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Detailed Report of Location Filming for Ministry Entrance Scene in Deathly Hallows

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Posted by: sue
June 28, 2009, 06:46 PM

Several updates today from location filming for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows which took place in the Whitehall area of London, England. Previously TLC had told you that the part of Mafalda Hopkirk would be played by Sophie Thompson, and earlier there was news that David O'Hara would take on the part of Albert Runcorn, and Steffan Rhodri as Reg Cattermole. Thanks to Lauren from Dan we can see a very clear large size photo here.

Also thanks to several longtime readers of Leaky we have two reports from the set. First longtime friend to TLC Rosi sent in this fantastic report on the event, including description of a the scene film. She writes:

I arrived around 11.30, and one of the first things I saw was the crew hosing down the set and walls of the buildings so that the camera didn't pick up shadows. The scene was before the trio go into the Ministry, and shot at Great Scotland Yard. One of the crew told me that there were 150 extras on set (all dressed in business wear in dull colours (beige, dark pinks, creams, browns and blacks) who had been told to "walk with purpose" in the background. They had a couple of buses (number 11) that they kept passing through the shot, but what we mainly saw was the trio walking down the street, and then the three older actors portraying the members of the Ministry the trio change into also walking down the street exactly where the trio had gone. We also got the chance to see a quite funny bit, where Ron walks in front of Mafalda Hopkirk, bends down to tie his shoelace, Harry pops out of a hidden door on the side (in his trademark long creamish jacket, a dark burgundy shirt and I think jeans) stuns Mafalda who then falls into his arms and then Harry drags him inside. It felt like they did that scene about ten times (much to the delight of amused onlookers). After a few more shots of the extras, and in the pouring rain, they wrapped for the day around 4.30, a couple of hours earlier than they'd planned.

Also TLC reader Tiny Dancer was at the scene and she sent along these wonderful photos including of Emma in costume and more of Rupert and Dan in the scene described above, plus she let us know the following:

"They had the fans on the sidewalk across where filming was taking place first and then they moved us to the sides of the road while they did some scenes with the extras looking like bustling commuters. At a certain point in the filming we could see a small fire burning (apparition?). The actors later went to The Royal Horseguards and some of us fans waited for each to leave separately from the Twenty One Two Rest & Bar."

Thanks so much Rosi and Tiny Dancer!

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923 Points

You wouldn’t see them in wizard robes because ministry workers weren’t allowed to apparate any longer. They couldn’t be seen on the streets of London wearing robes
it would break the secrecy rule.

Posted by Graymayne on June 28, 2009, 11:37 PM report to moderator
4208 Points

The shots look pretty amazing. I liked the way Ron was dressed.

Posted by Fresca ROAR on June 29, 2009, 12:25 AM report to moderator
16258 Points

wow the part where Mafalda gets stunned sounds pretty funny. I can wait to see them have to enter the Ministry through the toilets. (because it looks like theyre going to keep that scene because you can see the gentlemen’s toilets entrance.

Posted by Gryffindor1991 {ROAR!!!} on June 29, 2009, 03:03 AM report to moderator
24135 Points

love the report and the photos..thanks! :)

Posted by hermyone*ROAR* on June 29, 2009, 03:58 AM report to moderator
783 Points

I so caught that Ron & Hermione are holding hands..hehe I’m glad they put that in there :)

Posted by Mary11_hplvr*WBM* on June 29, 2009, 04:00 AM report to moderator
7239 Points

Excellent…can’t wait!

Posted by Confederate Lady [CL, Rawwrrrr] on June 29, 2009, 04:12 AM report to moderator
212 Points

COOOL!! first comment YAY!!

Posted by DanielBonnie28 on June 29, 2009, 07:03 AM report to moderator
2525 Points

Awsome cant wait to see it!!

Posted by The Nerd on June 29, 2009, 07:36 AM report to moderator
1642 Points

hahaha..polyjuiced Trio looks funny :D
and Ron and his shirts..always so Weasley :)

Posted by Matea on June 29, 2009, 08:01 AM report to moderator
22044 Points

Nice! very funny picture!

22044 Points


271 Points

That was a great report. Thanks for going down there.

Posted by decarus on June 29, 2009, 08:24 AM report to moderator
271 Points

I’m looking forward to the finished product!

Posted by monicahp2009(WBM) on June 29, 2009, 09:38 AM report to moderator
319 Points

Very exciting! :-D

Posted by Lily_Severus on June 29, 2009, 09:51 AM report to moderator
1373 Points

Thank you for these photos! It’s great that we can see the filming the same day when it took place! Internet changes the world))))

Posted by Pollytomat on June 29, 2009, 10:03 AM report to moderator
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