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Updates on Comic Relief ‘Harry Potter’ set tour Updates on Comic Relief ‘Harry Potter’ set tour

students-awarded-tourAs we mentioned a few days ago, as a reward for their efforts in fundraising for Comic Relief, twelve students and teachers visited the Harry Potter set at Leavesden Studios. DanRadcliffe.com has now uploaded a YouTube video of their experience.

Students awarded tour of ‘Harry Potter’ set Students awarded tour of ‘Harry Potter’ set

students-awarded-tourTo reward them for their successful fundraising efforts for Comic Relief, Big Brother host Davina McCall invited twelve students and teachers from Parmiter’s School to a tour of the Harry Potter set at Leavesden Studios. There, the group will have the opportunity to talk with stars and watch some filming.

‘Deathly Hallows’ filming to begin in two weeks ‘Deathly Hallows’ filming to begin in two weeks

hallowsyatesFilming on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows will begin in two weeks, according to a new report by the BBC. Pre-production at Leavesden Studios was recently halted when a stuntman suffered spinal injuries after a fall. The studio has since reopened.

“We have not begun filming yet and will not do so for another two weeks. This has always been the case,” she said.

“Filming will commence mid-February and go through to spring 2009.” 

Both Deathly Hallows: Part I and Part II will be shot back-to-back, so we believe the representative meant 2010.

New HBP photos show Weasley joke shop and more New HBP photos show Weasley joke shop and more

Two new behind-the-scenes photographs from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince today. Both pictures originally appeared in Empire Magazine and show director David Yates and cast on set.

‘Half-Blood Prince’ set report preview ‘Half-Blood Prince’ set report preview

Earlier this year I had the privilege of visiting Leavesden Studios, the film set where Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince was shot. Whilst at Leavesden, I was given a guided tour of the sets (both new and old), conducted interviews with the cast and crew, and watched filming. Read more from my visit to the set by clicking here.

One of the first things we are treated to upon arrival at Leavesden Studios is a look at some drawings and 3D renderings of the much-hyped cave sequence. The rocky grotto is awe-inspiring on paper, but even more so when brought to life. As we enter the stage, two mucky boats can be seen resting against the stage wall.  Isolated in the middle of the room and set against giant green-screen walls are segments of the cave. At the heart of this jagged construction is the set’s centrepiece – a lavish stone basin – the resting place of a potential Horcrux. At the entrance to the room is a giant board plastered with shot-by-shot drawings of the cave sequence. The scene is so hush-hush that even we aren’t allowed a peek.

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We’re nearing the end of the visit when we’re given a first-hand look at the construction of the Astronomy Tower. The wooden structure is enormous. Even at a place like Leavesden it looks as if it towers above everything else. I can’t imagine what it’ll look like on film. Construction is well underway – the framework appears to be complete, and on one side the walls are being painted. This is a truly breathtaking spectacle.

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Slughorn’s office is being dressed for the party. Shooting is due to begin very soon. Red and gold lanterns are scattered on the ground and green drapes are being hung from the roof. Back at HQ, we’re given a look at some of the costumes that will be worn at the party. Flashbacks to the Yule Ball in Goblet of Fire immediately come to mind.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is set for release in July.

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