Leaky's 2010 Year In Review: Part OneNews
The year of 2010 began with a reflection on the year that passed with the winners of our 2009 Leakies, as well news of "A Very Potter Sequel" from the Team StarKid troop. The first previews of the "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" film followed, along side updates on the nearly-finished Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park. Our Leaky Lounge celebrated its fifth anniversary on the 5th of the month, Leaky was had the honor of being nominated for the TotalFilm.com Movie Blog Awards. The "Half-Blood Prince" film was then listed as a possible contender for both the Oscars and BAFTAs (ultimately receiving two nominations). Photos of Emma Watson's Burburry ads appeared online, as did the first official photo of Hogwarts Castle and concept art for Ollivander's wand shop. On the film front, Alexandre Desplat was confirmed as the composer for "Deathly Hallows: Part 1," while a trailer for the LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1- 4 accompanied with the news that the game will be released in May. Reports of a home purchase by J. K. Rowling were then debunked and efforts began in the Helping Haiti Heal charity drive, along with the Harry Potter Alliance, members of fandoms the world over, and J. K. Rowling. We then heard from DH:1 director David Yates, who called the film "a big opera", the saw first official photo of Hogwarts from the Wizarding World. The month of January closed out with news of a permanent film studio with tours of the Harry Potter sets at Leavesden Studios in England, whispers DH might be in 3D, and another look at the LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 video game.
As March began, the Harry Potter author once again made use of her Twitter account, while her books were voted to be the most likely to be passed down. Photos and reports came in from the Helping Haiti Heal effort, as the first of four cargo planes filled with 16,000 pounds of medical supplies touched down in the country. Actors Matt Lewis, Bonnie Wright, and Richard Griffiths, auctioned off their doodle drawings for National Doodle Day, and both Dan Radcliffe and Rhys Ifans spoke about their roles in the final films. We also saw the arrival of the Hogwarts Express at Universal Orlando, as well as the long-awaited grand opening date for the Wizarding World of Harry Potter: June 18th. In anticipation of the park’s opening, several new details emerged about what fans could expect including information about the tasty food! On the “Deathly Hallows” film front, new and promising footage premiered at ShoWest, as Emma Thompson confirmed she would be returning to the series as Professor Trelawney. Matt Lewis also tweeted that he had finished filming at Pinewood Studios, and actor Christian Coulson (Tom Riddle) was announced to be a special guest at Infinitus. Later, Jason Isaacs spoke to changes his character, Lucius Malfoy, would see in the final film, while film producer David Heyman promised that the final two films would be even more epic in 3D. March wrapped up with a final conclusion in the Wyrd Sisters legal battle with WB, a special Leaky report on the food from the Wizarding World, and five nominations for the "Half-Blood Prince" film at the MTV Movie Awards. Finally, Bloomsbury showed us the repacked editions of the Harry Potter series, set to go on sale in November.