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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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943 Points

Cool photos.

Posted by Lloyd on June 29, 2009, 03:55 PM report to moderator
23113 Points

Cool shots… so lucky those who can be there! I am jealous!

Posted by oldenoughtoknowbetter♎ROAR♎OoM1, CW on June 29, 2009, 04:29 PM report to moderator
4603 Points

Pretty cool

Posted by placebowiz on June 29, 2009, 05:05 PM report to moderator
67 Points

Are we going to see the real trio ? Because with all the polyjuice scenes they won’t be that much in the movies ! lol I hope Yates and co tried to do somethng about that, because in the book it’s great but on the screen it would be weird !

Posted by WeasleyBoy on June 29, 2009, 09:23 PM report to moderator
2417 Points

Cool -

Posted by Hagrid 713 (ROAR) on June 30, 2009, 06:08 AM report to moderator
5413 Points

Excellent photo! I am soooooooo excited!

Posted by Harry Potter 4 Ever!! on June 30, 2009, 06:59 AM report to moderator
872 Points

That’s great!

Posted by Heavenly_Horcrux on June 30, 2009, 07:14 AM report to moderator
3048 Points

Thanks to those who sent in the fabulous and thorough set reports! We greatly appreciate it. This scene already sounds as though it will shape up to be highly amusing.

Posted by Kirk on June 30, 2009, 02:00 PM report to moderator
4452 Points

sooooooooo excited 4 DH!!!!!!!!!! but the end of an era is cuming :(:(!

4208 Points

Thanks for the report snd the photos!

Posted by Fresca ROAR on November 23, 2009, 08:25 AM report to moderator
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