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Pics from the set of the latest HARRY POTTER adventure!

Published at: Feb. 12, 2003, 4:39 p.m. CST by staff

Hey folks, Harry here... Seems that everything is moving forward on the latest HARRY POTTER flick. Again I can't really say I know anything about these developments or pictures. A triple-decker bus does look cool, though if it had to deal with any overpasses, it might present a problem, though... with magic I'm sure it could do something miraculous. Here ya go, the Knight Bus... whatever significance that may have... looks cool though...

Hey Harry,  

I was just cruisin' the net for news and I didn't know whether or not you have seen the pictures from the set of the new Harry Potter film yet. There are some pictures of the Knight Bus and a few of Daniel as Harry inbetween scenes. Here are the links:

Click here for THE SUN pics!

Click here for the WireImage pics!

                                           Keep up the good work man,                

                                  one eye and a half

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  • Feb. 12, 2003, 4:43 p.m. CST

    Goddamn first ...

    by embrasure

    That felt good.

  • Feb. 12, 2003, 4:52 p.m. CST

    There's no way I'm first...

    by thespius19

    Because I'm always like second...or third...or like fifteenth.

  • Feb. 12, 2003, 4:59 p.m. CST

    I was hoping for more sense of tone from these shots

    by OK Then

    Columbus was pretty successful in his translations, I think, because his adaptations were pretty faithful to the source material. I thought both films could have delivered more of a sense of magic, though. Maybe they were too workmanlike -- the interior of Howarts looked like sets built on soundstages, and not someplace magical and wonderful and dangerous -- and I'm hoping we get a more interesting direction this time around.

  • Feb. 12, 2003, 5 p.m. CST

    Where's Gary Oldman?

    by Gutter-Glitter

    I want to see his Sirius Black

  • Feb. 12, 2003, 5:04 p.m. CST

    Looks great, but does Harry look...younger?

    by T-MACK 1.01

    I don't know, BUT ALFONSO GOT AN OSCAR NOM! This will be a terrific film with Alfonso directing, and I am surprised they are already filming.

  • Feb. 12, 2003, 5:08 p.m. CST

    Yeah! This movie will be great!

    by Corporateplant

    So says I, the corporate plant. I read this on a flight from Costa Rica, great story, Gary Oldman is goddam perfect for Sirius, hope Peter O-Toole gets Dumbledoore.

  • Feb. 12, 2003, 5:11 p.m. CST

    Effects Sups

    by Shaner Jedi

    Bill George and Roger Guyett, who suped ILM's portion of effects for Potters 2 & 1 respectively, will be returning for 3. Tim Burke will handle Cinesite Europe's portion.

  • Feb. 12, 2003, 5:18 p.m. CST

    Seein' The Hulk on 6/20 & Readin' H.P.IV on the 21st.

    by Nice Marmot

    What a year, what a year . . .

  • Feb. 12, 2003, 5:37 p.m. CST

    Straight-Up Brown: your Blacksploitation Harry Potter Villain

    by MOMERATH

    I always thought that Sirius Black sounded like a kung-fu fightin' brothah in a Blacksploitation flick. It's an appropriate name for the Harry Potter character, though, considering that Sirius is the name of the "dog star." Here's some more names I recommend to Ms Rowling in her next books: 1) No-Foolin' Jones 2) Grim Robinson 3) Extreme Coffee

  • Feb. 12, 2003, 5:41 p.m. CST

    that's not the bus to Iraq is it?

    by NicholasWolfwood

    Harry Potter is going to be a human shield?

  • Feb. 12, 2003, 6:02 p.m. CST

    Since the bus is purple, I think the busdriver should be Hulk in

    by Lord Shatner

    Crossovers are always good

  • Feb. 12, 2003, 7:06 p.m. CST

    The first movies were decent adaptaions but..

    by Gutter-Glitter

    The books they are adapted from are better. I think PoA will be better because anything with gary oldman in it just is better because of it.Im still waiting for the Goblet of Fire movie(s) so we can see the other schools, the deatheaters, and the big evil V.I think that's when the movies will kick ass....but i still think the books will be better than any movie they make....ah well

  • Feb. 12, 2003, 7:08 p.m. CST

    Shit,even Lost in Space was watchable because of Gary's villian

    by Gutter-Glitter

  • Feb. 12, 2003, 7:30 p.m. CST

    Any word on how Alfonso's doing so far ?.... Walkabouter ?...

    by SpacePhil

  • Feb. 12, 2003, 11:17 p.m. CST

    Looking Great - Thanks Shaner Jedi

    by Saluki

    Shaner Jedi, thanks for the news on the effects work. I could not BELIEVE how much better the effects for the second film were then the first, and now that they are sticking with the right effects houses, this installment is 900% for sure to at least LOOK excellent. Shaggy haired Daniel makes the ladies on the bus go WOO WOO.

  • Feb. 12, 2003, 11:49 p.m. CST

    YOU'RE A WIZARD HARRY!!!!!!

    by booface

    lupin and black - best ever

  • Feb. 13, 2003, 12:17 a.m. CST

    This movie will rock!

    by JediJustin

    Only recently have producers given kids books and comics the time and budgets they deserve. Harry Potter 3 will own your ass!

  • Feb. 13, 2003, 12:24 a.m. CST

    THE PLOT OF "MORTAL KOMBAT 3" HAS BEEN REVEALED

    by Zombie Siskel

    Hey folks, Zombie Siskel here. One of our double agents on The Facer revealed what he say is the plot to our own beloved Drew McWeeny's MORTAL KOMBAT 3 script. I qoute "Sub Zero and his twin brother Donald Zero, are trying to write an adaption of MORTAL KOMBAT. Hilarity and mind-bending realities ensue." COOL!! But wHo's gonna play Sub/Donald Zero?? I suggest thaT god of actors, Udo Kier. Or Steve Guttenberg. Or Hulk Hogan. Or Bruce Campbell. Can anyone confirm this?? Nice job, man.

  • Feb. 13, 2003, 1:46 a.m. CST

    *sigh* For the last time, O'Toole will not get Dumbledore....

    by empyreal0

    Nor will Ian McKellen, nor will Chiristopher Lee. Sorry to cast a wet blanket on things for you. Dumbledore's already been cast. http://us.imdb.com/Name?Gambon,%20Michael

  • Feb. 13, 2003, 1:53 a.m. CST

    Dr. O'Toole or How to Annoy empyreal0

    by Saluki

    I really really want Peter O'Toole as the headmaster. I just can't trust the IMDB anymore at this point. However, unlike people that will scream his name until opening day in June '04, I will quit my crusade for him when and if I see Gambon in some production photos or the official trailer. Still no official word from Warner Bros., they like to keep people guessing until most of the shoot is finished.

  • Feb. 13, 2003, 3:39 a.m. CST

    MAX VON SYDOW would be great for dumbledore!!

    by LICKMYLUVPUMP

    well he would.

  • Feb. 13, 2003, 4:42 a.m. CST

    empyreal0 and Saluki

    by BAMF

    Emp, thanks for the tip, glad to see SOMEONE around here is keeping up on rumors and news. Saluki, whatchoo talking 'bout, Willis? Are you trying to suggest that IMDB doesn't have its facts straight? Are you an agitating contrarian, one of these tiresome confuser-posters? Or do you know something we (er, I) don't? They're the ones who confirmed that, indeed, Christopher Walken had already won an Oscar!!! Who are we to believe? Next, I'll be hearing that Forrest Gump was in fact played by a Tom Hanks CGI simulacrum and Robert Zemeckis fleeced us all!

  • Feb. 13, 2003, 5:20 a.m. CST

    High hopes for this one

    by Heleno

    The first two Potters were workmanlike adaptations of children's books. The Prisoner of Azkabhan is where it all starts to go very very right. The first two books were soft drugs, and people read them for fun, but this was the one with the hook. This was the book that spurred Potter-mania to dizzy heights and made book 4 the biggest initial print run of any book ever. The first two films were directed well by Chris Columbus, but were nothing special. The third one, though, I have hopes for. Go Cuaron!

  • Feb. 13, 2003, 6:01 a.m. CST

    Lucky Pierre and Harry Pottaire

    by BAMF

    Lucky, I was going to write back with something friendly, and then I realized your post was a joke, and then was going to write something nasty, and then I was just confused. See what the French do to us? They make us feel confused. Can't we all just love one another's baked goods?

  • Feb. 13, 2003, 8:58 a.m. CST

    "Are you trying to suggest that IMDB doesn't have its facts stra

    by minderbinder

    They're notoriously wrong on future movies, especially the blurbs in their studio briefing. Looking forward to this one, PoA is my favourite of the books.

  • Feb. 13, 2003, 9:58 a.m. CST

    Say no to Gary as Sirius

    by GypsyTRobot

    Oldman ain't no Sirius Black. He can play Lupin, but the Prisoner of Azkaban should be played by someone who's actually attractive. IMHO.

  • Feb. 13, 2003, 11:58 a.m. CST

    Gypsy - about Gary..

    by The_10th_Muse

    Sometimes Gary Oldman can look surprisingly attractive. Not for very long, but it does happen. Did you see Imortal Beloved? His young Beethoven was pretty cute, I thought. I think Gary as Sirius is a good choice. I'm enchanted by Harry Potter - both the books and the films, and anything with Gary Oldman in it makes me giddy.

  • Feb. 13, 2003, 12:53 p.m. CST

    Heleno

    by Shaner Jedi

    You're right. Being a seven book series, the first two are really where the ball gets rolling. Now, things start to really get good....and a little darker and smarter. Thnaks S for the thanks. Btw, does everyone else know that The Mill, who did effects for Gladiator, Potters 1&2, Black Hawk Down, etc., had exited feature film work? This was announced about a month ago. They're now focusing on commercial work only. The Mill model shop basically just moved and became part of Cinesite Europe. Same people...same equipment...different name.

  • Feb. 13, 2003, 1:05 p.m. CST

    Saluki

    by Shaner Jedi

    I agree about the effects in COS being better overall than Philosopher's Stone. Look at the Quidditch match as an example. Part of the problem with Potter 1's match was they adhered too closely to the animatics for the sequence and shot the actors motion-control. That was one reason why the people in the foreground moving looked a little funky. ILM basically shot a lot of the stuff with the actors on a rig. They then replaced some of the actors bodies with CG doubles to make the moves a little more dynamic. They would then take a footage of the actors heads and comp that over the top of the CG model and matchmove it to the camera move. Bill George, being from the practical effects era, has a penchant for taking photographic elements and applying them to CG elements to liven them up and make them look better. They even added little pieces of fabric to Dobby's jacket that was shot on stage and then composited into shots he appeared in. Right now, Moving Picture Company, who did the train-car sequence in COS is on board also. No word on Framestore, who did the Baselisk and Spiders though.

  • Feb. 13, 2003, 1:12 p.m. CST

    triple decker bus

    by retrocrush

    it flies you know

  • Feb. 13, 2003, 3:25 p.m. CST

    I can't get over Oldman in the 5th Element

    by GypsyTRobot

    Talk about unattractive! oh well, as long as the Joe Millionaire guy or Ashton Kutcher aren't up for the part, I should be happy.

  • Feb. 13, 2003, 6:18 p.m. CST

    AOTC grosses $310 mill and we have to put up with endless 'Star

    by togmeister

    Answer 1. because trolling Star Wars is a fast and effective way of lonely geeks getting attention. 2. Harry Potter will never matter like Star Wars matters. Having said that, i'm glad Columbus is off this franchise. He used to be a pretty decent writer (Gremlins, Goonies) but has always been a pretty bland director.

  • Feb. 13, 2003, 11:26 p.m. CST

    Box Office

    by Saluki

    Fact of the matter is, Harry Potter movies make more money than Star Wars movies and Lord of the Rings movies. "But wait!" you exclaim, "that just isn't true! Entertainment Tonight says otherwise!" Well, the major problem with news casts, entertainment shows and just about all American television when it comes down to it, is they only use Domestic Figures. Big mistake. They pretend that the pound and yen mean nothing, and that a movie might only make $2 million "across the pond" so to speak. You can of course look at the figures for yourself at http://www.boxofficemojo.com/alltime/world/ and see for yourself. HP:PS topped SW:EP1 by over $50.2 million, and LotR:FotR by over $113.6 million. HP:CoS topped SW:EP2 by over $194.5 million and LotR:TTT by over $55.1 million. Granted, neither run for HP:CoS or LotR:TTT is anywhere close to over, who knows, Lord of the Rings just might have it's day in the sun, but there is no denying Potter is the King of the International Box Office. Too many fans ignore this impact, thinking that only North American figures matter, and I'm afriad that is just not the case.

  • Feb. 14, 2003, 1:48 a.m. CST

    Oh christ, as if 2 -3 hour films hasn't been enough...

    by TheGinger Twit

    I'll see it purely to see how this one could have been halved in length and still been a decent movie.

  • Feb. 14, 2003, 3:14 p.m. CST

    Actually, we just like to piss off the togmeister

    by minderbinder

    Answer #3: CoS was #2 worldwide for 2002, Clones was #4. Neither is dead, but Potter is making a ton more money lately.

  • Feb. 16, 2003, 2:45 a.m. CST

    Phantom Menace Is Real

    by Simi Valley Tom

    When adjusted for inflation domestically, THE PHANTOM MENACE and SPIDER-MAN kicks all four of their asses.

  • Feb. 16, 2003, 9:05 a.m. CST

    Ooh, let's jump through hoops to make it look like TPM was "more

    by minderbinder

    And HP2 absolutely clobbered clones (and even beat spidey). Let it go guys...