PPOD: Emma Watson At 'Tale of Desperaux' Premiere
Posted by Victoria - 20 Jan 2013
Today's "Potterific Picture of the Day" is of Emma Watson at the premiere of her 2008 film, The Tale of Desperaux for which she voiced the character of Princess Pea.
Potterific Picture of the Day is a brand new section coming to TheHPFan, in which a new picture relating to anything Potter is posted, to bring back memories of the amazing phenomenon we were a part of. Check back for a new one, everyday, and let us know if you enjoy this new feature via Twitter or Facebook.
Potted Potter Returning to New York for Summer 2013
Posted by Victoria - 12 Apr 2013
The massively raved about, hilarious Potter parody play, Potted Potter, will be returning to the stage in New York for a 13 week engagement this summer. Shows open officially on June 4th and will run until September 1st.
For all Potter fans in the New York area - I would not miss the opportunity to see this hilarious show. TheHPFan was actually fortunate enough to review Potted Potter when it made it's North American debut in Toronto last February. The play celebrates the incredible Harry Potter saga and will have any Potter fanatic in stitches throughout the performance. The show was a critic's pick by the New York Times, New York Magazine and Time Out London, and received the prestigious 2012 Olivier Award nomination for Best Entertainment & Family Show. It has now played to sold out houses worldwide.
The show will play at Little Shubert Theater, with pre-sale tickets currently available for American Express cardholders. General sale opens April 20th. In the meantime, the show will be playing in Montreal, Canada this month, followed by several American dates leading up to the New York engagement. For ticket info and tour dates, visit their website.
How Much Would Hogwarts Cost?
Posted by Victoria - 02 Apr 2013
Movoto, a real estate blog, has come up with a fun experiment - finding out about how much Hogwarts would be valued at on the market. For the experiment, comparisons between location, size and square footage were made from clues in the novels, and voila, the grand total was estimated. Let's see what kind of money you would have to put up, if you wanted to buy Hogwarts!
Richard Griffiths Passes Away, Age 65
Posted by Victoria - 29 Mar 2013
We were very sorry to hear about the passing of actor Richard Griffiths, known to Potter fans for playing Vernon Dursley in Harry Potter, and Great Uncle Matthew alongside Emma Watson in Ballet Shoes, as well as starring alongside Daniel Radcliffe again in Equus. He passed away yesterday at age 65, during heart surgery complications. We offer our sincere condolences to all who knew him, and thank him for all that he did to bring Vernon, and a multitude of other characters, to life through acting. Daniel Radcliffe offers his tribute to Richard, saying, "Richard was by my side during two of the most important moments of my career. In August 2000, before official production had even begun on Potter, we filmed a shot outside the Dursleys', which was my first ever shot as Harry. I was nervous and he made me feel at ease. Seven years later, we embarked on Equus together. It was my first time doing a play but, terrified as I was, his encouragement, tutelage and humor made it a joy. In fact, any room he walked into was made twice as funny and twice as clever just by his presence. I am proud to say I knew him."
"Adventures in Movies": A Unique On-Set Look at Harry Potter
Posted by Victoria - 26 Mar 2013
Today we have something very special to share with you, Potterheads. Author and film expert Paul Bernard has recently published an impressive e-book, compiling his diverse experiences working on the set of various films, including the Harry Potter series. In this excerpt from the book, as well as exclusive quotes and anecdotes from the author, readers are taken behind the scenes of the beloved film series in a way that has never been seen before. Featuring unheard stories of the cast and crew, and enchanting descriptions of the sets and production at Leavesden Studios - it is a very enlightening, interesting read for any Potter fan!
On his role on set:
“I was hired by Warner Bros to shoot 'behind the scenes material documenting the making of the films for the promotional EPK's (Electronic Press Kits) that are given out to TV companies around the World; and for use on the DVD extras.”
On the main trio (Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson):
“I can tell you that Emma really is Hermione! She is confident, assured, professional and clearly highly intelligent. If Rupert & Dan got the giggles during a take, which they did often then Emma would be the one to admonish them before the director intervened. She was like an older sister to 2 naughty schoolboys even thoughthey where all roughly the same age.”
On the highlight of working on Potter:
“I think the memorable highlight for me documenting Potter was filming the Yule Ball for Goblet of Fire. The transformation of the Great Hall for the event by Production Designer Stuart Craig was a truly amazing sight, and all of the Hogwarts students dressed in their 'prom' clothes made it a convincing party even though there is no roof to the set! Dan, dressed in his Tuxedo was dreading the dancing and he had been practicing at home with his mum he told me, but he made a valiant effort when the cameras rolled. Emma in her ball gown that was hand made for her by the wardrobe department looked elegant and very grown up And she was quite a good dancer, as was Stanislav the actor who played Victor Krum, I think she secretly had a crush on him as he was quite a charismatic young man. And then there was Rupert dressed in what can only be described as comedy clothes was spared dancing.
The band, headed by Jarvis Cocker, from the British band 'Pulp', played live on a stage built over the area where the top table usually is, and the whole atmosphere was just like a real end of year party. It actually was the end of the year, just before Christmas and when the Assistant Director called a 'wrap' on shooting for the final time everyone applauded. The Director Mike Newell went up on stage to make a short speech thanking the cast and crew for their hard work throughout the year, and Warwick Davis said a few words of gratitude also."
On the final day of shooting:
"There where many tears shed, and actors hugged each other as they realised they wouldn't see each other again. I thanked Dan, Emma and Rupert for putting up with me during production and the hall slowly emptied. I filmed everything, not cutting the camera until the hall fell silent except for crew packing cameras away. I think it was so memorable because it was an unusual scene far away from the darker story of Harry Potter.”
Buy "Adventures in Movies" from KOBO and Amazon.
Continue Reading for an Excerpt from the book, on working on Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince....
Wizard of the Week: Molly Weasley
Posted by Victoria - 23 Mar 2013
We asked you on our Twitter and Facebook which Harry Potter character you thought best embodied family loyalty throughout the series, and the results are in! This weeks' Wizard of the Week, honoured for her exemplary display of family loyalty, is none other than Molly Weasley.
As was pointed out by our fans on Twitter, and is made very clear by her actions throughout the series, Molly is not just a maternal figure within her own family, but is the dominating maternal figure in the entire series. Molly's loyalty as a mother stretches as far as Harry and Hermione, the Order of the Phoenix, and eventually even Fleur as well. Molly puts her love for her family above all else - in the Order of the Phoenix, we see that her Boggart - or her greatest material fear - is the death of a family member, and when this eventually occurs in Deathly Hallows during the Battle of Hogwarts with the loss of Fred, we naturally see Molly distraught and in pieces. However, she doesn't take the loss sitting down, and goes on to fiercely protect the remaining Weasleys, Harry, as well as members of the Order of the Phoenix and Dumbledore's Army, even going so far as to killing Bellatrix Lestrange after she nearly kills Ginny. Mrs. Weasley continually shows her love for family in the small things in life as well - cooking them decadent meals, sending long letters and woolly jumpers to her children and their friends at Hogwarts, joining the Order so as to work for a better Wizarding World for her family to live in, and so much more.
But Molly wasn't the only character noted to have exemplified incredible devotion and loyalty to her family - other characters nominated by our fans on Twitter, included her husband Arthur Weasley, Narcissa Malfoy, Augusta Longbottom, James and Lily Potter, as well as even Winky the House Elf.
Thank you to everyone who contributed their opinion - we read each and every Tweet and comment! If you enjoyed this weeks "Wizard of the Week", make sure to let us know by leaving a comment on this post, or reaching us via Twitter or Facebook. Also, please help us nominate a new character for next week - we're looking for the Harry Potter character who represents the Ultimate Gryffindor! Be sure to tell us who and why by leaving a comment, or any other methods listed above.
Have a great weekend, Potterheads! Don't forget to keep checking back for our 3000 Twitter follower giveaway, in which HP apparel and posters will be up for grabs!
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