Entertainment Weekly Looks Back at the First Two Harry Potter Movies


Nov 15, 2010

Posted by Mel

In anticipation of the release of “Deathly Hallows: Part 1″ Entertainment Weekly is reflecting on all the Harry Potter movies that came before it. Thus far they’ve only done pieces on the first two Harry Potter movies, and they discuss the particular challenges and memories associated with each film. For “Sorcerer’s Stone” Entertainment Weekly writes:

True, it was impossible to not feel warm fuzzies buying a ticket to the
film ” I remember the heightened excitement that permeated throughout my
theater in 2001 with each preview shown before Sorcerer’s Stone,
and the eventual look of gleeful recognition that fell over
theater-goers’ faces when they spotted locales like Diagon Alley,
Flourish and Blotts, and Gringotts Bank for the first time. And they
could thank Columbus for that vision, which was inspired not only by
Rowling (who told EW that she had a surprising amount of input in the
film), but also filmmaker David Lean, who adapted Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations in 1946 and Oliver Twist in 1948: “That sort of darkness, that sort of edge, that quality to
the cinematography’ Columbus told EW back in 2001. “For the color
palette, we talked about Oliver! and The Godfather,
which have a sort of rich, almost Technicolor quality to them. When we
entered Magicland ” which is how we always referred to Hogwarts ” I
wanted each frame to be filled with a sense of wonder.”

For “Chamber of Secrets” Dan Radcliffe (Harry Potter), Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley), and Emma Watson’s (Hermione Granger) then dressing rooms are discussed:

Indeed, when EW took a look at the stars’ dressing rooms, we found them to be normal teens in the face of global fame: Watson,
then 12, had a Brad Pitt calendar above her desk, a spangled purple belt
on the floor (she was into fashion even then!), hairbrushes, Hello Kitty
stickers, and adoring fan mail. Fourteen-year-old Grint’s room had a
mini-billiard table, a guide to the 2002 World Cup, unfinished food, and, as we
described it ever so delicately, “a charming poster that deals with the
considerable comedic potential of flatulence.” As for Radcliffe’s room, it was
“surprisingly neat given his taste for punk rock and Spider-Man and his
reputation as a practical joker.”
If the stress of filming another blockbuster was getting to them, they
didn’t let it show. “We had a week with 300 extras in the Great Hall’
Watson said, “it’s boiling hot, the food stinks, everyone is dying of
boredom, and we have to make everybody laugh. It got so bad that Dan had
to get up onto the table with Robbie Coltrane [who plays groundskeeper
Hagrid] and dance. He did the cancan. He did the macarena. The whole
hall was laughing. Ask him about it! He’ll blush.”

You can read both articles here and here.

18 Responses to Entertainment Weekly Looks Back at the First Two Harry Potter Movies

Avatar Imagehermy091098 says: FIRST!! all the memories...Avatar Imageabandonedboyjon says: are these in an issue or just on their website?Avatar ImageBless_the_children says: Those films were so great. I loved Kenneth Branagh as Lockhart :)Avatar ImageSindi says: haha thats a great article :D Avatar Imagethundermountain7 says: Loved it 2 days I can't believe itAvatar ImageFleur-de- Lily says: Those films were so great. Avatar Imagechanngalambeatrice says: Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah! I'll buy it as soon as possible!Avatar Imagetraci1978 says: It's just online. Avatar ImageWant to be a Weasley says: I love thinking back as to how much I have grown into such an HP fan over the years, I enjoy all of the "behind the scenes" information.Avatar ImageValeria-Johanna says: There's only one thing I can say about those morphs of the trio: aaaaaaaaaaaaaah!Avatar ImageJordon steele-john says: 1 day OMG and guess what! I'm going to be one of the first people in Australia to see DH, I got tickets to the midnight showing!!!!!!!!!. I loved the first and second movies, Columbus really tried to stick to the books.:)Avatar Imagebudgie says: I really liked the first two films for story and character, and the third film for music and humor.Avatar Imagemagicmaniac says: kewlAvatar ImageGiant Squid says: Haha! Those are great!Avatar Imagespelljinxcursehexcharm says: Ha ha!!!I really want to see Dan radcliffe doing the can can.Avatar Imageazaadpotter says: coolAvatar ImageViccy6 says: HAHA, Gilderoy Lochart<3<3<3Avatar ImageLaura Potter says: they've changed so much! loved the first films, esp cos they were so faithful to the book, hope this ones going to be AMAZINGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG :)

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