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International HARRY POTTER & THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE trailer is summoned online!

Published at: Oct. 26, 2008, 7:35 p.m. CST by quint

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. I woke up late today and found a few emails waiting for me on this lazy Sunday alerting me to the International HARRY POTTER & THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE trailer. So I gave it a view and holy crap does it look good. The visual style and tone of the footage in the trailer seems right on and more than any other Potter book I'm anxious to see how David Yates executes HALF-BLOOD PRINCE, which is my favorite of the series. TrailerAddict has put the footage up for everyone to see. I've embedded below! Enjoy!


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  • Oct. 26, 2008, 7:39 p.m. CST

    Penis

    by syn_flood

    I like it...

  • Oct. 26, 2008, 7:42 p.m. CST

    FIRST? naw...

    by Zeegloo

    Probably not. Anyway, looks pretty GREAT! Hopefully they've had time to change the disappointment that was the early screenings...

  • Oct. 26, 2008, 7:45 p.m. CST

    Too bad they delayed it

    by Kneprock

    I'm ready to see the movie

  • Oct. 26, 2008, 7:46 p.m. CST

    Harry Potter doesn't look anything like Barry Obama

    by Frisco

    But this trailer looks pretty nifty. I've enjoyed the series so far, haven't read the books, etc. Hopefully the looming threat that we've had to worry about up until now manifests as something a bit more dangerous. I mean, what's the Dark One's body count up to now, counting his previous incarnation? Two, three people? More people get killed by falling sharks every year, knowwutahmean?

  • Oct. 26, 2008, 7:49 p.m. CST

    Looks pretty radical

    by sfgeek

    'Nuff said... Hopefully it will come out on time the second time around, etc... I have no idea what I'm talking about... Trueblood is almost on... hooray.

  • Oct. 26, 2008, 8:05 p.m. CST

    the early reports were bad

    by johnnyangelheart

    perhaps they took heed. It would be a shame if they turned the best book into the worst movie. fingers crossed.

  • Oct. 26, 2008, 8:08 p.m. CST

    Too bad those early reviews killed my excitement for the film

    by mefrog

    And it'll take a lot to bring it back up again.

  • Oct. 26, 2008, 8:14 p.m. CST

    My biggest problem with half blood prince as a book was...

    by heavenlykid

    I just couldn't believe that Harry wouldn't have figured out Snape was on his side by then, this was especially annoying at the end of Order of the Phoenix but Half Blood kept it going. Still, I'm looking forward to seeing how they pull this off. The Movies have really grown on me.

  • Oct. 26, 2008, 8:25 p.m. CST

    No indication they've changed anything

    by zacdilone

    My biggest concern is the way the early screenings described Harry's view of the big confrontation. If he's not physically there, hidden by his cloak, immobilized by Albus, I'll be very disappointed. It's one of the most powerful parts of all the books.

  • Oct. 26, 2008, 8:30 p.m. CST

    A big razzie to H-wood for moving everything to summer

    by gruntybear

    This Christmas movie season is the most lackluster I can remember. James "been there, seen it 10,000 times" Bond and what? "Madagascar 2?" Sorry, but I'm staying in this holiday season. If the film industry is skipping Christmas, then so am I.

  • Oct. 26, 2008, 8:35 p.m. CST

    Phoenix was so bad...

    by GeorgieBoy

    ...I have little hope for the next one. It peaked at Prisoner of Azkaban, although Goblet of Fire was pretty good too.

  • Oct. 26, 2008, 8:51 p.m. CST

    Did I just see Gandalf the grey in the begining of this trailer?

    by DURANGO66

  • Oct. 26, 2008, 8:54 p.m. CST

    Gandalf The Grey in the begining!!!! WHOAHAHAHAHAHa

    by DURANGO66

  • Oct. 26, 2008, 8:54 p.m. CST

    Too bad the embed sucks!

    by slicer

    I got a Mac G5 and the piece of shit trailer still plays like a slide show! This is the reason why quicktime is considered "Glorious"!!!

  • I was like "wkf?!"

  • Oct. 26, 2008, 9:21 p.m. CST

    Looks good

    by banville

    Looks damn good. Hope they've taken huge liberties with the book and changed a lot of things because the book was shite.

  • Oct. 26, 2008, 9:29 p.m. CST

    Looks great

    by Turd Furgeson

    I like the way it looks and I can see big plot spoilers in that trailer, knowing them from the book. I dont mind if they change this book at all. This was a very weak book with only a few great parts. As long as they have those (memories, Greyback, Malfoy, Snape, The cave, Ginny, Rons drama) then i'll be satisfied.

  • Oct. 26, 2008, 9:42 p.m. CST

    Looks spectacular

    by JonRD463

    Okay, it looks alright, but I just had to add to the subject sequence.

  • Oct. 26, 2008, 9:43 p.m. CST

    More tounge-in-cheek-ness please.

    by Amy Chasing

    Less what-Hollywood-thinks-kids-want. Then they may actually approach what makes the books work, instead of what's been making the films superficial.

  • Oct. 26, 2008, 9:53 p.m. CST

    Remember the Hogwarts Orgy?

    by Tina_Turner_Had_It_Coming

    Hermione had a train run on her by the four houses, plus the faculty. If I remember correctly, Hagrid killed her due to his, well you know. Wait...Maybe that didn't happen. Fuck.

  • Oct. 26, 2008, 10:01 p.m. CST

    Warner Bros Should Eat Shit For Pushing it Back

    by fedrich519

    Fucking assholes, it was supposed to come out next month.

  • Oct. 26, 2008, 10:11 p.m. CST

    Yeah, that book is terrible

    by BeatsMe

    but the trailer looks pretty good

  • Oct. 26, 2008, 10:13 p.m. CST

    BRING BACK JOHN WILLIAMS!!!

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    There's still time! Or at least get Bruce Broughton.

  • Oct. 26, 2008, 10:19 p.m. CST

    Changes schmanges.

    by performingmonkey

    I love the books but I'm not one of those people who can't handle things being changed for the movies. If it was exactly the same it would be boring, a lazy adaptation, which is sort of what the first two movies were like. You have to dare to change things to make a great movie. For example, the end of the book where Harry is frozen under the invisibility cloak - this would play like shit onscreen because if he can't move we can't see his emotions (we get them described to us in the book). It's way better that he watches from out of sight. Also it looks they've changed the 'romance' side of things to make it more believable, thank god. IMO it's the only thing that JK Rowling messed up on. Harry is suddenly this raging hormonal wreck, obsessed with Ginny even though he never previously looked twice at her. She doesn't show interest in him then they just throw themselves at each other out of nowhere. The movie is going to build this better. I hope the final movie handles this element better too. Looking forward to this a LOT regardless of the early reviews and also the crapness of Order of the Phoenix (effects aside). I still can't believe David Yates was given the last two movies. Just because he pulled in the bucks with Order doesn't mean it was a great film. Alfonso Cuaron made the best movie but the least money!

  • Oct. 26, 2008, 10:24 p.m. CST

    yeah, Harry needs to be there

    by kaiser117

    harry needs to be in the room in the scene at the end. and it needs to be freaking gut-wrenching. like "man, that was brutal" kind of gut-wrenching. Over-all i think that the way the movies has been pretty good considering the vast amounts of information that they need to cram into two and a half hours. granted it should be easier with this book, not really the longest one of them. sometimes people just need to let go and realize it's a loose interpreation of the book. oh, and read the books before you judge, they're not that bad. the limited vocabulary on this board alone proves that some people need a serious literary experience. granted, harry potter may not be the best place to get one.

  • Oct. 26, 2008, 10:26 p.m. CST

    oh, one more thing...

    by kaiser117

    stop whining about being "pottered out". There's only one more book after this (granted it is slpit in two, which is a good thing noting the length) so it will all be over soon for those haters. Go free speech and all that.

  • Oct. 26, 2008, 10:31 p.m. CST

    the V.O. guy said "THIS YEAR"?

    by ludmir88

    wtf!!!

  • Oct. 26, 2008, 10:45 p.m. CST

    wanna see emma watsons boobies

    by bacci40

    come on...shes 18...its time to show the goodies

  • Oct. 26, 2008, 10:57 p.m. CST

    the "this year" thing

    by Bouncy X

    i'm not even a fan but even i get that "this year" refers to the fact each movie represents one school year. it has nothing to do with the year the movie is released. wow...and you people call yourselves nerds? :P

  • Oct. 26, 2008, 11:06 p.m. CST

    Dumbledore always underwritten

    by Player 1

    I always thought Dumbledore was never given enough time in the books. And just when Harry was beginning to spend more time with him... well, I hope most of us here have read the books. It would have been nicer to give us more time to get to know the character before they finished up the series.

  • Oct. 26, 2008, 11:32 p.m. CST

    Nicholas Hooper's blander than bland score...

    by Admonisher

    ...is what will kill this for me, if OOTP is any indication. Unmemorable, unaccomplished filler that doesn't do what it needs to do dramatically. Remember the powerful music up to and surrounding Sirius' death? Neither do I. Music doesn't make or break a film at the box office, so the producers were willing to let Yates bring along Hooper, who apparently passed some minimum bar in the stringing-notes-together category. But the film took a SERIOUS artistic blow in my estimation. Like the soul of the film was just sucked out, Dementor-style. Given Hooper's recent work, I have no reason to believe this one will be any different. And no, I'm not biased against "upcoming" composers ... this guy's no Michael Giacchino, let alone early John Williams. (Furthermore, Patrick Doyle was plenty more experienced and accomplished, and I didn't think his HP score was any great shakes either -- just monotonous "beat you over the head" themes droned out at top volume.) Look at it this way ... Hooper's first score was in 1985. He scored OOTP in 2007 -- 22 years later. As for Williams ... well, if you count episodes of "Playhouse 90" in 1956 as a comparable "start," by 22 years into his career he'd done "Lost in Space," "The Reivers," "The Cowboys," "Images," "The Poseidon Adventure," "The Towering Inferno," "Jaws," "Star Wars," "Close Encounters of the Third Kind," and "Superman" -- just to name a FEW. The man is a bona fide genius, and you bring in a bench warmer to replace him? Anyway ... apologies to anyone who thought OOTP's soundtrack album was just the bees knees. (P.S. For the record, I agree with Nasty ... Bruce Broughton was BORN to score a Harry Potter film, and would be the ideal non-Williams choice.)

  • Oct. 26, 2008, 11:36 p.m. CST

    POA best potter movie so far. Period.

    by ludmir88

  • Oct. 27, 2008, 12:07 a.m. CST

    I have a rod!!!

    by James_O'Nasty

    It is going to kick ass!!!!!!!! And why is Romilda Vane hot????

  • Oct. 27, 2008, 12:33 a.m. CST

    This film series get better and better

    by deanbarry

    Or so i think anyways. Hope this new won't doesn't suck. Haven't read any of those negative reviews yet. Don't plan to.

  • Oct. 27, 2008, 2:39 a.m. CST

    Early reviews

    by SUPERJIM

    They have taken away the excitement for me. At this point in the series I thought I would really be looking forward to the releases. It's probably the changes at Hogwarts at the end, best part of the books, I know already that the same scenes in the films will infuriate me.

  • Oct. 27, 2008, 3:24 a.m. CST

    Scorekeeper can save Harry Potter

    by therealharold

    Scorekeeper, you know how Moriarty derailed the J.J. Abrahms version of Superman? People read this site. Why don't you use your clout on this site and rally to get BRUCE BROUGHTON on the next Harry Potter movie? Or someone, anyone, other than Hooper? No one with any kind of awareness or appreciation for the power of movie music liked the score for the last movie, and this composer is set to ruin the next three movies. Write a big essay, include audio clips from Young Sherlock, Silverado, etc. Do something. And to the rest of you who care, flood the HP talkbacks with Broughton's name.

  • Oct. 27, 2008, 5:04 a.m. CST

    threalharold

    by Amy Chasing

    Your heart is in the right place, but it was more than just Mori that derailed that Supes flik and it'll take more than this site to get a composer hired. <P> That said, it can't hurt to try.

  • Oct. 27, 2008, 7:27 a.m. CST

    not a good trailer

    by livingwater

    ....you could edit LOTR and get a similar trailer......why copy ?

  • Oct. 27, 2008, 8:11 a.m. CST

    @ Livingwater

    by Zerath

    No, no, you couldn't. Go watch Lord of the Rings again - when you're done, watch this again. Magic? Wands? No elves? That was a viper made out of fire, not a balrog....still trying to figure out how it looks like LotR.

  • Oct. 27, 2008, 8:47 a.m. CST

    This was one of the best books

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    I hope it doesn't get glossed over like the Order of the Phoenix treatment. And yes, Dumbledore seems to get more Gandalfier with each movie. Too bad Richard Harris is gone. Not to say our current Dumbledore is bad, but Harris has that gentle lilt in his voice, and every time I read the books that is the voice I hear in my head.

  • Oct. 27, 2008, 8:49 a.m. CST

    Early Reviews?

    by jones1899

    Anyone have a link to the early reviews? What did they say about it?

  • Oct. 27, 2008, 10:30 a.m. CST

    GAH!!! All non-Quicktime formats blow.

    by RogueWarrior65

    Damn thing streamed worse than an 80-year old guy with prostate problems.

  • Oct. 27, 2008, 10:51 a.m. CST

    point it...The franchise is bloated

    by livingwater

    My point is : The franchise is now bloated and lost. Like the later Bond films became. It could be Dungeons and Dragons or anything.... it lost the ambiance made it special in the beginning. Harry looks too old, acts like a rock star and now his walking around naked on stage to prove he is an actor with range. What a nightmare for the producers trying to maintain a perception of childhood..... it has become TOO MUCH. What's next, is Sarah Palin going to have a walk on cameo ? or David Letterman as old Professor Whapadiddle ?....too much....too commercial......not enough respect for the material or genuine film making.

  • Oct. 27, 2008, 11:21 a.m. CST

    Gambon

    by I AM ROCKO

    Really looked like Gandalf in the opening of that trailer. Also was it just me or was there something a bit off with Gambon's performance in Goblet of Fire? He seemed very aggressive, whereas in the book's Dumbledore always appears calm even when things going pear shaped, but has this fierce glint in his eye when pushed too far, but always remains stoic. I thought Gambon was good in POA and had moments in OOTP however, but still wish Richard Harris was alive as his Dumbledore was excellent. These days when I read the books, I think of Harris...but when it comes to Dumbledore in action scenes think of Gambon, if that makes sense. BTW- trailer was ok, but I was expecting more, and where the hell was Ron?

  • Oct. 27, 2008, 11:32 a.m. CST

    Hooper

    by oscarmike

  • Oct. 27, 2008, 11:34 a.m. CST

    Hooper's a great composer

    by oscarmike

    I don't know why there's so much complaint about his music. the fluttering flutes that opened the last movie and that creepy male voices he used for the dementors was great. it wasn't as good as Williams' output by a long shot but ages ahead of the dry one Doyle pushed out. his detractors know where they can shove it

  • Oct. 27, 2008, 11:48 a.m. CST

    Is this common knowledge or did I 'discover' this...

    by Prague23

    The 1986 film TROLL is about a family, with a young boy, who discover that a 'magical world' filled with trolls and other creatures has set up a gateway in the house they're moving into.<p> The main character, the young boy, is named HARRY POTTER JR.<p> Not only that, but the character's father is named HARRY POTTER SR! (imagine that, I know, what a coincidence!) <p>Did Rowling lift the name from there???

  • Oct. 27, 2008, 12:17 p.m. CST

    Prague

    by Frijole

    The similarities are entirely superficial. Harry is a common first name and Potter is a very common British surname. The stories aren't even vaguely alike. And Rowlin's Potter's father's name is James, not Harry.

  • Oct. 27, 2008, 12:19 p.m. CST

    livingwater

    by Frijole

    There is nothing childlike about the series or the characters anymore. They are in their late teens at this point in the story and in their late teens in real life- at most 2 years off their character's actual ages... which is still WAY closer than the ages of most people playing teens in Hollywood these days. And to the other points, you're just off your rocker.

  • Oct. 27, 2008, 12:31 p.m. CST

    Sweet!

    by eric haislar

    Looks bad ass.

  • Oct. 27, 2008, 12:43 p.m. CST

    I can't place a few of those scenes...

    by pokadoo

    maybe I just don't remember that book so well, but it's exciting seeing stuff i'm not that familiar with. Like a whole new Potter adventure! Def has a follow-on look from Order of the Phoinex, which I thought was great. Wish we didn't have to wait so long! The voice-over may well refer to a school year, but it def sounds like he means 2008. as in "This Holiday season, he's going to find his world turned...upside down! etc".

  • Oct. 27, 2008, 1:02 p.m. CST

    I AM ROCKO....

    by two fathoms deep

    I totally agree about Gambon. He must have some weird notion that Dumbledore should be an eccentric, easily pushed over the edge, old man. What was w/ the part in GOF when Harry's name comes out of the goblet and he starts yelling and shit? Then he gets all up in Harry's face!? That's not Dumbledore... not my Dumbledore.

  • Oct. 27, 2008, 1:52 p.m. CST

    two fathms deep

    by imascooby1985

    Gambon has stated in interviews that he has never read any of the Potter books and has no intention of reading any of them. He based his portrayel on a very strict headmaster he had growing up in England. I think for the most part Gambon is alright in the part, but at certain times, like the scene you noted in GOF and his line in OoTP "Dont you all have studying to be doing?"

  • Oct. 27, 2008, 2:04 p.m. CST

    Hmmm....not excited yet.

    by ScottinDC

    I guess I'm the odd one out who didn't think Half Blood Prince was that great a book...but I was hopeful the movie might be interesting; but this trailer doesn't really pique my interest. Hopefully, we'll get more interesting scenes before it opens (rather than the LOTR looking trailer they've put out).

  • Oct. 27, 2008, 2:49 p.m. CST

    complaining about HP movies is pointless now

    by Timahh

    its pretty much been proved that they have absolutely ZERO interest in making a good movie. It has A kid with glasses and a scar, its gonna make shit-tons of money. If they cared at all they woulda kept going after good directors like Cuaron.

  • Oct. 27, 2008, 3:26 p.m. CST

    Eff-Ing Awesome!!

    by monorail77

    Can't wait. Good trailer!

  • Oct. 27, 2008, 3:40 p.m. CST

    Frijole

    by livingwater

    THE WHOLE MOVIE IS ABOUT SCHOOL CHILDREN YOU IDIOT. More and more thrown in impersonal exploding crap doesn't make the movie better...it makes it worse. It has totally lost focus from the spirit of the original content. They have stolen ideas liberally from LOTR and I even know scriptwriters whose ideas and concepts have been used and arbitrarily thrown in these by the WB producers. They are grasping and grasping trying to stop the audience feeling bored. To stop the audience feeling any sense of repetition, so, like Americans do on talk shows, they throw in guest appearances and novelty acts for stupid people. IT PRECISELY that sense of regularity that defines English culture......maybe Dr Dre or Sarah Palin should have a guest appearance ?...that would keep it hip.......IT IS TIRESOME. Daniel Radcliffe BTW is starring in Equus. Trying very very so desperately hard to gain some sort of credibility for his acting skills to compensate for the fact that he was chosen by his looks not his skill. He never acted before.

  • Oct. 27, 2008, 3:43 p.m. CST

    bloated, excessive, and out of touch with quality

    by livingwater

    another turd, shit out by the moronic WB machine for crowds of fat stupid people who think English is a menu description

  • Oct. 27, 2008, 3:57 p.m. CST

    MY Dumbledore wasn't gay, either!

    by Snake Foreskin

    Too bad things got so screwed up once Rowling finished writing. The movies have gone from great to tepid and now it looks as if they're going to finish off as utter rubbish. They dumped most of the best things about the book for this movie. Lameasses!

  • Oct. 27, 2008, 4:42 p.m. CST

    The series never recovered from Michael Gambon

    by Magic01273

    Anytime Michael Gambon is on screen in these movies - I replay the scene again in my mind with Richard Harris and his beautifully calm, misty voice and I so wish he had lived to see these films out. Michael Gambon never "got" Dumbledore (he even said as much) and never seemingly recieved any decent direction in the role. He's far too loud and aggressive (in short, he's too headmasterish) in the part and unfortunately - the fatherly and protecting character of Dumbledore underpins far too much in the overall story to be left in such careless hands. I hope some of this is addressed in HBP. Even if it is though; seeing someone with the gravitas that Richard Harris had, summoning up a swirling maelstrom of magical fire to protect Harry during the cave scene would have been SO much cooler. So much more weighty than it will with Gambon. Ho hum. Teaser Trailer looks OK. Nice new scenes added by the looks of it (corn field attack at the Burrow anyone!?). I'll be very dissapointed also if Harry isn't right there in the vicinity of Dumbledores final moments - as the early reviews seem to suggest. That would show a catastophic misunderstanding of the power of that scene. Anyway - whatever. I'm expect by next year I probably won't care quite as much...

  • Oct. 27, 2008, 4:59 p.m. CST

    @performingmonkey

    by yodaismyhomie

    I haven't read all the responses so I don't know if anyone else addressed this yet, but Ginny has always had a thing for Harry. This was addressed in the first book/movie. And if you have followed the books all the way through then it's more obvious that she's had this crush on him forever...the only reason she wasn't so bad in the 5th book (I think that one) is because she had a bf. Her attraction was always there...and Harry's attraction came after spending the ENTIRE summer with the Weasleys as addressed in the 6th book so it makes total sense. And he became hormonal in book 4.

  • Oct. 27, 2008, 5:49 p.m. CST

    Looks pretty good

    by Kammich

    I'm going to give Yates the benefit of the doubt; I thought Phoenix was a little underwhelming, but that was one of the toughest books to adapt, especially for a director who was jumping into the series after the half-way point. I thought he did a great job with the action scenes and the photography was slick and stylish--but not overly so. "Half Blood Prince" is my favorite of the books... I think I read it entirely in one sitting, where as I labored through Phoenix and Deathly Hallows. From the opening with the Prime Minister, to the twist in the second chapter, to the brutally emotional ending... the book offers up a lot of prime material for a GREAT movie. Also, I agree with almost everyone that Gambon seems to be a bit too curmudgeonly for Gandolf. but I didn't really fall in love with Richard Harris' portrayal either, he just seemed lethargic and almost TOO soft-spoken. reading the books I always pictured a somewhat jolly man that could flip on the intensity when needed; a Richard Attenborough type.

  • Oct. 27, 2008, 6 p.m. CST

    I really hope

    by subtlety

    the early reviews are shite. If they really excised almost the entire flashback plot to Voldemort's youth, then I take serious issue with the adaptation (isn't Steve Kloves back again? yech!). "Half Blood Prince" is all about the backstory. As far as I'm concerned, the "present" is mostly incidental until the very end of the story (mostly it's about Slughorn, who ends up being a maddeningly unimportant character). The Voldemort backstory is imaginative, rich, evocative, and manages to flesh out the character without cheap sentiment or reducing our fear of him (Mr. Lucas, take note). If they miss out on this to focus on the painfully shoehorned romance, it'll be a huge loss. Still, the trailer makes it look pretty serious, so maybe (hoepfully) the early word was wrong.

  • Oct. 27, 2008, 6:21 p.m. CST

    Ludmir, the V.O. guy...

    by Lenny Nero

    ...was referring to a year at Hogwarts. At least, that's how I took it, because that's how the books are.

  • Oct. 27, 2008, 6:53 p.m. CST

    The voice-over

    by Monkey Butler

  • Oct. 27, 2008, 6:54 p.m. CST

    The voice-over

    by Monkey Butler

    clearly wasn't referring to a year at Hogwarts. The tagline at the end of the trailer says "this year" as well. It was a leaked trailer, I'm guessing made before the move to next year.

  • Oct. 27, 2008, 8:11 p.m. CST

    Can't wait.

    by Devil'sOwn

    It's gonna be a dark ride.

  • Oct. 27, 2008, 10:33 p.m. CST

    wand = wang

    by buffywrestling

    Supposedly this has been around for awhile but I just read it and thought I'd share. Cause it made me laugh. (and it's very much like replacing the word "force" with "pants" in Star Wars) <p> "Why aren't you supposed to do magic?" asked Harry. "Oh, well -- I was at Hogwarts meself but I -- er -- got expelled, ter tell yeh the truth. In me third year. They snapped me wang in half an' everything <p> A magic wang... this was what Harry had been really looking forward to. "Yes, yes. I thought I'd be seeing you soon. Harry Potter." It wasn't a question. "You have your mother's eyes. It seems only yesterday she was in here herself, buying her first wang. Ten and a quarter inches long, swishy, made of willow. Nice wang for charm work." "Your father, on the other hand, favored a mahogany wang. Eleven inches. " <p> Harry took the wang. He felt a sudden warmth in his fingers. He raised the wang above his head, brought it swishing down through the dusty air and a stream of red and gold sparks shot from the end like a firework, throwing dancing spots of light on to the walls <p> "Oh, move over," Hermione snarled. She grabbed Harry's wang, tapped the lock, and whispered, 'Alohomora!" <p> The troll couldn't feel Harry hanging there, but even a troll will notice if you stick a long bit of wood up its nose, and Harry's wang had still been in his hand when he'd jumped - it had gone straight up one of the troll's nostrils. He bent down and pulled his wang out of the troll's nose. It was covered in what looked like lumpy gray glue. <p> He ran onto the field as you fell, waved his wang, and you sort of slowed down before you hit the ground. Then he whirled his wang at the dementors. Shot silver stuff at them. <p>

  • Oct. 28, 2008, 7:49 a.m. CST

    Prague23

    by ROBE

    April 20 2008 The Mail on Sunday Page 47 J. K. Rowling AN ARTICLE in last week's Mail on Sunday said that Warner Bros had begun a legal battle with a film director who claims to have devised an earlier version of Harry potter. There is no such legal battle. We accept that J. K. Rowling is the sole creator of her Harry Potter character and that there are no material similarities between her books and the film mentioned. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I watched the movie Troll in the 1980s on VHS video tape, it is about an ordinary family of four, father, mother, son and daughter who move into a new apartment complex. An evil little troll who used to be a wizard abducts the daughter and puts her in a glass coffin and takes her shape and place. The son is the only one who is suspicious of the "daughter's" odd behaviour. Slowly one by one the troll starts to turn the residence of the other apartments into fairy folk and their apartments into fairy land. At the end of the movie the son with the aid of an old lady who lives in one of the apartments who happens to be a witch manages to defeat the troll, or so he thinks. Now apart from the fact that this is a fantasy movie it doesn't have any serious similarity with the Harry Potter books but one. The family are called Potter, the father Harry Potter SR, the mother Anne Potter, the son Harry Potter JR and the daughter Wendy Anne Potter. Considering that Harry Potter is a common name that many real people have had and we know JKR got the name from neighbours of hers when she was a child the similarity can be put down to coincidence. If the film maker genuinely believed he had been copied he has had 10 years, seven novels and five films to take legal action. Another strange thing is that the Potter family did not appear in the movies Troll II and Troll III. One could argue however that a B movie film maker might take advantage of a name coincidence to gain free publicity when planning to do a remake of their original movie. Another point is the popular British movie Carry On Camping features a character called Harriet Potter who befriends a character Charlie Muggins and features a big character who works at at boarding school called Miss Haggard. Likewise the Monty Python Science Fiction sketch featured a Harold Potter. Not forgetting the classic childrens series Chigley which featured Harry Farthing the Potter. Finally lets us not forget the book Harvey Potter's Balloon Farm.

  • Oct. 28, 2008, 7:54 a.m. CST

    Danny Radcliffe has

    by emeraldboy

    dyspraxia.

  • Oct. 28, 2008, 7:58 a.m. CST

    agree about Gambon...

    by emeraldboy

    Harris was perfect casting. They should have got someone else to play Dumbledore. I hated the "last" book. All over the place. and anyway its not the last book. Rowling says she will do another one in ten years. SHe came under huge pressure from her daughters mates to write one more.

  • Oct. 28, 2008, 8:02 a.m. CST

    I dont know if this is true...and for the moment I will consider

    by emeraldboy

    but I did hear that the HBP movie will be lighter in tone than the book. Yates said he will bring levity to the film. yikes.

  • Oct. 28, 2008, 10:55 a.m. CST

    I certainly hope not, emeraldboy.

    by Devil'sOwn

    A lighter tone would just ruin what this series has been building up to. Yeah, it's great to have some humor from the characters and some marvelous sfx, but no pissing about with the actual story. These movies just got better as they progressed, the darker tone raising the quality above the average all-ages fantasy film.

  • Oct. 28, 2008, 11:33 a.m. CST

    ROBE

    by livingwater

    ....fascinating : sounds like he has an excellent case, even her name is a take off on JRR TOLKIEN. The industry is full of thieves.

  • Oct. 28, 2008, 1:11 p.m. CST

    I think it has been summoned offline now.

    by Mr Gorilla

    Do you?

  • Oct. 28, 2008, 1:32 p.m. CST

    People who STILL think the first 2 films are the best 2

    by Mr Gorilla

    Can seriously piss off to some harry potter fan site, where they bitch and moan about house elves being written out of the script of whatever. They are the LOTR equivalents of people who could not enjoy that first film because Tom Bombadil wasn't in it. Once and for all: a BOOK is a BOOK and a FILM is a FILM.

  • Oct. 28, 2008, 1:44 p.m. CST

    Livingwater

    by Mr Gorilla

    What's up with you? I don't see the producers desperately grasping for ideas - they've got huge big books to adapt. Daniel R has got great reviews in Equus, and is better and better in the HP movies, so who cares if he didn't act before? He was about 11 years old, for god's sake! (Although you are wrong - he did act before, in a BBC adaptation of David Copperfield.) The franchise becoming bloated? I thought the most recent movie was much smaller scale than the one before it. If you want to see a franchise becoming bloated by movie 5, take a look at James Bond. (That's You Only Live Twice.) But... surely all that anger... you're just joking, right? RIGHT?

  • Oct. 28, 2008, 4:33 p.m. CST

    Gandalf vs the Balrog?

    by purplepurple

    WTF?

  • Oct. 28, 2008, 9:14 p.m. CST

    Dumbledore's line, "Dark forces attempt to penetrate

    by sweeneydave

    these walls" takes on a whole new meaning now that I know he's gay...

  • Oct. 29, 2008, 6:07 a.m. CST

    They never got Ron Weasly right...

    by emeraldboy

    you always had some sympathy for ron. especially in the ORder of the phoenix. but in the movies, he is irritating as hell. and he kept saying bloody hell. Rupert grint has this thing where he constantly muggs to the camera.

  • Oct. 29, 2008, 5:27 p.m. CST

    tennant is quiting

    by emeraldboy

    Dr who at the end of 2009. So there will be a new dr who in 2010.

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