We're Back! Site Updates & Info
Posted by Victoria - 12 Jun 2013
TheHPFan would like to apologize for our lengthy absence from the site... it has been since mid-April, and we feel as though we have let you all down! Unfortunately, my schedule with school and extra curricular, as well as other stresses, has made it very challenging to keep up with daily updates on the site, as we also have not heard from our other staffers in many, many months and the pressure of updating has fallen entirely on my shoulders. We will hopefully be fixing this soon, but in the meantime, we have a few quick updates to let you guys know about!
Project Emma Update: During the recent increase of press surrounding Emma Watson and the release of her latest project, The Bling Ring, TheHPFan.com once again contacted the actress' representatives to potentially arrange an interview for our website. Unfortunately, the contact was dealt with too late, and Emma has now changed her focus to her studies, as she enters her final semester at university. Although we will not be interviewing her for the time being, we thank her publicists for their perpetual kindness and enthusiasm, and wish her the best of luck for finishing up school! Way to go, Emma! To read more about TheHPFan.com's interviews and involvements with Emma and the rest of the cast, click here.
General News Blog Updates: Obviously as we outlined above, updating the site has become very challenging to keep on top of, so as we work out some of these difficulties, we will be changing up how our blog works. In stead of posting 1-3 articles per day with the latest news on the Harry Potter cast, crew, fandom, JK Rowling, etc., we will be doing weekly news round-ups, synthesizing and compiling all of the important news at the end of each week. This not only lowers our stresses, it also makes it easier for you to find all of the Harry Potter news you need, in one place, at one time, regularly. We will of course be posting the occasional "breaking news" pieces separately when massive, exciting events or stories come about. You can also keep up to date with us (and talk to us - we LOVE getting tweets from you guys and always retweet, follow back, and/or respond) on our Twitter - @TheHPFan.
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....
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