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More on Filming for Seven Potters Scene in Deathly Hallows

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Posted by: sue
July 30, 2009, 08:39 AM

Several days ago you might recall we saw photos and a fan report regarding location filming of the Seven Potters scene for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. The sequence filmed involved doubles for Harry and Hagrid as they zoomed along an express way in England in the motorbike belonging to the late Sirius Black. The local paper, Dartford & Swanley Times, has more now with the paper stating "The film crew remained at the nearby Hilton Hotel, Crossways, this week, with sources claiming filming of a scene involving a helicopter was due to take place on land next to the Bridge Housing development yesterday. Another source close to the film crew, added: "They have been staying at the hotel for over a week now. The tunnel scenes are complete but we understand there is still filming taking place on nearby land late at night and involves a helicopter. It's very exciting."

A few more details on the size of the crew emerged, as the article says "More than 40 vehicles for the filming, supplied by were parked on land to the right of The Bridge housing project just yards from the real-life set for about a week leading up to filming. At 10pm on Thursday and Friday the vehicles, including cars, vans, pick-up trucks and an Arriva-style bus were driven to the crossing offices in preparation for filming.It is thought the roles played by Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) and Robbie Coltrane (Hagrid) did not take part with bosses opting for stunt doubles to film them zooming through the tunnel."

Warner Bros denied any further location filming was due to take place at the scene with the following: "We have been filming at the crossing but we are now back in the Leavesden studio where most of the filming takes place."We rarely go out on location." They denied any more filming was to take place at Dartford locations despite the crew being expected to remain at the hotel until the end of the week."

Finally, the article also claims that actor Dan Radcliffe was at the scene, as the paper states rumors that have been making the rounds "It is thought Daniel Radcliffe turned up with the producer David Barron to try a spell of directing during a race scene in the Dartford tunnels for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1.A source revealed: "Daniel has told friends he is looking for a project to direct when he finally waves goodbye to Hogwarts. He has been approached by a number of producers."

Please note: While it is very possible that Dan has been interested in learning to direct, it is highly unlikely he actually directed a specialized and very dangerous stunt sequence for the film, however we are trying to learn more on this and will update when we can.

Thanks Wendy.

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5413 Points

I’m so excited for this!:D<3

Posted by Harry Potter 4 Ever!! on July 30, 2009, 09:54 AM report to moderator

i hope directing has a role in Dan’s career, but not one day soon. It takes a lot of work and experience to get into that position.. Still, from small beginnings great careers grow.

Posted by jain on July 30, 2009, 09:59 AM report to moderator
4138 Points

Dan did say in an interview that he would like to direct if he hadn’t done HP but I doubt this is the thing he would direct since it is very dangerous.

Posted by Calum Wilson (RuneDream54) on July 30, 2009, 10:01 AM report to moderator
738 Points

Interesting question Lillylove brings up — will they really make the 7 Potters, or will it just be Hagrid and Harry escaping? Dan having to play 7 roles in one scene might take quite a while to film!

Posted by bettb [ITC!] on July 30, 2009, 10:07 AM report to moderator
1324 Points

Hmm. I’m still wondering what they’ll do for the seven Harry’s, like when they actually change. I mean, they must do something with CGI, because surely they woudn’t just cast completely different actors for those scenes. But yeah, I think it’d be great if he directed something!

Posted by CordyLovesSirius(ROAR!) on July 30, 2009, 10:08 AM report to moderator
12005 Points

He might just be learning what is involved in directing thescenes. Training is on-the-job in a lot of areas.

Posted by budgie on July 30, 2009, 10:18 AM report to moderator
3703 Points

I’m so excited!

Posted by Christine on July 30, 2009, 10:27 AM report to moderator
5439 Points


Posted by Fleur-de- Lily on July 30, 2009, 10:37 AM report to moderator
1749 Points

I’m hoping they used a green screen or some sort of special effect to make it look like they were flying!!!


Posted by Rin68nyr on July 30, 2009, 10:42 AM report to moderator
1749 Points

I heard they WERE doing the seven Potters…I read somewhere that they were filming that scene….


Posted by Rin68nyr on July 30, 2009, 10:43 AM report to moderator
123 Points

That will be very cool :)

Posted by justanargle on July 30, 2009, 10:47 AM report to moderator
8876 Points

The pics from the freeway scenes are really exciting, even though it’s not exactly canon. Maybe the helicopter filming is something to do with the flying motorcycle scenes?
It’s neat that Dan was there. If he wants to be a director some day, this is a great opportunity for him to watch other directors at work.

Posted by Moose_Starr on July 30, 2009, 10:49 AM report to moderator
6552 Points

Very cool!

Posted by Figment on July 30, 2009, 10:57 AM report to moderator
2525 Points

I cant wiat!

Posted by The Nerd on July 30, 2009, 11:04 AM report to moderator
3271 Points

So cool! That would be pretty cool if Dan started directing… I have always love the directing aspect of movies, more than the acting part.

Posted by Half-Blood Princess66[ROAR!] on July 30, 2009, 11:13 AM report to moderator
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