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‘Half-Blood Prince’ soundtrack, enhanced edition out July 14

hooperWarner Bros. has today confirmed that the Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince soundtrack, composed by Nicholas Hooper, will be available on July 14. The score includes twenty-eight tracks (the longest ‘Potter’ soundtrack yet), with over an hour of material.

An enhanced edition of the soundtrack will also be released, “giving fans a free digital download of the entire soundtrack in 5.1 Surround Sound audio, along with bonus exclusive content”.

The soundtrack can currently be pre-ordered over at Amazon.

New interview with Jessie Cave (Lavender Brown)

caveThe HeroComplex Blog in the LA Times has featured a new interview with Jessie Cave, who plays Lavender Brown in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Jessie specifically discusses “the big kissing scene” in detail, explaining that Rupert was scared, she was nervous, and all those nerves collectively made for the perfect kissing scene – as well as for some major laughs after filming. A cool excerpt from the interview:

How is Lavender introduced?
She’s in the Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes shop and she’s kind of ogling Ron. She’s been going to school with them for years, but it’s not that she’s making her interests known.

David Bradley (Argus Filch) to appear in ‘Deathly Hallows’

bradleyDavid Bradley, Hogwarts caretaker Argus Filch in the Harry Potter films, will reprise his role in both Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II.

The final two ‘Potter’ films will be released in 2010 and 2011, respectively.

Thanks to Snitch Seeker!

Declining DVD sales may hamper ‘Half-Blood Prince’

yates-broadbentAn interesting piece over at the LA Times ponders whether a recent trend in declining DVD sales will have a negative effect on the success of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. According to a home video industry analyst, “There’s been a fairly substantial shrinkage in the overall DVD market since the last ‘Harry Potter’ film came out”.

The article also notes that while the Potter films have sold well on DVD, each successive film has sold less than its predecessor. Warner Bros. President Alan Horne however was optimistic about the success of the Potter franchise.

Horn said he didn’t expect the soft DVD market to hamper sales of “Half-Blood Prince” because it was a “unique property.” Although Horn took a lot of flak from “Potter” fans when the studio pushed back the release of “Half-Blood Prince” to July from last November, the move may help boost DVD sales because the DVD will be released during the heavy gift-buying holiday season.

If the article is correct, we should see Half-Blood Prince on DVD and Blu-ray before the end of the year.

Live in Mexico? Win a visit to the ‘Deathly Hallows’ set!

dh-harryChannel 5 (“Canal 5”) is sponsoring a contest where Mexican Harry Potter fans have the chance to win a visit to the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows set! Rupert Grint introduced the contest here (it involves correctly answering 12 trivia questions), but more contest details can be found at this location. Good luck!

The Observer goes ‘Inside the Potter Machine’

harry-lunaAn extensive Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince set report appeared in today’s issue of The Observer. The online report includes quotes from all of the major cast and crew members, as well as a new behind-the-scenes picture of Daniel Radcliffe and Evanna Lynch outside the Hogwarts grounds.

Additionally, the print edition features two behind-the-scenes pictures not included with the online report. These pictures show David Yates with the trio in Diagon Alley, as well as Yates with Alan Rickman and Jim Broadbent in the Great Hall.