Witch & Wizard

Aug. 05, 2011 | 2:44 p.m.

‘Harry Potter’ stars say final scene was a challenge for the ages

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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.

‘Harry Potter,’ collected: Every interview, photo and app

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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 18, 2011 | 8:15 a.m.

‘Harry Potter’ director David Yates: Here’s how we decided which book sections to cut

British writer J.K. Rowling, author of the "Harry Potter" books, poses during the launch of the Pottermore website/ (Suzanne Plunkett /Reuters)
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 17, 2011 | 9:52 a.m.

‘Harry Potter’ director: Rupert Grint is ‘the coolest person I’ve ever met’ [Video]

YEAR 7: Ron and Harry prepare to sneak into the Ministry of Magic to retrieve the Horcrux locket from Umbridge. They use Polyjuice Potion to disguise themselves and barely escape. (Jaap Buitendijk/Warner Bros. Pictures)
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 16, 2011 | 5:41 p.m.

‘Harry Potter’ director David Yates: Our biggest challenge was…

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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.  We’ll be bringing you video highlights from the Q&A in upcoming days (you can see the first one right here and the very interesting second installment right here). To find out about all of the upcoming free Imax movie previews in Southern California, follow us on Twitter: @LATherocomplex –Geoff Boucher RECENT AND RELATED Photos: Daniel Radcliffe’s decade as Harry potter Photos: Hermione Granger through the years Photos: Ron Weasley through the years Photos: Hogwarts professors and first-class actors Photos: The ultimate ‘Deathly Hallows’ gallery ‘Harry Potter’ app: Find […]
July 16, 2011 | 4:36 p.m.

‘Harry Potter': Alan Rickman’s ‘prickly’ genius and killer glare

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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.  We’ll be bringing you video highlights from the Q&A in upcoming days (you can see the first one right here) and below is one that will be of particular interest to Snape fans.   To find out about all of the upcoming free Imax movie previews in Southern California, follow us on Twitter: @LATherocomplex –Geoff Boucher RECENT AND RELATED Photos: Daniel Radcliffe’s decade as Harry potter Photos: Hermione Granger through the years Photos: Ron Weasley through the years Photos: Hogwarts professors and first-class actors Photos: The […]
July 15, 2011 | 5:02 p.m.

‘Harry Potter’ review: A fitting end to a once-in-a-lifetime series

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 15, 2011 | 2:31 p.m.

‘Harry Potter’ director David Yates: My ‘incredibly intimidating’ Hogwarts moment

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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.  We’ll be bringing you video highlights from the Q&A in upcoming days, the first is below. To find out about all of the upcoming free Imax movie previews in Southern California, follow us on Twitter: @LATherocomplex – Geoff Boucher RECENT AND RELATED Photos: Daniel Radcliffe’s decade as Harry potter Photos: Hermione Granger through the years Photos: Ron Weasley through the years Photos: Hogwarts professors and first-class actors Photos: The ultimate ‘Deathly Hallows’ gallery ‘Harry Potter’ app: Find your personal Patronus Hiss like Salazar with Parseltongue […]
July 14, 2011 | 3:59 a.m.

‘Harry Potter’ photos: Daniel Radcliffe’s decade as ‘the boy who lived’

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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 13, 2011 | 12:00 p.m.

‘Harry Potter’ app: Find your personal Patronus

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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. Wednesday: Hero Complex debuts a new Patronus application from Warner Bros. Last month, Hero Complex debuted a Parseltongue translator application from Warner Bros. Now, just in time for the final film’s theatrical release, we’ve got your first crack at a new “What’s Your Patronus?” application. There are few spells more helpful to Harry Potter than “expecto patronum,” the charm that conjures a magical shield against against Dementors and other dark forces. Harry learns the spell from Professor Remus Lupin during his third year at Hogwarts and uses it to save himself and his godfather Sirius Black from Dementors in the […]
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