Thursday, April 30, 2009

Fashion designer Jenny Packham hired for "Deathly Hallows" movies

Re-Post from The Daily Potter.

Famed wedding dress designer Jenny Packham is designing dresses for
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
. Packham was honoured as Best British Bridal Designer at the Bridal Buyer Awards 2008
and is described by as
'The queen of the red carpet gown'
and 'One of London's Most Successful Exports'

Originally Posted by Jenny Packham
"At the moment we're designing some dresses for the next Harry Potter film - it's not always easy as we have to remember that they're for people playing children.

"We have to be swayed by the costume directors rather than our fashion taste, but it's really exciting to be involved."
You can view some of Packham's designs here at her website.


David Heyman discussed about Harry Potter & future projects

Re-Post from The Daily Potter.

David Heyman recently attended the premiere of his new film, Is Anybody There, during which he spoke about the Potter franchise coming to an end and spoke about projects he is involved with beyond it.

“This is the last Harry Potter and I want to enjoy it because it has been a unique experience and I'll never have anything like it in my life again, so this is the last journey and I really want to treasure that, so I'm not going to be running off, I want to focus on that. But the end is nigh for Potter, sometime in June 2011 [note: DH II is due out July 15th 2011], and it will be a mixed feeling because security, this family, this great group I've worked with and this material I've worked on will be coming to an end. It's a rather scary prospect of being unemployed - and having to find my next gig looms large. But I'm looking forward to having the time to spend on new projects in a way not interrupted by Potter.”
“Next, I'm working with Alfonso [Cuaron] on something which is in it's early development stages. I'm working on Paddington Bear because I love children. I'm working on The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night Time [adapted by Steve Kloves], which is a rather wonderful novel – so an ecclectic array of some family, some adult films.”
Photos of David at the premiere:.

Ralph Ineson (Amycus Carrow in Half-Blood Prince) also attended the screening. Pictures of him can be seen here.



New Interview on David Yates and Steve Kloves, discussed about "Half-Blood Prince" & "Deathly Hallows" movies

Re-Post from The Daily Potter

In a new interview with the Baltimore Sun, David Yates and Steve Kloves discuss writing and directing Half-Blood Prince and Deathly Hallows.

David spoke about why he cast Jim Broadbent in the role of Slughorn

"I've worked with Jim before, and that's where you most see my British sensibility," says Yates. "Jim as an actor is a real touchstone of the British sensibility. He understands the people in the British middle-class, and their need for social advancement, and their need to be recognized that they have achieved social advancement. He's built a career on understanding those characteristics. He has great pathos but he's also very funny."
Yates and Kloves explained the reasons why the memories related to Tom Riddle, are cut down;

Prince presented challenges because of "a series of memories that inform the past and the present." While Yates "enjoyed the flashbacks enormously as separate incidents, he didn't feel they were satisfying within the whole. In other words, they diluted the dramatic experience from his point of view and he felt we needed to concentrate exclusively on those memories that informed one particular thread of the story - the story I was, by and large, telling."

Yates says, "We often have conversations which go along the lines of 'Will the fans really like it if we lose that?' Some choices may be right for the framework of the film but will put the fans out." Yates wants "to make sure the fans are happy" and says he always lets pieces of the book go "regretfully," but his goal is to make "the best adaptation that will warrant spending two-and-a-half hours in the dark."
David then sums up the films he has directed, in terms of tone;

"I'd wanted Order of the Phoenix to be an intense journey with a troubled young kid, more social-realist than the other films. But The Half-Blood Prince is more heightened, and if Deathly Hallows Part I is quite verite and goes back to that social-realist style, Part II should be epic and operatic."
And finally praises Rupert Grint in his portrayal of Ron;

"He's always been the funny one, but he has so much more as an actor than that. In Prince, he has lovely stuff that's funny and true, but in Deathly Hallows, he must be defensive and haunted, and Rupert took to that like a duck to water. I'm always thankful that Jo Rowling gave us a world that allowed us to turn corners with the actors."


Alan Rickman Was 'Dubious' About Playing Severus Snape

RePost from The Daily Potter.

After receiving the James Joyce Award last month, Alan Rickman (Professor Snape) spoke to a large group of students in Theater P in the Newman Building at University College Dublin. The University Observer interviewed him afterwards.

When asked about his tendency to play villains like "Hans Gruber" in Die Hard, "the Sheriff of Nottingham" in Robin Hood: The Prince of Thieves, as well as "Professor Snape" in the Harry Potter films, Rickman was quoted to have responded:

“WHERE ARE YOU getting this from? I have been acting for 35 years and those five or six roles make such a small part of my career!”

“When selecting roles, you just try and do what you didn’t just do.”

In fact, Alan Rickman had reservations about taking the part of Severus Snape in spite of obtaining J.K. Rowling’s approval

“I said to Jo Rowling, ‘Look, I can’t play him unless I know him’. She then gave me this elliptical piece of information that I didn’t really understand at first. It was information she hadn’t told anyone else, not even her sister, but it gave me what I needed to take on Snape.”

Rickman had a similar apprehension about portraying "Colonel Brandon" in Sense and Sensibility, the film adaptation written by Emma Thompson (Professor Trelawney) of the novel by Jane Austen:

“I was very wary about it. I happen to love Jane Austen. When I first read her work, it was that type of moment where you wanted to show it to people and tell them how beautiful it is,” he explains.

“It was challenging, especially with the period clothes. You have to wear them for weeks, just practising how to walk and bow… and learning how to go to the bathroom. But I like limitations. They are good for a role. They help apply imagination to the story,..Like with my rubber head in Galaxy Quest.”

In the interview, Rickman also mentions how he feels about working in theater and working with Johnny Depp and Tim Burton.

Click here to read the complete article


Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Harry Potter stars to ‘age’ with Benjamin Button technology for final film

Harry Potter stars to ‘age’ with Benjamin Button technology for final film
Repost from The Daily Potter

LONDON - Young actors of the Harry Potter series will have their age digitally advanced for the final film using the same technology as in ‘The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button’.

Producer David Heyman and director David Yates revealed they had previously considered swapping Daniel Radcliffe, 19, Emma Watson, 19, and Rupert Grint, 20, for older actors.

But the pair dropped the idea after watching the effects of the Academy Award winning technology in the film starring Brad Pitt as Benjamin Button.

The duo have now decided to turn to the same special effects for the epilogue at the end of Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part Two, which takes place 19 years later when the teen wizards are in their late 30s.

“We were looking at different ways of doing it, other actors and so on,” the Daily Express quoted Heyman as saying.

“And then we saw The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button and that ageing technology so I think we’ll try that because I’d feel terrible about having other people take those parts at the last gasp,” he added. (ANI)

- The Gaea News

April in the world of Harry Potter

Repost from The Daily Potter.

Let's recap some of the events written in the Harry Potter books during the month of April.

Gracias a
and Harry Potter Wiki


(Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone)

April 24

A Norwegian Ridgeback Dragon named Norbert hatched in Hagrid's hut.


(Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban)

April 20

The Committee for the Disposal of Dangerous Creatures holds a hearing on the fate of the hippogriff Buckbeak.


(Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire)

Mrs. Weasley sent a package of Easter eggs with Percy's letter enclosed to it to Harry Potter, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger. Both Harry and Ron's were the size of dragon eggs and full of homemade toffee, while Hermione got eggs which the size is smaller than a chicken egg. Her face fell when she saw it.


(Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix)

Dumbledore's Army is discovered after Marietta Edgecombe informs Dolores Umbridge about the organisation.
Albus Dumbledore takes the fall and leaves Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
The Ministry of Magic appointed Dolores Umbridge as headmistress of Hogwarts.


(Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince)

Harry Potter got the Felix Felicis from Professor Horace Slughorn, They attend Aragog's funeral along with Rubeus Hagrid. Harry successfully got the partial memory of Slughorn and view it with Prof. Dumbledore. Harry first to understand what Horcruxes is,
Lavender Brown with Ron Weasley and Ginny Weasley with Dean Thomas ended their relationship.


(Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows)

The Battle of Malfoy Manor occurs after Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, and Hermione Granger are captured by Snatchers and Dobby comes to their rescue.
- Peter Pettigrew's death.

Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger with Mr. Ollivander, Dean Thomas, Luna Lovegood, Goblin Griphook and injured Dobby arrived at the Shell Cottage, a place owned by the newly-wed Bill Weasley and Fleur Delacour.
- Dobby's death.

Remus Lupin arrives at the Shell Cottage to report that his son to Nymphadora Tonks has just been born.