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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.


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

So as I promised, this post is about the Quidditch scenes.

For so many years, it was a closely guarded secret, and it wasn’t until after Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I that the secret was finally released. You might think, “Oh I already know the answer- it’s green screen!” That’s partially correct, but not quite. It’s more than “riding” a broom in a green screen room- it’s a combination of green screen, building, technology, and machinery.

As Harry Potter movies takes about twice as long as your average move to film, quidditch training can take as long as half a year.

So to help you understand, I’ll take you on a little journey with Ben Shephard, who has been going behind the scenes and interviewing cast since the production of Harry Potter and Goblet and the Fire, through these two vids:

According to many cast members, they said that their experiences  with the brooms  were rather uncomfortable, as the broom handle is very thin. According to Daniel Radcliffe, “blood is drawn from unlikely places”.  According to Ben Shephard, as you saw in the second link, he agrees with the actors that the experience is painstaking yet very fun. And once the broom scenes come to life on the screen, the hard work and painful experiences behind the brooms are certainly worth it and very enjoyable to watch.