Telegraph Magazine: Meet the Crew Behind Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince


Jul 05, 2009

Posted by SueTLC

The Telegraph Magazine has a new indepth feature on the creative team behind the upcoming Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. In a lovely rare feature, the newspaper features the men and women who create the gorgeous sets, amazing props and effects seen in all of the Harry Potter films over the years. UPDATE: The article is now online via this link, which has interviews with many of the creative team where we learn more on the making of various things like Aragog (weighs a ton, 18 ft legspan), props like the smoking cauldron (20 new ones in Half-Blood Prince, each does a different thing), even wigs (Dumbledore’s beard is made of 6 different pieces, over the edges they lay on 10 different hairs for authenticity). David Heyman also remarks on how emotional Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling was the first time she entered on set and saw Diagon Alley visualised before her eyes.

28 Responses to Telegraph Magazine: Meet the Crew Behind Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Avatar Imageele0206 says: WOWW....pretty interesting scans! FIRST!!Avatar Imagecheeserpleaser says: This sounds like a fantastic feature! I will have to definitely read it.Avatar Imageforgetmenot_007 says: Really...the crew members behind the screen are the life of our favourite Harry Potter movies. Cheers to them!Avatar Imageforgetmenot_007 says: Really...the crew members behind the screen are the life of our favourite Harry Potter movies. Cheers to them!Avatar ImageErinM says: Thanks to the crew for giving us these visuals for so many years!Avatar ImageDiamondWings says: cool!Avatar ImageLivelaughlovepotter says: Awesome scans!!! Avatar Imagegryffindor1991 says: the details are great. i love everything from the sets to the furnature in the Gryffindor common room.Avatar ImageWolfyWizard says: its so cool that they showed stuff like that, it was really greatAvatar ImageGraymayne says: Fascinating stuff! I think Michael Gambon needs to learn a little humility.Avatar ImageWON_TWO says: Very nice stuff...Avatar ImageHudMug1712 says: i love the fact that jo got so into it :DAvatar ImageHermione Elizabeth says: Really cool! :DAvatar ImageGiant Squid says: Thank you all behind HP!!!!!!!!!!!!!Avatar ImageWeasleyRavenclaw says: nice scans! so excited!!Avatar ImagegaylebathanHP says: 3rd... AWESOME SCANS!!Avatar ImageHarryRichardsPotter says: Blimey, i'm exhausted after reading all that. I was really noticing that the stars wanted themselves to look nice, because Hermione's hair got less and less bushier. Emma obviously demanded it to not be back combed and bushy, but just curly. The Michael Gambon thing made me laugh. "he's a very impatient man, i had to learn to apply the beard in 45 minutes, otherwise he got bored and fidgety" And what made me smile the most, was when J.K.Rowling entered the set of Diagon Alley for the first time and was all emotional because it was perfect to how she imagined. It's good that she stays so close to the books, and gives direction to the process. Cheers Leaky :)Avatar Imagemaimiaa says: so great. really awesome.Avatar Imagepottershrink says: I loved the anecdote about Emma Watson sighing and choosing the comfortable jeans over the sexy pair because it's what Hermione would do!Avatar Imagehermyone08 says: nice...i love hearing about things behind the scenes! :P)Avatar Imagedanaskeeter says: I think the crew is awesome. Everything looks so great in the HP movies. The details are great. I love the pitchers of pumpkin juice with hog-head lids.Avatar ImageAlice Weasley says: I'm glad these people are getting some recognition; they deserve it!Avatar Imagehallows 777 says: AARGH the mistakes in that article annoy me! JKR is not Scottish, she lives in Scotland, and Mike Newell directed GOF not David Yates.Avatar Imageiamminerva says: Terrific article! Those folks deserve all the accolades for the hard work they put into each film. I didn't know Stuart Craig had three Academy Awards. He should get a fourth for his work on this series someday; if not for HBP. then definitely for DH. He is a genius! I do take issue with one thing, though. Why on earth did they put such massive spoilers in this article? First, the photo of Dumbledore's office that clearly shows his sleeping portrait; then, outright stating that Dumbledore dies. There are people, some of them film critics, who have not read the books. It is, in my opinion, a mistake to put such a huge plot point in an article about a film that has not yet been released. Avatar Imagehermione97 says: The dragon and the phoenix were amazing on the picture!Avatar Imagebengtson_98 says: Very cool:DAvatar ImageGTHunter says: their job must be very demanding!!! BTW how many people do the sets?Avatar ImageKiralay says: The crew members' work is marvelous.

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