious they are to get it right. On set we were able to tour the entire production, as well as speak to many of the actors and crew members about bringing the final chapter of the "Deathly Hallows" books to the big screen. In our full set report, we can share full details about the sets, props, costumes, and creations the production has crafted to bring Harry's world to life.

Stay close to Leaky in the coming weeks for our full report, which will include full interviews with the cast and crew, a complete rundown of my set tour, as well as more about what to expect for the first part of the "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" film!

"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1" will be released in theaters November 19, 2010.

(SOURCE: THE LEAKY CAULDRON)

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Reports: John Williams Will Compose Score for "Deathly Hallows: Part 2"

Our friends at Potterish have gotten confirmation from Warner Bros. Brazil that composer John Williams, who wrote the music for the first three Harry Potter films, will return to score the final movie, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2." "Deathly Hallows: Part 1" will be scored by Alexandre Desplat.

Update: While this is indeed exciting news, we still await final conformation on this information from WB. Stay close to Leaky for the latest!

"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1" will be in theatres November 19th, and "Deathly Hallows: Part 2" will come out on July 15th, 2011.

(SOURCE: THE LEAKY CAULDRON)

MuggleNet Exclusive: Harry Potter Film Wizardry Book Trailer

Update: The book will be available for purchase from Harper (Harper USA, Harper Canada, Harper Australia, Harper New Zealand) and its worldwide distributors, as well as Random House UK in England. Just ask your local bookstore to order if you don't see it on store shelves!

Are you curious why Dementors glide the way they do or wonder how Hippogriffs fly? Did you ever want to meet the architect who created Hogwarts and learn how the moving staircases work? Have you ever wanted to take a look behind the magic?

Today, we'd like to share with you details on Harry Potter Film Wizardry, a book that provides a comprehensive behind-the-scenes look at the making of the Harry Potter film series. Read stories from the cast and crew (including Dan Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint), see detailed production/concept sketches, and view lots of on-set photos.

MuggleNet has been given an exclusive 2-minute trailer of the book, which you can view right here! Be sure to check back in the coming weeks as MuggleNet will have special excerpts and great giveaways!

The foreword is penned by Dan, Emma and Rupert and the introduction is written by producer David Heyman. The book does include a look at the making of Deathly Hallows (as you'll see in the trailer) and the text was written by Brian Sibley, who has also worked on similar projects for Lord of the Rings and The Golden Compass.

Pre-order is available through Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

The book hits store shelves this October.

(SOURCE: MUGGLENET)

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Now With More Space: Wizarding World Modifies Seats on Forbidden Journey Ride

A few weeks ago we told you about a man named Banks Lee who lost 12 pounds so he could ride The Forbidden Journey at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

Banks has kept a running blog of his progress and trips to the Wizarding World and today took a trip to the park after a reader posted that the seats had been modified! Upon his return, Banks posted the following:

"Decided to head out there today and test out the modified seats, and let me tell you, they are a much needed addition to Forbidden Journey! Let me explain the process of riding in a test seat. At the entrance to the ride, and right before the loading area, there are test seats. Used to be every person had to get three clicks in order to ride, and the restraint was not very forgiving for larger guests.

Now, with the addition of the modified seats, the test seat process has changed. When you sit down, there are three lights next to you; red, yellow, and green. As I stated earlier in the post, red=no ride, yellow=modified seat, and green=sit anywhere. If you get yellow and need a modified seat, once you get to the part before the loading platform where the second test seat is, the attendant will put you in the middle line, which is reserved for guests needing the modified seat.

Since there are only around 8 vehicles that currently have modified seating, you have to wait for one to come around. Once it does come you go to the loading platform, and choose either of the outside seats. The two middle seats are not modified. You still need three clicks to be able to ride, but they are now much easier to get, especially with the little extra room you have in the seat."

Banks said only one rider has been turned away since the change, as opposed to 50-60 people last week. Banks also added he will continue to diet despite the seat changes. Read the full post right here!

(SOURCE: MUGGLENET)

Friday, September 10, 2010

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Teaser Poster Quickly Appreciating in Price

The Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows teaser poster has been quickly appreciating in price since its release a few months ago.

I bought the poster from an online movie poster shop for $30.00 about a month ago. That same poster is now selling for $49.99 on one movie poster website and the shop that I bought mine from is now asking $55.00 for the poster.

I've been collecting movie posters since the 1970's and I've never bought a poster that rose in price this fast! Usually it takes years for a poster to appreciate in price. So if you're interested in buying the HP&tDH teaser poster, I would do it now. It's liable to cost close to $100.00 by the end of the year.

And Warner Bros. hasn't even released the final release poster for Deathly Hallows yet. I suspect that poster will start out high on the poster shops' websites. Harry's still got the magic!

(SOURCE: HEADMISTRESS DENICE)

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Hot Topic Debuts Potter Shirt Based on Deathly Hallows One-Sheet

Check out this sweet new shirt at Hot Topic based on the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 one-sheet.

The shirt features the poster with the text "It all ends here."

(SOURCE: MUGGLENET)

First "Deathly Hallows" TV Spot Airs (Updated)

Tonight, during the season premiere of Vampire Diaries, the first TV spot aired for "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1." It features several things we haven't seen before such as new dialogue from Voldemort and footage of Hagrid and Harry on the motorbike. We currently only have a low quality video which can be viewed below. We'll update as soon as we get a high quality version.

Update: Our friends over at MuggleNet got an HQ version, which you can now watch below!

Note from Headmistress Denice: The HQ version in the article has been placed at the top of our weblog right under the slideshow for the HP movies.

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Wednesday, September 08, 2010

The Oprah Winfrey Show Looking for Harry Potter Fans

The Oprah Show is searching for Harry Potter fans willing to appear on the programme to talk about how J.K. Rowling and the Harry Potter series has inspired them or their family. A short description on the application to appear on the show reads as follows:

Are you or your children obsessed with the Harry Potter series? Have you read all the books and seen all the movies multiple times? How has the series helped you bond with your children or parents? Has J.K.'s rags to riches journey as a single mother-turned-billionaire inspired you? Has her story motivated you to write, start your own business or try something you've only dreamed about before?

What life lessons has the Harry Potter series taught you? Did reading about the death of Harry's parents helped you cope with loss in your own life? Have the books helped you escape from a difficult time in your own life? If you could ask J.K. Rowling a question, what would it be?

Read the full description and write in to the programme at this link on the Oprah website. There is currently no indication of when this episode will air.

(SOURCE: THE LEAKY CAULDRON)

"Deathly Hallows: Part 1" Trailer Due at End of September

Reports are making their way online regarding a "late September" release date for a new "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1" trailer. WB is reported as saying, "We are currently working on the details for the Main Trailer debut...it will be sometime within the last 2 weeks of September." We are awaiting further word from WB in regards to this trailer and will update when more becomes available.


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Friday, August 27, 2010

New Images, Video, Interview from A/W 2010 People Tree Collection Endorsed by Emma Watson

The People Tree website has been updated with new material from the Autumn/Winter 2010 collection endorsed by Emma Watson (Hermione Granger). The update include a number of new images, which can now be found here in our image galleries, an interview, a note from Emma and a video clip, which you can see here.

The actress writes of her visit to Bangladesh to better understand the impact of Fair Trade:

I still find it hard to convey what Fair Trade means to those producing our fashion - it's just so impressive to see how the women have used Fair Trade clothing to escape poverty and empower themselves and their children. I was very moved and inspired.

Watson also explains that she was not "centrally involved" in the design of the Autumn/Winter 2010 collection but helped in the selection of a number of Fair Trade textiles featuring in the new fashion line. When interviewed, Emma spoke briefly about the processes involved in handmaking garments:

I always find it difficult to impress on people what 'handmade' really means. To make a simple garment they have to produce the yarn, hand-dye the yarn, get it onto the loom, then weave the fabric, cut it to the pattern, sew it into the garment and then embroider it - all by hand. It is so hard for people to imagine what it takes to create something and how special that item of clothing is.

Emma later continues:

I've been given a lot in my life and I have had so many fantastic opportunities. It's really important to me that I try to give something back. I wanted to find the right thing and working with People Tree is so special and rewarding and the best way I can do that at the moment. I really believe in Fair Trade and I just want to see more of it in the world. I need to know there are more places like Swallows.

You can find the full interview on the newly updated website at this link.
 
(SOURCE: THE LEAKY CAULDRON)

Three New Images From "Deathly Hallows" Released

Thanks to ScarPotter we have three new images from "Deathly Hallows: Part 1":

Harry, Ron, and Hermione in Grimmauld Place

Ron and Hermione in the tent

Hermione wearing Slytherin's locket

"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1" will be in theatres November 19th.
 
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Two More Pictures From "Deathly Hallows" Now Online

In addition to the three images from "Deathly Hallows" released earlier today, we now have two more pictures from the upcoming film:


Harry with stubble

Ron in the tent

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Thursday, August 26, 2010

More Voices Confirmed for Upcoming EA "Deathly Hallows" Video Game

More voices have been confirmed for the Entertainment Arts and Warner Bros. "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1" video game. An update to the video game's official website announces that Alfie Enoch (Dean Thomas), Warwick Davis (Professor Flitwick, Griphook), Toby Jones (voice of Dobby) and Simon McBurney (voice of Kreacher) will also be providing voices for the game.

Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley), James and Oliver Phelps (Fred and George Weasley, respectively), Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy), David Legeno (Fenrir Greyback) and Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood) are among the many names who have already been announced as providing voices for the video game.
 
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Sunday, August 22, 2010

Full "Deathly Hallows" Test Screening Report, PotterCast Test Screening Preview Online

Here now, is the full, in-depth review of this working cut of the film. Again, a warning to readers: this post will contain explicit spoilers for the first part of the "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" film.

Also, check out the latest episode of PotterCast here for a quick rundown of some main moments in the "Deathly Hallows: Part 1" film. A live Q&A PotterCast recording will take place sometime this week! Stay tuned to Pottercast.com for recording dates and times. Also, if you were in attendance at the screening, please do email us at staff@leakynews.com with your thoughts on the film! Enjoy!




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Yesterday, I was fortunate enough to be among about 500 fellow moviegoers at a test screening of the first part of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" film. This event traditionally happens in Chicago about three months prior to the release of the film; it was by a bit of luck and some very good friends that I was able to attend. On hand at the screening were director David Yates, WB President and COO Alan Horn, and producers David Heyman and David Barron, who observed a focus group of select moviegoers following the movie. The film itself, which ran approximately two and a half hours, was a working cut, which meant that some special effects, such as CGI, were not yet complete. We would also be watching the film with a temporary soundtrack of music and scores from various other films. This, however, did not diminish the power or enjoyment of the film in the slightest. Knowing they have yet to add Desplat's score to the picture only builds anticipation for how spectacular the finish product will be.

While some parts of the story told in the book were cut from the film or condensed, the main essence of the story remains. The film was paced perfectly, and balanced the action of fighting a war with the human and emotional toll of the journey very well. The look of the film stayed inline with the dark, gloomy, despairing colors of grey and black which were seen in "Half-Blood Prince." It is clear that danger is in the air at every turn. The human emotional and physical toll also comes across in each scene. Wide sweeping shots of the expanse before them show just how alone the Trio are on the road.

The actors, particularly the Trio, give their best performances to date; practically disappearing into their characters. Jason Isaacs brings the character of Lucius Malfoy to new levels as an unshaven, groveling creature before Voldemort, while Rhys Ifans plays the desperate father who will do anything to get his child back to a tee. Bellatrix Lestrange plays a more prominent role in this film than in the past, which allows actress Helena Bonham Carter to show the sadistic and frantic side of Bella even more. We do see Dobby again, who makes his return at Grimmauld Place helping Kreacher bring Mundungus to Harry for questioning. The next time we see him, he appears in the cellar of Malfoy Manor to rescue Harry and his friends.

The film begins with the eyes of Rufus Scrimgeour speaking to the wizarding press about his government's pledge to protect the liberty of its citizens during this dark time. This leads into a sequence which shows Harry, Ron, and Hermione at their respective homes, preparing for the journey ahead. Harry watches the Dursley's go, Ron and the Weasley's prepare themselves emotionally for the coming months, and Hermione performs the obliviate spell on her parents. In a very sad realization for both Hermione and the audience as photos of the family on the walls and mantelpieces are wiped of Hermione's presence as the spell takes effect. She then walks from their house and down the empty street away from the former home of Wendel and Monica Wilkins.

We are then transported to Malfoy Manor, where Snape walks through the iron gates of the towering estate and through the house to the Death Eater meeting. Charity Burbage's tortured body looms over the Death Eaters throughout the scene, which adds an extra level of creepy to the whole scene. As I said above, Isaacs gives a stunning performance which plays so well with Fiennes, who lets Voldemort toy with Malfoy, snapping the silver handle off Malfoy's wand and throwing the broken piece on the table. Throughout the film, a series of dreams/visions/memories tell the history of the horcruxes (the ones that we know of) and of Voldemort discovering the Elder Wand. Flashes of the previous films, including Dumbledore falling from the Astronomy Tower and Tom Riddle give us this background, while we get our history of Grindelwald and Gregorovich from Harry's link to Voldemort's mind.

The Seven Potters scene was nearly complete in this cut. The transformation takes place in a single 360 degree camera shot, with each character transforming into Harry in their own unique way. Fred and George shrink about a foot, Mundungus grows about a foot, and Fleur gets Harry's eyebrows as the first thing on her body to change. When the Seven Potters are waking around the room in their original character's clothes, they are distinguished by their original voices and mannerisms. They then strip to change into Harry's outfit. The production went all out here- even having Fluer's Harry take off a white, lacy bra in order to change clothes. Once in the air, we see the Death Eaters dive on the Order like bats, swooping in casting spells and curses. Death Eaters take Harry and Hagrid on a chase down the highway, diving in between cars, and even doing a flip around a tunnel ceiling.

As for Hedwig: she does die. In a change from the book, Harry lets Hedwig fly away before the Order leaves the Privet Drive. During the battle, right before Voldemort appears, she flies back on the scene in an effort to help Harry fight the Death Eaters. A Death Eater casts the Avada Kedavra curse on her, and she falls to the ground. It is Hedwig's appearance alongside the real Harry that clues Voldemort into his identity.

At the fully reconstructed Weasley House, Scrimgeour arrives before the wedding to read the will of Albus Dumbledore and hand out the three bequeaths. Ginny and Harry share their only kiss in this part of the film here, which is interrupted in a hilarious way by the bandaged-ear George. (Yes, the 'Saintly' joke remains verbatim in the film.) Harry begins to become uncertain that he knew Dumbledore, with the help of Auntie Muriel and flashes of newspaper headlines about Rita Skeeter's upcoming book, The Life and Lies of Albus Dumbledore. Then, Kingsley's patronus appears, announcing Scrimgeour's death and the fall of the Ministry. The Trio make their escape, this time with the aid of a strong-looking Lupin urging Harry to "GO!" and battle Death Eaters Rowle and Dolohov in the cafe once they reach London.

Once at Grimmauld Place, Harry sends Kreacher off to find Mundungus, who returns with both Dung and Dobby. The crowd cheered when Dobby appeared on screen, and was further endeared at the elf when he and Krecher vie for Harry's attention. Mundungs' information leads them to infiltrate the Ministry, which also is presented just as it was in the books. Umbridge, portrayed by Imelda Staunton, gets to recapture her former sinister self presiding over a courtroom with a swirl of Dememntors revolving overhead. The Ministry now seems to be operation to create forms of propaganda against Muggles, which are being produced in mass quantities (When Muggles Attack). They've also replaced the former statue in the atrium with a new totalitarian-themed creation, which is made up of jumble of twisted Muggles holding up wizards on a pedestal. "Muggles in their rightful place," says Hermione."

Umbridge's office at the Ministry is filled with ornate gold carvings on the walls, along with the pink brick and purring cat plates. Mad-Eye's eye is seen in the door of her office, but it was not clear whether Harry takes it for or not. Upon escaping from the courtroom and stunning Umbrdige, they are chased through the Ministry and end up disapparating to the forest. Here we see a great performance by Emma Watson as Hermione who sobs over Ron's body as she mends his splinched arm. Bone and muscle in his arm are exposed before the dittany is applied. She then casts the appropriate concealment charms over the Trio and their life in the forest begins.

The first part of the "Deathly Hallows" films flows seamlessly and quickly through the story. No particular part moves too slow or too fast, but the greatly condensed 'camping' sequence does take its time; but, with good reason. This part of the film shows the progression of Ron's jealousy of Harry and Hermione's friendship, spurred on by wearing the Horcrux. Rupert Grint plays this very well, storming out of the tent and into the winter, leaving Harry and Hermione unsure of how to go on. Following his exit, a scene not in the books remains one of the most touching and poignant: In an effort to cheer up a sullen Hermione, Harry removes the Horcrux from his neck, and shares an awkward high school prom-style dance with Hermione to the Nick Cave song, "O'Children."

Harry and Hermione make their way to Godric's Hollow and come across the grave site of the Potters. The memorial statue at the house or in the square is not seen in this film, but Harry discovering their resting place remains an emotional experience. At Bathilda's, Hermione discovers the bloody cupboard where she was killed while Harry turns to see Nagini coming out of Bathilda's mouth, leaving what remains of her body and clothes in a pile on the floor. This particular shot was not complete in the film, for it was among the CGI effects yet to be finished. The fight with Nagini spills over into a children's room in the house next door, and leaves Harry bitten by the snake. Once they make their escape to the Forest of Dean, Harry lays unconscious for a few days, during which time he finds his way into Voldemort's mind and we discover more back story about Grindelwald and Gregorovich.

This leads into, perhaps, the most thrilling and emotional part of the film: the Silver Doe. Rupert Grint's performance is spectacular as he makes his return, pulling Harry from underneath the icy depths and destroying the Horcrux. After Harry opens the locket, a tornado of Voldemort's dark soul rises above Ron, unleashing spiders on the ground and taunting him. In a very sensual turn, silvery porcelain visions of Riddle-Harry and Riddle-Hermione appear in the tornado and taunt Ron's jealousy by sharing a long and intense kiss. In an effort not to truly represent the evil of Voldemort and the situation, the Riddle-Harry and Riddle-Hermione, in the swirling mass of the tornado, appear topless during the final seconds of their kiss before Ron swings Gryffindor's sword down on the locket, destroying it.

This intense sequence is followed by the reunited Trio seeking out more information from Xenophilius Lovegood about the strange symbol he wore at the wedding. In a truly spectacular animation, the story of The Three Brothers is told in a completely unique style where the characters of Death and the brothers transform from shrouded skeletons to semi-formed puppets to, finally, puppet like mannequins as they relate the tale. Hermione's voice reading the tale accompanies the animation, which lasts nearly three minutes. In my opinion, it is truly one of the best three minutes these films have produced. Xeno's broken state of mind is played beautifully by Rhys Ifans. The Death Eaters are called to the tree stump-shaped house by Xeno who says Voldemort's name, which is now tabooed. The Trio escapes briefly, but run into a gang of Snatchers, who chase them down in the forest. During this time, Harry also drifts into one final connection with Voldemort which shows the Dark Lord questioning an aged Grindelwald, who tells him the Elder Wand remains with Dumbledore in his grave.

The Malfoy Manor scene saw a few changes from what was in the book, none of which greatly altered the outcome of the story as it has been told in the films. For instance, Wormtail does not definitively die in the film. Rather, he is stunned by Dobby which allows for Harry and Ron to escape. Wormtail aside, Emma Watson's shrieking as Bella's character tortures her own (Bellatrix brands "mudblood" onto Hermione's arm) still gives me chills. Bellatrix continues to be in top form when she uses her wand as a whip to take the sword from the low-rank Snatchers who captured the Trio. The Malfoy's also get to show their complete desperation, with Lucius, drink in hand, talking a defeated Draco into identify Harry. Throughout this sequence the suspense builds until that final moment when the dagger is thrown by Bella and disapparates along with Harry, Ron, Hermione, and Dobby to Shell Cottage.

Hands down, one of the most emotional sequences of this film was Dobby dying in Harry's arms on she shores of Shell Cottage. The burial of Dobby takes place on a bluff overlooking the sea. Harry digs the grave himself, and places the small House Elf in his resting place with Ron and Hermione. The final scene in the movie takes place at Hogwarts, on a small island just off the banks of the lake. Dumbledore's tomb is cracked open by Voldemort, who looks into the blank face of Dumbledore before taking the wand from his grasp and firing a lightning bolt into the air.

After the film, I had the opportunity to speak briefly with Yates and Barron, who told me that Voldemort taking possession of the Elder Wand will indeed be where the first part ends, and that Desplat is currently finishing the score for the film. They went on to say they have not yet decided on a composer for the second part of the "Deathly Hallows" film, but they are starting the process of putting the final film together.

(SOURCE: THE LEAKY CAULDRON)

Monday, August 16, 2010

Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey Reaches One Million Riders!

Universal Orlando has released a new video announcing that the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ride at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park has seen one million riders "in record time".

Though they don't specify what the record time is - or was - we know that the park has only been officially open for two months. Divide 1 million by 60 days, and that averages 16,666 riders a day. An impressive number, no doubt!

Thanks to our Hogwarts mate Sylvia for giving me the heads up on this story.

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Friday, August 13, 2010

It Will Rain November 11th in London; Deathly Hallows World Premiere Date Set

Numerous readers have pointed out that the launch of the "Join The Final Battle" campaign has revealed the date for the UK premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

The premiere is set for Thursday, November 11th in London. We expect it to be held at Leicester Square. We also expect it to rain very heavily (as it has done for the several of the UK premieres).

With that date now known, we will predict that the US premiere will be held the following Monday or Tuesday. No word yet on whether it'll be in Los Angeles or New York City, but our money is on the latter.

Our Deathly Hallows section has been updated with a Premieres page to keep track of the latest details.

(SOURCE: MUGGLENET)

Thursday, August 12, 2010

"Deathly Hallows" Film Split Revealed; Images of Xeno, Scrimgeour, Bagshot, and Gregorovitch Online (Update)

The latest issue of Entertainment Weekly features a cover story on the upcoming "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1" film, which, at long last, reveals the split for the final installments of the film. High Res scans of the entire EW feature can be found right here thanks to RupertGrint.net. The report features a number interviews with the cast and never before published information about the film. A caution now to readers, for the rest of this post will contain SPOILERS!

Photos from the multipage feature show photographs of Hagrid and Harry on Sirius' motorbike, Xeno Lovegood in front of his house, Harry reaching for his wand, Ron and Harry sneaking into the Ministry, the Death Eaters before Voldemort, Harry sending off Hedwig, Harry and Hermione in the forest, and many more. We also get our first true looks at Xenophilius, Runcorn, Scrimgeour, Bagshot, and Gregorovitch.

The film, EW reports, "will end at about Chapter 24 of the book, with Voldemort gaining possession of the Elder Wand, one of the three Deathly Hallows that allow the bearer to conquer death." The article goes on to feature quotes from many of the cast members and director David Yates, who speak in turn about bringing the conclusion of the Potter series to the big screen. They also reveal details about the film; including the final scene the Trio ever filmed together. Quoteage:

The three of them [Radcliffe, Watson, and Grint] are shooting a scene in the Room of Requirement in which Harry, Ron, and Hermione are searching for a Horcrux- in this case, a tiara-like Ravenclaw diadem. Watson and Grint are sopping wet. (In the film, Ron and Hermione have recently destroyed another horcrux in the water and were perused by a Voldemort-shaped tsunami.)

As production on the two films wound down this summer, the three stars faced the prospect of having to film their final scene together. "It was bizarre," Watson said last week by phone. "Walking on to set that day, there was this incredibly thick atmosphere. It felt like a moment in history. It felt really big." In the scene, Harry, Ron, and Hermione have broken into the Ministry of Magic. They jinx a woman and drag her into a tiny storage area. So the final frame ever shot of all three actors takes place in a cramped little room. "These characters have been in the most fantaistical situations at Hogwarts- they've been in the Dark Forest, all these extraordinary places," says Yates. "It was an odd way to finish, really." But poetic, perhaps, considering that the whole series began with a boy who lived in a tiny room under the stairs of a house on Privet Drive. "In a way," says Yates, "the series started with a cupboard and ended with one."

The full article can be read right here. "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1" will be in theaters on November 19, while "Deathly Hallows: Part 2" will arrive on the big screen July 2011. The Fall Movie Preview issue of EW is on newsstands now.

Update: We now have this new photo of Dan Radcliffe as Harry Potter in formal wizard wear brandishing his wand.
 
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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Emma Watson Launches Join The Final Battle Deathly Hallows Campaign for UK Fans

With 100 days left until the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1, Warner Brothers UK today kicked off a "Join The Final Battle" campaign on Facebook where fans have a chance to win tickets to the World Premiere of the film in London this November.

The launch of the campaign also includes a special message from Emma Watson (sporting her new hairstyle), who talks about how the contest works.

Full details can be found right here on their Facebook page.

Please note that the contest and campaign are only available for UK and Ireland fans. At this time, we do not know if Warner Brothers US will be launching anything today (but as always, we'll keep you updated).

(SOURCE: MUGGLENET)

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Confirmed: Seattle Next and Final Stop for Harry Potter: The Exhibition (Updated)

Harry Potter The Exhibition LogoIn a followup this evening to yesterday's post, Warner Bros. have issued a press release confirming that Seattle's Pacific Science Centre will be the final host for Harry Potter: The Exhibition. The exhibition will open on the 23rd of October, 2010 until the 30th of January, 2011 in Seattle, the only West Coast venue for the travelling exhibit. The press release reports that Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom) "was on hand today at the Pacific Science Centre to kick off the announcement."

Update: Photos of Lewis at the announcement in Seattle today can now be seen here in our galleries.

Tickets will go on sale to the general public via the Pacific Science Centre website or by telephoning (206) 443-2001 from this Saturday, 14th of August at 9am; Pacific Science Centre museum members can take part in a special pre-sale starting today, 10th August until 9am on Saturday, 14th of August:

General public admission to Harry Potter: The Exhibition is $26 for adults; $24 for seniors (65 and over) and youth (6-15); $17 for children (ages 3-5) and includes admission to all of Pacific Science Center’s exhibits.
The press release additionally briefly mentions the presence of new items from "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1" at the exhibition, as well as the showing of the forthcoming film in IMAX 3D at the Pacific Science Centre's Boeing IMAX Theatre from the 19th of November, 2010:
In partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products, Global Experience Specialists, Inc. (GES) created the 10,000-square-foot experiential exhibition, which features hundreds of artifacts and costumes from all of the Harry Potter films, including new items from the highly-anticipated, two-part finale to the series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. To add to the excitement, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 will be presented in IMAX® 3D at Pacific Science Center’s Boeing IMAX Theater when the film opens on November 19, 2010.
(SOURCE: THE LEAKY CAULDRON)

Monday, August 09, 2010

EA Games Release New "Deathly Hallows" Video Game Wallpaper

EA Games has released a new "Deathly Hallows" wallpaper on the official Electronic Arts website for the "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1" video game. The wallpaper, which you can find here in our galleries, features an unidentified Death Eater casting a spell on a broomstick.

As we previously told you, the website also features extras such as a seven minute video podcast with the game's producer, Darren Potter and a further two wallpapers for download, which you can also find at this link in our galleries.

You can access the official EA website for the "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1" video game via this link. The "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1" video game from EA will be compatible with the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii, Nintendo DS, Windows PC and mobile devices. The game is due to be released in the UK, India, France and Australia on the 19th of November, 2010.

(SOURCE: THE LEAKY CAULDRON)

Sunday, August 08, 2010

New Tonks and Lupin "Deathly Hallows" Promo Photo

The Harry Potter Wall Art website has been updated with a brand new photo of Natalia Tena and David Thewlis as Nymphadora Tonks and Professor Remus Lupin, respectively. The posed image, titled "Nymphadora Tonks and Professor Lupin Waist Shot," features the actors in formal dress.

You can have find the image here in our galleries.

(SOURCE: THE LEAKY CAULDRON)