Aug. 05, 2011 | 2:44 p.m.
No other scene in the eight “Harry Potter” films created more angst for filmmakers than the epilogue of the final movie, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2,” a movie that last week crossed the $1 billion mark in worldwide box office. There were no chained dragons, hairy hippogriffs or crackling magic energies in the sequence — it’s a few minutes of quiet dialogue between parents and their children in a train station — but the anxiety of it all was so smothering that the franchise’s star, Daniel Radcliffe, at one point wanted to sit out the scene. “I think they should do it with older actors and just leave us out of the scene,” Radcliffe said two years ago during a quiet moment on the stone-floor movie set where he has spent half of his working life […]
July 28, 2011 | 7:15 a.m.
The Harry Potter books and films are more than popular; they’ve spawned a wizard-themed amusement park, introduced new words (like “Muggle,” “apparate” and “quidditch”) into the popular vernacular and inspired pop art and culture. “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2” marks the end of a decade of The Boy Who Lived on the big screen, and by many accounts the final film in the magical franchise has lived up to the hype; the movie was hailed by many critics as the best of the eight installments in the series, and its creators received an outpouring of love from fans across the globe. Here at Hero Complex, we counted down to the film’s theater release with exclusive interviews, photo galleries and apps. Now that the spoiler-wary have had a chance to see “Deathly Hallows — Part 2” in […]
July 17, 2011 | 9:52 a.m.
David Yates, the soft-spoken auteur who directed the final four films in the history-making 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, including his special regard for a particular cast member. 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 and part three right 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. To find out about all of the upcoming free Imax movie previews in Southern California, follow us on Twitter: @LATherocomplex — Geoff Boucher […]
July 15, 2011 | 5:02 p.m.
The end is here — but we’re not done yet. No one has covered the eighth and final “Harry Potter” the way we have here at Hero Complex, but we’re not going to slow down now that the film has reached theaters. The movie is on its way to a massive opening weekend and the reviews are overwhelmingly positive as well. One of the best takes is by our very own Kenneth Turan, the senior film critic for the Los Angeles Times. Here’s an excerpt from his review: The Harry Potter films, like the boy wizard himself, have had their creative ups and downs, so it’s especially satisfying that this final film, ungainly title and all, has been worth the wait. Though no expense has been spared in its production, it succeeds because it brings us back to the combination of magic, […]
July 14, 2011 | 3:59 a.m.
THE LAST SPELL: “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2” closes out a decade of Hogwarts in Hollywood. Hero Complex has been counting down to the release of the final film in the magical franchise with exclusive interviews and photos. Today: We travel through Harry Potter history for the ultimate look at Daniel Radcliffe‘s portrayal of the boy who lived. From the moment Voldemort marked him with a lightning-shaped scar, Harry Potter was destined for greatness. The same could be said of Daniel Radcliffe, marked for greatness when he was plucked out of throngs of children to play the boy wizard on the big screen. Harry Potter’s Hogwarts adventure began on his 11th birthday, when Hagrid whisked him away from the Dursleys and off to a place of potions and spells. At Hogwarts, Harry befriended Hermione Granger and […]
July 11, 2011 | 9:30 p.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: We travel through Hogwarts history and take a look at Rupert Grint‘s portrayal of Harry Potter’s best pal Ron Weasley. Ron Weasley, played by Rupert Grint, is more than just a fantastic friend to Harry Potter in the franchise’s eight movies; he’s also a hero in his own right, exemplifying Gryffindor bravery right from the first film, when he makes a bold move in a game of Wizard’s Chess. Throughout his adventures, he faces unfriendly Slytherin, a reckless flying car, Bludgers and Quaffles, a cluster of enormous spiders, Dementors, Death Eaters and even a dragon. He’s not the chosen […]
July 08, 2011 | 6:00 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 July 15 release of the final film in the magical franchise with exclusive interviews and photos. Today: Hero Complex contributor Amy Kaufman chats with Rupert Grint, who plays Ron Weasley. AK: It’s been almost a year since you wrapped the film, right? RG: It’s almost exactly a year. Yeah, it’s a bit weird. It’s taken me a while to realize it. This film is coming out and the DVD and everything, and when it gradually fades away, then it will kind of hit home that it’s all over. AK: So what have you been doing for the last year? RG: Immediately after we finished, I took a few weeks off. It was really […]