HP7 Part 2 footages

Posted: July 7, 2011 in Part II

Yep, even though the last Harry Potter film isn’t out yet, the footages are. Check them out so you know what’s coming.

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In light of finals coming up, something that Muggles and wizards DO have in common is the fact that they both take exams, both in school and standardized. In the wizarding world they’re called OWLS. In the British Muggle society, they’re called GCSEs, also taken around sophomore year/5th year and take two years to study for. In American Muggle society, they’re called SAT or ACT, obviously taken between junior and senior year.

Another difference is that if you do well in an OWL subject, you get the OWL, depending on the letter grade:

O- Outstanding

E- Exceeds Expectations

A-Acceptable

P-Poor

D-Dreadful

T-Troll

GCSEs have a similar structure, also scored by letter grade (from highest to lowest): A, B, C, D, E, F, G. For those of you who don’t know, GCSE stand for “General Certificate of Secondary Education”. They are tested over a variety of subjects, including English, math, several foreign languages, sciences, arts, and even over techonology and humanities. However, for us Americans, SATs are graded by the number score, with 2400 being the highest; they’re divided into three sections of reading, math, and writing, so therefore, 800 is the highest you can get in each section.  In the ACT, 36 is the highest you can get, and like the OWLs and GCSEs, they are tested over a variety of school subjects.

Like American muggles, the wizarding world will have to take several standardized tests before they graduate, including the NEWTs and the WOMBATs. NEWTs can be called the harder version of the OWL, but the WOMBAT is actually comprised of several tests. Based on what you’ve read on Harry Potter, how well would you do on this sample part from a WOMBAT from Harry Potter Wiki?:

Part Two – International WizardryEdit Part Two - International Wizardry section

7. Mark the following statements True or False

7-1. There are witches and wizards living in every country in the world.

a. TRUE
b. FALSE
7-2. Some countries have wizard royal families.

a. TRUE
b. FALSE
7-3. The trade in flying carpets has been banned everywhere except the Far East.

a. TRUE
b. FALSE
7-4.The world’s largest Centre for Alchemical Studies in situated in Egypt.

a. TRUE
b. FALSE
7-5. The age at which magic may be performed legally varies from country to country.

a. TRUE
b. FALSE
7-6. Inter-country Apparition has been outlawed due to extreme Splinching.

a. TRUE
b. FALSE
7-7. There is a wizarding school in every country where wizards and witches are found.

a. TRUE
b. FALSE
7-8. Portkeys may be arranged between countries only with the consent of both nations’ Ministries of Magic.

a. TRUE
b. FALSE
7-9. It is illegal to send mail-bearing owls across international borders unless the owl has been granted authorisation.

a. TRUE
b. FALSE
7-10. The most persistent offender against the International Wizarding Statute of Secrecy is Scotland.
a. TRUE
b. FALSE

For those of you who are curious about the Harry Potter prequel mentioned in my last post, here it is; it was published in June 2008. Enjoy!

The speeding motorcycle took the sharp corner so fast in the darkness that both policemen in the pursuing car shouted ‘whoa!’ Sergeant Fisher slammed his large foot on the brake, thinking that the boy who was riding pillion was sure to be flung under his wheels; however, the motorbike made the turn without unseating either of its riders, and with a wink of its red tail light, vanished up the narrow side street.

‘We’ve got ‘em now!” cried PC Anderson excitedly. ‘That’s a dead end!”

Leaning hard on the steering wheel and crashing his gears, Fisher scraped half the paint off the flank of the car as he forced it up the alleyway in pursuit.

There in the headlights sat their quarry, stationary at last after a quarter of an hour’s chase. The two riders were trapped between a towering brick wall and the police car, which was now crashing towards them like some growling, luminous-eyed predator.

There was so little space between the car doors and the walls of the alley that Fisher and Anderson had difficulty extricating themselves from the vehicle. It injured their dignity to have to inch, crab-like, towards the miscreants. Fisher dragged his generous belly along the wall, tearing buttons off his shirt as he went, and finally snapping off the wing mirror with his backside.

‘Get off the bike!’ he bellowed at the smirking youths, who sat basking in the flashing blue light as though enjoying it.

They did as they were told. Finally pulling free from the broken wind mirror, Fisher glared at them. They seemed to be in their late teens. The one who had been driving had long black hair; his insolent good looks reminded Fisher unpleasantly of his daughter’s guitar-playing, layabout boyfriend. The second boy also had black hair, though his was short and stuck up in all directions; he wore glasses and a broad grin. Both were dressed in T-shirts emblazoned with a large golden bird; the emblem, no doubt, of some deafening, tuneless rock band.

‘No helmets!’ Fisher yelled, pointing from one uncovered head to the other. ‘Exceeding the speed limit by – by a considerable amount!’ (In fact, the speed registered had been greater than Fisher was prepared to accept that any motorcycle could travel.) ‘Failing to stop for the police!’

‘We’d have loved to stop for a chat,’ said the boy in glasses, ‘only we were trying -’

‘Don’t get smart – you two are in a heap of trouble!’ snarled Anderson. ‘Names!’

‘Names?’ repeated the long-haired driver. ‘Er – well, let’s see. There’s Wilberforce… Bathsheba… Elvendork…’

‘And what’s nice about that one is, you can use it for a boy or a girl,’ said the boy in glasses.

‘Oh, OUR names, did you mean?’ asked the first, as Anderson spluttered with rage. ‘You should’ve said! This here is James Potter, and I’m Sirius Black!’

‘Things’ll be seriously black for you in a minute, you cheeky little -’

But neither James nor Sirius was paying attention. They were suddenly as alert as gundogs, staring past Fisher and Anderson, over the roof of the police car, at the dark mouth of the alley. Then, with identical fluid movements, they reached into their back pockets.

For the space of a heartbeat both policemen imagined guns gleaming at them, but a second later they saw that the motorcyclists had drawn nothing more than –

‘Drumsticks?’ jeered Anderson. ‘Right pair of jokers, aren’t you? Right, we’re arresting you on a charge of -’

But Anderson never got to name the charge. James and Sirius had shouted something incomprehensible, and the beams from the headlights had moved.

The policemen wheeled around, then staggered backwards. Three men were flying – actually FLYING – up the alley on broomsticks – and at the same moment, the police car was rearing up on its back wheels.

Fisher’s knees bucked; he sat down hard; Anderson tripped over Fisher’s legs and fell on top of him, as FLUMP – BANG – CRUNCH – they heard the men on brooms slam into the upended car and fall, apparently insensible, to the ground, while broken bits of broomstick clattered down around them.

The motorbike had roared into life again. His mouth hanging open, Fisher mustered the strength to look back at the two teenagers.

‘Thanks very much!’ called Sirius over the throb of the engine. ‘We owe you one!’

‘Yeah, nice meeting you!’ said James. ‘And don’t forget: Elvendork! It’s unisex!’

There was an earth-shattering crash, and Fisher and Anderson threw their arms around each other in fright; their car had just fallen back to the ground. Now it was the motorcycle’s turn to rear. Before the policemen’s disbelieving eyes, it took off into the air: James and Sirius zoomed away into the night sky, their tail light twinkling behind them like a vanishing ruby.

More DH Part I Secrets…

Posted: May 16, 2011 in Part I

Only until recently did Harry Potter: The Quest started revealing even more secrets on the first part of Deathly Hallows. Check each of these 30 second to 1 minute videos about how Hermione’s Stinging Jinx on Harry and Voldemort’s face were created, as well as the making of the Snatcher Chase. All of them are presented by either the producer or the director, except for the last one, which is presented by Nick Moran, who plays Scabior.

Some wonder why the Harry Potter filmmakers have only recently revealed behind-the-scenes stuff. It’s simple: it’s because after July 15, the films will end, and there is no other way for the company to make any more money besides selling out its secrets. Not that this is a bad thing, as many people are curious to know how in the world the Harry Potter films are made, but once the excitement is over, it’s done. Some question, “why couldn’t JK Rowling have written more books?” While I do wish the same, simultaneously, I think JK Rowling ended the series perfectly enough so that she does not have to write any more books, although it is hinted she might write another book about the wizarding world, but not about Harry, Ron, and Hermione. What the filmmakers could do next, though, is try to make a short video (yes, with green screen and everything) of the Harry Potter prequel (for those of you who don’t know, it is an 800-word story about a happening in the young Sirius Black’s and James Potter’s childhood).

Sneak Peak #2

Posted: May 9, 2011 in Part II

Special note: in light of finals, I will not be posting much during the summer vacation and have no idea if I will continue onto the next year, as I made this site for my webmastering class.

With embarrassment, I admit I did not start watching all the Harry Potter movies until last summer, and I thought I would never see the day that they would finish making the films. But now they’re already done, the actors have gone their separate ways to work on different films, and most likely the last time they’ll gather all together again will be the premiere on July 15. While anxiously awaiting the last film, enjoy this featurette and a Set Preview Visit made and written by Lizerne Guiting:

It’s been more than a year since our Deathly Hallows set visit, but not even Veritaserum could make us spill what we saw at Leavesden Studios… until now. We know you Potter fans have been patiently waiting, and although we’ve been sworn to secrecy via Warner Bros.’ embargo, we’re allowed to give a little preview of what you can expect from our final Deathly Hallows: Part 2 set visit pieces, which will be unleashed closer to the July 15 opening.

Stuart Craig, the Harry Potter production designer, chatted with us a good length of time during our set visit – and while he may not be on camera, his role was just as significant. While the directors have changed over the course of the franchise, Craig’s presence on production remained. His contribution is evident in the continuity of the sets and atmosphere of filming locations when it comes to conveying the right mood and tone of the script.
 Craig perceived Snape’s final moments as extremely moving, however, in the book, they take place in the Shrieking Shack. “The Shrieking Shack was an interesting interior, but it didn’t have somehow the breadth and romanticism that I think Snape’s death required,” Craig said.  So with JK Rowling’s permission, they departed from the book and moved Snape’s death to a more atmospheric setting – the exact location and details will be revealed with the final set visit reports. Potter purists need not worry; Craig’s sense of place is well thought out. “I think he has a suitable setting for a magnificent death.”
Here’s what you can expect with the coming set visit reports:
-More spoilers surrounding Snape’s final moments in the film
-An interview with Matthew Lewis wherein he reveals his take on Neville’s transformation
-Details of the scene that was filmed in the Hogwarts courtyard, which involves Professor McGonagall, Flitwick, and Neville
-Details on the makeup, prosthetics and props departments regarding the look of Voldemort’s fragmented soul in King’s Cross, the older Harry, Hermione and Ron, and what it took to get 60 actors in full goblin makeup for the Gringotts scenes.

The End of the end?

Posted: May 1, 2011 in Part II

A few friends and I were torn by this trailer and were nonetheless very excited to see it, and I’m pretty sure more people would like it than Part I. Unfortunately, no behind-the-scenes info for Part II has been revealed, except for the fact that producer David Heyman once revealed that for the Epilogue, they will use a bunch computer effects and makeup to make Dan Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Bonnie Wright, and Tom Felton look older instead of hiring older actors. Rumors detail that these effects are supposedly similar to the ones used in The Curious Case Of Benjamin Brown. But in the meanwhile, here’s a bit of background info about the shooting:

Both parts started shooting on February 15 2009, and it lasted for 54 weeks. In January, a few test shoots were done, in which Radcliffe’s stunt double suffered a serious spinal injury in the midst of testing an explosion scene, leaving Holmes paralyzed waist down. He will be unable to walk again.

The filming took place not only at Leavesden Film Studios, but also at Pinewood Studios. Leavesden Studios is actually quite big, but the reason the scenes with Harry nearly drowning and Ron destroying the locket were filmed at Pineswood because a special sort of stage was needed for these scenes, and unfortunately, Leavesden did not have a stage large enough, and also because they needed a special sort of pool for this scene (they could not use the same pool they used for the Second Task in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) The “goo” seen in the film is totally there by technology, including the part where Harry and Hermione “kiss”. The films were shot, according to director Yates, “with lots of handheld cameras”, especially the scene in which Fred, George, Mundugus, Fleur, Ron, and Hermione transform into Harry. All of them had to wear ultraviolet makeup for this scene, allowing the special effects crew to mess around with the faces, making them look as if they were undergoing transformation.

In terms of the background music, Alexandre Desplat has composed the score for both parts. John Williams composed the score for the first three, Patrick Doyle composed for the fourth, and Nicholas Hooper composed for the fifth and the sixth.

In terms of differences from book to movie, here are a few noticeable ones:

  • When Harry questions Ollivander, Ollivander appears to be familiar with the Deathly Hallows in the film but not in the book.
  • Ron and Hermione kiss in the Chamber of Secrets.
  • Crabbe’s character will not appear in the film due to drug charges against actor Jamie Waylett, who has played Crabbe in the past six films, and Goyle’s character will die in his place.
  • Blaise Zabini’s character will take place of Goyle’s character, as it is shown in the teaser trailor (the trailer featuring both parts) that Zabini is in the Room of Requirement with Malfoy and Goyle.
  • A featurette description said we will see the Quidditch pitch burn down.
  • Snape will die in a Crystal House, as shown by both the trailer for Part II and the teaser trailer. This has been approved by JK Rowling. The filmmakers did this “to do it in a more dramatic atmosphere”.
  • Harry and Voldemort duel in the Entrance Courtyard instead of the Great Hall.
  • According to the trailer for Part II, Harry will see Snape going to Godric’s Hollow after Harry’s parents die in Snape’s memories.
  • Harry throws both himself and Voldemort off the top of Hogwarts.
  • According to the part II trailer magical creatures, such as house-elves, centaurs, and thestrals won’t appear in the battle