Detailed Report of Location Filming for Ministry Entrance Scene in Deathly Hallows


Jun 28, 2009

Posted by SueTLC

Several updates today from location filming for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows which took place in the Whitehall area of London, England. Previously TLC had told you that the part of Mafalda Hopkirk would be played by Sophie Thompson, and earlier there was news that David O’Hara would take on the part of Albert Runcorn, and Steffan Rhodri as Reg Cattermole. Thanks to Lauren from Dan we can see a very clear large size photo here.

Also thanks to several longtime readers of Leaky we have two reports from the set. First longtime friend to TLC Rosi sent in this fantastic report on the event, including description of a the scene film. She writes:

I arrived around 11.30, and one of the first things I saw was the crew
hosing down the set and walls of the buildings so that the camera
didn’t pick up shadows. The scene was before the trio go into the
Ministry, and shot at Great Scotland Yard. One of the crew told me that
there were 150 extras on set (all dressed in business wear in dull
colours (beige, dark pinks, creams, browns and blacks) who had been
told to “walk with purpose” in the background. They had a couple of
buses (number 11) that they kept passing through the shot, but what we
mainly saw was the trio walking down the street, and then the three
older actors portraying the members of the Ministry the trio change
into also walking down the street exactly where the trio had gone. We
also got the chance to see a quite funny bit, where Ron walks in front
of Mafalda Hopkirk, bends down to tie his shoelace, Harry pops out of a
hidden door on the side (in his trademark long creamish jacket, a dark
burgundy shirt and I think jeans) stuns Mafalda who then falls into his
arms and then Harry drags him inside. It felt like they did that scene
about ten times (much to the delight of amused onlookers). After a few
more shots of the extras, and in the pouring rain, they wrapped for the
day around 4.30, a couple of hours earlier than they’d planned.

Also TLC reader Tiny Dancer was at the scene and she sent along these wonderful photos including of Emma in costume and more of Rupert and Dan in the scene described above, plus she let us know the following:
“They had the fans on the sidewalk across where filming was taking place first and then they moved us to the sides of the road while they did some scenes with the extras looking like bustling commuters. At a certain point in the filming we could see a small
fire burning (apparition?). The actors later went to The Royal
Horseguards and some of us fans waited for each to leave separately from the Twenty One Two Rest & Bar.”
Thanks so much Rosi and Tiny Dancer!

41 Responses to Detailed Report of Location Filming for Ministry Entrance Scene in Deathly Hallows

Avatar ImageGraymayne says: You wouldn't see them in wizard robes because ministry workers weren't allowed to apparate any longer. They couldn't be seen on the streets of London wearing robes it would break the secrecy rule.Avatar ImageFresca says: The shots look pretty amazing. I liked the way Ron was dressed.Avatar Imagegryffindor1991 says: wow the part where Mafalda gets stunned sounds pretty funny. I can wait to see them have to enter the Ministry through the toilets. (because it looks like theyre going to keep that scene because you can see the gentlemen's toilets entrance.Avatar Imagehermyone08 says: love the report and the photos..thanks! :)Avatar ImageMary11_hplvr4l says: I so caught that Ron & Hermione are holding hands..hehe I'm glad they put that in there :)Avatar Imagecallicott3 says: Excellent...can't wait!Avatar ImageDanielBonnie28 says: COOOL!! first comment YAY!!Avatar ImageRavenclaw98 says: Awsome cant wait to see it!!Avatar ImageMatea says: hahaha..polyjuiced Trio looks funny :D and Ron and his shirts..always so Weasley :)Avatar ImageDiamondWings says: Nice! very funny picture!Avatar ImageDiamondWings says: Nice!Avatar Imagedecarus says: That was a great report. Thanks for going down there. Avatar Imagemonicahp2009 says: I'm looking forward to the finished product!Avatar Imageugurbocegi says: Very exciting! :-DAvatar ImagePollytomat says: Thank you for these photos! It's great that we can see the filming the same day when it took place! Internet changes the world))))Avatar Imagekiwimci says: Cool, don't think that was Emma in costume though, looked more like the woman playing Mafalda imo. And wow where was I when this casting news was released. Is that your Irish guy that's in The Departed? Cool! You know I'm actually kind of glad now the gap was between OOTP and HBP. I think it would have felt too long the way it was originally intended. Fine, I forgive you WBAvatar ImageWON_TWO says: Cool!Avatar ImagePrisoner Of Azkaban says: wow. Emma's boobs are erm... "developing well" in some of them shots : )Avatar Imagesimos says: All this news about DH film makes me so excited! I can't wait to see it !Avatar ImageSammeh says: Hoped to see them in Wizard Robes.. oh well ;)Avatar ImageHPNAIV says: @KiwiMcI: Lol. I know. I forgive WB too... =PAvatar ImageYodatheHobbit says: Classic wizard robes are kinda corny and unoriginal. Nothing to make them distinct from any other kind of fantasy movies. I prefer the one they ARE wearing during the takes which seem to be a mix of a trench coat/suit and robe.Avatar ImageAubNoelle says: Soo cool! To think that the Ministry scene, breaking into Gringott's scene (Hermione and Ron) and the Godric's Hollow scene will show them as different people and be portrayed by completely different actors is soooo interesting and funny. I am so excited for this film!Avatar ImageAubNoelle says: Soo cool! To think that the Ministry scene, breaking into Gringott's scene (Hermione and Ron) and the Godric's Hollow scene will show them as different people and be portrayed by completely different actors is soooo interesting and funny. I am so excited for this film!Avatar Imagebettb says: I can't help wondering how much of this we'll remember when the films actually come out... 2010 and 2011... it will be fun to fit the pieces together from the finished product on back. And, since they delayed HBP, we'll have three films in three years! Avatar ImageRinny says: i love the picture of the polyjuiced trio! they picked some awesome actors of it- that is sure to be an amusing scene!Avatar ImageKC Nox says: eeek! The ministry scenes! Those were some of my favorite! Avatar ImageHermione Elizabeth says: Awesome! :) Avatar ImageDolemite says: Nice photos.Avatar Imageele0206 says: The Elle Emma entry disappeared... ?????Avatar ImageWON_TWO says: Excellent...Avatar ImageLloyd says: Cool photos.Avatar Imageoldenoughtoknowbetter says: Cool shots... so lucky those who can be there! I am jealous!Avatar Imageplacebowiz says: Pretty coolAvatar ImageWeasleyBoy says: Are we going to see the real trio ? Because with all the polyjuice scenes they won't be that much in the movies ! lol I hope Yates and co tried to do somethng about that, because in the book it's great but on the screen it would be weird !Avatar ImageHagrid 713 says: Cool - Avatar Imagebengtson_98 says: Excellent photo! I am soooooooo excited!Avatar ImageHeavenly_Horcrux says: That's great!Avatar Imagecheeserpleaser says: Thanks to those who sent in the fabulous and thorough set reports! We greatly appreciate it. This scene already sounds as though it will shape up to be highly amusing.Avatar ImageMidnightSun321 says: sooooooooo excited 4 DH!!!!!!!!!! but the end of an era is cuming :(:(!Avatar ImageFresca says: Thanks for the report snd the photos!

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