Harry Potter: A Look Back

Harry Potter: It All Ends

Please see the video below for the touching ending to the 10 years of incredible work done by the
Harry Potter cast and crew.

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

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.


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.


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.


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

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!


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.


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.


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!


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!


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.


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.


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:
























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!


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!


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.


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.


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.


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!


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!


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."


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.


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.


"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.