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1. Warner Bros. Announces Exclusive Features in Harry Potter Wizard's Collection; Video of Cast Exploring the Boxset

In celebration of a certain wizard's birthday today, Warner Brothers have released the list of exclusive features and memorabilia that will be included in the eight film, 31-disc Harry Potter Wizard's Collection, due in stores on September 10, 2012. Harry Potter Wizard's Collection contains more than 37 hours of special features, including all previously released special features from the eight Harry Potter films and nearly four hours of never-before-seen bonus features.

The complete list is as follow:

Films Included in this Collection – All on Blu-ray, DVD and UltraViolet
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone Theatrical Version and Extended Cut
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Theatrical Version and Extended Cut
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 2D and 3D Versions
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 2D and 3D Versions
Blu-ray Special Features for Hours of Entertainment – Includes all previously released Special Features

  • Harry Potter Wizard’s Collection Bonus Disc: Nearly 4 hours of features including:
    • All New! “The Harry Potters You Never Met” - Meet the stunt doubles for Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson as they demonstrate how they balanced major stunt work with seamlessly mimicking the actors they represented and share their favorite moments.
    • All New! “Designing the World of Harry Potter” - Explore how production designer Stuart Craig and his creative team brought J.K. Rowling's imagination to life on the screen.
    • All New! “When Harry Left Hogwarts” (Extended Version) - Hear candid and emotional stories about the final days on set in this extended behind-the-scenes look.
    • All New! “50 Greatest Harry Potter Moments” (Definitive Version) - Take a look back with cast members who share their on and off-screen memories.
    • All New! “Secrets Revealed! Quidditch” – At last, the secrets behind the special effects required for the breathtaking Quidditch scenes are revealed!
    • All New! “Secrets Revealed! Hagrid”- See the camera tricks, towering stand-in and voluminous body suits behind the beloved Keeper of  Keys and Grounds at Hogwarts.
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 Bonus Disc: Over 2 hours of features including:
    • All New! “Creating the World of Harry Potter, Part. 7: Story"
    • Plus all previously released special features!0
  •  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 Bonus Disc: Over 4 hours of features including:
    • All New! “Creating the World of Harry Potter, Part. 8: Growing Up”
    • All New! “A Conversation with J.K. Rowling and Daniel Radcliffe: Extended Version” - with 15 minutes of new footage
    • “Hogwarts’ Last Stand” (Extended Version)
    • Plus all previously released special features!
·  Exclusive Premiums
  •  Memorabilia designed exclusively for the collection by the graphic designers from the films
  • Label Collection –  A collection of prop labels created by the production for potions, wizarding products and more
  • Harry Potter Catalogue of Artefacts – 48-page rigid book featuring the favorite props of the film’s graphic d

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2. Livestream for Red Carpet Grand Opening of Warner Bros. Studio Tour

The red carpet for the grand opening of Warner Bros. Studio Tour - the Making of Harry Potter is about to get underway! Watch live as the cast and crew of the "Harry Potter" films arrive and speak to presenter Alex Zane. Leaky will have more coverage from the grand opening, so stay tuned!


Watch live streaming video from wbstudiotour at livestream.com

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3. Interview with Oscar Nominees Stuart Craig and Stephenie McMillan On Designing Harry Potter Films

HitFlix blog has published a lengthy interview with Stuart Craig (production designer) and Stephenie McMillan (set decorator) following their Oscar nomination in the Art Direction category for "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2." Craig and McMillan have also worked on the previous 7 Potter films.

The pair discuss how they got the job on the first "Harry Potter" film, working with different directors, building the sets for the final battle and the changes that took place throughout the series.

The complete interview can be read at this page, while some excerpts are published below:

At times, the developing story meant they needed to work in particularly new and creative ways. McMillan found the most exciting transformation was turning the Great Hall into the setting of the Yule Ball in "The Goblet of Fire," for which they were nominated in 2005. “How do we make it into an ice palace," she reminisces. "Originally we thought silver curtains, silver table cloths and an ice dance floor, but it just went on and on. The drapes man eventually said, ‘Why not just stick the fabrics on the wall?” While an enormous amount of work, the degree of pleasure and pride is palatable in McMillan’s voice. It therefore shouldn’t be surprising that “The Goblet of Fire” earned the duo a trip back to the Kodak after missing for “The Chamber of Secrets” and “The Prisoner of Azkaban.”
Along with the changing story and expanding sets, the duo also had to contend with changing directors. Criag, for one, relished the changes that came with different men at the helm. “Each one of them managed to find a different take," he says. "It kept the whole thing vital and alive."
Both comment on the fact that Chris Columbus’ strengths lay in working with the child actors, while, Alfonso Cuarón (who directed "The Prizoner of Azkaban," which signaled the change in aesthetic signature for the series) had a very visual sense. “He wanted to make films much more magical and he really pushed all of us,” McMillan says. They also add that Mike Newell’s film ("The Goblet of Fire") was really about teenage angst and fun. McMillan says he “liked the boarding school aspect of it” while Craig says the director wanted to inject more humor into the proceedings.

The Art Directors Guild will also be honoring these two individuals with an honorary award for Outstanding Contribution to Cinematic Imagery.

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4. Harry Potter: The Exhibition Opening at Singapore's ArtScience Museum in June

Harry Potter: The Exhibition will be making its first stop in Asia at the ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore from June 1 to September 30, 2012.

The traveling exhibition of props, costumes and set pieces from the Harry Potter films is currently at Sydney's Powerhouse Museum until March 18.

Tickets for the ArtScience Museum go on sale beginning May 1, 2012 through the museum's website.

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5. Photos: Inside Warner Bros. Studio Tour - The Making of Harry Potter

Leaky participated in a press tour of the Warner Bros. Studio Tour - The Making of Harry Potter this morning and now has a special gallery of high res photos from the experience right here!  Stay close for Leaky's full report, set to be online soon.

The Warner Bros. Studio Tour opens to the public on March 31st.  For tickets and more information, visit the official website here.

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6. A Decade of Secrecy Smashed (and the Cauldron FOUND): The WB Studio Tour

Before we even start this, let's do something important. Yesterday we found something that people on this Web site have been searching out since its inception. Yes, I'm talking about the Leaky Cauldron. Not the place. THE CAULDRON. Check it out.

The Leaky Cauldron!

And if you think that working on a Harry Potter Web site for nearly 11 years could make you jaded, or make finding the physical object upon which your Internet enterprises are based, well, I encourage you to look at this:

The real Leaky Cauldron

That's what happens when a Leaky webmistress stumbles upon the site's eponymous cauldron used in a fictional pub during the third film of the Harry Potter series. 

Of course, it's not the real one. There is no real one. That last sentence was inserted just for people who scoff at how we all take it too literally. Shuttup, you. We know. We are SANE. We know it's all fiction and fantasy. 

But that's what's somewhat amazing about all of this: I have seen every set since I went to Prisoner of Azkaban in 2003, when I was the very first and only fan reporter to set foot on those now famous flagged stone floors - something which, though common now, at the time was secret and careful and precious. It felt like experiment in a fan's ability not to cause medical emergencies while surrounded by Potterania. Will she survive? Will she restrain herself from nervous collapse?

For nearly a decade the WB warnings have rung in my head: Don't take a picture! Don't sneak a shot! You can't talk about this part! That part's a secret! If you tell ANYONE about ThisorThat thing we will have your head. We will send 13 scary clowns and, for good measure, the cast of Jersey Shore to your apartment WHILE YOU SLEEP! Beware the wrath!

The Ministry knows wrath.

We have beworn the wrath. And beworn it well. So I cannot overestimate what it is like to walk back to Leavesden for the something-something-number time, and hear the words, "Take whatever pictures you want."

Pendulum of death!

What? Seriously? Can I just...touch this table here? Can I really lay myself down on the flagged stone? (We don't recommend this! It's just hard and cold. No magic will get into you by osmosis, though you do risk the chance of a few diseases.) Is it all right to just take my telephoto lens and zoom into the microfibers of Luna's Christmas tree dress? What about if I just cop a feel on Buckbeak? Can I really peer into Weasley Wizard Wheezes? And is security really not going to attack me in V-formation if I j

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7. Deathly Hallows Seven Potters Chase Scene Photos From Bovingdon Airfield

Last month we reported on possible location filming for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows at Bovingdon Airfield in England. New high res photos are now available clearly showing more of the chase scene involved with the Seven Potters episode in the film. Thanks to Thiego and Oclumencia we can see nice high res close ups such as this of Hagrid and Harry zooming along on the magical motorbike ... Read the rest of this post

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8. Harry Potter Exhibition Announces Extended Hours for Final Weekends of Display

Harry Potter, the Exhibition will be open additional hours in the final few weeks of the stop at the Museum of Science and Industry. In a press release, they note beginning next "Friday, September 18, the Museum will offer extended exhibit hours until midnight on both Friday and Saturday nights though the exhibition's closing date, September 27." As first reported here back in July, the Exhibit... Read the rest of this post

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9. Warner Bros. Studio Tour Video Web Chat with Harry Potter Cast Members on October 13

Harry Potter fans will be treated to an exclusive video web chat with cast members from the Harry Potter film on October 13th at 10am EST (3pm BST) to mark the opening of ticket sales for the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter.  Actors scheduled to take part in the video web chat include:

  • Julie Walters (Mrs. Weasley)
  • Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy)
  • Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley)
  • Nat Tena (Tonks)
  • Oliver Phelps (George Weasley)
  • James Phelps (Fred Weasley)
  • Warwick Davis (Flitwick/Griphook)
  • Mark Williams (Mr. Weasley)
The final group has yet to be confirmed.

The stream of the live video web chat will be available right here on Leaky starting at 10am EST (3pm BST) on Thursday, October 13th.  Starting at 9am EST (2pm BST), fans can start to ask their own questions for the actors via Twitter if they follow @WB_StudioTour and include the #WBStudioTour hashtag.

In the mean time, let us know in the comments what you'd like to ask the actors!

As readers will recall, tickets for the general public for the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter will be available starting Thursday at the following price points:
  • Adult (16 years and above) - £28.00    
  • The Complete Studio Tour Package (Adult - Save £4.95) - £27.95 (one Adult admission, Souvenir Guidebook Disc and a Digital Guide Disc)    
  • Child (5 to 15 years) - £21.00    
  • The Complete Studio Tour Package (Child - Save £4.95) - £30.95 (one Adult admission, Souvenir Guidebook Disc and a Digital Guide Disc)    
  • Family (2 Adults + 2 Children) - £83.00    
  • Family (1 Adult + 3 Children) - £83.00    
  • 4 and Under - £0.00
Fan priority tickets, which went live only yesterday, have sold out.

Check out Leaky's full preview of the tour right here.

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10. Harry Potter Pop-Up Shop Opens at Harrods

A new Harry Potter pop-up store has opened on the third floor of the popular London department store, Harrods.

Fans will have the opportunity to shop for Harry Potter products from the likes of the Noble Collection, LEGO, Hasbro and more. Original costumes and props from the films will also be on display, and visitors will get a sneak peek at the upcoming attraction, Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - the Making of Harry Potter. A special installation has been set up by Warner Bros. Studio Tour London where fans can take their photo at the Great Hall

There will also be game booths set up for LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 and LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7, once it is released on Nov. 18.

For more information, check out the press release on Facebook. The Harry Potter store in Harrods will be open until January 2012.

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11. Art Directors Guild to Honor Harry Potter Creative Team for Contribution to Cinema

The Art Directors Guild will present the creative team behind the "Harry Potter" films with the Outstanding Contribution to Cinematic Imagery Award. This will mark the first time a movie series is given the award, according to Deadline Hollywood.

The creative Potter team includes author J.K. Rowling, producers David Heyman and David Barron, director David Yates, screenwriter Steve Kloves, production designer Stuart Craig, art director Neil Lamont and set decorator Stephanie McMillan.

The award will be presented during the 16th annual Excellence in Production Design Awards on Feb. 4 at the Beverly Hilton. Congrats to all being honored!

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12. James and Oliver Phelps to Attend Opening of Harry Potter: The Exhibition in Sydney

Harry Potter: The Exhibition will be making its next stop at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney, Australia beginning Nov. 19. To celebrate the opening of the Exhibition, Harry Potter actors James and Oliver Phelps (Weasley twins) will be making a special promotional appearance at the museum.

The Phelps will be interviewed by the press on Nov. 17 during a private event. On Nov. 18, they will be attending an Opening Party for the exhibition. Tickets can be purchased by fans interested in attending the party: $95 for adults, $75 for children. The ticket price includes entertainment, food, non-alcoholic drinks and exhibition entry.

Harry Potter: The Exhibition will be at the Powerhouse Museum until March 18, 2012. For more information, visit this website.

Thanks to SnitchSeeker for the news!

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13. Diagon Alley Set to be Included in Warner Bros. Studio Tour - The Making of Harry Potter

London mayor Boris Johnson was present this morning at Warner Bros. Studio Tour to help reveal the latest Harry Potter set to be joining the Making of Harry Potter tour.

Guests at the Studio Tour will have the opportunity to walk through Diagon Alley, and see such shops as Ollivander's, Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes, Flourish & Blotts, Gringotts and Eeylops Owl Emporium.

Warner Bros. Studio Tour - The Making of Harry Potter will open on March 31, 2012. Tickets are now on sale!

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14. Knight Bus Joins Exhibits at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London

Warner Bros. announced today that the famous triple-decker Knight Bus will become a permanent fixture at The Making of Harry Potter - Warner Bros. Studio Tour London.

Fans will have the opportunity to explore the inside of the bus and pose for photos. It will be situated next to Hagrid's motorbike and the Weasley's Ford Anglia. Photos of the Knight Bus at Leavesden Studios can be seen at this link.

John Richardson, special effects supervisor for the Harry Potter films, explained to the Watford Observer how the Knight Bus was constructed:

“Although many people think the Knight Bus was a CGI creation, it is in fact a real-life working bus. To construct it, we cut up two iconic Routemaster buses, reworked the structure and bolted it all back together to create one bus with three decks. It took weeks to put it together and it was no easy task. Routemasters are 60 years old, so we had to do a lot of strengthening of the structure.

Another issue we had was filming on location in London. During the shooting of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban we found we could not drive it across the capital due to the number of low bridges. This meant that we had to transport the bus in two pieces between locations and put it back together between filming."

The Making of Harry Potter at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London will open on March 31, 2012. Tickets can be pre-booked on their website; tickets will not be available for purchase at the studios.

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15. Photos and Video Online of Phelps Twins at Harry Potter Exhibit Announcement in Chicago

Video is now online of James and Oliver Phelps (Fred and George Weasley) at the announcement of the Harry Potter Exhibition that will be opening April 30, 2009 in Chicago. Thanks to the Fox station,who let us know about their photos and video of the announcement, as well as their interview with the twins, all of which you can see via this link.

As we first told you this morning, Harry Potter : T... Read the rest of this post

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16. WB Launches Contest for US Residents to Win Trip to Harry Potter Exhibition

WB has now opened a new contest to win a trip to the opening of Harry Potter: The Exhibition in Chicago, Illinois. Open to US residents ages 13 years and older, you can win a trip for four at the end of April to the new traveling exhibition of props and sets seen in the Harry Potter films. The contest is open now until March 23, with the entry form available via this link.  For more on the rule... Read the rest of this post

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17. First of the Props Arrive in Chicago for Harry Potter, The Exhibition

Thanks to WB who let us know the first of the props have arrived in Chicago, as preparations are well underway for the opening of Harry Potter, The Exhibition. Today, the Flying Ford Anglia arrived in the Windy City, and you can see a photo of it here via the Official WB Harry Potter Widget. No word if the car flew to the city or was delivered via ordinary Muggle transportation methods ;)

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18. I See Sea Shells on Shell Cottage

As a follow now to the first photos TLC first brought you several days ago of Shell Cottage currently under construction for use in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, two new photos are now online. The public group for the Pembroke area of Wales on Flickr now has two new photos of the ongoing work, including one of a nearly completed roof of the cottage, made entirely of sea shells, here.

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19. Shell Cottage Nears Completion

Construction is nearing completion on Shell Cottage, currently being built along the coastline of Wales for use in the upcoming Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Thanks to TLC reader Victoria, we have some nice new photos of the cottage, with the front door now in place, and an attic room or copula and twin chimneys now added to the structure. You can also see more of the beautiful location... Read the rest of this post

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20. Free Panini Half-Blood Prince Sticker Book in German Bild Newspaper

Readers in Germany will get a bit of a surprise today, as the newspaper contains a free Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Panini sticker book. Thanks to our ace galleries staffer Erna, she was able to bring us these many clear scans of the entire book, as seen here. Along with these stickers, contained in the book are many photos from the film, including a plethora of cool Quidditch scenes... Read the rest of this post

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21. Boston: Next Stop on Harry Potter, the Exhibit Tour, Opening in October

Cheers to Boston, which will be the next stop for Harry Potter, the Exhibit  featuring many props and sets used in the beloved Harry Potter films. Currently open at the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry until September 27, we've just gotten word the exhibit will move to the East Coast, as the Museum of Science in Boston, Mass states the Exhibition is to open Sunday, October 25, 2009. We ex... Read the rest of this post

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22. Rising Sun Feature: Video Effects Used in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Over the years we've brought you news from some of the companies who work on the Harry Potter films, notably the companies who create special effects seen in the movies. One such company, Rising Sun has provided another look at the work they've done for the movies, this time for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. You can see the meticulous and time consuming work done in creating things su... Read the rest of this post

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23. Harry Potter Exhibit in Boston Now Hiring

Back in July we first told you Harry Potter, the Exhibition would be moving to the next stop on the tour to Boston. Now we can report that Museum of Science in Boston, Massachusetts is hiring workers specifically for the traveling exhibition of props and costumes from the Harry Potter films which will open next month on October 25th. However the six positions open require workers to use an auth... Read the rest of this post

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