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OKREAL, a new website “that gives you the tools to choose your life,” sat down for an exclusive interview with Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley). Bonnie Wright was selected as one in a range of women the site talks to about their successes and how they achieved them, but most of all what is important to them.
Bonnie Wright talked of discovering the difference between being what people expected of her, and being her true self. The article focused on Bonnie’s success as a story teller and post-Potter work, refusing to introduce her as the girl who played Ginny Weasley in the Harry Potter series.
It is true, Bonnie has taken on many impressive projects since her Potter days, successfully creating an independent image of her self. Like many of her Harry Potter co-stars, Bonnie still discussed how Harry Potter played a role in her life then and now–dancing the tango between their love and appreciation for what the series brought them, and breaking out of the mold their 10-year roles created for them.
I graduated film school 3 years ago. Since then, slowing down and figuring out what I actually want to do has taken a lot longer than I thought it would. Harry Potter was 10 years of my life, and when you finish a huge chapter like that, it’s this exciting new phase where you want to do new things.
With any career, creative or otherwise, there’s always more to learn and always room to evolve. It’s not about finding a finite point when you’re all done. It’s a continuum: nothing is ever secure or fully realized. People might think because of my experience, I’m all set. But just because you’ve had that kind of privilege, doesn’t mean it’s always going to work in your favor. You have to respect the times when it does and respect the times when it doesn’t. Sometimes people will pigeonhole you, or won’t listen because they assume you have it all figured out. And it’s like, actually, no, I don’t.
It’s taken me a long time to have confidence in writing and directing. I thought—people see me as an actress, so that’s what I should be doing. Also, having grown up with people constantly liking the work that we were doing, it’s taken me a while to learn how to take compliments. There was always this enthusiasm, ‘Oh my god, I love you. I love Harry Potter.’ Which makes it hard to accept any encouragement as genuine.
It’s a doing thing. And it goes so fast, if you don’t experience it at the time, it’s gone before you know it. Often you’ll build up some destination or end point… you’ll have this vision of the feeling that you’ll have when you get there. Like this script I just finished, I thought I’d feel relief and that it would be so great. But the reality is, I finished it and felt unsure about it. The idea of the destination and the reality of the destination are often very different. It’s a theme in this feature that I’m writing, where the main character is living in New York City. It’s not about the place she’s going, it’s the moments in between that she’s missing, because she’s too busy thinking about how she’ll feel when she gets there.”
Upon completing film school, Bonnie Wright has appeared in several independent films, written and directed various short films, taken on the role as a charity ambassador, and is the lead actress in The High is for Gamblers. Bonnie had much more to tell Ms. Woodside about all that she is involved in. Please read the entire interview on OKREAL. You can learn more about OKREAL by visiting their Twitter and Instagram (@heyokreal), or their Facebook page.
After being knighted by the Queen for his acting achievements, Sir John Hurt told the Eastern Daily Press that he was feeling surprisingly well. As we reported here at Leaky, Sir John, who played Mr. Ollivander in the Harry Potter films, was recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
Speaking after the Windsor Castle Investiture ceremony he said: “I’m halfway through my chemotherapy and I’ve got a whole load of tests next week.
“I’m not feeling any of the side effects you’re suppose to feel, or at least you can feel, as everybody’s different I’m told.
“It’s extraordinary, I haven’t lost weight or anything and I’m feeling good – it’s crazy.
“My oncologist is extremely optimistic, as indeed I am, so everything is going really well.”
Sir John’s wife, Anwen, was also present for the knighting ceremony, but he wished his parents had still been alive to see it, too.
In spite of his illness, Sir John has continued to work, just finishing a performance for BBC Radio 4 of Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell. Sir John says that the reporter, whom he knew, was “part of my life,” so his interpretation will be different from those done before.
Congratulations, Sir John Hurt, on this well-deserved honor, and our thoughts and prayers are with you as you continue chemotherapy.
In a recent, brief interview, Helena Bonham Carter (Bellatrix Lestrange) commented on her role in Harry Potter. The actress told reporters of her dream to play a witch, and of the advice she liked to give younger actors on set (Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson). TV3 reports:
She said: ''That was my dream come true, playing a witch. My daughter asks me, 'Why do you always play baddies mama?'''
Playing the role made Helena known to many young girls and she thinks she sets a good example - because she enjoys her food.
She said: ''Am I a good example? Well, at least I'm not too thin. I eat.''
The actress is also a source of advice for her young 'Harry Potter' co-stars, recently advising Daniel Radcliffe during a discussion for Interview magazine, though he isn't the only star to come to her for help.
She said: ''I've had lots of conversations with Emma Watson too. She is very, very bright.''
Miss Watson posted a tweet earlier today, with an attached photocopy of a segment from her interview with Wonderland magazine. As reported previously, Miss Watson was the guest editor for the newest edition of Wonderland, for which she was interviewed as well as conducted interviews (including one with J.K. Rowling). The picture can be seen here on Miss Watson's twitter, and below:
Miss Watson also posted a new trailer for her new movie, Noah, which will be released in theaters March 28.
The BBC reported, Alan Rickman appeared on The Tonight Show to ‘confront’ Jimmy Fallon regarding his ‘Rickman-Off’ with Benedict Cumberbatch in 2013. Hilarity ensued as Rickman presented two ‘truth-telling machines’ (helium balloons) to Fallon, leading to them conversing in comically high-pitched voices.
Rhys Ifans plays many ostensibly “quirky” characters, and is best known to us as Xenophilius Lovegood. Like many other Harry Potter actors, Rhys Ifans works to be apart of the community of which he is from, and give back in anyway he possibly can. Originally from northern Wales, Ifans has become patron of a school near where he grew up.Ysgol Plas Brondyffryn in Denbigh, the school that Ifans is patron of, is the regional center for autism education. Of its importance to him, Ifans said thatYsgol Plas Brondyffryn feels like “home.” On a recent visit to Ysgol Plas Brondyffryn, Ifans hosted a Q&A about his acting career, and spoke to The Daily Post about his work there. The Daily Post reports:
The Ruthin-born actor was treated to an impromptu performance of the song from Oliver! by youngsters at Ysgol Plas Brondyffryn, the regional centre for autism education in North Wales of which he is a patron.
Ifans, who has appeared in blockbusters such as Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and The Amazing Spiderman, responded with applause and said: “That was great guys. When are we going on tour?”
He spoke of his rise to fame and the pros and cons of life in the spotlight during a question and answer session which followed.
“They (the staff) very kindly invited me to be patron. I thought it was just a great opportunity.
“I have many friends with children who suffer with varying degrees of autism, so I am familiar with the condition.
“My friend’s kids who are autistic, I am so very, very fond of them. They’re just such amazing kids on every level.
“Given that there was an establishment like this doing such great work on my doorstep, it made sense to get involved as much as I can.
“For all my success, being able to give up my time and energy to support this beats any award you can ever be given.”
Actress Emma Watson made an appearance on Sunday at the premiere of her latest film, "My Week with Marilyn" at the Cineworld Haymarket in London. Watson portrays Lucy, a wardrobe assistant who worked on the set of Monroe's film.
Images from the premiere can be found here in the Leaky galleries. Also present at the premiere were actors Kenneth Branagh (Prof. Lockhart), Toby Jones (Dobby) and Zoe Wanamaker (Madam Hooch) who star in the film alongside Watson.
Watson spoke to People.com at Sunday's event and talked about her studies at Oxford University this fall. She also hinted about some future projects.
"I'm studying and really excited about my next projects," she said. "I
can't really talk about them right now, but I am going to try and fit in
some film projects next year in between school."
After theHarry Potter films, she was thrilled to take a role that wasn't quite as high profile.
"I loved it," she said. "It was less pressure, but at the same
time it was an interesting role, although it was a small role. I loved
the script and loved the story, and I'm very interested in Marilyn, so I
really wanted to do it."
"My Week with Marilyn" is released on Nov. 23 in the U.S. and Nov. 25 in the U.K.
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Yesterday, 1st December, Leaky attended the Blu-ray and DVD release event at Harrods, where 300 fans had their copies of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" signed by Warwick Davis (Professor Flitwick and Griphook), James Phelps (Fred Weasley), Oliver Phelps (George Weasley), Mark Williams (Arthur Weasley) and Jessie Cave (Lavendar Brown). Attendees at the launch event received goody bags stuffed with
t-shirts, scarves, the film's soundtrack, stickers, keyrings and more! Leaky was given the opportunity to ask the actors questions in a press roundtable shortly before the signing and you can find the full transcript of that interview below, with the audio and photographs from the event to follow later this evening.
"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" is (finally!) out on Blu-Ray and DVD in the UK from today, 2nd December.
Interview with Warwick Davis (Professor Flitwick and Griphook), James Phelps (Fred
Weasley), Oliver Phelps (George Weasley), Mark Williams (Arthur Weasley)
and Jessie Cave (Lavendar Brown) at Harrods, London on the 1st December 2011.
What was the last scene you filmed on the very last film?
Warwick Davis: I think it was something to do with the dwarf and whats-his-face…
WD: Yeah! Don't quote me on whats-his-face! [Sorry Warwick!] That was my
last day on what was officially the last day, that was my last day.
Oliver Phelps: Mine was filming with James on the battlement sequence
when Fred and George see Voldemort's army coming in. That was all done
ad lib and that was quite cool.
James Phelps: Same!
Jessie Cave: Mine was my death scene. Which is quite fitting, really.
Mark Williams: Mine was the Great Hall, the big Great Hall scene, mine
was the same day as Alan Rickman's and Thewlis' and a lot of other
people, a lot of us wrapped at the same time.
Rosi for Leaky: Because [James and Jessie] had big death scenes, or seen death
scenes, do you feel that meant you had more of a final end to your time
on the films than maybe other people will have had?
MW: See, you don't get away with anything with this lot.
JC: I definitely -- it was really nice kind of ending even though I was--
JC: Not nice! Sort of…
MW: Nice as in precise.
JC: Yes, precise! Precise ending, full stop.
JP: For me it kind of seemed like a normal scene because I didn't do
anything but it was the fact that because it was in the great hall--
MW: Did you fall asleep?
JP: I did in rehearsals yeah. Because we've filmed in the great hall for
like ten years, we've shot so many things there so it just seemed like
another great hall scene to be honest with you, but on reflection I
guess it was a fitting end. Luckily it was in the last movie and not the
WD: I died and then I was alive again. It's funny because when you do
these death things you want to look good and I said to David Yates, I
could be death like this [twists self] I gave him a few options, but he
went for the most contorted one, you see, which was really uncomfortable
and I just lay there for six hours watching Voldemort strut up and
down. But it was quite funny because on one occasion they put so much
blood everywhere, you can't really see in the film, but there was
gallons of this fake blood all round--
MW: --it was really slippery--
WD: and Ralph slipped on it at one p
Images have surfaced online from Daniel Radcliffe's attendance at the premieres for "The Woman in Black" in London and Toronto.
On Tuesday, the horror film premiered in Radcliffe's hometown of London. Some images can be seen in the Leaky galleries at this link. DanRadcliffe.com also has a report from the premiere with additional images. See it here.
Thursday night, Radcliffe was in Toronto promoting his new film. Images from the Canadian premiere are available on this page.
"The Woman in Black" will be released Feb. 3, 2012 in the U.S. and Feb. 10 in the U.K.
Leaky was on the red carpet at Leavesden Studios yesterday interviewing the cast and crew of the Harry Potter films about their favourite bits of the WB Studio Tour, the current projects they're working on and what they think the studio will do for the future of British filmmaking. The red carpet coverage is now online and can be found at the LeakyNews YouTube channel or embedded below.
Those interviewed include Tom Felton, Evanna Lynch, Bonnie Wright, Harry Melling, Alfonso Cuaron, Mike Newell, Nick Dudman, David Barron, David Heyman, George Harris and more. You can check out the video below, which also includes a clip of David Bradley (Argus Filch) talking about his upcoming role on Doctor Who and the ways in which it's different from playing Filch. Devin Lytle and Brian Rosenthal from Team StarKid were also there to tell us about their favourite parts of the WB Studio Tour.
Has this made you more excited for the studio tour and how hard will you be looking at the tables for the profanity Tom scratched in?!
In a bit of a reversal of roles, actor Dan Radcliffe (Harry Potter) gets the chance to interview one Helena Bonham Carter (Bellatrix) in the newest issue of Interview Magazine. The Harry Potter film alums discuss Ms. Bonham-Carter's twenty-five plus year career and go through what it takes to continue on for so long in their chosen business. Specifically, she speaks about her non-training and overcoming fears about that when working with classically trained actors, "I certainly suffer from a slight inferiority complex when I step into a room of other actors because I've never trained... Everybody has an inferiority complex when they step into a room. But then when you have children and you get older, it doesn't really matter. When I was young I had so many inferiority complexes. I had an inferiority complex because I didn't go to university. I had an inferiority complex because I didn't train. Then it gets tiring. And you do get bored of it."
The conversation turns to Harry Potter, when Mr. Radcliffe inquires about portraying unique and different roles in British cinema. Quote:
RADCLIFFE: Your Harry Potter character, Bellatrix Lestrange, is one of the scariest characters in the books. But I think it's fair to say that she is very playful and quite sexy as well.
BONHAM CARTER: When they sent the part, I thought, What am I going to do here? Because, actually, on the page, she wasn't all there, so I thought, Well, you've got to be noticed. And Bellatrix-kids were terrified of her. So I think, Okay, I've got to be scary. But then also, if you're with kids, you want to have fun being naughty.
My son, Billy, would ask, ‘Do you have to be the witch or the queen tomorrow?’ I thought, Well, that’s pretty much my life.—Helena Bonham Carter
RADCLIFFE: Do you think you take inspiration from kids a lot? Because I do. They're very honest in how they act and how they are in the world.
BONHAM CARTER: Oh, yeah. They are. And I also think there's a lot of Peter Pan about me anyway. I never really wanted to grow up. I grew up really young. I moved out when I was 13-that's when I started acting. Dad was really ill-he was pretty much paralyzed—so there was a part of me that felt like I had to become responsible.
RADCLIFFE: You thought that you had to provide. Or help, at least.
BONHAM CARTER: Yeah. I was trying to make up for what had happened to him. I wasn't even conscious of it. There was a lot of vicarious living because he was paralyzed. I thought that if I did something, it would make it better somehow.
RADCLIFFE: Which you probably did in some ways.
BONHAM CARTER: In a way, I did.
The interview continues, with discussion of Ms. Bonham-Carter's latest projects, along with her process for preparing for a role. The full interview can be read via this link, but a quick caution to parents as this interview contains some mature language.
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MSN has released a video of Tom Felton answering the questions of fans around the world. The MSN interview asked fans' questions from notecards and added some of her own. Felton answered questions about his favorite Harry Potter creature, his audition for the role as Ron Weasley, and his "boy-crush" on Helena Bonham Carter. You can view this video below:
JustJared.com has published a new photoshoot and interview with actress Evanna Lynch about her upcoming projects, her time on "Harry Potter" and other personal favorites. Since finishing Potter, Lynch filmed a part for a TV show, Sinbad, to air this summer on SKY.
JJ: How did shooting TV compare to your film experiences?
EL: I was excited and nervous because it was the first thing I did since Harry Potter, so it was the first thing I kind of felt like, you know this is job. Harry Potter was my childhood and it felt very safe and this was something I was
excited about. I wanted to work and meet new people.
JJ:Did you take anything from set?
EL: I didn’t steal any props. I collected all the call sheets (laughs) and I took the sign from my door that said my name. I wasn’t very daring.
JJ: Are there any books that you’d love to see get adapted into a movie?
EL: “The Hunger Games” is the big one for
me recently. I don’t know, can I get back to you on that? I always
liked that book, “Star Girl”. Have you heard of that one? She was very
much like the character of Luna so that’s why I liked it. She was more
damaged than Luna. I’m going to go look at my bookcase when I go home.
In the new issue of Attitude, Matthew Lewis talked about his acting career after Harry Potter. He told the magazine that he enjoyed being challenged with his acting carreer now that the comfort the Harry Potter movie franchise provided is gone. Matt Lewis also commented on his new movie, Wasteland, which is scheduled to be released later this year. Excerpts of the interview read:
"The great thing as an actor is that I don't know what my agent is going to call me with next," he said.
"She could be saying, 'You're going to go and be a secret agent', or it could be anything and that's exciting.
"But when you're doing Potter, it's the same thing, so I was ready to go out and do something different."
He added: "I've grown up on the Potter set and I don't expect to come out of that as this fully rounded actor.
"I never went to drama school. No matter how high-profile that was, I'm really on the bottom rung and I have to prove myself and learn as I go along."
Lewis laughed off claims that he has had plastic and dental surgery, adding: "I had this thing called an aligner, which was painful."
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Actress Emma Watson has given a new interview to the Daiy Express newspaper in the UK in which the Hermione Granger actress discusses her life as a university student, a desire for a normal life, her experience working on the Harry Potter films, and the Epilogue scenes. On the subject of the "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" films, Miss Watson relates that ultimately wrapping filming will...
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It's been a quiet week in terms of news from the Harry Potter cast. Helena Bonham Carter (Bellatrix Lestrange) spoke to The Guardian newspaper's Weekend supplement about her most recent projects, including her role in Tim Burton's highly anticipated adaptation of "Alice in Wonderland." In the interview, Bonham Carter speaks briefly about the Harry Potter films: <>We talk about the four Harry Pott...
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Actor Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom) recently participated in the 10k Bethany's Walk of Smiles charity walk in his hometown of Horsforth, England.
The walk was led by 11-year-old performer Bethany to raise money for Martin House Children’s Hospice. Mr. Lewis was interviewed by the Yorkshire Evening Post about his participation in the Walk, and also hinted at an upcoming film project for the end of the year.
He said: “The success of this event is a testament to how hard Bethany has worked and how hard everyone else has worked.
“I’m just so impressed and very privileged to be a part of it."
Matthew did the walk after a morning training with a coach from Leeds Rhinos RL team"
said: “I’m trying to get a bit bigger for a role at the back end of the
year. It’s a film but I can’t say too much about it at the moment.”
A photo of Mr. Lewis surrounded by fellow participants can be seen here. Donations can still be made for Martin House Children's Hospice at Bethany's JustGiving page.
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Video of actor Dan Radcliffe's appearance on Anderson, the daily talk show hosted by CNN anchor Anderson Cooper, is now online and can be viewed right here. During the segment, the Harry Potter actor talks about his experiences on Broadway in "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying," moving from his time on the Harry Potter films, and how he feels about his role and place as a celebrity. Parts one through five are available starting below:
MTV News recently visited the set of "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" and spoke to actress Emma Watson (Hermione Granger) about her first post-Potter film.
On signing on for the film and playing the character of Sam, Ms. Watson says:
"Honestly, I had never read the book before, but a lot of my friends at
Brown were hugely into it, and when I told them I had this script, they
were crazy excited," Watson told MTV News.
"I feel incredible about it. I feel like I've been waiting for
'Perks,' " Watson said. "I was waiting for this story, for this script,
for this moment, for these people to do it with me. I'm so glad I didn't
do anything that I didn't care about."
A video from behind-the-scenes shows Ms. Watson filming a high energy dance number and glimpses at a graduation scene. The video, including an interview, can be seen at this page.
The New York Times has published a new report featuring actress Emma Watson (Hermione Granger) from when they visited her on the set of her new film, "The Perks of Being a Wallflower," over the summer.
Ms. Watson speaks about her new experiences on a film set worlds away from "Harry Potter," bonding with her new co-stars and influencing filmmakers in Hollywood to invest in "Perks."
“Oh my goodness, so many firsts,” she said, speaking in an excited rush
during a break from filming. “I did the prom! We all get dressed up and
we go in a limo, and get photographs. It’s been really fun for me to get
to graduate. Eating in the school canteen; all these things that I’ve
always sort of said to my American friends, ‘Oh, that looks amazing,
that looks so fun, I’m jealous.’ And I get to do it for this movie.”
“That’s a different chapter of my life, which, kind of through doing
this, feels like it’s closed,” she said [referring to Potter]. She pointed to a scene in
“Perks” as symbolic of her new beginning: standing in the back of a
pickup truck, she and her high school crew take a late-night joyride
through the Fort Pitt Tunnel, the city lights shining on the other end.
“Summit didn’t want me to do the stunt, but I insisted,” she said, even
though she was scared. “The car’s moving at 60 miles per hour, I had one
little thing attaching me to the truck,” she recalled. She ended up
going through seven or eight times, screaming her guts out. “Oh my God,
it was so fun,” she said. “One of the best nights of my life, without a
A new image still from the film of Ms. Watson as Sam along with co-star Logan Lerman (Charlie) accompanied the article. A release date for "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" has not yet been announced.
Entertainment Weekly has released an exclusive behind the scenes clip from the "Deathly Hallows: Part 2" Blu-ray. The clip features interviews with the Weasley actors discussing Molly Weasley's (Julie Walters) famous line in the series when she battles Bellatrix Lestrange (Helena Bonham Carter). See that video here.
Another clip was unlocked by fans playing on the website Harry Potter: The Quest. This new feature focuses on Harry and Dumbledore's relationship through the years and includes previously unseen behind the scenes footage of Daniel Radcliffe and Michael Gambon joking around on the set. See it on YouTube or below:
"Deathly Hallows: Part 2" will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on Nov. 11 in the U.S. and Dec. 2 in the U.K.
As a followup to today's earlier post, more information from author J. K. Rowling about the fates of characters from special material included on the "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" DVD has been released care of MTV. This new information comes from a report on EW which details more from a conversation the Harry Potter author had with actor Dan Radcliffe for the DVD. Here, Ms. Rowling explains how she came to the decision of the fates of Hagrid and Lupin and how her thoughts on the characters were altered as she wrote the books. Quoteage:
Rowling tells Radcliffe that the image of Hagrid cradling "dead" Harry — a bookend to the beginning of the series, when Hagrid brought infant Harry to the Dursleys – stuck with her the entire time she wrote the books and she never let it go. If she had, Rowling says Hagrid would have been a “natural” target for elimination. "That image kept him safe," she says.
Rowling also reveals that in her original "sketch" (her word) of the series climax, one of the most beloved characters in the Potter canon survived: Remus Lupin — tragic werewolf, former Defense Against The Dark Arts professor, and husband to the metamorphmagus and auror, Nymphadora Tonks... The seventh book tells us that before their deaths during the Battle of Hogwarts, Lupin and Tonks had a child. On the DVD, Rowling shares with Radcliffe that when she created Lupin’s character, she planned for him to survive the finale. While the author has said as much in other interviews, here, she elaborates, explaining that she changed her mind when she realized that her last Harry Potter story was really about war, and that “one of the most horrifying things about war is how it leaves children fatherless and motherless.” The most powerful way she could dramatize that idea, she says, was to kill a set of parents that were dear to readers. “I had no intention of killing [Lupin],” says Rowling. “But then it dawned on me he had to die."
The full interview is set to be included as part of the special features on the Blu-ray edition of the "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2," scheduled for release on November 11 in the US and December 2nd in the UK.
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Leaky has gotten an early copy of the forthcoming "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" Blu-ray DVD for review and has a chance to look over many of its special features included in this edition. We will be highlighting different aspects of the DVD's special features and give a full review of the complete Blu-ray edition soon. Firstly, readers will recall various clips making their way online of an interview between Harry Potter author J. K. Rowling and Harry Potter actor Dan Radcliffe about their experiences in the world of Harry Potter. In the much of the full interview, Mr. Radcliffe speaks to Jo about her impressions over the past ten years as she gave over her work to the filmmakers and how the process has been for her.
From the start, Jo recalls, she found the young actors to be ideal for their respective roles as the Trio. In one moment, she shares about the first time she saw Dan as Harry:
"The first time I ever saw you was on the screen in my sitting room at home.
They sent me a video of you... So, I saw you on that audition tape and I don't think I ever really told you, that I found you incredibly moving. At that point, I didn't have a son, and I phoned David [Heyman] up and said he's great, he's fantastic... and I did say to David that it was like watching my son on screen. Because, after all, Harry feels like this ghostly son I've had in my life."
Ms. Rowling goes on to speak to her characters and the actors who played them by describing them all as "far too pretty," but growing to understand that they actors were right for their roles once she met them. She explains:
"It was a quite a big deal for me that I had written a strong female character who was primarily about brains, and that she chose to become a little bit more glamorous (in "Goblet of Fire") as us geeks do in a certain point in our lives. (laughs) I accepted it. Emma is a great access and I loved her as a person. I felt that there were so many connections between her and Hermione that, did it matter that she was beautiful [from the start]? Come on."
Later in the conversation, the pair turns to discussing some of the creative turns the film made and Jo's reaction to a those alterations. She says, "Inevitability you had to depart from the strict storyline of the books... the books are simply too long to make into very faithful films. I can think of many places where it has worked just beautifully." On the subject of changes she requested, Jo recalls one instance with "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" director Alfonso Cuaron in which she halted a creative effect from one scene. Quoteage:
"Alfonso really wanted to get music into the film, and he put the choir in, which I loved. But at one point he had this rather bizarre scene where Flitwick was conducting, and there were miniature people in an orchestra inside of something. I said to him, 'But, why?' I know it's visually exciting, but I think what was part of what fans really enjoy about the literacy world was that there was a logic that underpinned it. There was always a logic to the magic, however strange it became. And I know it's intriguing to people to go through the mouth of whatever it was and to see these little people, but why have they done it? …. Normally with the magic, there is a point. So we had a little discussion about that.
The them of logic in the world of Harry Potter continues as a theme from this interview and it picked up again when the actor and author discuss the school setting of Hogwarts and reasons behind Jo's decision to have Hogwarts be a boarding school.
"I certainly wasn't pro-boarding school... it was simply logistics. There is a logic underpinning the world, and if you are a part of a society that is living in secret and you want to gather together a large number of your children and teach
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The Hollywood Reporter was present on Monday when Warner Bros. hosted a luncheon to celebrate the Harry Potter franchise at Club 21 in New York City. In attendance at the luncheon were Daniel Radcliffe, Alan Rickman, director David Yates and producer David Heyman.
Video of Yates and Heyman making remarks about the Harry Potter series during the luncheon can be seen below:
THR also spoke to Radcliffe prior to the luncheon where he talked about his feelings now that Potter is behind him and the adjustment to life in the public eye. Audio of the interview along with a full transcript is available here.
What are your feelings now that it has all wound down? Daniel Radcliffe: Well, you know, I think my
feelings are that the series is, kind of, its own commemoration -- I
mean, to me at least. I won't be able to look at any of these films
without remembering what they did for the British film industry at a
time when it wasn't doing great -- it's now flourishing, but in the
early half of the decade, you know, there was nothing happening, and
films were closing, and Potter was the only, kind of,
sure-thing happening in England. And, you know, my memories of it are
incredibly nostalgic, and romantic, and, I think, how everybody views
their teenage years, you know: with complete idealism, having forgotten
that there was ever any, you know, hormonal rage or any of that kind of
stuff. You know, I had a moment the other day of actually really missing
it for the first time since, of going, "God, I miss those people!" But,
yeah, I mean, it's been over a year now, and I've been having this
amazing year here, so it's been a great first year away -- may they all
be this good!