Entertainment Weekly Looks Back at “Prisoner of Azkaban” and “Goblet of Fire”


Nov 17, 2010

Posted by Mel

As you may recall, Entertainment Weekly is looking back at the first six Harry Potter films as a way of counting down to the release of “Deathly Hallows: Part 1.” They now have articles on “Prisoner of Azkaban” and “Goblet of Fire.” For “Prisoner of Azkaban” Entertainment Weekly writes:

Cuarón continued to shake things up well into production. He relocated
Hogwarts castle to the Scottish Highlands, forcing production delays due
to bad weather. He collaborated with screenwriter Steve Kloves on
inventing scenes whole cloth, like Harry’s solo joyride on a majestic
Hippogriff (part horse, part eagle). He encouraged actor Michael Gambon,
who replaced the late Richard Harris as Hogwarts Headmaster Albus
Dumbledore, to embrace the character’s eccentric sensibility, dressing
him more like a magical hippie than the classic wizard from the first
two films. He asked for longer, more complicated takes, challenging his
young actors to stretch past their limitations. “Sometimes, it took two
weeks for me just to get one shot right’ said Radcliffe. When the title
star approached Cuarón for help in nailing a particularly demanding
monologue railing against Sirius Black, instead of simply giving him
suggestions for facial expressions like Columbus would have, Cuarón
talked Radcliffe through Harry’s emotional life. Then he said, figure
this out for yourself. “I’ll forever be in his debt’ Radcliffe raved.
“It basically affected the way I approached everything after that.”

In discussing “Goblet of Fire” Entertainment Weekly pays particular attention to the choice of Mike Newell as director for the film:

Enter Mike Newell, the journeyman director of Four Weddings and a Funeral and Donnie Brasco. Like Azkaban˜s Alfonso Cuaron, Newell might’ve seemed like a left-field choice to make a boisterous fantasy romp, but Potter producer David Heyman explained to EW that Newell was actually his first choice to direct Sorcerer’s Stone. “[Heyman] had the following thought: Harry Potter’s British; perhaps the artistic sensibility translating him should be British too.” Although Newell turned down the original job, he took the gig for Goblet,
figuring that he could bring a note of realism to the film’s portrayal
of British school life. Regarding the first two films, Newell noted: “I
felt the children were rather¦oh, Stiff. My view is that children are violent, dirty, corrupt anarchists.”

You can read both articles here and here.

22 Responses to Entertainment Weekly Looks Back at “Prisoner of Azkaban” and “Goblet of Fire”

Avatar ImageSindi says: Good Interviews :D Love GoF, didnt know that Newell was considered for SSAvatar ImageSindi says: "My view is that children are violent, dirty, corrupt anarchists." Newell hahahaha wow Avatar ImageG.Weasley says: what de hell "my view is that children are violent, dirty, corrupt anarchrists." is he talking about a corrupt government or children coz far as I know children are sweet innocent human beings.Avatar Imagechikitcorpuzvesterbaek says: love newell for that quote!Avatar ImageIceholic says: No, they're not HarryGinnyfan. We just like to think they are. Children are little monsters! Ah, how I miss those happy days :)Avatar Imageazaadpotter says: “my view is that children are violent, dirty, corrupt anarchrists.” what the hell is he thinking?Avatar ImageDAmionN says: The star-studded “Harry Potter” premiere was recently located in London ahead of the theatrical release. On Friday, the first part of “ Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” will be released, and the second part will be released six months later. Thus will end the most successful movie series ever.Avatar ImageTheGleek77 says: oh well that's nice...that thing about childrenAvatar Imageksddancer says: Very interesting quote.... I have to say I disagree. Even though I am a teenager I babysit a lot and kids just want someone to listen and understand them.Avatar Imagemoviecriticscorner says: I have watched all the Harry Potter films this week to get ready for the big release not that I needed to as I pretty well know them by heart by now. I can't wait till tonight to see the first part of Deathly Hallows has a chance to be the best one of all. For all your latest movie news and reviews visit http://www.moviecriticscorner.com Avatar ImageDeliaDee says: I think there is a happy medium between Newell's view of children and the more socially acceptable view. I think they are innocent and beautiful but basically lawless and that is the great thing about being a kid. Any kid that isn't basically lawless - and I mean that in the best sense of the word - is nuthin' but a Percy. :)Avatar ImageForTheGreaterGood says: So, its his fault that Michael Gambon has his beard in a stupid ponytail! And, Hogwarts isn't supposed to be regular "British school life". Its supposed to be magical and unreal!!!!Avatar Imagebudgie says: I remember being a child, and having no sense of property boundries if there was something interesting to see or do. I did have a sense of staying out of trouble, but usually only after being threatened. That may have been Newell's meaning.Avatar Imagemew5645 says: sweetAvatar Imagesueml says: I don't think Mike Newell meant anything bad by this - those are wonderful qualities for children. For ex. my son (who's just about Hogwarts entry age!) never really thinks things through to the end. He's very curious, so when we wonders what would happen if he threw something off the deck, he doesn't just hypothesize - he goes ahead and does it to find out for himself! As for Violent - ever see a bunch of 11 and 12 year old boys playing in a field? Adults don't act like that anymore. (And yes, he's definitely dirty most of the time).Avatar ImageMaryMalfoy says: That thing about the children is ... lovely :pAvatar ImageLaura Potter says: really liked the third and fourth films, how could newell turn down directing the first film? after reading the book, i would've done ANYTHING for the chance :) :) he did such a great job of the 4th film tho. loved the scene with snape hitting ron and harry on the head in the great hall :P gotta love snape :) :) :) :) :) :) :)Avatar Imagehewy says: So Cuaron decided to dress Gambon like a hippie. To quote Heromine "What an idiot!" This is supposed to be a respected higher authority figure. I'll never forgive Richard Harris for dying! Gambon is not Dumbledore and never will be.Avatar ImageGiant Squid says: Cool. :)Avatar Imagegreenfinch says: I'd forgotten how much I liked these two movies.Avatar Imagemgshea says: http://www.shortform.com/mgshea/my/world-s-biggest-harry-potter-fanAvatar ImageMr. Brightside says: I still don't understand why POA gets so much praise. Artistically it was a treat to the eye but when it comes to the adaption itself and the editing of the overall film i find it rather bad if not horrible. Cuaron not only took way too many liberties but he destroyed the architecture of Hogwarts. I still don't understand why on earth that stone circle and that bridge were added. Surely this is nothing and i don't mind it a lot but it is annoying. Not to mention the alternation in the timeline of the story and the horrible end. But i guess it all comes down to personal preferences.

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