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Location Filming Underway in Swinley Forest for Snatcher Scene in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

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Posted by: sue
June 25, 2009, 09:20 PM

A new report and new photos are online tonight for location filming in Swinley Forest area of the UK for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. As noted via this report from a rather excited fan, Rupert Grint (Ron) and Emma Watson (Hermione) were among those filming the Snatcher scene, as the report says:

The scenes being shot here will be featured in both parts 1 & 2 of The Deathly Hallows. Night scenes and day action were shot by both film units; these include the capture of Harry, Ron and Hermione by the Snatchers (who then deliver them to Malfoy Manor), several scenes involving the Death Eaters and a scene in which Ron chases a rabbit through the forest!...Regulars on location were Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson and in addition there were around 20 Death Eaters, including the very scary Fenrir Greyback!! Plus the Snatchers, (two of which are played by Chase Armitage and Adam Brashaw) whom are well known already in the UK as ‘urban acrobatics’ (or experts in ‘free running’), and also trained in various forms of Martial Arts....From one of my own contacts, I'm told the footage and scenes these guys filmed with the trio in the forest are out of this world and use very few effects if any!  We’re awaiting confirmation if ‘Hagrid’ or Robbie Coltrane filmed a scene but definately there was a screen double, possibly ex-England Rugby star Martin Bayfield (as featured in previous films) shooting one or more of the scenes.

UPDATE: There is an earlier and unconfirmed report from the site regarding more location filming for Deathly Hallows, which TLC believes to be fairly accurate. SPOILER CAUTION

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Filming was well underway in Swinley Forest, Berkshire with scenes of up to 20 deatheaters hunting the gang through the various forest locations, sending curses flying everywhere.Using five specially prepared areas, Harry, Ron and Hermione were running through the trees at full speed in their attempt to get away once again following their escape from the trap at Luna's house, set by Xenophilius. The forest doesn't contain a natural lake but we think it might be added later by the FX department. An impressive set was dressed with SFX 'snow' to be used in the Winter scenes while other sets were left natural.


For those of you who wanted exact details of the BURNHAM BEECHES location shoot (seen it reported as Burnley Beeches on a few sites) and the 'Forest of Dean' set we can give you some details.
Mainly 'tent' scenes, being filmed were 139 & 145 with the trio in their tent during Winter, they are discussing Dumbledore and Grindlewald, Harry realises his wand is broken while Ron is busy explaining how he found them. Scenes 140 and part 141 Harry sees the Silver Doe Patronus and follows.
Scenes 89, 91, 98, 100 featuring Summer scenes and Ron constantly scanning his radio for updates! They hear news of Snape while Harry checks the Marauders Map. The trio hear a funny ticking noise and seek to find out what it is.....

Other location filming may include: Harry and Bathilda's fight! some great Grimmauld place action, an extensive Scotland shoot coming up this Summer + location reports from a secret Hertfordshire location, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and last but not least a major London scene to be shot VERY soon which we'll let you know of.

Thanks to HP4U!

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145 Points

“The scenes being shot here will be featured in both parts 1 & 2 of The Deathly Hallows.”

If so, that would seem to further pinpoint where the split will be.

Posted by zoltan42 on June 25, 2009, 09:30 PM report to moderator
354 Points

Oh wow! That’s a huge clue as to where the split will be, isn’t it?

Posted by Hermionegirl on June 25, 2009, 09:30 PM report to moderator
1661 Points

Wow this is EXCITING!! They’re clearly filming a huge action sequence! I’m assuming Emma has so many body doubles because they’re no doubt going to enhance the part of the snatcher scene in which Greyback takes a liking to her and apparently there’s a chase sequence too. I wonder if Dan’s face is so beat up because of the hex Hermione puts on him?? But I can’t wait to see this in the movie.

The part about Ron chasing a rabbit is freakin’ hilarious!! :D

Posted by cghambright on June 25, 2009, 09:31 PM report to moderator
1040 Points

OMG OMG OMG soooooo cool!!!! Cannot wait for this film, the torture is going to be so much worse even than waiting for the change on HBP!

Posted by Headmistress LemonFaerie on June 25, 2009, 09:35 PM report to moderator
398 Points

Question about the photos: Where’s Dan?

Posted by TheSortingHat[ROAR] on June 25, 2009, 09:47 PM report to moderator
404 Points

Um…Why is Ron chasing a rabbit? Did I miss something from the book?

Posted by VeganMudblood on June 25, 2009, 09:55 PM report to moderator
320 Points

Can’t wait for the film to come out…years and years from now it seems.

And way, way off topic; my thoughts are with Michael Jackson’s and Farrah Fawcett’s families this evening. Rest in Peace.

Posted by jeannemclROAR on June 25, 2009, 10:22 PM report to moderator
3048 Points

It is interesting to hear that they are filming scenes for both the first and second Deathly Hallows here! This leads us closer to concluding the exact moment in the story where the first film will finish and the second will begin. That said, these set reports are very informative and fascinating! I wish I were present as they filmed. :(

Posted by Kirk on June 25, 2009, 10:27 PM report to moderator
80450 Points

Interesting, very interesting…

Posted by Won_Two on June 25, 2009, 10:34 PM report to moderator
186 Points

Very interesting to see this kind of news so early in the game. I guess because of the HBP delay, it caused the release to come at a time where they are actively filming the following films already.

Still very cool to see such in depth descriptions of specific scenes that will be seen in DH1/DH2.

Posted by Liderc on June 25, 2009, 10:43 PM report to moderator
1661 Points

It would be great if they followed the ticking noise and it led them to the Snatchers in some way. But would that mean they wouldn’t keep in the whole Voldemort taboo? Either way, this is hilaroius!

Posted by cghambright on June 25, 2009, 10:46 PM report to moderator
271 Points

Is the ticking noise Greyback? Wasn’t there some reference to Lupin being aware of Greyback during the burrow attack in HBP. This may be part of that.

Posted by decarus on June 25, 2009, 10:50 PM report to moderator
232 Points

Yeah- I’m sure the source of the ticking noise is a pipe bomb!

Posted by Rumbleroar! on June 25, 2009, 11:31 PM report to moderator
3271 Points

It all sounds awesome! Can’t wait to see it all come together. :)

Posted by Half-Blood Princess66[ROAR!] on June 26, 2009, 01:20 AM report to moderator
2016 Points

What’s that tickin? Noise?

AWWW!!!! It’s a PIPE BOMB!!!!

Maybe Ron is chasing the rabbit for tea – because a Weasley can’t live on mushrooms alone!!!!

It’s amazing to think we’ve shooting deatheater scenes already… And that Feltons Hair is dyed for the final time – makes me both sad and happy!!!

Posted by JustSuperMione on June 26, 2009, 04:51 AM report to moderator
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