Posted on Wednesday, October 19th, 2011 by Angie Han
If you’re the kind of person who got all emotional during all those Harry Potter cast interviews about shooting the final scene, or if you referred to the last movie, without irony, as “the end of an era,” then When Harry Left Hogwarts is for you. The documentary, by BAFTA-winning filmmaker Morgan Matthews (The Fallen), chronicles the making of David Yates‘ Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 and Part 2, and will make you get teary-eyed all over again as cast members talk about what it’s been like to be part of the franchise for the past ten years. Watch the trailer after the jump.
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Posted on Tuesday, August 16th, 2011 by Angie Han
If you, like me, have always been bummed that Hogwarts wasn’t actually real, have we got some news for you. No, the wizarding academy hasn’t suddenly decided to open its doors to us Muggles — but Warner Bros. will be opening up a tour of its Leavesden soundstages, where much of the films were shot. Called “Warner Bros. Studio Tour London — The Making of Harry Potter,” it’s as close as you’re bound to get to actually attending Professor Snape’s Potions class in this lifetime.
Plans to convert part of the site to a Harry Potter-themed attraction were first reported last year, and earlier this year Warner Bros. announced that the studio would be ready for Potterphiles in Spring 2012. At the time, we wrote that tickets would be on sale sometime this year; we now know exactly when and for how much. Hit the jump for more details on the tour, including a mockup of the studio exterior.
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Posted on Wednesday, July 13th, 2011 by Angie Han
Fake Criterion covers have become a pretty popular form of fan art as of late. Design-inclined cinephiles have fake-Criterioned everything from Orson Welles’ Macbeth to a French version of Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle to Kickpuncher (which is itself a fake movie), and it’s no wonder why. Criterion DVDs often get the kind of cool, artsy covers you would never find on ‘normal’ DVDs, which usually opt for something more tame and immediately recognizable.
The latest property to get the fake-Criterion treatment is the Harry Potter film series, which concludes this weekend with the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2. Cooper Union graduate Patrick Sullivan created this stunning collection for his student portfolio, and it saddens me to know they’ll never actually be used. Flip through his cover collection after the jump.
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Disclaimer: Outside of the fact that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 comes out this weekend, this video has nothing to do with movies. It’s a parody song about a book based on a song from a Broadway musical written by guys who do a TV show. So even though this isn’t technically “film” related, a Harry Potter parody song based on the song Hello from The Book of Mormon, co-written by Trey Parker and Matt Stone who do South Park, probably is worth a mention. Especially when it’s this good. Check it out after the jump. Read More »
Whether you care to admit it or not, Harry Potter means something special to all of us. Maybe you’re a huge fan who can recall each time you bought a new book, saw a new movie, or discussed the series with a friend. Then there are the converts who, at some point, had the series recommended to them and subsequently devoured the franchise with rabid vigor. Yes, even you non-fans have memories – negative ones count too – of the Potter phenomenon, which has been a major part of popular culture since the late Nineties. That phenomenon is closing a major chapter later this month when the final film, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 hits theaters and Gallery Nucleus in Alhambra, CA is celebrating.
They’ll host a massive Harry Potter Tribute Art Exhibition from July 9 through August 1 which features over 100 works from over 50 artists, including signature Potter artists Drew Struzan and Mary Grandpre. After the jump, read more information about the exhibit and see just a sampling of the art that’ll be on display and for sale. Read More »
Fast Company and designer Mikey Burton created an infographic taking a look at the multibillion-dollar empire that is the Harry Potter franchise. Check it out after the jump.
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Tickets for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 have been on sale for a few days but true fans were waiting for this moment. AMC has announced that not only will they host back to back screenings of Part 1 and Part 2 on opening night, select theaters will host a four night event of all eight films culminating at midnight July 15 with the highly anticipated epic conclusion. Find out if your theater made the cut after the jump. Read More »