Sunday, August 15, 2010

Harry Potter Movie Info

I'm a recent recipient of the Entertainment Weekly Magazine which features this week a fall movie preview.  On the cover is wand holding Harry Potter.  Here are some things I learned from reading the article about The Deathly Hallows Part I movie.

  • The past ten years of the actors lives have been involved with this film and many of the crew and actors have mixed emotions about it ending.  Some are ready for the next challenge and others are sad to leave the family they've created. 
  • Part I and Part II have been filmed and are finished but not released till Nov 19 and July 15.
  • Part I finds the three main characters leaving Hogwarts in the opening scenes and being out in the world more.  They "are refugees.  They're almost homeless, and it feels interesting seeing them removed from the haven of Hogwarts."
  • Part II leads to the massive battle at the school and the death of many characters.  It's "much more operatic and colorful and fantasy-oriented."  
  • New characters are introduced in the film including Albert Runcorn, Xenophilius Lovegood, Rufus Scrimgeour, Bathilda Bagshot, and Gregorovitch.  
  • The book that this movie represents sold more than 11 million copes in the first 24 hours, making it the fast selling book in history.  
  • The six Potter movies have earned more than 5.4 billion worldwide, making it the highest grossing global franchise in film history (though Star Wars still beats it, when looking only at the US)
  • Miraculously, the entire cast has remained intact, with the exception of the original Dumbledore who died in 2002.
  • Emma Watson, the actress who plays Hermione, now attends Brown University and has an awesome new haircut.  Very short!
  • Not rated yet, but I don't plan on letting my kids see it for a while.  Looks a bit dark for little ones.  
  • The last scene that was shot was the scene where they jinx a woman and sneak into the Ministry of Magic.  They final frame ever shot of all three actors together was in a cramped little room there which they felt was like a moment in history.  "These three characters have been in the most fantastical situations at Hogwarts-they've been in the Dark Forest, all these extraordinary places.  It was an odd way to finish really."  says director David Yates.  But poetic perhaps considering the whole series began in a tiny room under the stairs on Privet Drive.  "In a way," says Yates, "the series started with a cupboard and ended with one."

My conclusion?  Full Price.  Opening Night.  Lots of popcorn.  

Here's the trailer in case you haven't seen it, click  HERE

If you want some behind the scenes reports that show some scenes, click HERE

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