July 18, 2011 | 8:15 a.m.
David Yates, the soft-spoken auteur who directed the final four films in the history-making “Harry Potter” franchise, watched an early Imax screening of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2″ with 340 lucky Hero Complex readers and then took the stage to talk about the new movie and (dab those Muggle tears) the end of a magical movie era. We’ll be bringing you video highlights from the Q&A in upcoming days (you can see the first one right here, the very interesting second installment right here, part three right here and the fourth one over here). In the video below, Yates talks about the colossal achievement of casting the franchise’s three young stars and a bit about their personalities. In today’s installment: Yates talks about J.K. Rowling’s genius and screenwriter Steve Klove’s intense challenge. To find out about all of the upcoming free Imax movie […]
July 11, 2011 | 6:09 a.m.
THE LAST SPELL: “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2” closes out a decade of Hogwarts in Hollywood. Hero Complex is counting down to the release of the final film in the magical franchise with exclusive interviews and photos. Today: Hero Complex contributor Amy Kaufman chats with Emma Watson, who plays Hermione Granger in the films. AK: How did you prepare for the darker tone of this film? EW: I felt there was a real change in tone, and it was definitely a big step up in terms of what I had to bring. I didn’t prepare particularly differently. A lot more was asked of me than had ever been asked before. It was nice to feel challenged, and I had to step up and engage my brain and really think and put everything into it. I was able to focus on giving […]
June 23, 2011 | 6:14 a.m.
Magically minded muggles will be able to experience the “Harry Potter” wizarding world through a new “online reading experience” called “Pottermore,” author J.K. Rowling said Thursday. The Pottermore website will allow users to journey through the story lines of the books, starting with “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” in October, according to a statement from Rowling’s media team. “It’s the same story with a few crucial additions, the most important of which is you,” Rowling said in her YouTube announcement. “Just as the experience of reading requires that the imaginations of the author and the reader work together to create the story, so Pottermore will be built, in part, by you, the reader. The digital generation will be able to enjoy a safe, unique online reading experience built around the ‘Harry Potter’ books. Pottermore will be the place where fans of any age […]
June 19, 2011 | 7:29 a.m.
What’s J.K. Rowling about to announce with the mysterious “Pottermore” project? Daniel Radcliffe says he’s in the dark on the topic, and, yes, he’s quite ready to say goodbye to the boy wizard at this point anyway. “I know nothing about that whatsoever,” Radcliffe said of the cryptic new website that is meant to stir interest in the June 23 announcement of some new endeavor. “I’m sure that Jo will be writing a lot more in the coming years. I’m sure she has a lot more in her than we’ve read and a lot more stories to tell.” And he added, with a bit of a chuckle: “As long as they don’t involve Harry, I’m quite happy to buy them.” There was a great stir of interest in the Muggle world in recent days with news coverage of the website, which is so far […]
Nov. 16, 2010 | 10:33 a.m.
A MONTH OF MAGIC: Hero Complex is counting down to the Nov. 19 release of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1” — the penultimate film in the history-making “Potter” franchise — with exclusive interviews, photos, videos and reports from the set. Today, coverage of the New York premiere of the eagerly awaited seventh film in the franchise. SPOILER ALERT: This article addresses a scene in the film that does not appear in the “Deathly Hallows” novel. Emma Watson says there was debate on the set of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1” when it came time to film an emotional interlude that did not appear in any of the J.K. Rowling novels. “That was the scene that really divided the crew,” Watson said Tuesday by phone as she headed toward the airport after the Monday premiere […]
Nov. 07, 2010 | 5:35 a.m.
A MONTH OF MAGIC: Hero Complex is counting down to the Nov. 19 release of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 1” — the penultimate film in the history-making “Potter” franchise — with exclusive interviews, photos, videos and reports from the set. Today’s post: This is a longer version of the front-page story I have in today’s Los Angeles Times, which was written with Claudia Eller, easily one of the most respected business reporters in Hollywood. On a sticky June night just outside London, the magic finally came to an end for the cast and crew of the “Harry Potter” movies. After a decade together, the small army that has been the busiest in British filmmaking wrapped the final shoot of the last “Potter” production. The green-screen scene featuring the now world-famous main characters — a trio of […]
Oct. 23, 2010 | 3:07 p.m.
“The Simpsons” have had plenty of fun with the stars of J.K. Rowling universe — way back in 2001, there was the “Wiz Kids” spoof during the show’s Halloween episode with Lord Montymort and the Springwart’s School of Magickry, and then who could forget Harry Plopper, the wizard pig from Homer’s sublime feature film in 2007 — but the real magic begins Nov. 7 with “Tweenlight,” a parody of “Twilight” that stars Dan Radcliffe in the role of a brooding vampire who arrives in Springfield and falls in love with Lisa Simpson. Considering the longtime bookstore animus between “Harry Potter” brainy kids and the heavy-panting “Twilight” crowd, this Halloween episode should be a trick-or-treat throw down. Here’s the trailer… Hey muggles, just curious, heard any good “Twilight” insults lately? And “Twilight” fans, any hard feelings about Radcliffe spoofing Robert Pattinson? – Geoff Boucher << PUT YOUR FACE […]
July 31, 2010 | 5:07 p.m.
HOGWARTS EXPRESS: It took J.K. Rowling five years to outline and write “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” (which would be renamed for the American marketplace) and that long paper chase began when she was at the mercy of the British rail system. She recounted the tale for the BBC in 1990: “I was going by train from Manchester to London, sitting there, thinking of nothing to do with writing and the idea came out of nowhere and I could see Harry very clearly; this scrawny little boy, and it was the most physical rush of excitement. I’ve never felt that excited about anything to do with writing. I’ve never had an idea that gave me such a physical response. So I’m rummaging through this bag to try and find a pen or a pencil or anything. I didn’t even have an eyeliner […]
Sept. 30, 2009 | 4:59 p.m.
Earlier this year, author J.K. Rowling was given one of France’s highest honors when she was inducted into the Legion of Honor by French President Nicolas Sarkozy at the Elysee presidential palace. No surprise, I suppose, considering the fact that Rowling’s beloved “Harry Potter” books have sold more than 400 million copies and been translated into 67 languages — not to mention the history-making film adaptations, which collectively have gone north of $5.3 billion in worldwide box office. Turns out, according to a new book by a speechwriter during the Bush administration, there was talk of honoring the British author with the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom a few years ago but the idea was a non-starter in the White House. The former administration had decision-makers who spoke up to “actually object to giving the author J.K. Rowling a presidential medal because the Harry Potter […]
July 02, 2009 | 11:19 p.m.
The countdown to “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” continues today with a dressing-room interview with Emma Watson. We’ve already posted the on-the-set interview with Rupert Grint; tomorrow it’s the title star himself, Daniel Radcliffe. Keep checking back for a story a day between now and the July 15 release of “Half-Blood Prince.” (This is a longer version of a feature that will appear in the special “Harry Potter” section in this weekend’s edition of the Los Angeles Times Sunday Calendar.) How many people get to meet their maker and live to tell the tale? Emma Watson, with a chuckle, said that’s how she has viewed the recent blossoming of her friendship with “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling. During the filming of “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,” Watson contemplated the relationship she’s developed with Rowling, as she sat one […]