We haven’t yet seen a trailer for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, but tonight ABC Family aired a making-of featurette about the film featuring some pretty tasty first-look footage. That featurette is now online, via Facebook. There will be more Potter footage unveiled over the weekend, but this is a good start. Read More »

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We’re just over two weeks away from the first half of the final Harry Potter movie ever and anticipation is reaching fever pitch. I know Peter has been rewatching all the previous films in anticipation of this momentous event and that theaters all over are already selling out. Now, just in time to feed your Potter appetite, we’ve got two of the best looks yet at Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1. Sure, we’ve posted other featurettes before, and those were cool, but the two new ones that just surfaced blow them away. One is about story, the other is about horcruxes and each basically takes the viewer on a four minute ride through the movie  Beware though. Both clips shows snippets of scenes and characters we haven’t seen yet so, suffice to say, if you haven’t read the book, these featurettes are filled with SPOILERS. If you do know what is going to happen in the film though, they’ll only get you more amped than you already are. Check them out after the jump. Read More »

Long after the Harry Potter films finish in 2011, we’ll look back at them as one of the most momentous achievements in the history of cinema. Over the course of eight films, an entire world will have evolved with a singular cast maturing at the same rate as their characters. The continuity is unprecedented. No other series has managed to keep the same core actors for such an extended period of time. The new behind the scenes featurette for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1, which is embedded after the jump, highlights that legacy while also providing a some new footage, cast interviews and more. Read More »

The beginning of the end is just over a month away and Warner Brothers just tweeted seven brand new character banners from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1, which hits theaters on November 19th. Each banner features an expressive, shadowy close up of several of the main characters including our heroes Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, and Ron Weasley along with the Death Eaters Lord Voldemort, Fenrir Greyback, Bellatrix Lestrange and Severeus Snape. Hit the jump to check them all out and, just for good measure, watch that awesome new trailer once again. You know you want to. Read More »

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Wild Target is Jonathan Lynn‘s remake of a 1993 French hitman comedy called Cible émouvante. Yep, another assassin movie. But this one is meant to be funny, and it certainly has a strong cast: Bill Nighy, Emily Blunt, Rupert Grint, Martin Freeman, Rupert Everett, Eileen Atkins and more.

It’s been a while since Lynn really made a picture that hit (My Cousin Vinny was almost 20 years ago!) but with that cast, maybe he’ll have something here. Watch the trailer after the break. Read More »

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Two bits of non-movie Harry Potter news here. Recently there had been word that the massive Leavesden Studios in England, wherein much of the Harry Potter film series was filmed, would be turned into a Potter-themed museum and attraction.

Now Rupert Grint has confirmed that report, albeit without providing too many details of how the conversion would happen, and what sets and environments would be preserved and/or presented. But how would he know all those details? For now, it’s interesting enough that the studios could be open to the public at some point in the future; they house magnificent sets which would be a great destination for fans.

After the break, there’s a thin report that Universal Orlando’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter attraction may be growing. But not, sadly, via magic. Read More »

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The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort kicked off its grand opening celebration on Thursday night. In attendance were Harry Potter film stars Tom Felton, Michael Gambon, Bonnie Wright, Oliver Phelps, Daniel Radcliffe, Matthew Lewis, Warwick Davis, Rupert Grint and James Phelps. Hundreds of people gathered in front of Hogwarts castle for “a spectacular display of fireworks choreographed to a special performance of music from the Harry Potter films conducted live by renowned composer John Williams.” Check out some photos after the jump.

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Last week we posted the first photos from the epilogue of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows showing what happened to the surviving characters in the decades following the events of the books. Many of you have probably already read the book, and know that David Yates is filming the scenes for the last movie, employing make-up and wigs to make the actors look older. The first photos featured only a couple of the actors in character. Some new set photos have been revealed which show a couple of the other characters in action.

Obviously, be very aware of spoilers. See Snitchseeker for the photos.

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Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: I celebrate all levels of trailers and hopefully this column will satisfactorily give you a baseline of what beta wave I’m operating on, because what better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? Some of the best authors will tell you that writing a short story is a lot harder than writing a long one, that you have to weigh every sentence. What better medium to see how this theory plays itself out beyond that than with movie trailers?

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