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Harry, Dumbledore in new ‘Half-Blood Prince’ posters

Warner Bros. has released three high-resolution posters from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince featuring Harry and Dumbledore.

J.K. Rowling receives ‘Legion of Honour’

rowling-inductionJ.K. Rowling received a Legion of Honour award today at an induction ceremony in Paris. She announced that her great-grandfather had received the same honour in 1924 for his courage in World War I, later asking French Harry Potter fans to pardon her for giving the book’s primary antagonist (Lord Voldemort) a French name.

“Thanks to this internationally renowned saga, you have contributed to giving young people the taste for reading again,” Sarkozy said before pinning the Legion of Honor medal on her. “With you, they understand that reading is not punishment, but a source of pleasure.”

Video coverage of the induction can be found here, and a translation of her acceptance speech may be found here.

Dan Radcliffe on HBP’s tone, comedy and more

radcliffe2Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince “strike[s] a balance” between darkness and comedy, according to a new interview with Dan Radcliffe in Melbourne’s Herald Sun. The actor notes a conscious decision to tone down the darkness of the film in comparison with its predecessors.

“I mean, the one thing when I read the script I could always yearn for was more darkness and more of that real intense stuff, because I enjoy doing that more, but hopefully this time we have struck a balance between that darkness and a certain comedy in this film.”

Radcliffe also comments on the style of comedy (“it’s much more subtle”), and cites director David Yates as a key player in helping the franchise earn cinematic respect.

“And I think actually through making the films darker we’ve gained a lot. And also through people like (director) David Yates directing them, a certain amount of respect has been gained for the films as cinema.” 

‘Half-Blood Prince’ most anticipated movie of 2009

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince has been named the most anticipated film of 2009 by AOL Movies. Other notable films on the list include the fourth installment of the Terminator franchise and a prequel to X-Men.

Jim Broadbent on Slughorn, ‘Potter’ and more

broadbentJim Broadbent, Horace Slughorn in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, describes his character as “a good man, a decent man, but a weak man” in a new interview with the Los Angeles Times.

“It’s wonderful to be part of this now, to come in at this stage, because they’ve got it running so smoothly now, it’s amazing to see,” said the 59-year-old Broadbent, whose screen career dates to 1978.”

Broadbent, a fan of the books, praises the adaptations from page to screen.

“I saw the first film when it came out, and it was so brilliantly conceived,” Broadbent said. “You read the book and then you see the film and every moment you think, ‘That is exactly how I imagined it.'”

Half-Blood Prince‘s director David Yates is also a fan of the actor, noting that “he works exceptionally hard, and he makes everything look exceedingly easy”.

Dobby to return in ‘Deathly Hallows’

jonesToby Jones will soon return to the studio to voice the role of Dobby, confirming the character will return in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

This year, he appears in the Darwin biopic Creation, playing the biologist Thomas Huxley. Next year he will become a digitised baddy in Steven Spielberg’s animated version of Tintin. And he’ll soon be back in the recording studio for the next Harry Potter, in which he voices Dobby the house elf.

Deathly Hallows will be the first film Dobby has appeared in since Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.