Monday, 28 March 2011 Written by Ivan Radford
The new poster for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 has turned up online on the official Facebook page - and you can tell Warner Bros mean business.
Building up for the final showdown between The Boy Who Lived and He Who Shall Not Be Named, it's The Fight What People Have Waited For. Which explains why the Potter studio have tried to echo the poster for the greatest battle in cinema's history.
In a bold move, there's not even a title on the blood-splattered poster, so it could well be the start of a campaign for Bride Wars 2: Electric Boogaloo. Oh yes, I'm excited.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 will bring about total world destruction on Friday 15th July - not at 7:15pm, as previously advertised.
Tuesday, 16 November 2010 Written by Ivan Radford
Director: David Yates
Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Alan Rickman, Ralph Fiennes, Jason Isaacs, Helena Bonham Carter
Hands up who saw it coming. Not HP7 - that was harder to miss than Hagrid flying a motorbike into your mum - but the sheer quality of the whole thing. Or more accurately, half of it. The first part of the last part of the ever-darkening franchise, Deathly Hallows Part 1 is the best film of the lot. Yes, even better than The Columbus Years.
Wednesday, 10 November 2010 Written by Ivan Radford
So it's only 9 more days until Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part One is released. And it's only 3 days until I see it for review. And it's only 1 day until I attempt to watch all the previous movies in a row as some kind of Harry Potter Marathon (witty name to come later, along with some kind of post).
To celebrate all these wonderful landmarks, we've got some shiny new clips from the film, as well as a featurette giving you a glimpse at the making of Alexandre Desplat's soundtrack (does anyone else miss Nicholas Hooper?).
The clips are a wonderful action-heavy selection, with lots of sparks flying and constant wand flicking from all the cast. The highlight is clearly Emma Watson turning to a poor muggle in a cafe and bellowing "GO! LEAVE!" in a deep manly voice.
You also get the chance to hear Exec Producer David Heyman make a music pun, and then pretend that he wasn't up till 4am thinking of something witty to say: "The great thing about Alexandre is he's such a flexible composer... And we have a number of different notes to hit - no pun intended." Whatevs, David. Your film looks awesome so I'll STAVE off my doubts.
Read on for the excitingly titled Cafe Attack and the soundtrack featurette. Alternatively, head over to our videos section to the see the other Deathly Hallows clip (now with added Lucius Malfoy - hello to Jason Isaacs). Either way, these are a good distraction while I work out how on earth I'll survive re-watching Harry Potter: The Columbus Years. Suggestions welcome below.
Deathly Hallows: Part One (in beautiful 2D) is out on Friday 19th November. Accio time travel machine!
Monday, 01 November 2010 Written by Ivan Radford
It's always a lovely way to end a week - with a new Harry Potter trailer. Especially one with lots of cute videos of ickle Danny Radcliffe back when he was a tiny wee moppet.
Good job that's what we got then, just before Halloween hit: an all-new trailer for Deathly Hallows Part One, complete with flashbacks across the whole series of JK Rowling's adventures. Yes, it's bowl cuts and spectacles galore with this fluffy look back at The Boy Who Lived when he was barely The Boy Who Stopped Wetting The Bed.
There's also a few tidbits from producer David Heyman and the rest of the cast (Emma Watson and Rupert Grint are amazingly not sick of their characters yet), and a nice load of clips from the upcoming finale, including Bill Nighy and Hagrid's sidecar-sporting motorbike.
Now to be released in spectacular jaw-dropping 2D, trailers for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part One just keep on apparating online, but with only a few weeks left before we can finally see it, that sense of climax is actually starting to kick in. Either that, or I'm feeling ultra-soppy at the sight of ickle Danny wielding an owl that's twice the size of his head.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part One magics into cinemas in a matter of days. Check out more Harry Potter trailers. Or read on for the full new video. Accio Friday 19th November!
Thursday, 30 September 2010 Written by Ivan Radford
After that amazing second trailer for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part One, I'm not sure I can take much more from the boy wizard and his friends (the thought of going through this all again when Part Two comes out is seriously daunting). But like a relentless train of darkness heading into a dark tunnel, some new posters have turned up online. And they're, you know, on the dark side.
So dark, in fact, that our three young heroes are on the run around London. Hiding along the South Bank, Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson) are the main focus - there's no sign of Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) or Snape here, which highlights how much the main trio have grown since Hagrid and his motorbike first turned up.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 is out on Friday 19th November. Read on to see the new posters in all their gritty detail.
Thursday, 23 September 2010 Written by Ivan Radford
"These are dark times there is no denying..."
And no-one's about to. Not when Bill Nighy declares it to be the case. And he's not lying either. Dark's a good word for this new trailer. Or epic. Or amazing. Or something else really, really good.
Yes, the new trailer for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part One is online (after yesterday's batch of stills) and boy, is it impressive. Keeping with the spectacular scale and ridiculously over-the-top special effects, the first half of David Yates' conclusion couldn't look like a better climax for JK Rowling's series. It has Harry doing his Binary Sun pose, Ron getting all bearded and angry, and Snape saying "We have taken over the Ministry" in a wonderfully sinister voice.
There's also a shot of Dobby, some swoops over patches of countryside, and a nice spotlight on Hagrid, whose flying motorbike returns for the opening set piece - an escape from the Death Eaters, which will certainly include the novel's use of multiple Harrys as a decoy. Either that or Danny Radcliffe just really enjoys dressing up.
Dragons, lightning, snakes, wands. Screw all this typing. Read on to watch the new trailer at least four times. Then start counting down to Friday 19th November. That's when Deathly Hallows Part One hits UK cinemas. Just in case you'd forgotten or something.
Monday, 13 September 2010 Written by Ivan Radford
Somewhere deep inside all of us is an unhinged Harry Potter fan screaming to see more of the frankly impressive-looking finale to the long-running series. That small, shrieking, hysterical part of you can now be silenced thanks to these sexy new stills from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, which apparated into our inbox.
Owls! Kissing! Sidecars! Rhys Ifans! What's not to like in such a well-rounded package? You even get to see Hermione Granger get blood all over her muggle-born hands, in case Xenophilius Lovegood doesn't do it for you. Part One of the epic climax certainly continues to impress.
Directed by David Yates, the concluding two-parter is set to become darker than the previous franchise entries (screw you, Chris Columbus). In keeping with that, Warner Bros have also produced a brand new (and quite detailed) synopsis. It runs something like this:
Part 1 begins as Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson) set out on their perilous mission to track down and destroy the secret to Voldemort’s immortality and destruction—the Horcruxes. On their own, without the guidance of their professors or the protection of Professor Dumbledore, the three friends must now rely on one another more than ever. But there are Dark Forces in their midst that threaten to tear them apart. (That's "tear them apart", in case you missed that rather graphic wording.)
Meanwhile, the wizarding world has become a dangerous place for all enemies of the Dark Lord. The long-feared war has begun and Voldemort’s Death Eaters seize control of the Ministry of Magic and even Hogwarts, terrorizing and arresting anyone who might oppose them. But the one prize they still seek is the one most valuable to Voldemort: Harry Potter. The Chosen One has become the hunted one as the Death Eaters search for Harry with orders to bring him to Voldemort… alive. (Get a load of that ellipsis - they almost wrote "dead"! Can you feel the tension?)
Harry’s only hope is to find the Horcruxes before Voldemort finds him. But as he searches for clues, he uncovers an old and almost forgotten tale—the legend of the Deathly Hallows. And if the legend turns out to be true, it could give Voldemort the ultimate power he seeks. Little does Harry know that his future has already been decided by his past when, on that fateful day, he became "the Boy Who Lived". No longer just a boy, Harry Potter is drawing ever closer to the task for which he has been preparing since the day he first stepped into Hogwarts: the ultimate battle with Voldemort.
Harry Potter and the Death Hallows: Part One hits UK cinemas on Friday 19th November. To help you prepare for this self-proclaimed ultimate showdown of ultimate destiny, check out the wonderful trailer. But first read on for the sexy new stills. Phwoar. Sidecars. And Rhys Ifans.
Friday, 13 August 2010 Written by Ivan Radford
Spoilers ahead folks. In case you couldn't guess from the headline.
The point at which Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows will be divided into two has been discovered. Fans were both angry and excited by Warner Bros' decision to release the Potter finale in two parts. After the spectacular Harry Potter trailer hit them in the face, they settled firmly on the excited side of the fence. Now, they'll either get angry or excited once more when they find out where exactly Deathly Hallows' split point is.
Chapter 24. That's the official halfway point, according to Entertainment Weekly's report. In J.K Rowling's book, that's the moment just after Dobby dies and Ollivander gives some decent plot exposition, namely that Voldemort knows about the Elder Wand - which he promptly nicks from Dumbledore's tomb.
It's a good point to split it, if a little unsurprising: there's a moving farewell scene where Harry buries Dobby, plus the grave-robbing cliffhanger to tease desperate Potter fans. A lot of them still accuse Warner Bros of doing the double take "purely for financial reasons".
Alan Horn, Warner Bros President, is having none of it: "The key word there is purely... There's no question that Warner Bros will make more money with two films than they would have with one. But we also never ever would have done this if [J.K Rowling] had not endorsed it, and if we didn't feel that we were providing a better finale, with a more full sense of closure."
The key word there is "fuller", Alan. "Fuller". Grammar fail.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is out in 98 days time.
Wednesday, 11 August 2010 Written by Ivan Radford
You may think this is an ordinary Wednesday in August. You'd be wrong. It's actually 100 days until Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Part 1) is released - and Emma Watson's counting. Or someone else definitely is, because the actress who plays Hermione Granger announced that to mark the countdown, 100 tickets to the Deathly Hallows World Premiere would be given away.
Where? Why, on Facebook of course! And how? Via a new Harry Potter app (of course). The app, Join the Battle, is another step in the massive worldwide Potter frenzy as fans gear up for the concluding episodes of JK Rowling's phenomenally successful series.
Directed by Potter stalwart David Yates, Deathly Hallows is set to be the dark, gloomy, thrilling final movie that people dared to hope for, building up to the climactic battle of Hogwarts, which will probably end up taking up most of the film's second part.
Still unsure why there's so much buzz around one boy wizard? Check out the trailer over here (there's even a pretty poster of a building on fire), and readjust your wand settings. Then, if you fancy the chance to win a seat at the premiere, head over to the official Harry Potter UK Facebook Page. Or just watch Potter Puppet Pals for the 100th time - that won't win you the ticket, but it will keep that Potter high going.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Part 1) hits cinemas on Friday 19th November. Part 2 will arrive on Friday 15th July 2011. You can start counting down to that one in your own spare time.
Friday, 23 July 2010 Written by Ivan Radford
It's Daniel Radcliffe's 21st birthday! But instead of giving him a cake, here's something that will clearly make his day far happier: three new featurettes for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. No, you can't eat them.
Need to brush up on your Deathly Hallows' story? There's something to sort you right out. Love wizards? Love running? Then you'll really love the close look at Harry, Ron and Hermione on the run in the wild muggle world. And competitive? Boy, is that boy wizard competitive - see ickle Danny Radcliffe pretending he can run really quickly, even faster than a girl. Which he blatantly can't.
Coming right after that spectacular theatrical trailer, HP7 is still shaping up to be a stunning conclusion to the epic franchise. So sit back, light a candle, and celebrate the growing pains of Danny Radcliffe with three rather exciting videos.
It's either that or bake the cake after all. And it's hard to bake a cake in the shape of a horse.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is released on Friday 19th November. Re-watch the trailer over here, or read on for all three new videos.