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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Just as there’s talk of the last Twilight novel being adapted into two films, here we’ve got the first official photo from the first of two films that will adapt the final Harry Potter novel, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. There was that photo of Harry walking around in a misty forest that showed up many months ago, but this is the first official look at the heroic trio of Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson). Isn’t it special? Read More »

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A Japanese comedy television show, Sanma Akashiya’s “Karakuri Terebi”, held a contest last month in which 10,000 of Japan’s biggest Harry Potter fans competed for a chance to travel to the UK and visit the set of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. The show intentionally picked the strangest and most obsessed fan as the winner, a girl named Kana, and surprised her with a chance to meet and interview Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley) and Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter).

Even though the interviews are only partially subtitled, both of them are still laugh out loud hilarious. You MUST check out the videos, embedded after the jump.

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London location filming is afoot on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Above you’ll see a snap from the set, showing Rupert Grint, Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson in action – legging it from a (white-on-white, do highlight) Wedding when the Death Eaters threaten to show up and turn it all The Graduate. The picture comes from MATRIX photography via The Telegraph.

The boy wizard and his producer friend David Heyman have hinted to Empire where the split between the two Deathly Hallows films is going to come. After the break, their spoilery hints.

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Rupert Grint’s Cherrybomb Trailer

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An R-Rated promotional trailer for Cherrybomb, a film which stars Rupert Grint from the Harry Potter series. Cherrybomb tells the story of a group of teenagers (Grint, Robert Sheehan and Kimberley Nixon) who embark on a wild weekend of drinking, drugging, shop-lifting and car stealing. But the fun turns deadly  when the three discover that they can’t stop the wild ride. The film debuted at the Berlin International Film Festival in February but has yet to be slotted with a domestic release. Watch the trailer after the jump and leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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Warner Bros has released six new character posters for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince on MSN. The posters include one shots of Daniel Radcliffe as Harry, Michael Gambon as Albus Dumbledore, Emma Watson as Hermione Granger, Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley, Tom Felton as Draco Malfoy and Alan Rickman as Severus Snape.

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USA Today released a new batch of photos from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Warner Bros has sent us high resolution versions of the photos, which you can check out below. As always, click to enlarge.

The article also hints that the upcoming films might stray a little from the books. The idea presented is that the book series is already complete, and everyone (even many of those who didn’t read the final book) already knows how everything ends. So the films will take on different focuses than you might be expecting. I’s guessing that it won’t be anything too drastically different, but it sure will be interesting.

And the last two photos come from MSN Cine, via Blogwartz

JK Rowling’s New Harry Potter Mini-Movie

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J.K. Rowling has penned a brand new story featuring the characters in her fantasy best-selling Harry Potter book series. According to the Sunday Mirror, the story is being adapted into a mini-movie which will be shown at Universal Studio’s The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter in Orlando, Florida. The report says that all of the regular cast, including Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint, are said to be involved. They will shoot the mini movie, and additional sequences and clips which will be included in the rides in Leavesden, Hertfordshire UK.

The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter is expected to open next year or early 2010 at Universal Studios Islands Of Adventure in Orlando. The 20-acre island will feature attractions, shops and restaurants set inside  locations such as the Forbidden Forest, Hogsmeade Village and the iconic Hogwarts castle (concept art seen above).

Thanks to Alejandro of BlogHogwarts for passing this along.

New Photo: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

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Enock Carvalho from the Harry Potter Brazilian fansite oclumencia.com.br sent over this new photo from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. The photo which comes from the new issue of Nick Magazine, shows Harry (Dan Radcliffe), Hermione (Emma Watson), and Ron (Rupert Grint) sitting in the Gryffindor Common Room. I know, not very revealing… As always, click to enlarge. Half-Blood Prince will hit theaters on November 21st.