New Set Report Previews End of Half-Blood Prince and the Hunt for the Horcruxes


Jun 20, 2009

Posted by SueTLC

There is a new set report online tonight for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince contained in the new issue of The Observer Film Quarterly. Found in both the print editions of the Guardian and now online tonight, this report contains a new photo of Evanna Lynch (Luna) and Dan Radcliffe (Harry) preparing to shoot a scene for HBP, possibly the arrival at Hogwarts which you can see via this link.

The set report, while quite lengthy, is very well worth the read, containing many new interviews with those such as David Heyman (on JKR: “was very much the same then as she is now: funny, irreverent,
compassionate, kind, generous. Very discreet and private. Damn! She’s
hard to punch holes in …” ) and David Yates on finishing Potter (“my commitment to Potter is absolute. First of all it’s my job to make
sure we go out with a bang and, as the Americans would say, put on a
show”) as well as new insights into the making of the sixth Harry Potter film. Of interest is a new line from the film, possibly at the very end of the movie as Hermione and Harry discuss the need to hunt for the Horcruxes. The article begins by recounting this scene as actress Emma Watson is having trouble with her line. The piece then reads:

“I’ve said the wrong lines.” She frowns at her script. “Can we sort
this out?” She looks down from the astronomy tower at director David
Yates. He gently guides her through the scene in which her character,
Hermione, is talking to Harry Potter
about Voldemort’s soul. Harry looks very serious. “I’m not coming back,
Hermione … I have to finish what Dumbledore started.” Action stops again. Watson focuses on the script. Yates and Daniel Radcliffe discuss Harry’s frame of mind…Yates talks him through it. “Harry’s in a cold, dark place at the
moment, but I would caution against melancholy … you’ve got to make
sure Harry’s not weighty but more fluid, freer.”

Later the author speaks to Dan Radcliffe about that scene, getting the following answer: “I ask about Yates cautioning against melancholy when Harry and Hermione
were up on the astronomy tower and Radcliffe laughs. “The Half-Blood
Prince is funnier than the previous books, which has given me the reins
to be a bit more stupid. But I actually prefer doing the slightly
darker side of stuff. I’m not so comfortable with being funny. One of
David Yates’s jobs on this film is to make me see that it’s not always
about the darkness in the scene; I have in my head that darkness in a
character equals credibility and of course that’s not the case.”

39 Responses to New Set Report Previews End of Half-Blood Prince and the Hunt for the Horcruxes

Avatar ImageCandyCane2304 says: Nice article. Only a couple of 3 weeks left and I can't wait. Sadly tickets still haven't went on sale in the theater I want to go to in Chicago. Avatar ImagePotterFan-Man says: They seem to really take on the role, and try to feel what the actual character was feeling. Cool stuff.Avatar Imagemarypao says: Nice article. I wondered about those dreams. Then it dawned on me that he was probably focused on "Deathly Hallows" LOLAvatar Imagemaimiaa says: really neat interview :] so excited for the movieee.Avatar Imageneedarb says: Why isn't Ron in that scene with Harry and Hermione? :(Avatar ImageAugury Feather says: Great article, I stopped watrching trailers after Trailer 4 and have not seen any of the TV Spots or short clips, just to make the actual film as fresh as possible. However, these reports are such a thrill to read - please keep as many flowing in as you can. Thank you so much!Avatar ImageBookworm_Weasley says: Um....Ron really should be in that scene on the tower, discussing the Horcruxes!Avatar ImageHarryLoony says: I don't know why I am always worried when it comes to the HP movies! There's this bit in the article where it says that the franchise could become stale! :S I am scared!Avatar Imagesupergirlinfrance says: Ohhhh Nervous about the films OMG can't be just 25 days away I WANT IT NOWAvatar ImageYodatheHobbit says: "Um….Ron really should be in that scene on the tower, discussing the Horcruxes!" Ummm.... HE IS!Avatar ImageMidnightSun321 says: gonna read it in a minute!!Avatar ImageLivelaughlovepotter says: Pottamazing interview ;]. Thanks TLC!Avatar ImageHPNAIV says: I can't believe Emma swore! I find that funny though :DAvatar Imageiheartpink says: wow, it seems like they payed really close attention to details which is amazing!! Avatar Imagebrianthepotterfan says: yes, same here! awesome article, im going to read the set report later to night, and i cant wait for movie tickets! But what stinks is that tickets for the mdinight show still arnt available in my theatre in Michigan, either!Avatar Imageericaeeks says: Dan: "I used to have one recurring dream where I killed people and got killed. I don't know what my subconscious is trying to tell me ..." -- Just a tiny bit disturbing? hahahaAvatar Imagehermyone08 says: Very interesting; i love the details of the report! :)Avatar Imagesunlitdays says: we americans like to say "put on a show"? this is news to me... :DAvatar Imagex_Potter_Lover_Forever_x says: Awesome interview ...... can't wait for HBP!Avatar Imagelilyjames says: O mY god i REally want to see this u have no idea how much i want to!!!!Avatar ImageRose-Mclane says: Emma has swore in interviews before. No cause for alarm.Avatar Imageplacebowiz says: pretty coolAvatar ImageWON_TWO says: Good article... Avatar ImageHarryLoony says: I don't know why I am always worried when it comes to the HP movies! There's this bit in the article where it says that the franchise could become stale! :S I am scared!Avatar Imagesupergirlinfrance says: Ohhhh Nervous about the films OMG can't be just 25 days away I WANT IT NOWAvatar parade says: OMFG !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I cant wait for it ..... I wanna see the movie .... its locks really awesome .... mybe more than the fifth one.... HARRY POTTER ROCKS YOUR SOCKS ...... yeah baby....Avatar ImagePrincess Leia says: What a great article!Avatar Imagephantomles says: Really interesting article thankyouAvatar Imagebudb says: Just Harry and Hermione at the end of HBP? No Ron? That is, no Trio as a solid group standing together to confront the future? ??? Hm, this raises the concerns I have had with major omissions and discontinuities within and between the films, and in particular with my disappointment with OotP. IF DH 1 is going to include the wedding, and given the absence of Bill and Fleur (and many others), THEN there needs to be some type of set up at the end of HBP. Something like Harry: I'm not coming back, I'm going after Horcruxes Ron: Yeah, but you need to come to my place first. Remember ole Fleur Delaceour? She's marrying my oldest brother Bill! We wont know for another three weeks of course, but as I have written before, I am really quite concerned how well each of the remaining films, and the entire set of films as a whole, will hold together. I often have the sense that the WB folks, and some of the top figures in the film industry (perhaps the entertainment industries more generally?), live in a very isolated universe and are out of touch with the everyday lives of most people. How else can we explain the rubbish we get in films, on tv, and in other 'creative' forms? And let's admit that even with the faults the HP films have been the best things out in years, which is why we watch and scrutinize them so closely. On the positive side, how wonderful that the creation of the films has also helped forge an unusually close, large and engaged community. from the prop people and makeup through the major actors and directors....that is unique. I jokingly suggest that the economic prosperity of the UK (until the recent global and UK real estate/banking crises hit) can be attributed in some part to the JKR/HP phenomena! think of all the jobs that HP created! Interesting as well: given what is presented in the article, it had to have been prepared before filming completed on HBP...which would have been what, late 2007 or early 2008? smile...just three more weeks, we can wait three more weeks.... Avatar ImageDanielaNC says: Great in-depth article. Nice pace, good testimonies, an over all well rounded piece. Avatar ImageWingardium Leviosa says: Nice article, lots of details!Avatar ImageJeannine says: Good report and interview[s]. More proof of Emma's nature?? Thought the comment about the colleges was telling and! Would like to have read a longer interview with Dan,her questions were very interesting!! It's about time interviewers treated the young actors like intellignt people. They have sure earned it, Nice to see this one did. So can we tell from this were the first part DHI will end????????Avatar ImageDiamondWings says: Cool picture! Emma!!! Focus!!! =S I'm just exited about the movie!!!Avatar ImagePickles says: I want the movie. Now. DxAvatar ImageDolemite says: Emma having trouble acting?Avatar ImageFloridianFlounder95 says: That was a great set report, I'm not one who cares much about spoilers so the more clips the better!Avatar Imagelevi-OH-sa not levio-SA says: wow that was a great article! Avatar ImageHermione Elizabeth says: Really cool article... worth the read. Now I'm getting so excited for the DH movies when I haven't even seen the HBP movie yet! LOL :)Avatar Imagemegan_702 says: cool! nice article!

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