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Daniel Radcliffe has been promoting his new film, Victor Frankenstein, by making a lot of appearances on shows, podcasts, and in interviews with many news sources.
Dan recently sat down for an exclusive interview with We Got This Covered. In the interview, Dan discussed his character, Igor, working with James McAvoy, and filming in Scotland. Excerpts of the interview can be seen below:
“WGTC: What attracted you to this project in the first place? It’s kind of a different take on the classic story that we all know and love.
Daniel Radcliffe: Everyone has an image of Igor as Victor Frankenstein’s hunched over assistant, like Marty Feldman in Young Frankenstein. People are expecting to see that, and I felt it was important to be faithful to that image as we open the film. But that image changes about twenty minutes into the film when Victor rescues me, then takes me in and breaks my spine, which is a very intense and painful scene. Then Victor drains Igor’s hump.
What fascinated me about the script was how it revealed Igor’s backstory, how he lived before he met Victor. Everyone has an image and perception of Igor, based on what they’ve seen in the films, and I liked how the script subverted all of my expectations. In the 1931 film the creature was born in the middle of the story; in this film the creature is finished towards the end, so the story is mostly about the relationship between Igor and Victor.
WGTC: What do you think Igor sees in Victor? Why does he help him?
Daniel Radcliffe: When you first see me, I’m a freak show attraction being controlled by Barnaby, who’s played by Daniel Mays, and I’m living in absolute squalor. Igor has been mistreated; he lives in abject conditions and doesn’t even have a name. But he has a brilliant mind. He’s saved by Victor, who shows him great kindness and recognizes Igor’s intelligence and talent. After he breaks my spine, I begin helping Victor with his experiments.
WGTC: What was it like filming in Scotland, and what did that bring to the film?
Daniel Radcliffe: Well, we filmed the main castle sequence, the climax, in January, when it was freezing cold, and they had all of these rain machines pouring down on James and I for two weeks.
There was this little room, a hot room, two-by-three, where we could run for cover and get warm, which we did every time there was a break. The conditions made the scenes seem real to us, and Paul was very good at letting James and I find the characters and play around. It’s a beautiful looking film, classic, gothic, but also very dark at times, and I think that, tonally and visually, it’s very faithful to the original film.“
The entire interview can be read here, in the original article. Victor Frankenstein comes out in less than 2 weeks, on November 25.
There were many blockbuster movie trailers that were released this week, including the premiere trailer for Now You See Me 2. Daniel Radcliffe becomes the man in charge of the original cast of the Housemen heist group (except Isla Fisher, who isn’t returning for the sequel).
Dan makes his debut appearance in the very end of the trailer…where he classically screws up a simple card trick. Obviously, this new character Dan plays has never been to Hogwarts. He also has a long way to go before he has the skill level to be considered a Horsemen, and the look on the other Horsemen’s faces prove their disappointment, let alone wielding the power of manipulation over them. The trailer can be seen below:
Movieclips Trailers describes the movie on their YouTube Channel, saying:
THE FOUR HORSEMEN [Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco, Lizzy Caplan] return for a second mind-bending adventure, elevating the limits of stage illusion to new heights and taking them around the globe. One year after outwitting the FBI and winning the public’s adulation with their Robin Hood-style magic spectacles, the illusionists resurface for a comeback performance in hopes of exposing the unethical practices of a tech magnate. The man behind their vanishing act is none other than WALTER MABRY [Daniel Radcliffe], a tech prodigy who threatens the Horsemen into pulling off their most impossible heist yet. Their only hope is to perform one last unprecedented stunt to clear their names and reveal the mastermind behind it all.
Also starring big-named actors such as Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, and Mark Ruffalo. The movie will hit theaters June 10.
In light of recent events, Leaky would like to share a message in solidarity with The Harry Potter Alliance‘s beautiful Facebook post, and in honour of all victims of violence and injustice in Paris, and worldwide. We remind those who are losing faith to stay strong and spread love and peace in these difficult times.
From Paris to Baghdad, from Brazil to Beruit – close to home and miles overseas – the world is mourning for the violence we are gradually realising is a growing part of everyday life for some, and part of horrendously sudden and unexpected massacres in others.
Now is not the time to blame the innocent or ignore the suffering. Let’s use this devastating event, and those that have come before it in all manner of places and due to all manner of causes to come together and do what we do best: be there for the people who need support.
We send our love, condolences and well-wishes to those in Paris, and to the friends and families of those deceased or suffering, and also those in equally horrific situations. As The Harry Potter Alliance said:
‘Here is how we move forward: keep loving; keep fighting; celebrate story; laugh, dance, sing – with your friends, with strangers, with every single person who keeps showing up when the world tells them not to; resist hatred; resist cynicism; know none of this is foolish; know that it is necessary; protect and defend those who – not for the first time – will be victims of hatred falsely carried out in the name of justice; give love and light to those around you and those around the world; be excellent to each other; be good.
Always, always, always: the weapon we have is love.‘
And, from Albus Dumbledore himself:
The latest instalment in Jody Revenson’s Harry Potter collection – The Artifact Vault – is now available to preorder.
Jody Revenson wrote the companion books Harry Potter: The Creature Vault (released October 2014), Harry Potter: The Character Vault (released October 2015) and Harry Potter: Magical Places from the Films (set to release 12th December 2015).
Revenson also contributed to the excellent New York Times Bestsellers Harry Potter: Film Wizardry and Harry Potter: Page to Screen.
The summary of The Artifact Vault:
‘Throughout the making of the eight Harry Potter movies, designers and craftspeople were tasked with creating fabulous chocolate-fantasy feasts, flying brooms, enchanted maps, and much more, in addition to numerous magical items necessary in a wizard’s everyday life—for example, newspapers with moving photos, vicious textbooks, and Howlers. Harry Potter: The Artifact Vault chronicles the work of the graphics department in creating vibrant and imaginative labels for potions bottles, brooms, and candy; the creation of Quidditch Quaffles, Bludgers, and Golden Snitches, lovingly crafted by the prop making team; and the stunning inventiveness used by the entire crew to create a rich, bewitched filmic universe. Accompanying the captivating text are never-before-seen art and design concepts, unit photography, and other filmmaking secrets from the Warner Bros. archive. This striking full-color compendium includes two exclusive bonus inserts—Gilderoy Lockhart’s classroom questionnaire and a Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes catalog—as well as many more surprises.’
The book is set to release 14th June 2016 – make sure to pre-order your copy here!
Matt Lewis (our beloved Neville Longbottom) will be featured in a new chick flick (romantic drama), Me Before You, based off the novel by Jojo Moyes. The film was expected to be released as a summer film, on June 3. However, Warber Bros. and MGM recently pushed up the release to a spring date, March 4.
Deadline, with an “insider” reported the move in date, saying:
Warner Bros./MGM romantic drama Me Before You based on the Jojo Moyes novel is leaving its June 3 summer release date and heading to March 4. Insiders say the new release is a better time to hook women, particularly those off from college and high school on spring break. Me Before You is directed by Thea Sharrock from a screenplay that was penned by Moyes.
Me Before You tells the story of Lou (Clarke), a small town girl caught between dead-end jobs; and Will (Sam Claflin), a high-profile, successful man who becomes wheelchair bound following an accident. The two get off to a rocky start, but Lou becomes determined to prove to Will that life is worth living and as they embark on a series of adventures together. Doctor Who‘s Jenna Coleman and Clarke’s fellow Game of Thrones cast mate Charles Dance also star.
According to IMDB, Matt will be playing the role of “Patrick.” Patrick is the Lou’s small-town steady boyfriend before she goes and works for Will. His character is a personal trainer that is described as being “obsessed with with sports and diet.” Given how much news Matt Lewis’s body has been making recently, we think he’ll fit the role very well!
Ron Perlman, who has been cast in Fantastic Beasts, commented on his role in the Potter-based film at the Rhode Island Comic Con last week. As true to his person, Perlman was very witty and sarcastic with his responses to the questions that were asked of him.
One of those responses included more details about his character in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Perlman reveals the extent of his role in the film by describing a scene, his character, and making a joke about his acting skills compared to Eddy Redmayne’s. The Telegram reports:
Although he has a confidentiality agreement, Perlman proved he wasn’t bounded by anything other than his artistic integrity. Filming the role on a week before his R.I. Comic Con appearance, Perlman revealed he plays a two-and-a-half-foot goblin in the eagerly anticipated “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” the upcoming film inspired by the book of the same name by “Harry Potter” scribe J.K. Rowling.
“The movie takes place in 1914 Manhattan with Newt Scamander, who’s this magician who comes to New York to buy the girl he’s trying to win over a little exotic gift, and he gets caught up with this thing and he comes to my nightclub,” Perlman said. “I’m a gangster who owns a speakeasy. He comes to my nightclub to get information and so I have this one scene in the movie with Newt and his friends. Newt is played by Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne, who was in “The Theory of Everything” … And I steal the movie. I’m like the Donald Trump of acting. My acting is so good. You’re not going to believe how good it is.”
A deluxe illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, written by J.K. Rowling and illustrated by Jim Kay, will be auctioned off to benefit charity. The auction is intended to take place on December 17, at Sotheby’s London.
The book contains a unique dragon illustration, as well as the inscriptions, “The book that changed my life. J.K. Rowling” and “Mine too! Thank you Jo. Jim Kay.” The book will be auctioned off to benefit Lumos, the charity founded by J.K. Rowling that works for the deinstitutionalization of children, reunite families, and provide aid to families in order to continue caring for their children. The charity hopes to end the institutionalization of children, and give children their right to a family, globally by 2050.
Fine Books & Collections Magazine says of the auctioned item:
It is accompanied by a letter of provenance from the Publishing Director of Bloomsbury Children’s Books: “this is the first advance copy of the Deluxe Edition. It was hand bound ahead of the binding of the rest of the print run and sent from our printer in Italy… ready for signing by J.K. Rowling and Jim Kay.”
Historic Harry Potter Prices at Sotheby’s
2007 saw the sale of J.K. Rowling’s “The Tales of Beedle the Bard” for an unprecedented £1,950,000 (est. £30,000-50,000). It was one of just seven copies of the book-each different from each other-hand-written and illustrated by J.K. Rowling.
In 2013, Sotheby’s auctioned the “Lumos Maxima” bracelet, a bespoke sterling silver charm bracelet made by Hamilton & Inches, based on designs by J.K Rowling and inspired by her Harry Potter books, for £20,000 (est. £15,000-20,000). The charms included Harry Potter’s bolt of lightning; glasses and broomstick; a Golden Snitch; Dark Mark skull set with amethyst eyes; Slytherin locket; a winged key; The Tales of Beedle the Bard book; the Sorting Hat; the Deathly Hallows symbol and a wand, which acts as the fastener. 100% of the net sale proceeds went directly to J.K. Rowling’s children’s charity, Lumos.
For more information about the auction, visit the original article, here.
Yesterday, on November 12, now officially “Daniel Radcliffe Day” in Hollywood, Daniel Radcliffe received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Though he has moved on to a create a diverse acting portfolio for himself, with a variety of roles on screen and on stage, Radcliffe will always be tied to his role as the beloved character of Harry Potter. (Videos of the ceremony can be seen below.)
Expressing his gratefulness at receiving such an honor, Radcliffe told Variety:
“It’s really an incredible honor,” he says about the star. “We (Brits) have a national embarrassment about people saying nice things about us, so I was taken aback at first but then I had a real sense of gratitude. Only about 20% of people who work in film and television end up on the Walk of Fame. It’s kind of amazing. I don’t know if they remove these things, but no matter how badly I mess up, they can’t remove it,” says Radcliffe, who has managed to avoid the fate of many of showbiz child stars while navigating his way to adulthood.
“It’s a very transient industry, but there’s something permanent about (the star),” says Radcliffe, who also has had his hands and feet immortalized in front of the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood along with his “Harry Potter” co-stars Emma Watson and Rupert Grint.
Variety reported more on Radcliffe’s post-Potter roles that have certainly contributed to his award, by showcasing his skills in diverse roles. That article can be read here.
Leron Gubler, President and CEO of Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, gave a speech introducing Radcliffe. He began by honoring a young man that has “literally had a spell-binding career.” Radcliffe received the 2,565th star on the Walk of Fame. He was awarded, of course, a star in the Motion Picture category.
Gubler gave a brief synopsis of Radcliffe’s entire acting portfolio. Daniel was recognized with the beginning of his career at age 9, playing Young David in the BBC/PBS production of David Copperfield. Gubler goes onto list Radcliffe’s more recent projects that have been completed this year, and will be completed next year. Gubler saved even mentioning the Harry Potter films until the very last sentence of Radcliffe’s filmography introduction, before moving onto talking about Radcliffe’s roles on stage, his other achievements, awards, and philanthropy work.
Before Daniel spoke, his good friend and comedian, Chris Hardwick, had a few kind words to say. His comment that Daniel should have received a star just for growing up in the industry and not becoming a jerk garnered lots of cheers.
HOLLYWOOD, CA – NOVEMBER 12: Actor Daniel Radcliffe is honored with a star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame on November 12, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)
Harry Potter director and producer, Chris Columbus, took the stage after Hardwick. He talked about casting Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter after seeing him on screen as Young David Copperfield, as well as watching him grow in the versatile roles he has taken in addition the Potter films. Columbus said he cried tears of pride at Daniel’s other performances, even the comedic roles.
Daniel gave a moving speech, and acknowledged his gratefulness at the role the Harry Potter films and his Harry Potter fans have had in his life. He thanked those fans who showed up for his ceremony, frightened that only a few lonely people would show up. Radcliffe mentioned being lucky quite a bit. Dan said in his acceptance speech:
“A few months ago I was walking along here with a couple of friends and was becoming in awe and slightly overwhelmed by the names that I was going to be joining. Growing up in England, when you hear the word Hollywood, right after you picture the sign on the hill, you picture these stars. It feels a very long way from when you grow up in Fulham to this.
“Thank you to everyone…As this is an honor mostly related to Potter, I would be remiss if I didn’t not thank Warner Brothers and David Heyman for making those films, and for allowing me to be in them. Thank you to everybody who came today, by the way. I really wasn’t sure what this would be, if it was going to be just me and six people. I didn’t know if you would all turn up, this is amazing. Fans of the Harry Potter films are unique and amazing and wonderful. Still six years on since I’ve finished them, I am constantly being amazed by their passion, and by their curiosity, and by the fact that they are interested in so many other things than Harry Potter. That is a curiosity that I think was fostered by Jo Rowling and passed on to all of you. Thank you for carrying that on, and thank you for supporting me in my other efforts as well.“
Daniel went on to talk about how his love for the film industry was instilled in him by Chris Columbus and working on the Harry Potter films. He talked of how his wonderful experiences on the Potter films shaped his career. Last but not least, Daniel also thanked his parents:
“I talk about luck a lot. I was very lucky to get the part of Harry, I was lucky I enjoyed working long hours right from the word “go”, and I’ve been lucky enough to be able to continue my career and work with the people I love in the years since Potter finished. But the seeds of all my luck were sown at the very beginning, 26 years ago, when I got you as parents. So thank you, and I love you.“
A short version of the award ceremony can be seen below, courtesy of Press Association:
Variety has posted the entire award ceremony on its YouTube channel. The 47 minute video can be seen below. Not much happens until the speeches begin at time marker 24:00. Daniel’s speech begins on marker 36:52.
Today (12th November), The Leaky Cauldron was lucky enough to be invited along to the very special (and exclusive) opening event for the annual Hogwarts in the Snow feature at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London: The Making of Harry Potter.
So many brilliant additions were made to the tour to make it as festive as possible, and these extra details, on top of the already amazing sets and props, made the night so much more magical.
Not only that, but the excitement of Fantastic Beasts being filmed just across the river is a comforting promise that the films aren’t over yet!
Various VIP guests attended the event, including Tom Fletcher (Mcfly), Nadiya Hussain (The Great British Bake-Off), Rod Stewart and Dynamo.
This feature is absolutely not to be missed, and if our word isn’t enough, we’re bringing you photos from the event to prove it!
As you arrive at the tour, you are greeted by the amazing Harry Potter soundtrack (giving you goosebumps before you’ve even picked up your tickets!), and Mr Weasley’s trusty old flying Ford Anglia.
This is also where the Hogwarts in the Snow experience begins. In the centre of the foyer, surrounded the photos of the cast, is a huge snow-dusted Christmas tree:
You are then taken through to the studio’s cinema, where you are reminded by Dan Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint about the magic of Harry Potter, the global phenomenon it has become, and the family created over the long years the cast and crew spent growing up on set. It’s enough to make anybody teary-eyed!
Then it’s time to enter the Great Hall. Wreaths are hung upon the beautiful doors, and statues surround the walls, giving a mere inkling of the level of detail you are to expect from the rest of the tour.
The authentic costumes of the Hogwarts Professors greet you at the back of the hall (a luminescent Dumbledore instantly catches your eye), and the Hogwarts house uniforms surround the walls. The stone floor below your feet at this point is the original stone used in the process of filming Harry Potter!
The Christmas trees surrounding The Great Hall, and the authentic-looking artificial festive food laid out on the huge tables, are an excellent addition to an already breathtaking set. What is best about the newer props added for this feature is the level of detail put in to make the Hall feel as homely as possible. As soon as you start to look around the room, you can appreciate exactly why the films give you that lovely nostalgic feeling of going home. The level of work put into each and every prop and costume to create the perfect atmosphere is absolutely amazing.
To flaming Christmas Puddings (effects like these are produced by gas pipes running under tables and along the floor):
To Christmas cakes and House-themed Christmas crackers and gift boxes:
This room has it all and so much more, so make sure to stick around a while to take it all in!
Next it’s on to Production. My favourite part of this is Hair and Makeup, which giving you a glimpse into the behind-the-scenes of the actors’ appearances:
I love how the desks are laid out with wigs, latex, glue, lists, a box of ‘teeth’ and a profile photo of Bonnie Wright – just like the set is still being used. The way sets, props and departments are arranged along the tour is another of the reasons why it never fails to excite – the process of filming is so easy to imagine when you’ve got what it took right in front of you!
This drinks centre-piece from the Yule Ball is another of my favourites. It looks so magical and festive!
Another great feature is the Goblet of Fire, just past the gates to Hogwarts. The goblet sets alight and can be opened out or shut back up again. It’s mind-boggling to see the talent that goes into making some of the more technical props, and the level of detail and engineering in props like this amazes me.
Other notable features in this area include the Fat Lady’s portrait, the Mirror of Erised (which you can take a photo in) and Hogwarts’ giant pendulum. The scale of these features is astounding, drawing attention to the care taken to achieve realistic effects.
The Gryffindor Male Dorm Room is fully decorated, and adorned with tinsel to add to the Christmas vibe, as well as the Gryffindor Common Room looking even more festive than usual:
The tapestries and murals on the walls at the tour are another of the special additions to give visitors an idea of the level of detail in the film-making process. A personal favourite of mine is the Chamber of Secrets mural outside the toilets next to the Visual Effects section. It was hand painted by Andrew Williamson over the course of nine days this year (29 June – 7 July 2015):
A few other highlights from around the set section include Making Snow and Fire tutorials:
The door to the Chamber of Secrets:
And the kitchen at The Burrow:
Then it’s on to the Visual Effects section, where you can test your skills with a wand, look at how flying effects were produced, and even have a go at flying a broom (in the snow) and the Ford Anglia yourself!
After this, it’s time to visit the tour’s newest attraction: The Hogwarts Express!
Considering most visitors probably will have come from London train stations to get to the tour, the replica Platform 9 and 3/4 within Kings-Cross station bears striking resemblance to the (almost) real thing.
There is also a Railway Shop on site, and the option to have a photo inside interactive carriages of the Hogwarts Express.
Again, the arrangement of the set to look as realistic as possible is stunning. The sweets left on seats, the costumed mannequins and trolley of sweets gives you the feeling you’re really on the Hogwarts Express (which you are!).
I particularly liked the inverted R + L heart from Lavender Brown in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.
Round the corner are the costumes of Harry, Ginny, Hermione and Ron in the ‘Nineteen-Years-Later’ scene on Platform 9 and 3/4, and a Graphic Design display:
Outside in the backlot, you have the option of purchasing Butterbeer from one of only three places in the world that sell the real deal. It’s delicious, and you can also now purchase it in ice-cream form! (I’d go with both).
The Knight Bus greets you, along with other sets such as the Hogwarts Bridge, 4 Privet Drive and the Potters’ house in Godric’s Hollow.
The ‘snow’ outside at this event really adds to the festive vibe, and makes the Potters’ House look less gloomy and more mysterious and magical than ever.
The Special Effects department is another of my favourites, giving you an insight into make-up, props and animatronics that you might never have guessed were so technical!
Again, the arrangement of desks like they’re still being used to make the props adds a great dimension to the tour – you feel as though you’re suddenly a part of the film-making process, connecting you even more to the film series.
When you finally approach Diagon Alley, you feel just like Harry in The Philosopher’s Stone. The shops make you want to run wild, the lighting is perfectly warm and inviting (much alike the Great Hall) and the amount of things to see is endless!
Next up is the Design department. The concept art will make you insanely jealous of the artistic ability of the people involved in the film-making process:
The mini-figures are absolutely breath-taking. The attention to detail is impressive even in comparison to the rest of the tour – you can really see why the films turned out as well as they did. Part of the beauty of the tour is that the crew behind the cameras are allowed to express their talents to visitors, and visually show fractions of the hard work that went into the making of the films.
HOGWARTS SPOILERS AHEAD:
After you’ve been thoroughly impressed by Design, it’s time for the main event.
Turning the corner, Harry In Winter by Patrick Doyle begins to play, and – completely in awe – you come across an intricate scale model of Hogwarts castle in the snow.
It’s well worth visiting whilst it’s decorated like this. Not just for the castle, but for all the little extras the team at the Studio Tour add to the sets to give the homely festive feelings the films so excellently evoke.
Without the snow (for comparison):
The castle is surrounded by interactive boards, which tell you more about how the model was used to shoot film scenes of Hogwarts, and more on its construction (which took 80 model makers over 7 months!). From the website:
‘The crew updated it over the years when the story required it (the bridge was added for Prisoner of Azkaban, the Owlery for Goblet of Fire, and the Astronomy Tower for Half-Blood Prince), and the model was used for nearly every exterior shot of Hogwarts seen in the first six Harry Potter films. The specialist work was so detailed that it would have taken one person more than 74 years to complete!’
This truly is the most magical part of the tour, and I’d recommend you spend a long time appreciating just how perfect the model is, and get loads of photos!
Even the gift shop at the end of the tour is immaculately presented. Almost like a set itself, you pass through Olivander’s wand shop (where you are reminded that around 17,000 wand boxes were inscribed by hand for the films), to reach the best place to buy yourself and others amazing presents. Wands, sweets, plush toys, mugs, keyrings, robes, notebooks, pens, house jumpers and t-shirts – you name it, I bet they’ve got it!
Hogwarts in the Snow will be running from today (13th November) until Sunday 31st January 2016. It’s such an amazing experience, and we at Leaky would definitely recommend visiting!
More information can be found on the event’s page here, and tickets can be purchased here. The guided option of the tour is narrated by Tom Felton, and this is definitely recommended if you want to know the inside-out details of the film-making process as you walk around the tour.
We’d like to say a huge thank you to Warner Bros. for inviting us to this special event – it was an absolutely amazing evening, and we hope everybody else enjoys Hogwarts in the Snow as much as we did!
MinaLima, the graphic artists behind the splendor of the magical Harry Potter films is opening an exhibit in London. The Graphic Art of the Harry Potter Films exhibition will be open from Monday, November 30, to Saturday, December 19, at The Coningsby Gallery, Fitzrovia. Admission to the exhibition is free.
In the exhibition, fans will be able to get a close up look at the visual designs that brought the Harry Potter world to life on screen. Fans will be able to see details of the artworks as originally created for the films, as well as process of how these designs came to be and changes that occurred along the way. The artworks will be displayed chronologically.
As MinaLima designed the Daily Prophet, the Marauder’s Map, and many other graphic props, WB’s Leavesden Studio Tour will be loaning the exhibition original and authentic film props from Harry Potter Studio Tour. All artwork displayed was designed at Leavesden Film Studios between 2002 and 2010.
After the films finished, MinaLima continued their work with the Harry Potter franchise, designing the streets and stores of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. The press release talks of MinaLima’s work, saying:
“As the designers of the Marauder’s Map, The Daily Prophet and every other graphic prop in the film series, Miraphora and Eduardo have an exceptional and passionate understanding of the Harry Potter films.
With the designs being an integral part of the storytelling, MinaLima’s attention to detail is paramount in their work. Much historical research and experimentation with techniques is employed, from finding the perfect ageing effects to scanning old typefaces and peculiar surfaces to enrich their visual reference library.“
Prints of artwork and other memorabilia will be available for purchase at the exhibition. The press release for the exhibition states:
“This exhibition showcases graphic designs from Warner Bros. Pictures’ Harry Potter films by Miraphora Mina and Eduardo Lima, reproduced as limited edition art prints which will be for sale.”
“All printed in England, the prints use pigment inks on 300gsm Hahnemuhle fine art paper. Each print is edition numbered and embossed, and comes with a numbered certificate of authenticity. Some editions are embellished with hand finished metallic foiling. Artworks can be purchased either framed or unframed at the exhibition, and can be shipped worldwide. Also for sale at the exhibition will be Hogwarts prop replica notebooks and postcard sets from MinaLima’s collection.“
The Graphic Art of the Harry Potter Films exhibition is open every day from: Monday 30th November 2015 to Saturday 19th December 2015 inclusive. Free entry.
Check gallery website for opening times: www.coningsbygallery.com
Private view: Monday 30th November 6.30 to 9pm
The Coningsby Gallery: 30 Tottenham Street, London W1T 4RJ; Tel no +44 (0) 20 7636 7478
While promoting his upcoming film Victor Frankenstein, Daniel Radcliffe caught up with E! News, and the conversation inevitably turned to the new wizarding world film series, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
Eonline released a short clip of the interview, in which Radcliffe is asked how he feels about the upcoming films. He replied, “I can barely keep myself in this chair. Yes, I am very excited, but I’ve also been asked about it a lot, and I don’t have any information to give, unfortunately.” He also adds, “I’ve just seen the image of [Eddie Redmayne], and he looks great.”
He was also asked if, as a veteran of the wizarding world, he has any advice for Redmayne:
“No, I don’t think he needs advice, just like enjoy it,” Radcliffe says. “I don’t think there’s anything to live up to as well, especially in a way because it’s not like there’s original source material which is a very strong narrative. You know the Fantastic Beasts book is really cool…I hope he’s just enjoying it.”
Radcliffe wants Redmayne and the new movies to be able to stand on their own two feet, which is why he previously told E! News‘ Marc Malkin that he wouldn’t be appearing in Fantastic Beasts. “I feel that would be a very distracting thing so I’m not looking to pop up in them,” he confessed.
In the article, Eonline reiterates that Fantastic Beasts takes place 70 years before Harry’s time. It therefore seems unlikely that Daniel Radcliffe would have a part to play, anyway, unless the films somehow incorporated a flash-forward sequence. Who knows what J.K. Rowing and the other creative minds involved in the films might dream up?
In related news, Dan also weighed in on the ‘No-Maj’ controversy. ‘No-Maj’ is the American alternative to ‘Muggle,’ and will be used by American characters in the Fantastic Beasts films. According to Mashable:
“I have no strong opinions about this,” Radcliffe told Mashable when asked about the no-maj news.
“We have different words in England, so it makes perfect sense that there should be a different word for it in America.”
Radcliffe, who is currently in New York City promoting his new film Victor Frankenstein alongside James McAvoy, added that “because no one has pronounced it on film yet, no one [really] knows how to say it.”
“I guess part of the new prequel is set here, or they come here, so I’m excited to see what they do with that,” he added.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will be released in theatres in November 2016.
Matt Lewis (Neville Longbottom) is in Australia for the Supanova Pop Culture Expo. Whilst on the Aussie shores, Matt was able to give a few quotes to the Australian news website, Rip it Up. The article talks of Matt’s post-Potter roles, and the totally different path he has taken since being characterized as the beloved, heroic dork, Neville Longbottom. Matt realizes that fans of his career are largely Harry Potter fans, and for that he is grateful! He is grateful for us–you, me, us! Rip It Up reports:
“Lewis wrapped up filming for anticipated drama Me Before You earlier this year, based on the 2012 novel of the same name by Jojo Moyes. Lewis stars alongside Game of Thronesfavourite Emilia Clarke and The Hunger Games’ Sam Claflin, both of whom he loved working with. “It was just a really nice environment on set [with them], and the book that the script is based on is a lovely piece of literature,” he tells ripitup.com.au. Me Before You is scheduled for release in June of next year.
Lewis has also been flitting between England and Ireland this year while working on two television shows, Happy Valley and Ripper Street. When we caught up with Lewis, he was back in London briefly after a stint in Manchester shooting for Happy Valley, sniffling and coughing down the line. “I’ve come back here [to London] for the moment – I’ve got this cold because it’s miserable here,” he says. “The last few days have been pretty intense. I can’t really say what I was doing without giving away too much of my character, but it was intense and I’m quite rundown.”
Lewis’s career has evidently evolved to comprise a diverse range of acting roles since his younger days as the bumbling, faithful Neville Longbottom. He tells ripitup.com.au that he has enjoyed working on television sets, and that he likes having the freedom to move between film and television work. But what are Lewis’s thoughts on Neville five years after the wrap-up of Harry Potter?
“I’ve done quite a few weirdly different things to Neville since then. I feel like in my career I’ve definitely moved on, but it’s still such a massive part of my life – it’s not something that you can easily forget,” he states. “It’s been the very foundation of the rest of my career, particularly amongst the fanbase. I’m very, very fortunate to have some incredibly fantastic fans. I’m under no illusion that the vast majority are fans of Harry Potter and that’s not a bad thing. I don’t mind at all.”
Lewis says that while it is difficult to remain in close contact with the cast and crew of Harry Potter since many have moved around the world to pursue other projects, he still speaks to his colleagues from the film set regularly. “I saw David Yates and David Heyman, the director and producer of Harry Potter, at the weekend. I saw J.K. Rowling at the weekend as well, and chatted to her about the film and the play she’s doing.”
To read more of this interview, about Matt’s favorite (Harry Potter) fan moment, read the original interview here. The Supanova Pop Culture expo will be the weekend of November 20-22. Other Harry Potter actors and many other stars are on the star-studded celebrity lineup. Ticket information is availabe on the Supanova website, here.
The concept art for a second wave of Harry Potter POP! Vinyls has just sprung up online! The original lineup was released this past July, but some notable characters, like Dobby, Luna, Neville, and Sirius, were missing. Not for long, it appears! While there has not yet been an official statement from Funko (the makers of the figures) announcing new additions, these designs were posted today by popvinyl.net:
Though we do not yet know whether or not these images are official, if they are, ten new additions to the collection will be on the way. The above images show Harry dressed for the Triwizard Tournament, Sirius Black, Dumbledore in lilac robes, Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley (as separate figures) dressed for the Yule Ball, Draco Malfoy, Luna Lovegood, Neville Longbottom, Dobby (holding a sock!), and a Dementor.
Here are the original figures, which were released last July, and are available for purchase in stores and on Amazon:
Keep your eyes peeled for an official announcement about the new releases! Are there any other character figures you hope Funko releases in the future? Let us know in the comments!
WARNING: VIDEO FOR AN R-RATED MOVIE. CONTENT INADVISABLE FOR FANS UNDER THE AGE OF 17.
A new trailer has been released for Rupert Grint’s new movie, Moonwalkers. This trailer is different than the Japanese trailer, showing new scenes in addition to being in English. The film has been screened at film festivals in France, Japan, South Korea and the USA. According to IMDB, the will be hitting the theaters in January 2016 for France and the USA, as well as this Saturday, November 14th, in Japan.
Indiewire reported on the film, saying:
Hollywood really likes making movies about and or related to Stanley Kubrick. There’s “Color Me Kubrick” with John Malkovich, it feels like every year there’s some Kubrick-related script on the Black List, and this year we have “Moonwalkers” which is about that conspiracy theory that Apollo 11 never actually happened and in reality, Stanley Kubrick, secretly shot the famous images of the moon landing in a studio, working for the U.S. administration.
Set in swinging sixties London, it focuses on a stubborn CIA agent (Ron Perlman a.k.a. “Hellboy“) who can’t find Kubrick but instead is forced to team up with the lousy manager of a seedy rock band (Rupert Grint) to develop the biggest con of all time: staging the moon landing. The film made its world premiere earlier this year at the 2015 SXSW where is was described as a “riotous, high-tempo action-comedy.”
The two leading men, Rupert Grint and Ron Perlman (who will also be starring in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them), can be seen in the trailer below.
Daniel Radcliffe has been making the rounds on talk shows, promoting his new movie, Victor Frankenstein, which hits theaters November 25th.
Right before going to a premier for the movie, Dan Radcliffe stopped by The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. After forcing Jimmy to dance the Gangnam Style, they engaged in a card game of War…with a watery twist. Half way through getting soaked, Dan remembered that he was going to a premiere and didn’t bring a dry change in underwear. Check the videos out on The Tonight Show web page, and below:
Dan also retold the story of when he met GOP presidential candidate, Donald Trump, as a young kid visiting NYC for the first time. He compared the presidential candidate to London’s mayor–as a man who says things that would normally end a politicians career, gets away with it, and somehow gets elected. This clip can be seen below:
While in New York promoting Victor Frankenstein
, he also made an appearance on “Kelly and Michael.” He also talks about his other film projects in his career, including his new hair cut for Imperium
and getting his star on the Hollywood walk of fame. Daniel also talked about not being old enough to play an older Harry in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
He said that he is happy to see the part Harry coming back in an eighth story, he is also happy to see what it would be like to have someone else in the role.
Sitting down with SlashFilm.com on the set of Victor Frankenstein, Daniel talks about working in unconventional roles, and goes into detail about his role as Igor. He talks of playing the part physically, including wearing a prosthetic hump and performing stunts, such as stage fighting, without hurting the other person. Dan also discusses what attracted him to the role in the first place
“James McAvoy said there’s a physicality to this role. Could you describe that for us?
Yeah, in my experience in doing various physical scenes with people, half of your energy that day is just spent in getting the other actor to engage physically with you. Most actors don’t do it, don’t want to hurt you, but James and I have enough confidence in each other that we’re not going to hurt each other. It’s amazing working with James on that level; he gives 100% every time. He just throws me around.
I’d like to think I’ve been the most willing victim he’s ever had. Pretty much our first day actually was him repeatedly slamming me against a pillar; so yeah, that set the tone. I’ve enjoyed all aspects of working with him, but I think the physical side is what sets this apart.
Does that physical side take a toll on things, even on elements such as your costume?
Not so much on those things, but on the first day, that slamming against a post, I had a prosthetic on — not of the full hump, but of the hump when it’s been drained, so it’s actually messed up and not nice looking. So I had that on for three hours, then I put a costume on over it, so it started getting sweaty and covered in material, and then I’m landing on it every time when I go back, I’m hitting the prosthetic time after time after time. And then, at the end of the day, after doing that for seven hours, they were like, “OK, close up on the hump,” and actually, it held up remarkably well. James has got the brilliant ability where he really looks like he’s slamming you against the wall, while actually taking most of the impact himself. So it held up better than we thought.
But was that an attraction to this?
There’s always an attraction to it, in the same way there was about playing Ginsberg [in Kill Your Darlings], about any kind of transformation – particularly a physical one as well – I really enjoy that. I enjoy working with hair and makeup a lot, I enjoy watching people being good at their jobs, and so hair and makeup and prosthetics and all that lot, I’ve always loved being involved in that, but this is definitely the most heavily made up look. I’m not sure if it’s a deliberate thing, but I think most actors enjoy looking in a mirror and not seeing themselves.“
Dan talked in detail about his character, Igor, and how his adaption of the role is different than any other of the Hollywood character (Igor has become a staple to Frankenstein movies, though the character was never present in the novel by Mary Shelley.)
“What differentiates this new iteration of Frankenstein?
One of the big differences in this film is when the monster is created, and that puts a very different perspective on everything. The monster isn’t created until the end of… we have several attempts throughout the movie, but the main monster isn’t created until nearer the end of the movie, whereas traditionally it’s something that happens earlier. So it’s less about what happens to the world after the monster is created, and the monster in general, it’s more about the relationship between Frankenstein and Igor preceding it, which of course isn’t a relationship that is in the book. It’s something that has been entered into a global consciousness by loads and loads of movies.
Does Igor have the same drive to play God that Frankenstein does?
Not at all, he wants to… the battle for Igor is, once Victor has rescued him, and he develops this insane loyalty to him, then Victor starts going off the deep end ego-wise. It starts off being very well intentioned, ‘I want to create life, and do something incredible to change the world’, and as his ego takes over, it just becomes, ‘how far can I push this? What crazy, insane thing can I do, just because I can?’, and I think Igor – the chance to change the world for the better is something he never thought he would get, so entering into that, he’s incredibly excited, he wants to be part of that, but then the battle for him in the film is trying to work up the courage to actually stand up to Victor and to tell him to stop.
Are you interested in any other portrayals of Igor from the past?
Other than the ones I’ve already seen, and grew up loving, like Marty Feldman [in Young Frankenstein] is one I get referenced a lot, I think this treads a really wonderful line between Frankenstein and Young Frankenstein. There is humor in this film, it’s not a comedy by any stretch, but there is humor in it. I’ve played a few parts where there have been other people who have played them — when I did Equus, there was a film of that — I’m always worried about being influenced too much, especially this where it is such a fresh take on Igor. I’m a terrible mimic, if I see something to hang on to, I’ll probably do that, so it’s just trying to create it myself, and trying not to do bits from Marty Feldman.
So how old is Igor supposed to be?
I think he’s supposed to be early 20s. He’s younger than Frankenstein. He’s also supposed to have lived his life entirely in the circus, so he is — he’s not naive, but he’s terrified of the world around him.“
To read much much more of this very extensive interview, Dan’s relationship with the crew on set, his love of Sherlock, and his character’s relationships with Victor Frankenstein and Jessica Brown Findlay’s character, visit the original article, here.
Though the cover of the November issue of Italian Vogue when to Gigi Hadid, Emma Watson is makes a splash in her editorial spread.
The short English text published on the website of the Italian Vogue taps into Watson’s role as Hermione, stating
“It is strange to see her on the big screen in difficult cinematic roles, or to listen to her speak from the United Nations pulpit to defend the rights between men and women.”
The photos feature Watson in a Gothic, haunting setting, sporting dark brown hair and beautiful dresses. About her experiences as Hermione and her life after the films, she says:
“It is always surprising for me, to see how long this period of time is, where I have come and from where I started. It is pleasant to follow that journey.”
Watson, who is now working as the leader of the HeForShe campaign as well as continuing her acting career with film projects like Disney’s Beauty and the Beast says:
“I want to be a woman of the Renaissance. I want to paint, and write. And above all I want to continue to act. I simply want to do everything.”
You can find the fashion spread and a video about the shoot from the website of the Italian Vogue. To read more about Emma Watson’s new look, you can check out the fashion & beauty article from Bustle.
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Universal Studios Orlando have released more details about their third annual A Celebration of Harry Potter, taking place at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Orlando in 2016!
“Explore The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ – Hogsmeade™ at Universal’s Islands of Adventure®and Diagon Alley™ at Universal Studios®. Dine at the Leaky Cauldron™ and the Three Broomsticks™, see a wand choose a wizard at Ollivanders™, then ride Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts™, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey™ and other thrilling attractions. With your park-to-park admission, you can even ride between both lands of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ on the Hogwarts™ Express°”
A Celebration of Harry Potter™ is an unforgettable event where the magic of Harry Potter™ continues, and it’s only at Universal Orlando Resort.
Behind the Thrills reports the guest list, who will be taking part throughout the event, and in Q&A sessions:
- Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley)
- Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom)
- Katie Leung (Cho Chang)
- Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley)
- Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood)
- Pierre Brohanna (Head Prop Maker for the film franchise)
- Eduardo Lima and Miraphora Mina of MinaLima (established the visual graphic style of the films)
- Paul Harris (wand combat choreographer for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix)
- The creators and talent that have made Harry Potter: The Exhibition a global touring phenomenon.
Guests will also be able to attend wand combat classes and take part in a huge Expo!
“Make your way through interactive displays in this one-of-a-kind collection of Harry Potter™ themed props, movie sets, artwork and more. This year we’re excited to welcome back Harry Potter™ The Exhibition, Warner Bros. Studio Tour London, MinaLima, Pottermore and Scholastic as part of A Celebration of Harry Potter™ Expo.”
Universal have also announced details of various panels and demonstration events on their website.
The event will be held in Universal Studios Orlando from January 29th – 31st 2016. Read more and purchase tickets on the Universal Studios website here, and take a look back at last year’s event below!
Bloomsbury has announced the date and theme of it’s Harry Potter Book Night in 2016.
The first annual Harry Potter Book Night was held this past February, and saw over 10,500 parties organized in the UK, with the Twitter #HarryPotterBookNight trending for most of the day. When Harry Potter Book Night returns, Thursday, February 4th, 2016, even more excitement and more parties are expected. It will be bigger and better. Because of it’s success, international publishers have decided to join in and bring Harry Potter Book Night to fans all over the world.
Bloomsbury explains their choice in theme for Harry Potter Book Night 2016, saying:
Whether it is the disarming Expelliarmus or the dreaded Avada Kedavra, spells are at the very heart of all of the Harry Potter books, making them a perfect focus for the second Harry Potter Book Night.
With an updated event kit themed around spells and lots more exciting elements yet to be announced, once again fans of all ages will have the chance to celebrate J.K. Rowling’s wonderful novels – and pass the magic on to young readers who haven’t yet discovered these unforgettable books.
To get the latest news on Harry Potter Book Night 2016, have access to kits, and more, visit the Harry Potter Book Night webpage. Those who registered for exclusive news letters last February should still be on the list to receive them. Mark your calendars, spread the word, get excited and get ready for HARRY POTTER BOOK NIGHT 2016: NIGHT OF SPELLS! (Capitalization 100% necessary.)
Ice Cream Man recently highlighted the release of new Moonwalkers material on the film’s official Facebook page, including a new clip, stills and a promotional shoot.
The clip features Rupert Grint, Ron Perlman and Robert Sheehan – you can watch it here.
A brand new interview with Rupert Grint was also released on the Facebook page yesterday, which you can see at this link.
The plot of the film is as follows:
“What if Apollo 11 never actually made it? What if, in reality, Stanley Kubrick secretly shot the famous images of the moon landing in a studio, working for the US administration?
This is the premise of a totally plausible conspiracy theory that takes us to swinging sixties London, where a stubborn CIA agent (Ron Perlman) will never find Kubrick but instead is forced to team up with a lousy manager (Rupert Grint) of a seedy rock band to develop the biggest con of all time.”
They have also recently released a new still, again featuring Rupert, Ron, and Robbie:
You can view more stills in Ice Cream Man‘s gallery here.
Rupert also appears in a promotional shoot for the film (below):
The comedy is set to be released in Japan on November 14th. Watch the trailer here and some promotional clips here!
WARNING: VIDEOS CONTAIN ADULT CONTENT. RATED R–NOT RECOMMENDED FOR CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 17.
Entertainment Tonight got a hold of a video clip from Evanna Lynch’s new film, Addiction: A 60’s Love Story. The independent film was released in theaters in New York City and Los Angeles on October 23rd, and moved to video on demand, available for purchase, this week.
ET was the first to release a trailer for the new movie earlier this summer. At the time of our first report, the movie had a different title, Dynamite: A Cautionary Tale, and raising funds on its Indiegogo page “The Dynamite Project.” By the time the first trailer was put out, the title had changed to Dynamite: A 60’s Love Story. The most recent trailer from August released the final title of the film, Addiction: A 60’s Love Story. The new title is very fitting as the film includes drug and alcohol abuse, as well as heavy sexual content. The most recent trailer from ET can be seen below:
The new scene released from ET expands on a snippet seen in the trailer above, and solely features Evanna Lynch and Ian Harding.
Addiction: A 60’s Love Story is now available to buy and view on Video on Demand.
Yesterday, the Deluxe Edition of the new illustrated Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, illustrated by Jim Kay and written by J.K. Rowling, was released. Bloomsbury anticipated to release this £150 along side the beautiful, and much anticipated £30 edition. With the high price tag comes new features that enhance the beauty of the illustrated editions of Jim Kay’s Philosopher Stone.
Bloomsbury describes the Deluxe Editions enhancements and features, saying:
“The deluxe illustrated edition of J.K. Rowling’s timeless classic will feature an exclusive pull-out double gatefold of Diagon Alley; intricate foiled line art by Jim Kay on a real cloth cover and slipcase; gilt edges on premium grade paper; head and tail bands and two ribbon markers. It is the ultimate must-have edition for any fan, collector or bibliophile.“
“This special edition is an utterly enchanting feast of a book and something to treasure for a lifetime. Brimming with rich detail and humour, Jim Kay’s dazzling depiction of the wizarding world and much loved characters will captivate fans and new readers alike. In oil, pastel, pencil, watercolour, pixels and a myriad of other techniques, Jim Kay has created over 115 astonishing illustrations.“
The Deluxe Edition of Philosopher’s Stone will only be available through Bloomsbury’s website until March 2016. Next spring, the Deluxe Edition will be released to other retailers.
Our good friends at MuggleNet have been keeping track of Harry Potter actors gracing the floorboards of the London West End. Imelda Staunton (Dolores Umbridge) and Ralph Fiennes (Lord Voldemort) have both been nominated for Best Musical Performance and Best Actor, respectively, from the 2015 Evening Standard Theater Awards.
Imelda Staunton is being recognized for her singing, dancing, and acting talents in her portrayal of Mamma Rose in Chichester Festival Theatre’s rendition of Gypsy. Mugglenet reports Staunton already received an award for this role, when she won the UK Theater Award last week. A trailer for Imelda Staunton in Gypsy can be seen below.
Gypsy has also received a nomination for Best Musical. The show is being put on at the Savoy Theatre in London’s West End until November 28. After Gypsy leaves the stage, the BBC is planning on broadcasting a recording of the show. No date has been given, but it will probably be sometime in the near future.
Ralph Fiennes is being recognized for his leading role in George Bernard Shaw’s Man and Superman. The show was put on at the National Theatre’s Lyttelton earlier this year. MuggleNet reports more nominations for co-stars of Harry Potter actors in other post-Potter projects:
“Other nominees include Martin McDonagh, who directed Daniel Radcliffe in The Cripple of Inishmaan; James McAcoy, Radcliffe’s co-star in the upcoming horror film Victor Frankenstein, and Gugu Mbatha-Raw, who starred in Belle with Tom Felton, appeared alongside Eddie Redmayne in Jupiter Ascending and will next be seen co-starring with Emma Watson and Emma Thompson (Professor Sybil Trelawney) in Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast.”
The newest episode of the Cormoran Strike podcast, “The Strike Files,” is out! You can check it out on iTunes or here on the show’s website; it covers the first twenty chapters of Career of Evil, the latest book in the Strike series. Enjoy!
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Over the weekend, Emma Watson participated in an auction for the Small Steps Project. Small Steps provides emergency aid, food and shoes to children and others living in communities in municipal garbage dumps around the world. They accept donations of time and skills from willing working volunteers, people will to participate at their events, and donations, especially from companies who are donating products and services. Small Steps describes their two main goals:
We deliver our projects in two phases. In the first phase we deliver emergency aid distribution projects, providing items that will protect people from the immediate dangers on rubbish dumps: from shoes, gloves and clothing to mosquito nets food and water.
This enables us to establish the demographics of the dump and devise and implement our second phase-sustainable projects that aim to reduce the time children spend on dumps and support them in taking small steps into education.
Emma Watson participated in one of Small Steps’ funding campaigns, the Celebrity Shoe Auction. Watson donated a signed pair of Jimmy Choo shoes (size 37.5 EU), which she wore to the premiere of My Week with Marylyn. Pictures of these shoes and of Emma wearing them (as well as pictures of the shoes Emma donated last year) can be seen on the Small Steps website.
The auction closed last night, and Emma’s shoes gathered £2,622.00 for the winning bid in 51 bids.
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A lot of us have been questioning the fact that Fantastic Beasts, set in NYC, is being filmed in London (and Liverpool). Of course, this is great for London studios, and other companies providing products and services for these films. But some of us questioned about the authenticity of filming New York scenes, without being in New York.
The Pottermore Corespondent would like to qualm all of our potential fears, and reassure us that nothing but the best will be done for these Potter-related films. After finding that the UK didn’t have a city like New York City, the best “creatives” in the business were brought in to build a replica of the magnificent 1920’s metropolis.
The PMC reports:
Right now, I’m standing with set decorator Anna Pinnock, who’s responsible for the New York window dressings, all the props and furniture. Because everyone on this set is offensively talented, Anna’s got an Oscar too – for her work on The Grand Budapest Hotel in 2014. She’s been nominated four times (for Gosford Park, The Life of Pi, The Golden Compass and Into The Woods). She’s worked on three James Bond films, including Spectre. If you need to build a life-size replica city in a place where that city does not actually exist, she’s the woman to do it.
Anna’s as elegantly dressed as me, wearing a matching hard hat, neon yellow safety waistcoat and boots, giving me a tour of the New York she has helped create on a massive lot in the middle of a muddy field. We start on the Lower West Side where the bricks are filthy, the posters are peeling off the concrete walls and most things are light brown, dark brown or in-between brown. All the signs and posters were designed by extraordinary graphic design double-act Mina Lima… But more about them another time.
Fantastic Beasts is set in the roaring twenties and every single detail of the set screams that era. Every shop sign, every newspaper headline, every restaurant menu, every window dressing, every wheel, every food cart, every streetlight. Oh, the street lights! They’re actual, real, functioning street lights – great big black structures built eight metres into the ground so they don’t sway or fall on anyone important.
There are several cobbled streets, and if you stand in the right spot you can see all the way from the Lower West Side to the Upper East Side.
You can see the outside of Tina and Queenie’s apartment, as well as restaurants, a church, and all manner of shops. As Anna tells me, they’ve had to take some of those shop facades down and dress them up as a completely different building very fast when they get a last-minute change in the filming schedule.
For more details, a little on the PMC’s visit to Queenie and Tina’s apartment, and pictures of 1920’s NYC to reference, please take a visit to Pottermore’s article in 1926 NYC.