Behind the Scenes Report from Shell Cottage Filming on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows


May 13, 2009

Posted by SueTLC

As we’ve been reporting location filming is ongoing for scenes involving Shell Cottage in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Yesterday, TLC reader Victoria went to the set, and was able to watch almost ten hours of the event on Freshwater Beach in Pembrokeshire, Wales. While there, Victoria was able to get some wonderful behind the scenes photos, including our first look at Domhnall Gleeson. As readers will recall, TLC first told you the son of actor Brendan Gleeson had been cast in the part of Bill Weasley. Victoria was also able to get new photos of Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood) who was recording an interview that will be used in the behind the scenes documentary that will be included on the Deathly Hallows DVD. Note in this photo, Evanna is reading from one of the Harry Potter novels.

While there are scores of high res photos online from the paparazzi such as our photos from yesterday, Victoria was able to take some nice photos of Emma, Rupert and Dan from a fan’s point of view, and we can see more of the crew and the platforms being used to film, as well as other behind the scenes activities. For example, yesterday we saw a moving photo of actor Dan Radcliffe as Harry, clutching a dying Dobby (Toby Jones) on the beach. Here in this photo, we can see the crew filming this scene, as well as the others gathered round to watch, such as Rupert Grint, Evanna Lynch, Dom, the stars doubles and other crew, all while the waves crash on the beach, for what will surely be a powerful and moving scene in the movie. Other photos include Rupert Grint, Dan Radcliffe and Emma Watson
preparing for Dobby’s funeral and then three (1, 2, 3) showing Hermione (Emma) actually
lowering the shrouded body down to the grave among the sand dunes.

Victoria also writes how kind the crew was through the long day, even letting the girls use the casts porta restroom. She writes one funny encounter: “I walked out of the casts private bathroom I had to walk over Griphook (Warwick Davis)
himself lol, he laughed and said ‘its ok im so short you can just walk
over me, it was so funny.” She also said that she heard after filming the cottage will be taken down and put in storage, and that possibly “they have apparently built another Shell Cottage in doors at Pembroke
Dock somewhere, just in case the weather was to bad for filming, but I do
not know where.”

As we know there are hordes of press covering this filming, in particular chasing after Emma Watson and Victoria writes of one special photo she took:

Emma was walking up the beath after filming with the other cast members
and walked past some drift wood. as she did, she stopped, took a few
steps back and removed her sunglasses to have a really good look at the
piece of wood on the shaw. It was such a peaceful moment, even though
the paps really spoilt it, by running up the beach to get pics, the
poor girl was never left aloue, they were so brutal but this has to be
one of my favorites, bless her, she’s really lovey and so beautiful…..”

Be sure to check out over 70 photos she sent, including many more of Rupert Grint, Dan Radcliffe, even Warwick Davis, here in our image galleries. Thanks ever so much to Victoria!

87 Responses to Behind the Scenes Report from Shell Cottage Filming on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Avatar Imageloony_slytherin says: Great photos! Ahh soo coool!Avatar ImageAugury Feather says: Amazing photos. So excited!Avatar ImageVerity Weasley says: It all sounds amazing. How fantastic to actually be there!Avatar Imagecallicott3 says: CoolAvatar Imagecrom says: Looking great.Avatar ImageSwansurf2099 says: Yay for the Evanna pics :D And Domhnall Gleeson too :PAvatar Imagevictoria_price says: OMG, when you put it that way, I guess I will never forget it EVER. I stepped over Professor Flitwick, how amazing is that. Avatar Imagedont_call_me_NYMPHADORA says: wish they would come and film in australia Avatar ImageShane says: Super cool pics! Love Evanna pics. :-)Avatar ImageHPNAIV says: Awesome! I can't wait for more stuff =)Avatar Imagegoodenough says: Great photos! Thanks so much :) I wish Bill would have a ponytail, thought! Evanna looks fab, I love her Luna dessing style.Avatar Imageredfan4ever says: i love seeing new photos from filming on the beachAvatar ImageiLoveDolores says: squee for sue and victoria =D thanks for all the updates leaky!!!Avatar ImageJustSuperMione says: Ron wears plaid!!! Be still my beating heart!!! Loves these pictures but they make me wonder... And I have 2 questions? Where's Dean Thomas? And after the whole Malfoy manor thing... HOW CAN SHE WALK? She was just in Bella's clutches???Avatar ImageGinevraMollyLily says: oh my.... so looking forward to the movies!!! great photos, making me want to see more of themAvatar ImageLuce_depp says: Bill looks a little strange...but hopefully thats just the blurriness...considering he's supposed to be very attractive... he looks alot like rupert tho :DAvatar Imagekbicprez says: Great pix. THANX Victoria!Avatar Imageccking says: oooh these look great! I love emma's outfit :pAvatar ImageSnapesSilverDoe says: Good work Victoria!Avatar Imagenoe_lover_42 says: Great Photos!! Slytherin FTC!Avatar ImagePrisoner Of Azkaban says: Great photos. Is it me or shouldn't Bill have many scars on his face? Maybe we can't see them as it's blurry? Thanks to VictoriaAvatar ImageHagrid 713 says: Great work Victoria and TLCAvatar ImageKanedaX says: Wow, Molly's right: Bill DOES need a haircut!Avatar ImageHogsmeade says: SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE OMG! I see an arm around Hermione....When they find Dobby....Oh bring on the Ron/Hermione love...I just cant wait for all these scenes!!!! So true to the books....thanks!!! :)Avatar ImageMatea says: this is awesome! thanks!Avatar Imagetourdefrance says: this is looking like a really brilliant choice of location to film on :)Avatar ImageR-for-H says: WOW!! GReat!!Avatar ImageTeambaylagoon says: Rupert rockin' the shadow... I love it!Avatar ImageProfessor Cassandra says: Awesome pics! Can't wait for this movie!Avatar Imagebudgie says: Wonderful photos! I remember Bill was supposed to have his attractiveness marred by Greyback's attack in Half Blood Prince.Avatar ImageMach1982 says: Pics are great, only bad thing is that have wait over a year to see the the scenes depending on where they cut it .Avatar ImageWand_less says: Great pics! Thanks for the shots, I thought it was a bit funny that Emma was carrying Dobby since she had just been tortured. Still can't wait to see it.Avatar ImageTeambaylagoon says: Never noticed Emma was so Freckle-yAvatar ImageTeambaylagoon says: NTTAWWTAvatar Imagesnunkiebrian says: OH VERY EXCITING...Avatar ImageRachael says: I wish the paparazzi would all get new jobs! Poor Emma.Avatar ImageOldMrToad says: Excellent stuff.. ThanksAvatar Imagejojojojo says: They look fab Victoria! I wish I had gone down there today now!! It's a shame about the paparazzi, they were really horrible on Monday too. You planning on going down tomorrow at all? I'm hoping to in the afternoon. JoAvatar Imagecheeserpleaser says: Thank you, Victoria, for sending in all of these fantastic images! We appreciate it immensely.Avatar Imagemaera-kyrie says: Love that Weasley red hair. :DAvatar ImagegaylebathanHP says: bill doesnt look that cute.. :( i was expecting him to be really cute hahaha im excited!! :DAvatar Imageomgitslouise says: Wow, awesome! I so want to know what Evanna's reading out of the book! :]Avatar Imageshellybasson says: Can't wait to see Domhnall as Bill. But where is Fleur?Avatar ImageWendelin the Weird says: Great photos! Yay for Bill and Luna. I miss Dean though... Avatar ImageHorcruxalej says: Cool!!! i wonder how much of the Wedding they will show Avatar ImageFleur-de- Lily says: Amazing photos.Avatar Imagevicky granger says: Great pics ! =DAvatar ImageWulfricBrian says: Fantastic pictures - you can really follow the day progressing, and feel the emotions. I gulped to see the crew member holding a very realistic 'Dobby's body' - yet the sculpted one that Emma is carrying is very funny. The Shell Cottage design is really appropriate and beautiful. Has anyone commented on the porch, the shape of which for me conjures up two-thirds of the Deathly Hallows symbol: cloak and wand? No idea if that is intentional, but it was spookily right to me.Avatar ImageeiVega says: Wow this is so awesome. We're getting so much info for these last films! I never imagined! Avatar Imagemcleod27 says: Great photos Victoria! Thanks. Looks like a great location. And stepping over Warwick Davis as Griphook! Cool!Avatar Imageiconshero says: awesome photos!Avatar ImageCool Grandma2 says: Nice photos. Bill seems to fit in with the Weasleys. Somehow this scene is not how I pictured it would be. I don't remember Hermione being there. I thought she was recovering from her ordeal with Bellatrix. Oh well, at least they are showing it.Avatar ImageDolemite says: Hmm some hypocrisy in the that write up complaining about paparazziAvatar ImageAriel says: wonderful pics.It all sounds amazingAvatar ImageGriffie says: I love the photos! AH SHELL COTTAGE! ;( Bill Weasley is funky looking, I think. However I will withold judment until I see him in movie video.Avatar ImageYodatheHobbit says: Sorry, to contradict you Victoria, but in a high res photo it's clear that Emma was not looking at that piece of driftwood, but sadly a dead seagull or pelican on the ground.Avatar ImageArthur22 says: It is some very interesting photos, it will all make sence when the movie comes outAvatar Imagenibbler says: Dobby's funeral scene's gonna be so sad :( too bad he wasn't more in other movies, specially HBP with Kreacher :(Avatar Imagesnunkiebrian says: Wish i could get there... Avatar Imagevictoria_price says: Thank you so much for all your amazing comments, I did not see the dead seagull behind the drift wood but bless her for noticing, We were not aloud to walk on the sand because of foot prints, but I was just so pleased to be sat there to watch, it was amazing. I do feel so sorry for her though, she must be so sick of all the paps running after her. Anyway, no, sadly I am un able to go again, but I am not complaining because I really enjoyed the day myself and my sister had. We were treated so well by the crew that I really wouldnt want to push my luck lol. Take a look at the pictures my sister send in taken by her PANACHE IMAGERY, she is a huge fan of Harry Potter and has aloud TLC to publish these pictures for the fans. I love you Dee Dee, your the best Big sis ever xxxxxAvatar ImageWingardium Leviosa says: Bill looks a little... different. I think it's cool that Evanna is reading Harry Potter there, she's a true fan! :-)Avatar Imagecghambright says: Bill looks GREAT!! He fits into the Weasley family perfectly!!! He even has the SCARS!! He's not as good-looking as Bill is described in the book, but he's still cute!!! GREAT CASTING!!! I wonder why the papparazi is messing with Emma so much?Avatar Imageselene21 says: great pics!!!Avatar Imageselene21 says: great pics!!!Avatar ImageKC Nox says: Victoria you're my hero! I really liked the bit about warwick davis as well!!Avatar Imagekbicprez says: The paparazzi really do stalk Emma. It's a shame. But she handles herself very well. I've got a lot of respect for Emma. She's a very brainy girl!Avatar Imagefan.numero1 says: nice. Avatar Imagehermyone08 says: hooray more photos...!!! :)Avatar Imagebrentbrehony says: Great!!!Avatar Imagepotions_mistress67 says: Lots of cool photos!Avatar Imagebadger666 says: Awesome pictures! And it's good to finally see Bill. Where's Fleur, though? Avatar ImageKara000 says: SqueeeAvatar ImageScottMan says: Wow, Domhnall Gleeson as Bill...I've been withholding judgement, sure that he wouldn't have much in the movie, that Shell Cottage would be changed, no Fleur and Bill...but there he is. DANG this is really happening, wooot!Avatar Imagered_7849 says: By God, I've never seen photos as good as these ones. There probably must be a lot of wind at that place. But Superb, they seem to be enjoying a lot !!Avatar ImageCatherine says: awesome!Avatar ImageCatherine says: awesome!Avatar Imagebecmajec says: Thanks victoriaAvatar ImageLoveforLuna says: I can't believe that the crew let them use the cast bathrooms and everything! Think about how close they were. That is amazing.Avatar ImageMidnightSun321 says: cool!!Avatar ImageMidnightSun321 says: leaky, u always hav soooo many links!! how am i meant to not be tempted 2 click them???!!!!Avatar ImageTschudiff says: Really great photos.Avatar Imagesupergirlinfrance says: RON ! So hot !Avatar Imagex_Potter_Lover_Forever_x says: Some really cool pics. Shame about the paps. You were soooo lucky to be there Victoria. Thanks for the report and the pics :) Avatar Imagelilhpchick20 says: Gotta love the papparazzi. I love how they are going to have the waves crashing in the background of Dobby dying. I hope that scene is as powerful as it was in the book.Avatar Imageavrenim says: great photos!Avatar Imageblue_dreamer says: oooh I am soo jealous :) I'm currently at Bangor Uni in Wales and could have got a bus there (well if knew exactly where it was) except I'm stuck inside revising :( Can't wait to see how it looks on film, the weather this week has been horrendous - gale force winds all week and short sharp showers... Man I love this country. So proud to call it home.... :)Avatar Imagelevi-OH-sa not levio-SA says: very cool! i'm not sure how i feel about that denim shirt Dan is wearing lol!

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