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Apparate! TLC Location Report, Photos from Day Two of London Filming for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

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Posted by: sue
April 22, 2009, 08:29 AM

As we noted below, day two of location filming for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows took place last night again in London, England. TLC staffer James attended the event (detailed report below!), and reported security was heavy for the second night of filming, but pointed out the highlight of the night was filming of the Trio Apparating at Piccadilly Circus area of London. Check out this adorable photo of the Trio holding hands for this scene. Update: As noted by James in the report below, the Trio almost get hit by a bus for the scene; you can see how they react to the "close call" here in this photo. Emma Watson then later enjoys a warming cup of coffee with producer David Heyman here. You can also see many more new Day 2 photos here in our galleries and at The Bad and Our vast collection of filming from Day One in London can be seen here.

Thanks go to our Order Partner who were able to obtain location filming photos as well, notably director David Yates at work on location, as well as some videos of filming over the past two days, such as this, via their YouTube channel. Thanks so much Claire, Steph and and all who emailed!

UPDATE: TLC staffer James has just sent us his eyewitness accounts of filming in London that went on until the very early hours of this morning. Thanks ever so much to James for the following:

For the second day of location shooting, the principal trio were once again all on set – even if only briefly, along with a cast of hundreds of extras (and what felt like even more security) 

They recorded several shots, firstly of the Trio, and their doubles, walking along the top of Shaftesbury Avenue off of Piccadilly Circus, just along from where they were last night, with the extras making up the general background of what London’s busiest thoroughfare is.  

Fans craned around the heads of the security as they saw what appeared to be the trio walking through the crowd – only for a collective but silent sigh as they get closer and everyone realises its only the doubles.  Five minutes later though, with the scene reset, and this time it’s the real deal, with Emma leading the trio through the street, looking (as one may expect for someone who has just heard that the Ministry has fallen) rather shaken. If this few seconds was anything to go by, this could be a good film for Emma to shine. 

After a few more takes of this sequence the crew moves onto the very corner of Piccadilly Circus, where the road is temporarily blocked, and the trio take to the center of the road, as a London double-decker bus drives straight at them, stopping in the nick of time. One can only assume that this is the actual Apparition sequence, and that instead of the Tottenham Court Road setting of the book the movie makers have made this into a much bigger sequence, setting it in the instantly recognisable Piccadilly Circus (which makes more sense anyway given that it’s the first place Hermione is supposed to think of and TCR always seemed a strange choice) 

At this point the principals get into a black cab and drive away, but the doubles stay to pick up shots for other angles of the bus sequence – one picture of which you can see in TLC’s galleries, with the trio facing the bus itself.  

Because of the IMMENSE levels of security surrounding the second day of shooting many fans stood behind the barriers couldn’t see much of what was going on, and so it can only be expected that the photographic evidence of the shoot last night will not be spectacular from anyone not using a giant zoom lens standing above the barricade (of which several paparazzi chose to do anyway) 

While we expected to see the actual café attack sequence filmed here tonight a crew member informed me that they were unable to get a license from the City Of Westminster for even controlled explosions – so are we to assume the “London café” will actually be a set at Leavesden, and all we will see of real London will be the sequences of them wondering through the streets towards and away from the café?  

So all in all, the second night of shooting seemed to pick up where the first left off – lots of walking up and down Shaftesbury avenue, just this time with the additional shots of the apparition sequence for fans to really sink their teeth into (either complaining that “That’s not what happens in the book!?!?” as I heard someone say, or “No…but it does sort of make more sense this way” as another said.) whatever your outlook, as has been mentioned above, the real star tonight was Emma Watson, who, despite only acting for all of 5seconds the whole night did honestly make you believe in those Five seconds that she was scared.

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379 Points

I can’t wait to see this movie! These kinds of updates make me more and more excited for these movies!

Posted by Wendy McCoury on April 22, 2009, 11:08 AM report to moderator
1046 Points

awesome! i love trio photos!

Posted by bec majec *roar* on April 22, 2009, 11:38 AM report to moderator
3846 Points

They are great pictures! I love Emma’s dress =)

Posted by AbiDumbledore on April 22, 2009, 11:44 AM report to moderator
1642 Points

lovlely words for Emma,James!
I want more.more!

Posted by Matea on April 22, 2009, 11:50 AM report to moderator
3048 Points

Thanks for sharing these dozens of new photos! I must commend and thank all of those who have gone out of their way to capture and gather all of this media, and thank you Leaky for aggregating it all for us!

Posted by Kirk on April 22, 2009, 11:54 AM report to moderator
12100 Points

My favorite character has always been Hermione and I looking forward to this movie because of all the great moments that she is going to have. She really takes control in this book and I hope they show that off in the movies.

Posted by lilhpchick20 on April 22, 2009, 12:28 PM report to moderator
28416 Points

They would almost certainly not have worked during the day, but of course you can’t just get your bodyclock tuned to working at night for just a couple of days, they had worked the night before and may have found it difficult trying to sleep during the day! They will presumably now have a complete day off before returning to normal daytime filming tomorrow. I thought Emma looked like she was feeling cold as well as tired, poor girl.

Posted by moglet [ITC!] on April 22, 2009, 12:32 PM report to moderator
433 Points

I’m kind of surprised that it takes 3 days of filming to shoot them walking up and down the street. It just goes to show how much prep and set up goes into every single shot. Too bad that they couldn’t film the actual cafe battle in London though.

Posted by mollywobble on April 22, 2009, 12:36 PM report to moderator
9765 Points

D’aww they look like they’re holding hands to cross the street. _ However, the combination of the camera angle, Emma in heels, the “dress robes”, and that really bad hairstyle, Dan looks VERY short…

Posted by maera-kyrie on April 22, 2009, 12:48 PM report to moderator
156 Points

Tottenam Court Road is a wonderful place to apparate, James. When I read that, I imagined JKR enjoying “We Will Rock You” in the Theatre there. She, like me, is QUEEN Generation and whenever I think of London, it s TCR first…

Posted by Giant Fairy on April 22, 2009, 12:56 PM report to moderator
170 Points

The one with the trio looks great! can’t wait.. theres a video on my msn today thing.. its them just walking but its really good! and you can see the bag! :L lol but my sister has just said “so it’s like 2 year in july until 2nd part comes out!” … :( ohhh well…

Posted by hannah abbot ;) on April 22, 2009, 01:01 PM report to moderator
154 Points

Dan is…short! But what a handsome, handsome trio. How great to get a sneak peek.

Posted by dcrazmo {ROAR} on April 22, 2009, 01:16 PM report to moderator
104 Points

Somebody asked:
“Yay! Those are really awesome pictures… I wonder though why they need a double?”

They’re called stand-ins and every movie shoot uses them. They stand in for the real actors while the crew sets up the lighting for the scene.

Posted by Fastbak on April 22, 2009, 01:30 PM report to moderator
208 Points

OMG… I <3 the 1 of them holding hands…!

Posted by Rita_Dumbledore94 on April 22, 2009, 02:12 PM report to moderator
5489 Points

the first picture is so cute! and the second one is hilarious. they look so scared!

Posted by avrenim [WBM!] on April 22, 2009, 02:15 PM report to moderator
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