Entertainment Weekly Summer Movie Preview: News on Aragog, Interview with Steve Kloves, More


Apr 17, 2009

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The new issue of Entertainment Weekly magazine contains their Summer Movie Previews, with a mention of the upcoming Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Of note seems to be confirmation from actor Jim Broadbent that his character of Slughorn will be dealing with the giant Spider Aragog. Also new are rare comments from HBP screenwriter Steve Kloves. Teaser Quotage from EW as follows:

face=”Arial” The wait is over. Warner Bros.’ adaptation of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
finally hits theaters July 15. “You
know the headline on this one, of course’
says Robbie Coltrane (Hagrid) of the
franchise’s sixth installment. SPOILER ALERT! “It’s the one where Dumbledore [Michael Gambon] pops his
(If you’re not hip to Coltrane’s lingo,
well ¦mystery preserved). It’s also the one where we learn
Voldemort’s origin story”although there’s much less of it in
the movie than in the book. Screenwriter Steve Kloves says he chose “a few key memories instead of attempting to
include all of them.”
also emphasizes Harry’s relationship with Professor
Slughorn (Jim Broadbent), the
Potions teacher who holds a secret to Voldemort’s past, plus teen-romance
intrigue involving Harry (Daniel Radcliffe)
and Ginny (Bonnie Wright), as well
as Ron (Rupert Grint), Hermione (Emma Watson), and newcomer Lavender Brown (Jessie Cave). “The last film was quite intense with all that battle stuff’
says Grint. “This one is a
lot lighter and much funnier.”
Not that the film lacks thrills.
“I worked with a giant spider’
says Broadbent. “Bloody

The magazine is also reviving their set visit article, (lost in the shuffle last year with the announcement of the delay of HBP) which includes interviews with cast members including Dan Radcliffe, Rupert
Grint, Emma Watson as well as director David Yates. Among the many new
details are stories of filming scenes with Hermione’s heartache over
Ron and Lavender (Even after ”Cut!” Watson continues to tear up, and
Radcliffe offers
comfort with a lingering side hug and whispered praise. ”Bloody
f—ing brilliant, Emma. Just top-notch.”), info on the number of
memories included in the movie (”We see Voldemort as a little boy, and
then on two occasions we see
him as a student. By doing that, we honor the spirit of what Jo
[Rowling] had done but avoid getting stuck in narrative cul-de-sacs.”
Yates), and thoughts on the art of romance from Dan Radcliffe (”I
never had any idea how to talk to girls until a year or so ago,”
says the 19-year-old actor during a break from shooting last April. ”I
still come out with trivial crap when I’m flirting, but I like to think
I’m doing it in a faintly endearing way.”)From the article itself, Mr. Kloves is cited as saying the following:

Will moviegoers still be wild about Harry? ”I’m not going to lie to
you,” says Oscar-nominated screenwriter Steve Kloves, returning to his
role as official franchise scribe after taking the fifth film, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,
off. ”I do have some concern that because the books are over, the
anticipation for the movies won’t be the same.” Yes, the films have
surged in popularity since Alfonso Cuarón‘s Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
set them on an edgier course. And yes, there are those who follow the
saga only through the movies ” which is why we’ll refrain from
discussing Prince‘s monumental 90-hanky death. Yet even within
the top ranks of a moviemaking operation as bloody well run as Harry
Potter, there is, well, mild freaking out. Kloves allows himself an
improbable thought, then laughs. ”It would be a complete car crash if
no one showed up.”

He also speaks to the issue which we first reported several years ago involving the announcement from J.K. Rowling here in New York that she always thought of Professor Dumbledore as a gay character. Quotage from Mr. Kloves:

In Kloves’ first draft of the screenplay, he had written a line (not in
the book) in which Dumbledore fondly recalls a Muggle girl from his
youth. He was quickly, quietly corrected. ”I was walking through
Leavesden with Jo on our way to the first reading,” Kloves remembers.
”As we entered the Great Hall, she leaned toward me and whispered, ‘I
saw the line you gave Dumbledore, but the thing is this: Dumbledore is gay.”’
After Rowling revealed the wizard’s sexuality to the rest of the
filmmaking team ” and before she made international headlines last fall
by sharing this news publicly ” Yates decided to strike the line. ”I
just felt the scene worked without it,” he says. ”I think the fact
that Dumbledore is gay is wonderful. It feels very authentic to the

86 Responses to Entertainment Weekly Summer Movie Preview: News on Aragog, Interview with Steve Kloves, More

Avatar Imagekismatt says: July cannot get here soon enough.Avatar Imageginnyrose says: pops his claws lol its clogs bless Avatar Imagelunalovespudding says: Oh, I totally agree. There's just no anticipation for this film. And also, what is it with the British and the word 'bloody'? It's mentioned twice above and I just heard my mum say it. Avatar Imagesessionka says: I'm going to ask a stupid question... Is "Pops his claws" a UK euphemism for "dies"?Avatar ImageHarryRichardsPotter says: i'm still not on board with the whole gay thing, and the fact that it's hardly in the book, like ever, is better. I couldn't imagine what i would do if Steve Kloves starting giving Gambon lines like "eh-eh sailor! ;)" although that would be funny :)Avatar Imagebudgie says: The gay thing doesn't seem particularly stated, but it does explain why he is such a geltleman and still single.Avatar Imagejain says: it's 'pops his clogs' and yes it means he dies. Isn't this the same interview as last years? The one before they moved the release date?Avatar Imagemhaeyemhaeye says: All this news heightens the anticipation even more. :DAvatar Imagemhaeyemhaeye says: And oooh... So Aragog is present huh... Interesting...Avatar Imagejain says: there nothing wrong with us Brits and the word Bloody, a perfectly good swear word. As for no anticipation! I'm bloody counting the days, i've bloody booked my holidays around this film...i can't bloody well wait!! ;-)Avatar ImageWingardium says: WOW the news just keeps coming today! I always thought the expression was Pop his clogs. Oh well, shows what I know :) Can't wait! I love that Emma was so into it she was still upset after cut. They're all really improving on each movie. Avatar ImageKatetheKeeper says: This is cool!Avatar Imageblackhair says: well i wonder they would include the scene where harry is naked after the AK spell and then realizes that he was not dead and apparently at a place as bid as great hall but realizes he is nakedAvatar Imagebudgie says: If I remember, he finds robes to put on soon after he realizes that.Avatar Imageblackhair says: u r right but wat i was actually asking is whether they r gonna film that as far as the audience r cornerned they won't accept that scene where is was naked i know he immediately hoped he was not naked and had robes then he would that there were robes nearby so he immediately put them on and wondered whether he is in Room of RequirementAvatar Imagex_Potter_Lover_Forever_x says: This looks really cool. (And bloody is just a very mild English swear word for those who were wondering!!) And the expression is "Popped your clogs!" not "claws!" And yes it means to die/dying/dead!! 8~D xAvatar Imageomgitslouise says: I'm sort of worried about there only a few memories. I hope the ones they've kept have been done really well. :]Avatar Imagebudgie says: They could do it like the bath scene in Goblet of Fire, where they just show him from the waist up, or from the back if he has to stand up.Avatar Image.full.blood.prince. says: I so can't wait for this movie. I'm more excited for this movie than I was for any of the others. With an exception of Sorcerer's Stone. I really love Robbie's lingo. "Pops his clogs." Hilarious. I also love the fact that they're bringing back Aragog, for his death, no doubt. Although I do worry... He was GINORMOUS in the second film. Will they attempt to recreate that Aragog, or will they make him smaller? Hrm... I really hope that Half-Blood Prince is as good as the latest trailer makes it seem. I really hope they don't screw it up.Avatar ImageFonty says: Hasn´t this article been published last year already??Avatar Imageblackhair says: yupe u r correctAvatar ImageNoble Birth Descending says: Finally, a decent reason to check the mail box! HP is the main reason I subscribe to EW. That and it was a good use for Coke Rewards points...Avatar Imagestevenk12468 says: Quit torturing us with new trailers and interviews. Just give us the Movie already! :PAvatar Imagedcrazmo says: The online article says that it was posted in August of '08. Is there a new article I'm not finding?Avatar ImageAbiDumbledore says: I am buying this! =D I love the Emma/Dan quote very funny! I can't actually imagine Dan swearing though! With Aragog in it i will be on the same lines as ron is saying death can only improve him! He really freaked me out in CoS!Avatar ImageScottMan says: ARAGOG ARAGOG oh dangit Aragog!!! I was sure that would be written around, but no, we're going to get Aragog! I have hope for this movie yet! Avatar ImageNatalie says: Nice Article but...old!Avatar ImageJustSuperMione says: I agree - Huly can't be soon enough - I love that Emma got herself SSOOOO worked up that her unoffical movie boyfriend cheated on her with a Barbie wannabe that Dan had to comfort her... I mean if you think about it movie wise Rups and her have been going steady all along so his Lav thing must have been a bit jarring - I ADORE THIS!!!!! And squeel the whole spider thing - I'm just hoping that Ron gets to comment on it!!!Avatar ImageBewareoftheNargles says: Hahaha, loads of news today! I really cannot wait! And ... pops his clogs...LOL. Avatar Imagehericus says: Um don't you mean 'pops his clogs'? not claws... lol! and yeah it basicaly means dies. Avatar Imagemaimiaa says: yess i love EW's coverage on HP :DAvatar ImageHeavenly_Horcrux says: Wow! I'm really happy Aragog is in this movie!Avatar Imagephoenixes are in ravenclaw says: This was long! I liked it though!Avatar Imagecheeserpleaser says: I am afraid that I am inclined to disagree with him when he implies that the general public is lacking in the department of anticipation for this film; if anything, it has expanded and grown into something incomprehensible of which we could have only dreamed a few years ago. The extended wait, if anything, has not harmed the excitement but only exacerbated it for them. As disappointed as I am to hear that they have reduced the number of memories, I hope they are as effective as the ones in the book in presenting us Voldemort's complicated personality and psychology.Avatar ImageMatea says: daniel is so sweet.and I love the way he always encourages Emma. no fans?please...HBP is going to be the biggest film of the year. and of course, books are finished.but books 6 & 7 are the most favourite to all.so,this one will be a BOMB.and you can only imagine what will happen with DH 1 and 2. *shivers*Avatar ImageEmilyDeibert says: What are they talking about, no anticipation? I'm been counting down the days since they set the original release date! It's all I ever think about! I can't wait! Good that Aragog's in it. That part wouldn't work as well without him.Avatar ImageLemonFaerie says: I love all the news coming out, it really is getting closer finally! The only problem I have (always) had with Kloves is that he treats each book/screenplay as an entirely singular entity instead of looking at the works as a whole, which is why he cuts things willy nilly without thought to what impact those decisions have on later films. And adds extraneous items that we don't need. Still, my hopes are high for this film. I think he must have been being facetious about the no one coming remark. Seriously.Avatar ImageKanedaX says: Dang, I was taking "pops his claws" the other way, like he's going to go badass. You know, like Wolverine popping his claws.Avatar Imageslwarren says: So sweet of Dan to be so encouraging with Emma. Not that it's a surprise, of course, but still lovely to see.Avatar ImageZivlok says: "Pops his claws" makes it sound like Dumbledore is a cat. A gay android cat. Also, just to quickly say my piece about Dumbledore being gay - I like that fact because it makes his life all the more tragic. It wasn't just his friend that became Hitler, but his love. DAMN.Avatar ImageZivlok says: "Pops his claws" makes it sound like Dumbledore is a cat. A gay android cat. Also, just to quickly say my piece about Dumbledore being gay - I like that fact because it makes his life all the more tragic. It wasn't just his friend that became Hitler, but his love. DAMN.Avatar ImageEnricoDc says: I wish they emphasized about the GAUNT family too, because it shown in the book that Voldemort's grandfather got one of the Horcrux. And what about the House-elves?... It's because of the House-Elves, So Hermione Kiss Ron during the Battle of Hogwarts in the near end of the story.Avatar Imagecallicott3 says: It's nice to see I'm not the only one who "gets teary and can't quite stop" You can't turn such strong emotions on and off....even using Lumos and Nox! Sign of a good actor!Avatar ImageRhiannon7 says: I am holding the issue of EW in my hand. The little blub on HBP is great, but the cover pic of Hugh Jackman as Wolverine is awe inspiring. Avatar Imagecghambright says: YAY!! I got this issue in the mail today!!! :DAvatar Imagesiriuslysirius11 says: That's cool! July is still way too long.Avatar Imageskjorhuni says: Dam. It's looks brilliant! Iam so going to watch that C'mon July!!!! D:Avatar Imagekira902k says: hmm, Although I am pissed that they are cutting some memories, i guess i understand. i dont like his statement of how it is a lot lighter and funnier than the last one. funny is nice, but the movie should be a hell of a lot darker. the previews look amazing though, so maybe they will FINALLY not destroy the HP books. for once. :)Avatar Imagefantasylover12001 says: They will still have an audience because Harry Potter fans still get excited about the series even if it's over. However, if they keep pushing back release dates for no damn reason, then they might lose a few movie-goers due to annoyance.Avatar Imagefantasylover12001 says: They will still have an audience because Harry Potter fans still get excited about the series even if it's over. However, if they keep pushing back release dates for no damn reason, then they might lose a few movie-goers due to annoyance.Avatar Imageameema says: eep! aragog! It seems like this movie is going to have most of the good stuff! july 15th will never come soon enoughAvatar Imagemish149 says: They bring back Aragog but not Dobby! I mean Aragog is pretty important... But I Love Dobby!Avatar Imagestevenk12468 says: Awesome...Avatar Imagebadger666 says: Okay, not much we didn't already know, but still cool.Avatar Imagedarwinspellcaster.05 says: that was so cool!!!Avatar ImageAccioSarah says: The fact Dumbledore is gay gives me even more respect for him! <3 Albus Pericval Wulfic Brian Dumbledore!!Avatar ImageSophie Treklemmer says: Awesome =DAvatar ImageAgrippa1 says: So we get Aragog, too! They've packed all the important stuff into HBP - I can't wait until July! (And Harry isn't naked until DH - we'll have to wait to see if they decide to film it that way - after all, Dan doesn't mind nudity if it serves the story - we saw that in Equus - but do they want the ratings issue?)Avatar ImageJohn-Robert says: aragog? to be honest, i dont want him back. :].Avatar ImageNot Slytherin says: I think this movie will be popular BECAUSE there aren't any more books coming out! We Potter fans need something to look forward to, and movies are all we've got right now. Haaaaaaaaarrrrrrrry!!!!!Avatar ImageLuce_depp says: Whoah, i really thought aragog would be the first to go! I;m v happy... Still living in fear that they'll butcher harry and ginny tho :(Avatar ImageJersey says: Will moviegoers still be wild about Harry? ''I'm not going to lie to you,'' says Oscar-nominated screenwriter Steve Kloves, returning to his role as official franchise scribe after taking the fifth film, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, off. ''I do have some concern that because the books are over, the anticipation for the movies won't be the same.'' If moviegoers lack any anticipation it will only be because they take more liberty with the material every movie. Thats not to say I won't see the movies. I just don't understand how they can leave things out while inserting completely fictitious scenes (as in while they might have ben narrated in the book you don't actually see them happen).Avatar ImagemOOn-stArs-sUn says: I really wish this film was premiering tomorrow. I'm getting edgy from waiting so long!Avatar Imageginnywp says: omg everything about the movie just makes me more and more excited!!!Avatar ImageDobbyandWinky says: YAy Aragog is in the movie!!! Avatar ImageChaseT says: i can't wait! Avatar ImageWendelin the Weird says: I thought Aragog would be cut! So this is good news, Yay! Can't wait!! Avatar ImageNargleCatcher says: 'pops his claws' HAHAHHAA!!Avatar Imagesplinch says: There is a slight reference to Dumbledore being gay if you remember the interview like, a year ago with dan, he said that in the scene at slughorns house when they first meet him, he goes to the bathroom while harry attempts to talk him into teaching, dumbledore comes out and remarks on the knitting patterns magazine "i do so love knitting patterns" its in the book,its really the only reference to it ever besides his "fondness" for grindlewald. Avatar Imagehermyone08 says: I got my copy of Entertainment Weekly in the mail yesterday! I love it that Entertainment Weekly are HP supporters! :)Avatar Imagemaera-kyrie says: Pops his claws haha.Avatar ImageHudMug1712 says: me and work colleogues were talking about the dumbledore gay thing today when she said it when it first surfaced she didnt mean that he was an openly gay man or like a diva, but that the feelings he had for gellert grindelwald were far more than just good friendship. but after that trust between them was lost he never felt close to anyone again. he didnt go around the 7th year boys and go "would do him would do him...who hasnt donw him" etc people read far too much into it and she just meant it as a light hearted way of explaining why albus had never got married, but i agree that there should be no reference in the films because it is only a tiny piece of fan knowledge really.Avatar ImageDeliaDee says: Every time someone connected to the film talks about how great it is that OotP was so dark and HBP is so light and funny (as Rupert did in that article), I fear for the film. HBP is NOT a light, funny story. It has its moments, absolutely, but , let's face it, it's heavy stuff. I think I'm going to need to indulge in some butterbeer before I see the movie in order to lessen my wariness.Avatar ImageDeliaDee says: Why does everyone see to think that Dumbledore's statement about his fondness for knitting patterns is a reference to his homosexuality? Stereotyping much? You do realize that is a form of bigotry, don't you? Pull yourselves together. Why is everyone still going on about this? So what if Dumbledore was gay. He never came on to a student so leave him be and get over it. Avatar Imagekamidee says: haha everytime I see 'Steve Kloves' mentioned I laugh expecting him to finally admit he's a H/Hr shipper lol Avatar Imagephoenixes are in ravenclaw says: "The anticipation won't be the same!" Yeah, right. I think this movie has the highest anticipation level besides movie one with the romance everything else with the date being moved back nine months! That may add SOME anticipation!Avatar ImageRosalie says: Aragog's funeral should be amusing, if Harry's going to be on FF.Avatar Imageane_drew says: Ooooo! Didn't think they would included Aragog. I had the impression that, that's something they would've cut. While Aragog was instrumental in helping Harry get the memory, I think there are other ways they could have treated the scene. I'm not complaining though. So yey for sticking to canon! :DAvatar Imagemugglemom4 says: There is a lot of new stuff here that I missed. Great article!Avatar Imagemugglemom4 says: Oh and I am glad we get to see Aragog again. Avatar Imagelisajean65 says: Glad they're keeping Aragog in. Sounds kind of rediculous that anyone would be worried about attendance or interest for these last movies. Unless I am the only one who can't wait to see them.Avatar Imageavrenim says: oh i think there is tons of anticipation for this film!Avatar ImageBeAchL0veEr05 says: “The last film was quite intense with all that battle stuff,” says Grint. “This one is a lot lighter and much funnier.” ^^wait, I didn't think OotP was that intense, and besides I like intense films! I hope HBP isn't just a big joke!Avatar ImageHGROSS44 says: There is no hurry for July everyone should be just as calm as i am. SOME ONE FIND THE TIMETURNER TO GET IT HERE NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Avatar ImageNoella_Mansrot says: Talk talk talk....right, okay. WE WANT THE MOVIE

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