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David Heyman calls ‘Deathly Hallows: Part 2’ rough cut “very exciting”, talks King’s Cross and Prince’s Tales

David Heyman recently called a rough cut of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, “very exciting”, despite it having no visual effects, music, or sounds effects.

Talking with Empire Online, Heyman spoke about the ‘Potter’ franchise coming to an end, as well as some of the juicer material to come in Part 2, including the King’s Cross sequence and Snape’s memories.

Yeah. I’ve seen a very, very early cut. It’s very exciting. No visual effects, no music, no sound effects, and it’s really exciting. But it’s early days and the film continues to take shape and will continue to take shape over the next many months. I think it will be a great ending to the series. It was a really long shoot; we shot over 260 days on this one.

Well, in a way this is an easier structure than Part One because it’s quite defined. In terms of the King’s Cross scene, I think it does work and it’s very moving. We actually did it once, and then re-did it a little bit because we needed to refine something, and I’m pretty glad we did. It’s a very quiet, moving scene, but I think it leaves the series on the right note. The only flashback really that one thinks about is the Snape flashback, when Harry goes into the Pensieve to see Snape’s story, and that’ll be defined, but it’ll be very moving.

You can read the entire interview with David at this link.

‘Deathly Hallows: Part 1’ concept art shows Malfoy Manor, Shell Cottage, Dobby’s grave and more

Check out a number of pieces of gorgeous concept artwork by artist Andrew Williamson for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 below.

With thanks to UHP.

Comedian Jon Stewart visits ‘The Wizarding World of Harry Potter’

Check out two photos below of comedian Jon Stewart visiting Zonko’s joke shop at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park in Florida.

First look at ‘Battle For Hogwarts’ LEGO with seven mini-figs

LEGO will be releasing three new Harry Potter sets in August to accompany the final film, and we now have our first look at one of the three sets below thanks to Eurobricks.

The set will include seven mini-figures: a Dementor, Harry Potter, Remus Lupin, Gregory Goyle, Lucius Malfoy, Neville Longbottom, and Professor Sprout.

Check out the ‘Deathly Hallows: Part 1’ Blu-ray and DVD box art

Below you’ll find the box art for both the Blu-ray (combo pack) and 2-disc DVD editions of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, out April 11.

Ben Hibon explains the animated sequence in ‘Deathly Hallows: Part 1’, concept art reveals more gorgeous detail

In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, animator Ben Hibon spoke about the inspiration behind and the creation of the gorgeous animated sequence in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1.

In the film, the animated sequence provides the visual accompaniment to Hermione’s narration of The Tale of the Three Brothers (the story inspired by the three Deathly Hallows).

“This is the first animated sequence ever to appear in a Harry Potter film, so it had to be distinctive and special. It’s not animation as we might think of it today; it is a moving illustration of the story being read aloud by Hermione — the story of the Deathly Hallows. The fact that the sequence would be explaining the origin of the title made it all the more important.”

“The work of artist Lotte Reiniger from the 1930s was another early reference. Her silhouette-style stop-motion animations are beautifully handcrafted and captured the naïve visual tone we were after. We also looked at Asian shadow-play, which is visually striking, very intricate and yet so beautifully simple. The technique is basic, but the end result is particularly charming and engaging. There’s something so ingenious about projecting shadows onto a simple cloth.”

“Animation is the art of smoke and mirrors, lights and shadows, and the team of artists behind this piece are true magicians.”

You can read the full interview and discover more about the sequence by clicking here.

Additionally, you can see a plethora of concept art from the sequence by artist Alexis Liddell at this link.