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RoundUp of HBP Set Reports Previews: More on Harry and the Waitress, Quidditch

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Posted by: sue
December 16, 2008, 12:28 PM

In addition to the Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Set Report preview posted by TLC and other Potter fan sites, a few more have now appeared online that give some additional quotes and insights of the sixth Harry Potter film. Of interest is more on a scene that was widely reported on several months ago, regarding Harry Potter flirting with a waitress. Rotten Tomatoes reports on this, noting this creative new addition to the plot came from the mind of screenwriter Steven Kloves. Director David Yates elaborates:

"Steve came up with this notion that, after Order of the Phoenix, Harry's in this quite intense, dark place and he's riding the trains to free his brain a wee bit and he meets this really attractive waitress who he really likes," he told us. "You immediately set up the notion that suddenly these characters are a bit more aware of the opposite sex. I thought it was a really charming, lovely idea."

Sci-Fi Wire also posted their preview that contains new information about Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint) and Quidditch. Quotage: We also observed the filming of a scene in the Great Hall, which is filled with Hogwarts students at breakfast (big platters of sausages, racks of toast). It's the day of Ron's (Rupert Grint) big Quidditch match, and he's nervous as heck. Ron enters the hall, kitted out in full Quidditch gear.

Students call out encouragement: "Good luck, eh, Ron?" "Countin' on you, Ron!" "I've got two galleons on Gryffindor!"

The camera, on a crane, tracks Ron as he walks into the hall and down the central aisle. He encounters a towering student; they stop, do that left-right dance. Ron edges around him, then emits a big sigh. Not happy.

The article also goes on to have more from actor Dan Radcliffe on the developing romance between his character of Harry Potter and Ginny Weasley, played by Bonnie Wright. "Yes, I've got everything with Ginny, which ... has been fun. It's good, fun scenes, and hopefully that'll come across on screen," he says. He adds: "It's slightly odd, though, with Bonnie, because when Katie [Leung] came in to play Cho on the fourth film, it was very much the case when she came in, we always knew she was going to be as a love interest. Whereas, of course, when I first met Bonnie, she was just another character; she was, I think, 9-10 years old when I first met her, and so it's very strange. I've sort of grown up with Bonnie, and now suddenly having to play love interest scenes is very--it's kind of odd."

Thanks much Joe for emailing!

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Flirting with a waitress??? what happened to Harry/Ginny? = P

Posted by alyssa on December 18, 2008, 11:28 AM report to moderator

good question.

I agree with sivlok and sl. There were some theories thrown about the use of love potions there that made the h/g thing more realistic to me- the writing was so disappointing. I don’t know what the editors made JK throw out of the earlier books (there was a fair bit) but i imagine the h/g stuff must have been a major portion of it.

Posted by radcakesfan on December 18, 2008, 12:39 PM report to moderator
bella vita

Someone just PLEASE tell me that they are joking! The waitress thing is so cheesy, un-necessary, out of character, and a major waste of screen time that should have been spent on scenes like Dumbledore’s funeral that at least contribute something to the overall story and were part of the book. I get that the books and movies are completely seperate and long ago accepted that the movies will never be perfect or even close adaptations of the books in the way that say the Lord of the Rings movies were, but come on! Sticking to the books’ story/characters a little wouldn’t kill them!

Posted by bella vita on December 18, 2008, 08:13 PM report to moderator
bella vita

However, the just riding the train part, while maybe not necessary to the story, certainly does seem like the sort of thing Harry would have done especially in OOTP when he was stuck at Privet Drive with no contact or information from anyone and just wandered the neighborhood streets alone all the time.

Posted by bella vita on December 18, 2008, 08:19 PM report to moderator

Personally, I thought it’d be Harry/Ginny since CoS and when it finally happened in HBP, it was a long time coming for me. I couldn’t have been happier!

Posted by jenny on December 18, 2008, 11:11 PM report to moderator
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