USA TODAY: Burrow Attack Scene in Half-Blood Prince a Standout Scene


Apr 24, 2009

Posted by SueTLC

We’ve known for many months now, even witnessed footage seen in the newest trailer, that there is to be an attack on the Burrow included in the upcoming Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. In their guide to Summer movies, the USA Today has a very brief preview of the film, and notes the events at the Burrow are a “Standout Scene.” While this preview is only a few sentences long, it does contain a cool new detail and slight description of the attack:

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (July 17)
Warner Bros.

The principals (Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson,
Rupert Grint) return for the sixth installment, as Lord Voldemort’s
threat hangs heavier over Hogwarts as Dumbledore prepares Harry for the
final battle with his ultimate foe. Meanwhile, adolescent hormones run
wild through the corridors of the academy.

Standout scene: While visiting Harry and the Weasleys,
part-werewolf Lupin (David Thewlis) catches a strange scent outdoors.
Soon huge snake-like flames slither toward the house as Death Eater
Bellatrix Lestrange (Helena Bonham Carter) appears and leads Harry into
the marshes while fire begins to consume the porch and walls.

110 Responses to USA TODAY: Burrow Attack Scene in Half-Blood Prince a Standout Scene

Avatar Imagekamidee says: XD *squee* mention of Remus and Tonks makes my day!Avatar Imageameema says: PART-werewolf? isn't he ALL werewolf? but still this is really cool! I'm so excited to see this new scene. although it's kind of strange that a non-canon scene is the standout sceneAvatar ImageHPNAIV says: Awesome :) Sometimes I think that they shouldn't even include new scenes ... but I guess this one sounds okay.Avatar Imagekismatt says: 81 days to go!!Avatar Imagemomentofzen says: Yay for screen-time for Lupin. :)Avatar Imagecheeserpleaser says: This scene sounds fantastic. I initially had some questions about it, but after seeing some of the footage of it in the trailers, I must confess that I am thoroughly excited to see it.Avatar ImageSareptheRavenclaw says: This actually sounds really good. Avatar ImageHufflepuffler says: Ah, yes! Sounds really good. ;DAvatar Imageanukritis says: This isn't in the book right? I wonder how it fits in with the plot. Halfblood Prince has so many events happening. I wonder how they'll manage to fit this in...Avatar ImageBriannaWazHere says: Cool, I like a good Weasley Bad Arse Scene, I'm ready XDAvatar Imagejoelface says: Oooh, sounds awesome. I'm so excited for this film!Avatar Imagemaimiaa says: whoaa hooray for Lupin! :DAvatar Imagekenmarekestrels93 says: haha I love Lupin...I just hope this scene fits. It sounds a little surreal because it wasn't in the bookAvatar ImageDilltheMuggle says: I/m so pumped for this movie.Avatar ImageVeganMudblood says: LOL...It's funny how with every film, they mention the characters' hormones. I guess that's just a synopsis element that will never die out. Anyway, the Burrow scene sounds exciting, and seems like it should capture the same "feel" of the tremulous atmosphere created by the Death Eaters, and Voldemort's other followers, as was in the book. Avatar ImageAvangelis says: i love snakes hot n sexy fire onesAvatar ImageAlexKost says: *laughs* Maybe Lupin will get a name in this movie. I guess the "part werewolf" thing is supposed to imply the fact that he's not all werewolf until he's actually a werewolf on the full moon? Wow, even thinking about explaining that hurt my head.Avatar Imagehufflepuff_86 says: Lupin's only part werewolf? Well if he's sniffing out "strange scents", maybe he's part bloodhound? It will be interesting to see how this scene fits in with the book. (It's actually sorta been bugging me, where it comes from and where it goes...) Avatar Imagehermyone08 says: the trailer footage does make me intrigued about seeing this scene! Avatar ImageRsheppard says: I'm looking forward to seeing this scene in the movie. Isn't Remus all werewolf? Avatar Imagegraceh1711 says: For moviegoers, I think this scene will make the Bellatrix-Molly battle in Deathly Hallows that much more gratifying. (Assuming that battle is included...which it better be!) I am trying to view the films and books as completely separate entities. It allows me to enjoy the films more and obsess less about their accuracy. :-) Avatar Imageblackhair says: well instead of this they could hav included Bill and Fleur part in the film afterall we know that in DH there are gonna flim in Shell Cottage which is thier home i don't understand how r they gonna do that? there are gonna show Bill and Fleur's Wedding but how would that fit? Two stranger wedding since in the sixth part we found Bill and Fleur in love with each other ! i mean how is WB gonna make up in the DH making Bill and Fleur wed each other. Those who don't follow the books would find it creapyAvatar ImageAugury Feather says: Oooooooh *drool* excitement!Avatar ImageVeganMudblood says: Lupin is full werewolf since he transforms at the full moon, and Bill is part werewolf, since he displays many characteristics of a werewolf, but does not transform. I don't understand them calling Lupin "part" werewolf, since all true werewolves are in a human form for the majority of the time, but transform at the full moon. Maybe with Fenrir, who is an exception in that he resembles his werewolf form even when there is no full moon, threw them off a bit. Avatar ImageThe Silver Doe music says: Interesting. But I wish the standout scene wasn't something that didn't happen in the books!Avatar Imagebadger666 says: Sadly this will probably be Lupin's only scene in the whole movie and we'll be lucky if he gets more than a single line, sigh. I hope I'm wrong, though. Sounds like a cool scene, though, even if it's not canon. Avatar Imagekylejhood says: It does look like it will be a cool scene. At least from what I saw in the trailer. However, it does bug me that they will add scenes that aren't in the book the cut ones that are... We'll see. I hope to does the book justice.Avatar ImageEnricoDc says: There's too much fire in the HP6 i think...Avatar Imagevineethtc says: Lupin is one form of werewolf - not a traditional one. He was bitten and changes only at the full moon. There are others born as werewolves (from mating I assume) who are either like that all the time or resemble a werewolf always. Thats what they meant by part-werewolf.Avatar Imagepottershrink says: Yowzer!Avatar Imagemuzic823 says: I'm looking forward to this add-on scene, although I wasn't too thrilled to at first to hear they were straying from the book. Avatar ImageShalanarah says: yea! screen time for Lupin!!Avatar Imagemhaeyemhaeye says: Yay for HBP!!! :DAvatar ImageFleur-de- Lily says: awesomeAvatar ImageNeil in Scotland says: Sounds great!!! Still haven't watched the trailer though!!! :DAvatar ImageRita_Dumbledore94 says: Cool!Avatar ImageBewareoftheNargles says: Well, I guess it'll be good, although I don't generally like non-canon scenes. :SAvatar ImageHarryRichardsPotter says: maybe Lupin will fight Greyback in there werewolf forms? Maybe not. But that would be cool. I wanna know when this attack will take place. Will it be before school? at the end? at christmas? considering every main scene is in the film from the book, i think they shouldn't have done this. But it might be awsome! I'm just worried for the burrow. It's such a lovely house :PAvatar ImageLillylove says: Seems like I remember some time back they were discussing how the Burrow scene was not part of the book, but used to represent some of the horrors resulting from Voldemort's return. The book details many, but they just can't do all that in a movie. Of course, it's ALWAYS a good thing to have more Lupin!Avatar Imagemish149 says: I'm really looking forward to that scene just to see what they do with itAvatar ImageErinM says: Can't waitAvatar Imagejoeys_mommy says: I think it looks really good! Personally I'm not the biggest fan of added scenes but this one looks like it might be awesome.Avatar Imagepixi_jo says: I'm just glad that Lupin gets some screentime.Avatar ImageMatea says: part-werewolf!? catches the strange scent!!!!??? LOOOOOOOOOOOOOL. although it looks pretty interesting in trailers,I still think there was ne need for that scene. but looking forward to see it.Avatar ImageKatetheKeeper says: What is the scent that Lupin catches? I didn't even think he could use the werewold senses thing when he's not a wolf...thing. lolAvatar ImageBlackCat13 says: Not the Burrow!Avatar ImageParkinsonpansy says: It all sounds so...dramatic! :)Avatar ImageNoble Birth Descending says: This scene would have been to raw in the book. If it was written in lavish detail, having "home" under attack would have been difficult. It was bad enough to have the yard violated during the wedding and we had warning that it was coming.Avatar Imagewandmastercalum says: I have a good feeling about this scene. I hope they use this opportunity to capture love too rather than just action. Well after seeing the newer trailer I must admit I think that scene will have the love in it. If you don't know what I'm talking about then here I go lol: well in the trailer you see the family outside the flames and Ginny then jumps over the flames and my guess is she goes to help Harry. Though its not in the book it still is a very good idea.Avatar Imageshellybasson says: I still don't get where the Burrows scene fits in. Is it replacing the fight in the castle where they fight the Death Eaters and Harry tries to stop Snape? :?Avatar ImageAletheaR says: I didn't mind the added scenes in Goblet of Fire because they were well done and added some humor to movie, but this I can't see. It just seems pointless and I'd rather they'd added a scene with Bill and Fleur.Avatar ImageLulu42 says: I'm exctied. I feel like the scene will help give the readers a sense of constant terror. And remind them that the Death Eaters are everywhere and always looking to strike. The sense of foreboding seems to come out really well. Avatar Imagemoglet says: The filmakers already commented about this being to show the jeopardy that everyone is in now Voldemort and his followers are getting stronger. I would also assume that setting it at a place we know and love and featuring characters we care about makes it work on a more emotional level. I am also pretty sure that this has been approved by Jo. About the part werewolf thing, I bet that is just someone writing without doing their homework properly!Avatar Imagehufflepuff_86 says: Maybe Lupin is only part werewolf because it's a half moon? LOLAvatar Imageccking says: yes i'm sure they have it right by saying Lupin is part-werewolf, because he only transforms once a month by moonlight, i would assume there are people born werewolves with different my mind i would call Fenrir Greyback a true werewolf because his appearances always resemble what he is, and he never truly transforms back...his mind remains unaltered. now i usually dislike the fact of them adding new scenes and cutting out perfectly good ones that were portrayed in the book, but this scene actually sounds okaay =) even if i'm only saying that because it means an extra scene for Bella xD she'll do it beautifully without a doubt. i do however wonder where in the movie this scene will take place...?Avatar Imagemomentofzen says: Also, the whole "Lupin catching a strange scent" thing totally reminds me of too many bad fanfics, LOL.Avatar ImageBader says: It sounds awesome. Avatar Imageccking says: the whole "catches a scent" part sounds pretty...cheesy lolAvatar Imagekira902k says: lupin SMELLING something? is he supposed to have super smell???Avatar ImageRinny says: ugh, i don't like the sound of this new scene- why add new scenes when there are so many great scenes in the book that they are leaving out?!Avatar ImageVideoKID says: wow really coolAvatar Imageavrenim says: as long as it fits in with the rest of the movie and serves a purpose, i'm all for the burrow scene!Avatar ImageRaWr...WeReWoLf says: cool!!! yay remus :)Avatar Imagephantomdave79 says: SWEET! Avatar Imageascendancy33 says: awesome scene....cannot wait for the movie...I want it now :(Avatar ImageHGROSS44 says: I think this will be a great film and it will show how even Magical fokes have the same feelings as we muggelsAvatar ImageBeAchL0veEr05 says: He "smells" a scent, lol! Wait can he smell really good while he is human?Avatar Imagespicefan1978 says: This scene looks amazing and I'm sure it'll fit right in with the flow of the film!Avatar ImageeiVega says: I'm excited to see a scene I have no clue what to expect. It will be nice to watch something not already knowing where it will go.Avatar Imagemaera-kyrie says: "part-werewolf" LOL. But at least they're giving him SOME part in this film, after he got so short-changed in the last one.Avatar Imagedobby_rocks says: I suppose we are to believe that due to him being a werewolf that he has increased smell like the majority of canines. There is nothing in the books to even suggested that Lupin has any increased smell or vision at least not when he is not transformed. The scene looks like it will be interesting even if its not in the book. From what I have read in the past it was added to more show that the world is no longer safe for anyone. Avatar ImageName Unknown says: Ohhh! Sounds good!Avatar Imagefloridianhp says: thats not in the book!!!!! Avatar Imagedontcallmenymphadora says: argh! am torn between love of any lupin screen time, and my concern that this scene will ruin the overall plotline (and good point ameema, he is a werewolf, simple as). suppose this scene will be ok if it adds to the story...though there is a reason the books sold as well as they did. If it aint broken etc...Avatar ImageCrown Victoria says: woot!!! go bellatrix!!Avatar ImageThorgalson says: I am annoyed at all the attention brought to this scene; why do they even call it a "standout" scene? I don't especially care for the fact that it's a new scene, but they've been talking about it so much that I feel I'll be like "oh okay, this is the new scene" and then "oh okay, back to the original storyline now" when watching the film. :( I'd rather see them make as though it's always been part of the story than putting so much emphasis on it. Also, I don't have anything against a new scene per say, to show how everyone is threatened and to make us familiar with the new villains, but making the whole Burrow burn down? Seems a bit much. Oh, and I'm just glad Lupin's lost the moustache and gets some lines.Avatar ImageTamyris says: Quite honestly I got pissed when I heard about the attack on the Burrow bc it is not in the book and I think that instead of putting things that are not in the book they could try to cut less. I really hope that scene makes a difference and fits in with the plot. The books are perfect, they dont nedd adds. What they should do in the movies is not to cut so many important scenes and characters.Avatar ImageHROAR Mudblood Proud says: The standout scene is one that isn't from the book? I highly doubt that.Avatar ImageTamyris says: And I agree with you Germain! They put so many emphasis on that scene that in the end we might get disappointed. Why burn all the Burrow, for God sake! What an overreaction! I still think it is going to be a hell of a movie bc the book is one of the best of the series, but thats not saying anything bc the OOTP was also a great book and the film was only OK.Avatar Imageoldenoughtoknowbetter says: It'll be interesting to see... I'm reserving judgment!Avatar ImageNargleCatcher says: COOLNESS!!!!Avatar Imageswimmersgirl says: 82 days til we can see this scene for sure :D and has this been updated since HBP was moved to july 15th? :OAvatar ImageLupinAscending says: I don't mind if they take liberties as long as they: (1) stay true to the spirit of the books; and (2) create an atmosphere that serves the film they're making. Book to screen adaptations can never be 100% faithful. It's like translating poetry: you've got to switch it up a bit. They key is to preserve the tone, feeling, and essence of the book. We shouldn't keep a laundry list of omissions. The films are the films and the books are the books. The first two films were, imo, too literal. The atmospherics of the subsequent films were much truer to the *spirit* of the books, whatever details were left out. I can't wait to see this film!Avatar ImageGobbledygook says: i this scene will be amazing! visually and emotionally because the burrow is a home. Much different if the ministry is attacked a home is personal, safe. When they destroy the burrow that saftey is compromised.Avatar Imagex_Potter_Lover_Forever_x says: Sounds exciting :D I CANNOT WAIT!!!! SQUEEEEEEE!Avatar Imagecghambright says: This sounds so cool!!!!! I can't wait to see this movie!! It needs to come out NOW!! :DAvatar Imagecghambright says: I don't think Half Blood Prince is supposed to be on that list...I think it does qualify as HIGH ACTION, especially compared to the other movies on that list. Avatar ImageLivelaughlovepotter says: 'the academy'? Lol, never thought of Hogwarts like that before. Still confused on the scene but I know it will definitely be fantamazing ;].Avatar Imagelilhpchick20 says: I have to say that I am really excited about the Burrow scene. It sounds like it is very well done and as true to the book as it can be.Avatar Imagemuggle..andproudofit says: Wait ..What!? In the book there is no scene where the Burrow is on fire . I mean i know there trying to make it exciting and every thing but come on! I think there straying a little far from the book .Don't you ? And i thouht Remus was ALL werewolf not part??Avatar Imagefriendofblob says: I'm fine with new, cool scenes, but if they have time to add new scences then don't they have time to add more things from the book. I feel that they should do that instead.Avatar ImageZwhite says: Having fallen madly in love with Lupin, I'm thrilled for any screentime he can get! David Thewlis' voice is so perfect- everything he does makes Remus come to life. It seems that (according to this article) if he didn't 'scent' the trouble, the whole Weasley/Harry clan would be fried to a crisp. So..... GO WEREWOLF SENSES!Avatar ImageNot Slytherin says: It always throws me when they change something for the films, but this sounds like it will be really exciting. (And, we know-it-all fans will have a fun surprise, right? Right?)Avatar ImageGarden State Geek says: I'm optimistic about the HBP film. Avatar ImageJTEL99 says: The snake-y fire sounds cool! And, Yay, a scene with Remus Lupin in it!Avatar Imagevineethtc says: The scene I will really miss is Dumbledore's funeral. It was so cinematic when I read it - I just knew how to shoot that scene. And now I wont see it - sigh...Avatar Imageangelac123 says: Wow........Avatar ImageVioletPhoenix says: Glad Lupin will be in the film at least once lol, he really got ripped off in OotP, sorry just my opinion(I'm a big Lupin fan). Funny how one of the scenes NOT in the book is a stand out scene...hmmm. this is going to be a good movie regardless of any of that I'm sure. I just wish they wouldn't change so much. anyway, no more complaining, can't wait to see it in July!!Avatar Imagepottiehead says: The scene at the burrow just doesn't make sense. Harry doesn't wander off from the burrow because it's so safe. The protection it has is an inconvenience to the Weaslys. I hope this is the only huge change they make.Avatar ImageAletheaR says: I agree! Why add this scene when there's so many great scenes that they're leaving out. Doesn't make a lot of sense to me.Avatar Imagemugglemom4 says: I think this film is going to be great!Avatar Imageradish_earrings says: Random... but cool all the same :) They better not leave out character development just for this scene though!Avatar ImageHeavenly_Horcrux says: I can't wait to finally see the movie.Avatar ImageJersey says: I want to see how they bring this all togetherAvatar Imageiconshero says: Really, a new scene, and Non-Canon to boot!Avatar ImageDobbyWinkyKreacher says: :-( Dobby, Bill, Fleur, Voldemort flashbacks, and a few other scenes have been removed, and yet they put in a scene that is not even in the HP and the half blood prince. The Burrow is not 'attacked' until Deathly Hallows during the reception of Bill and Fleur's wedding. Avatar ImageMidnightSun321 says: i lurve tonks!! hehe she is soooo random and funny!!Avatar Imagemugglemom4 says: It sounds way too cool. Avatar ImagetaystarHP says: That is great!!Avatar Imagemoony-heart-tonks says: *sigh..* I really wanted the hospital scene where tonks confessed her love for lupin. :(( And I suppose that scene won't be included. *sigh..* At least I'll see Lupin in action in this scene.

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