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THIS is awesome - a labor of love from a fan, this adaptation is a faithful retelling of the last Harry Potter book in multiple parts. While it's not Tim Burton quality, it's well worth watching. :c)


Aug. 23rd, 2008 11:46 am
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A teenage actor who had a small role in the next Harry Potter film has died after being stabbed.

Eighteen-year-old Robert Knox played Ravenclaw student Marcus Belby in The Half-Blood Prince.

He died after an incident outside a bar in the early hours of Saturday morning, in Sidcup in south-east England.

Robert died after he was taken to hospital. Police have confirmed that a 21-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder.

Warner Bros, the company behind the Potter films, said: "We are all shocked and saddened by this news and at this time our sympathies are with his family."

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via [livejournal.com profile] kamion, I found this an interesting response the current JKR vs. the HP Lexicon debate. Tim Wu is a professor at Columbia Law School.

It's a long article, but well worth the read. Here is an excerpt:

"As I wrote in October, over the last few years, the relationship between fan-written Web sites and the copyright owners of the content they draw on, if legally murky, has at least been peaceful. Once it dawned on media companies that fan sites are the kind of marketing that they usually pay hard cash for, they generally left the fans alone. But things turned sour in the fall, when the Harry Potter Lexicon Web site announced plans to publish a book version of its fan-written guide to the Potter world. Author J.K. Rowling and publisher Warner Brothers have sued the Lexicon for copyright infringement, exposing the big unanswered question: Are fan guides actually illegal?

As sympathetic as I am to Rowling and her rights as an author, the answer is no. There is a necessary and healthy line between what the initial author owns and what follow-on, or "secondary," authors get to do, and Rowling is running over that line like the Hogwarts Express. The creators of H.P. Lexicon may not be as creative as Rowling, but they are authors, too, and deserve a little respect from the law."

Read the rest of the article here.
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It's the double, but it's just such an incongruous image I had to post it. :c)

And another AR photo.

Oops! ETA: snagged from [livejournal.com profile] hbpmoviepics
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There are more Alan Rickman as Snape photos being posted as I write this, as well as more photos of Dan Radcliffe. Check out [livejournal.com profile] hbpmoviepics for more. I highly recommend it (and this way I won't have to spam my entire flist with Snapey goodness).

HBP news

Feb. 7th, 2008 04:53 pm
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"FILMING has started on the sixth Harry Potter movie at Gloucester Cathedral.

Cast and crew are on site at the historic building this morning, which doubles as the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Stars already spotted arriving include Daniel Radcliffe, who plays Harry Potter, and Rupert Grint, who plays Ron Weasley.

They arrived on set at around 10am, accompanied by Alan Rickman, who plays Professor Snape, Dame Maggie Smith, who plays Professor McGonagall, and Tom Felton, who plays Draco Malfoy.

Also spotted were a number of doubles - lookalikes including Ron Weasley and Draco Malfoy.
Reporter Kate Nicholls managed to get a quick look behind the scenes - and saw crew busy making magical potions ready for the filming of the sixth book in the series - Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince.

She said: "I saw them pouring vividly-coloured soup into bowls, with different food colourings ready to be added. It looked as though they could only be getting potions ready."

There are 174 local children on site, who will be appearing as extras in the filming, and more than 200 crew members at the Cathedral.

A blue-screen has been erected in the Cathedral's cloisters to help with the computer generated effects which will be added later.

Two sets of crutches were also spotted arriving at the set - leading to speculation the scenes after Ron falls from his broom in a game of quidditch could be being filmed.

It is believed filing will go on until 7pm tonight, and will be finished at the Cathedral by the end of tomorrow. "

Stand ins below:

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This was posted to a doll house miniature list I belong to, and it was so gorgeous I had to share. The detail is amazing!

LOTS more photos to be found here
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So the latest rumor is that Warner Bros. is going to make Deathly Hallows into two films, ostensibly to include all the last-minute information that JK Rowling threw in, but most likely because they realize that the cash cow is coming to an end and want to squeeze every last penny out before it's done.

Frankly, of all the books that *should* have been made into two-parters (Goblet of Fire, anyone?), Deathly Hallows isn't one of them. All they have to do is cut out about 10 chapters of the trio wandering aimlessly through the forest, and the movie will actually have better pacing than the book.

Bad call WB. Too little, too late.
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Amazon.com was the winning bidder of JKR's handwritten addendum to the Harry Potter series, "The Tales of Beedle the Bard." They have posted a review of the first story, including an overview that tells most of the tale, on their site. Lots of pictures of the book also!

My personal feeling is that once all the stories have been "reviewed" and public appetite has been whipped to a frenzy, a regular paperback version of this will be released for purchase. In the meantime, her charity gets a boatload of money, amazon gets tons of hits and publicity, and everybody benefits.

I have to admit, it's a hell of a stunt. Pure genius. /cynicism
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I can't believe how many news services are reporting the absolutely ridiculous idea of casting Madonna's daughter in a HP film.
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It's late, I'm tired, and this just struck me as hysterically funny. Yeah, I know. I'll shut up now. ;c)
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This raised some very interesting points, I thought.

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Bill Nighy as Rufus Scrimgeour? Keep your fingers crossed!


Oh wow...

Aug. 17th, 2007 07:06 pm
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You can now buy movie prints of all the HP films, including some promo shots we haven't seen before, and the sets, which makes my little heart go pitter-pat.

I was thinking of getting a huge canvas print of Diagon Alley to hang on the wall of the guest room:

Or possibly the moving staircases:

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(Still giggling)
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This week it's all about Deathly Hallows!

1. What was the biggest surprise? How minor a part Draco played in the story.

2. Which would you rather have, Hermione's neverending beaded purse, or the Elder wand? I have no real use for that much power, so I'll go for the purse, which I most assuredly *can* use. ;c)

3. What was your favorite quote? "But he was home. Hogwarts was the first and best home he had known. He and Voldemort and Snape, the abandoned boys, had all found home here ..." That made me cry so hard...

4. Whose death struck you the hardest? Snape's, even though I knew it was coming. It was just so...pointless.

5. What is one theory you had that came true? I knew Snape was both good, and would die.

ETA: I forgot to put the "spoilers" thing in there. *headdesk* Sorry, flist!
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Well, I'm back, in a limited fashion. I still haven't seen the movie, but when I started getting alerts on all the new Alec goodies, I couldn't resist posting them right away. And of course, that necessitated going to my flist and then I...well, I just couldn't help myself, and I started reading. Hello, my name is Tracy, and I am an LJ addict. :c)

At any rate, I *will* go offline and STAY offline when the book comes out. The movie can't be any more spoiled for me at this point (especially after Alec got all specific about his scene in the interview for ITC), so I guess I'll stick around until Thursday or so.

Isn't that great?

*sound of crickets chirping*

Ahem. Yes, well.

A'right, then.

I have mixed feelings about the film which have nothing to do with any reviews of the movie itself. OotP was my least-favorite HP book, and I absolutely loathed Harry through most of it. I spent most of my reading time wanting to slap that boy upside the head and tell him not to be so selfish and shallow. Ron and Hermione were hardly even in the book, and it just seemed so fractured and angry. Umbridge made my skin crawl in a way that even Voldemort didn't, and the whole Harry/Cho thing was just...drippy. I guess Rowling had to sort of resolve that crush to make way for the whole Harry/Ginny thing in HBP, but it still seemed such a dreary way of ending what should have been a little more meaningful (IMHO). Oh well.

As for the film, I'm happy that everyone so far says that Evanna Lynch is the perfect Luna, because she's one of my favorite characters, so I'm pleased that there seems to be universal acclaim for her performance.

And even though I now know that the Young Snape scene is rather different from the book, and not nearly as long as I'd hoped, we still get the main point of it; that James and company were a bunch of jerks, and not the shining idols that Harry believed them to be. It's such a pivotal moment in the storyline that if it had fallen flat it would have really made a botch of the next two films.

Anyway, in going over my last few entries, I realized that I've said almost nothing that isn't HP- or Alec Hopkins- related in days. Once the book is out, and I've had a chance to babble about it with everyone, then I suppose I'll get around to "regular" posting again, whatever that means. Assuming I don't expire from grief over Snape's death.

Yep. His death. I'm still convinced that's the only way this story arc makes any sense. Death in a noble cause, saving old Scar Head in Book 7.

So, yeah. I'm off to buy tickets for the movie. ;c)
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