Numerous new behind-the-scenes clips from Morgan Matthews exclusive documentary, 'When Harry Left Hogwarts', at the making of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Parts 1
and 2 from the perspectives of the cast and crew - far different from
the general on-set looks, have been released online. The over 45-minute
feature is exclusively attached to the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 Blu-ray set sold only at Target stores.
Among the clips are personal looks at Emma Watson growing up on screen, including how her education was impacted and how surreal it was to shoot the epilogue, some of Daniel Radcliffe's favourite moments with his best friend who also happens to be his costume assistant, and Warwick Davis leading his family, who play goblins in the finale, around Gringotts bank. That, and a further look at the emotional final day of filming in June 2010, with new interviews from Dan and Rupert Grint, can be seen below.
Harry Potter: the Quest unlocked its newest video, this time focusing on Luna Lovegood in the film series, portrayed by Evanna Lynch. What's new about this feature is that it shows an extended clip of Evanna's screen test with Daniel Radcliffe for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, including a chat they have in the Hogwarts corridors and Dumbledore's office. That can be viewed here.
A new short clip from Daniel Radcliffe and J.K. Rowling's chat, which will be featured on the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 Blu-ray set, was released by Cine Premiere, where the author of the Harry Potter books revealed that of the trio, she truly considered killing Ron Weasley off mid-series. That can be viewed below.
Daniel Radcliffe: Here’s another thing, ‘cause
there’s … was there ever a chance that one of the main – ‘cause I was convinced
that one of the main three had to buy it eventually … one of them was gonna.
JK Rowling: Well, funnily enough, I planned from the start that none of them would die. Then midway through, which I think is a reflection of the fact that I wasn’t in a very happy place, I started thinking I might push one of them off out of sheer spite. “Now you definitely can’t have him anymore.”
Dan Radcliffe: Midway through the book or midway through the series?
Jo: Midway through the series. But I think in my absolute heart of hearts, although I did seriously consider killing Ron …
Jo: Anyway, I can tell you it’s a real relief to be able to talk about it all. It’s fantastic.
Dan: It must lovely.
Jo: It’s lovely.
Harry Potter: the Quest released a new teaser from Daniel Radcliffe and J.K. Rowling's exclusive chat, which will be featured on the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 DVD/BD, out this November. In the preview, Dan and Jo discussed how the young actor got the role of Harry Potter, which involved a night out at the theatre over 11 years ago, where Dan met David Heyman and Steven Kloves. Jo commented on seeing Dan's first audition tape and how moved she was by it, so much so that she felt it was like seeing Harry, her son of sorts, there in person.
Daniel Radcliffe: Okay, so I thought, to begin at the beginning, how involved were you in the casting process and how much do I have to thank you? Do you remember working with Chris?
JK Rowling: I was involved. Not to the extent that I was sitting in on auditions, but they were keeping me really fully informed. As you know, we found Rupert and Emma and they were perfect and that was a done deal. But we still couldn’t find you. Well, you say how you were found because it was amazing, really.
Dan: Well, it was a bizarre kind of moment. Originally what had happened was that David Heyman, the producer, knew my dad because my dad had been a literary agent, and my dad had worked with David’s mum. So David asked my dad if I would audition. And the original deal we’d heard was going to be to do six films and it was going to be done in America.
Jo: It was going to be done in America? No one ever told me that.
Dan: Well, maybe that’s why it changed because you probably put your foot down at some point, or they just went, “ Jo won’t agree to that.”
Jo: Yeah, they know me quite well.
Dan: Which is good, to be honest. That would not have been good. But I’m not somebody who particularly believes in fate and destiny and all those things, but my parents do. So the final straw was the fact that I went to the theatre to see a production of “Stones in His Pockets” and David Heyman and Steve Kloves, who adapted all but one of the books, happened to be sitting in the row in front.
Jo: Can you believe it?
Dan: I know, and I sat there the entire time thinking, “Why is that man …
Jo: “… staring at me? This is very creepy?”
Dan: It was very creepy.
Jo: “I need to phone someone.”
Dan: It was very odd. And I remember at the interval my mum and my dad both looking quite intense about something. But, you know, as a kid that you’re being purposely kept out of the loop for your own good kind of thing. I remember we went up the stairs and out the theatre and then hid behind a pillar. I seem to remember some absurd notion that David Heyman and Steve Kloves were going to chase after us.
Jo: “We’re going to attack. And make you be a child actor.”
Dan: Then there was some debate as to whether we would go back in for the second half, but I was really enjoying the play.
Jo: Really? They were that …?
Dan: Yeah, and so we went back in. And then the next day my mum and dad went, “Oh, well maybe it is the gods trying to tell us something.
Jo: But there were a lot of strange coincidences.
Dan: There were.
Jo: And then they called me and said, “We think we’ve found him.” And then the first time I ever saw you was on screen in my sitting room at home.
Jo: Yeah, they sent me a video of you. The curious thing is – and I’m like you, I don’t believe in fate and destiny …
Dan: Which is interesting because it comes up so much in the books.
Jo: Yeah, absolutely. I think you make your own. So I saw you on that audition tape and I don’t think I’ve ever really told you that I found it incredibly moving.
Dan: Thank you so much.
Jo: It was incredibly moving. At that point, I didn’t have a son. I phoned David up and I said, “He’s great. He’s fantastic.” And I did say to David it was like watching my son onscreen. Because, after all, Harry feels like this ghostly son I’ve had in my life.
Harper Collins' New Zealand branch released an in-depth summary of the upcoming Harry Potter Page to Screen: The Complete Filmmaking Journey comprehensive book, which will include over 1,200 images from the eight-film Harry Potter series within over 500 pages. The book will follow star Daniel Radcliffe's narrative through his journey beginning with the first film of the series, Sorcerer's Stone, to the finale in Deathly Hallows: Part 2, and his life at Leavesden during the decade-long production period. More on that, via UHP, can be read below.
HARRY POTTER PAGE TO SCREEN is the complete history of all
eight Harry Potter films. With 1200 photographs, sketches, and diagrams, the
book will provide unbridled access to every aspect of the film-making process.
It will tell the stories behind each individual film and cover the design and
technology behind all the astounding effects. This book pays homage to how one
film became eight, how a few months became a decade, and how one author’s
fantasy became the project of many individuals’ lifetimes-told by the people
who were there, the people who made the magic real.
HARRY POTTER PAGE TO SCREEN will start from the very beginning, describing how the book was optioned, the casting of Harry, Ron and Hermione, and the assembling of a creative team with the vision to tackle a world we had previously seen only in our imaginations. Interviews, quotes, and stories from the directors, producers, screenwriters, and actors will discuss the making of all eight films at length, including the last film, film number 8, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2. Daniel Radcliffe and his personal narrative from set to set will be used as the life line that connects all aspects of this memoir, giving structure to the many voices of the Harry Potter family who orate this tale.
All of the movies were filmed at the Leavesden Studio in Hertfordshire, England and these pages describe how the Leavesden family dealt with numerous cast, crew, and production dramas, replacements, technical difficulties and countless narrative and visual decisions. This book will touch on subjects such as J.K. Rowling’s private comments to her young cast, the impact of Richard Harris’ (the original Dumbledore) death on the cast and crew, the effects of 9/11 on the Leavesden family (during the filming of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets), the reality of “growing up Potter” for the young starlets who experienced their adolescence on a hugely public stage, and reflections from the cast and crew on the end of the film series.
In addition to stories on and off set, HARRY POTTER PAGE TO SCREEN will pay tribute to the stunning physical, visual and technological genius that went into making an unbelievable story believable, showcasing more than a decade’s worth of art and special effects, including never-before-seen photos of the costumes, sets, props, and creatures, as well as early concept art, drawings and designs.