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You dare use my own Behind the Scenes Pic of the Day against me, Potter? Yes. I’m the Half-Blood Prince!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes Pic!

That headline’s not too tricky, is it? Yeah, it’s Potter time so I figured I’d dig into the archive and pull out something Harry Pottery and this is what I found.

I have to run out the door for the first night of the Fantasia film fest (in fact, I’m fresh off the plane), so forgive me if I don’t spend too much time talking about this picture or the series on the whole. I will say that I dig this shot because of the set-up and getting a clear picture on how they pulled off the invisibility cloak effect in the movie.

Thanks to Pat Barnett for sending this one along!



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Tomorrow’s behind the scenes pic hasn’t been chosen yet, but rest assured I’ll dig up something good!

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  • July 14, 2011, 7:54 p.m. CST

    I already forget who the Half-Blood Prince was!

    by CountryBoy

  • July 14, 2011, 7:55 p.m. CST

    Was it Draco?

    by CountryBoy

  • July 14, 2011, 7:56 p.m. CST


    by Lenny Nero

    It was his potions textbook.

  • July 14, 2011, 7:57 p.m. CST

    i thought it was snape

    by vin_diggler

  • July 14, 2011, 7:58 p.m. CST

    fer cryin' out loud

    by jameskpolk

    It was Snape. His character has perhaps the richest backstory which explains why he is in the business he is in.

  • July 14, 2011, 7:59 p.m. CST

    Of all the bit-players of the young Potter cast

    by Kammich

    I think Tom Felton actually has a chance to stick around. I don't know why. Maybe its just that he's a doppelganger of Ryan Gosling, and Gosling is a beast. I'm interested to see what he does in "Rise of the Rising Ape Planet Where Apes Have Risen."

  • July 14, 2011, 8:01 p.m. CST

    oh, as for the movie

    by Kammich

    "Half Blood Prince" is the only one of the Yates movies that I really disliked. Somehow, Yates took the bloated, overly-angsty "Order of the Phoenix" and made it into a brisk, entertaining film... yet he took "Half Blood Prince," my favorite book, and turned it into a tepid, teen dramedy with absolutely no visual punch or narrative drive. So disappointing.

  • July 14, 2011, 8:04 p.m. CST

    Felton was really good in HBP

    by double_l88

    Nice shot. Having seen DH1, Azakaban is still the best.

  • July 14, 2011, 8:04 p.m. CST

    agreed kammich

    by vin_diggler

    I have a feeling the rest of the young will make a few pictures and we will realize that they are not great actors. They only know how to be part of the Potter universe. They will then fall into obscurity and we will see them 15 years from on on TMZ during one of there "remember them" segments

  • July 14, 2011, 8:15 p.m. CST


    by mick vance

    is this like prep school initiation where the new roommate gets jizzed on by the guy who was already there?

  • July 14, 2011, 8:21 p.m. CST

    HBP was always borderline-unfilmable

    by gooseud

    It really wasnt THAT fantastic of a book with its endless reams of flashback exposition (necessary but not exactly creating alot of forward momentum). It would have needed perfect execution to be great, but unfortunately, Yates botched it completely and made every possible wrong decision. I've never been so sad to be right as when everyone at the time of this release was saying that Yates cut the Hogwarts battle (an inexplicably terrible decision) so as to emphasize the Hogwarts battle in DH Pt 2.....I warned everyone it was just that Yates doesnt particularly like action. Sure enough, the action set piece of the entire series evidently gets short shrift in DH2. Sigh.

  • July 14, 2011, 8:30 p.m. CST

    After Chamber of Secrets the series is unwatchable

    by vin_diggler

    unless you have read the books. I don't mean to sound like that "the book is better" guy, but in this case it is true. I , like many, saw most of the films without reading any of the books. By the time I got to The Half-Blood prince I was completely lost. That's when I decided to read the books from the beginning. Holy Shit! most of the movies cut out key events that make it impossible to understand what is going on unless you have read them. I highly recommend to anyone who has not read them, to go back and do so. The movies act more like Cliff Notes of the books, enough to get you through the story but not enough to really appreciate it.

  • July 14, 2011, 8:31 p.m. CST

    At least Radcliffe is making a name for himself on broadway

    by Lovecraftfan

    Hell have that in his pocket.

  • July 14, 2011, 8:45 p.m. CST

    Diggler is right

    by gooseud

    which of course makes it a problem, since Gambon has himself NEVER READ A PAGE OF THE BOOKS!!! IF you are wondering why Gambon's sweaty, spazzy, all-wrong Dumbledore appears to bear absolutely no resemblance to the character on the page, now you know, because he wouldnt even know the character on the page if you hit him over the head with it.

  • July 14, 2011, 8:59 p.m. CST

    It's nice to see COLOR in the Harry Potter world...

    by ufoclub1977

    Know what I mean?

  • July 14, 2011, 9:11 p.m. CST

    Half blood was the Best so far.. Better than part I.

    by mistergreen

  • July 14, 2011, 9:15 p.m. CST

    Prisoner is still the best of em so far, imho.

    by Jerry Piper

  • July 14, 2011, 9:16 p.m. CST

    95% Tomato-meter gives me hope Hallows 2 will be excellent.

    by Jerry Piper

  • July 14, 2011, 9:20 p.m. CST

    iwantmorelife I agree, Azkaban is tops

    by double_l88

  • July 14, 2011, 9:25 p.m. CST

    I might actually see this latest one

    by Queefer Sutherland

    I've never seen a Potter film, but now that Emma Watson is legal, I might see this new one and jerk myself delirious in the theatre.

  • July 14, 2011, 9:26 p.m. CST

    So where are all the reviews?

    by seasider

    I've only seen Quint's from a few days ago.

  • July 14, 2011, 9:33 p.m. CST


    by Nasty In The Pasty

  • July 14, 2011, 9:50 p.m. CST

    WB is planning to offer "The Stand" to Yates

    by Kammich his next project. Supposedly the proposal is for a 3-film adaptation of the book. interesting. dunno how well he suits the material, and I'm sure he'd gloss over a lot of the finite details that flesh the book out so well if he were only adapting it to one film. But as 3 films, it could work.

  • This actually worries me.

  • get ready

  • July 14, 2011, 10:03 p.m. CST

    File this story in the "20 years too late" folder.

    by Jerry Piper

  • July 14, 2011, 10:03 p.m. CST

    Oops, not this story, the Akira story. My bad.

    by Jerry Piper

  • July 14, 2011, 10:08 p.m. CST

    Getting ready to go to my midnight showing of hallows 2.

    by claxdog

  • -but I'm sure the parts where the movies are lacking, the books more than makes up for it. For instance I heard The Order of The Pheonix is one of best novels, but man that movie was BAD. I don't really remember much about The Half Blood Prince, but I'm sure the book was killer.

  • July 14, 2011, 10:20 p.m. CST

    ufoclub1977, you're right: it IS nice to see color!

    by kevred

    I think one day we all may look back of films of the last 10 years or so and lament how utterly drained of color they are. The blue, sepia, gray, and green tints of just about everything these days just looks tired and old hat now. I've greatly enjoyed the Potter films, but I'd love to see them stripped of the gauze of artificial tints and beaming with real, vivid colors everywhere. They're not the worst offenders, but after a while I find myself wanting to only see REAL light, shadows, and color. Not some artificially flattened palette for the sake of making life easier for the guys doing the CG work.

  • July 14, 2011, 10:22 p.m. CST

    sonny, same here. I do not miss what I did not read.

    by Jerry Piper

  • July 14, 2011, 10:53 p.m. CST

    @kevred, i agree, i hate the color grading on alot of films these days

    by sunwukong86

  • July 14, 2011, 10:54 p.m. CST


    by vin_diggler

    You help make my point. Order of the Pheonix is pretty much the turning point of the whole Harry Potter Saga. This is where it goes from fun and games at hogwarts to Harry must change the coming events for all wizards. The movie does not do it justice. It should have been one of the best films in the series. But in order to make it a 2 hour film, they reduced it down to a quick "who is the secret bad guy" mystery.

  • July 14, 2011, 11:25 p.m. CST

    Tom Felton has the biggest fucking feet ever

    by Uncle Pooky

  • July 14, 2011, 11:44 p.m. CST

    Harry's into Scat Play!!!

    by Onin Solstice

  • July 15, 2011, 1:06 a.m. CST

    starks, LMAO!

    by Jerry Piper

  • July 15, 2011, 2:16 a.m. CST

    I still say HBP

    by grendel69

    is one of the best looking movies ever made. Too many films today are overlit and I love how that film uses natural lighting. It looks amazing.

  • July 15, 2011, 2:25 a.m. CST


    by Mullah Omar

    If you're going to allude to his character, you gotta show the man himself, not least of all because Rickman is awesome in everything he does.

  • god damn i hate clappers. i wanted to punch the fuck out of them.

  • July 15, 2011, 2:53 a.m. CST

    Having watched them all again this week..

    by Fortunesfool

    I think Phoenix is my favourite. It's the only one (so far) that has a great villian in it. Yates brought a fantastic visual eye to proceedings and the final battle is really well done.

  • July 15, 2011, 3:01 a.m. CST

    Well Quint was right- it's disappointing

    by D.Vader

    I agree with everything in Quint's review, minus the stuff about Snape getting the shaft.

  • July 15, 2011, 3:05 a.m. CST

    Here are some of my thoughts on DH2 (from a HUGE hp fan)

    by Mel

    spoilers incoming.... really enjoyed it. Is it the best in the series? I think it's the most satisfying - and it's much better than part 1 which was an editing nightmare. Hard to say if it's the best from one viewing. There were things that put me off. I felt like the Hermione/Bellatrix scene wasn't nearly what i was expecting. It was pretty funny in the book, but that comical dialogue is gone. I think there's about 4-5 lines total for Bellatrix. The whole Gringott's scene was kind of weird. The design of the vault system was odd. Also, the dragon appears to be her vault's personal guard, and the scene with it is just weirdly framed. I don't's tough to say after one viewing, but the entire Gringott's scene feels like it's missing lengthy shots or something. If there's an Oscar to be had it's for music and sound editing. Both are super. There are 2 moments in particular that the music pays homage to Williams' classic themes - when Harry returns to Hogwarts and King's Cross at the end. They're fantastic, and the sound of rubble, debris, and spells is also the best in the series. Snape's pensive scene is mostly post-child stuff. Petunia isn't mentioned by name, though she is in the scene...I think. Then again, it's tough to tell. She exists only to call Lilly a freak, and that wasn't always the case, so it may not have been her. We do see Snape arriving at the Potter house after the murder and it's a pretty sad scene. Most of it is told through Dumbledore and Snape's conversations, and an ignorant Potter viewer might still not understand why Snape hated Harry at all (because Harry reminds him of James and James got his girl). It was weird seeing Snape crying...felt a bit out of place. The scene in general is good, and Snape's death is great. Very brutal. Aberforth is fantastic, but he complains about Dumbledore and even Hermione (for some reason) knows who Ariana is - but no information is given. They really dropped the ball by having The Life and Lies of Albus Dumbledore shown in book 1 and Aberforth condemning his brother in book 2 - to have absolutely no other information for the uninformed. In the end, they may just ask the question "Was Dumbledore an asshole no one liked?" The mirror is shown, and how Aberforth got it is also revealed, but we still have no idea how Harry got the shard (unless we read the books) part 2 next...

  • July 15, 2011, 3:08 a.m. CST

    I felt like the nailed it until Neville's monologue

    by Cartagia

    Then everything went to shit from that point on. The last 10 minutes or so are kind of a mess. ESPECIALLY the Molly/Bellatrix scene. You can tell it was filmed as an after thought, in maybe one afternoon. For me, the film fumbled on fucking 4th and inches.

  • July 15, 2011, 3:13 a.m. CST

    Part 2 of my take on DH2 (voldemort's weird fate)

    by Mel

    Voldemort's death is quite anti-climactic and confusing. It doesn't happen exactly the way it does in the book. Neville kills the snake literally seconds before Voldemort dies. In fact, it's almost as if Voldemort dies BECAUSE of the snake's death. Harry and Voldemort have their wands connected when the snake dies, and then seconds later the connection is broken and Voldemort crumbles into ashes. In the book, Voldemort casts avada kedavra at Harry and Harry casts expelliarmus....avada kedavar rebounds back on Voldemort and it kills him. That doesn't happen here. And so it bring up yet another problem. Horcrux counting. Once again if we go back to DH1 - Ron says "only 3 left"...which leads you to believe that they believe Voldemort is counted as Horcrux. The cup, the diadem, the snake = 3. So because once the snake dies Voldemort automatically dies....he wasn't one. So Ron LITERALLY meant 3 and he wasn't just omitting Voldemort. He never considered Voldemort to be a horcrux. But that means that, according to Ron - there were only 6 horcruxes, even though it was always said that there were 7. Hagrid doesn't show up in the movie until the forbidden forest scene when Harry comes to Voldemort. He has like 3 scenes total. Grawp is not in the movie at all. The Molly/Bellatrix duel is perfect. Not corny like it was in the book. Very bad ass. Greyback's final victim is quite a sad scene. Very nice they way it was done. Pretty fucked a good way. There's a great moment where Harry enters a hall much like a soldier going through the infirmary. You see lots of wounded, and the dead as well. It's very American-revolution-ish. Percy Weasley is back and see in background shots. He looks the same. Professor McGonagall is easily the star of the show. I loved the movie. I left out some battle descriptions, but rest-assured the battle is pretty slick.

  • But I do NOT agree about the Molly/Bellatrix scene. It was corny as fuck in the book, where Molly tells the kids to not interfere and they form like some Fight Club style of circle. I love how it's done in the movie. Molly pushes Ginny aside to kill Bellatrix. It's as brief as it was in the book and the way she kills her is badass. My problem is that Bellatrix and Molly had very little to do with the battle up until that point. That's why it appears to come out of nowhere, but the actual scene is great.

  • July 15, 2011, 3:33 a.m. CST

    The Molly/ Bellatrix scene was badass when Julie Walters

    by Cartagia

    posed for the camera and gave that god awful smirk for the audience to cheer to? The editing was also terrible. It literally felt like Yates had the movie done and someone ran up and said "What about this scene?" He cobbled together a camera, a monkey with a CGI tool and the two walls of the set they had up and churned it out in 15 minutes. Fucking hated it all. Also, I loved Neville's speech, it should have culminated however, with his complete ownage of Nagini.

  • July 15, 2011, 3:34 a.m. CST


    by CreepyThinMan

    I'm of the belief that no matter what the subject matter is, your movie should always look beautiful. I wish that for the Harry Potter series they had went with the color palette of Bram Stokers Dracula. Not only is that movie absolutely GORGEOUS but it also convey's a dark and moody atmosphere without sapping the color out the way the HP movies have. Star Trek and Avatar have some of the best photography I've seen in the last few years along with Alice in Wonderland.

  • July 15, 2011, 3:40 a.m. CST

    Take that back, I didn't hate it all.

    by Cartagia

    Julie Walter's delivery of "the line" was perfect. It was also not helped by the fact, they edited into the shot too fast. You are barely aware of the fact that it is Ginny and Bellatrix before she hops down and says it. It was not the actors fault at all, completely the director (and I've been a Yates defender).

  • July 15, 2011, 5:55 a.m. CST

    PoA is still the best

    by disfigurehead

  • July 15, 2011, 5:56 a.m. CST

    Goblet of fire is the worst pile of shit I have ever seen

    by disfigurehead

    Almost as bad as Independence Day

  • July 15, 2011, 8:53 a.m. CST

    I'll bet Draco has a huge cock

    by Rex Carsalot

  • July 15, 2011, 9:11 a.m. CST

    One thing I really liked about HBP (the film)

    by spacehog

    I don't see this mentioned much...but there's some great, wordless storytelling with the vanishing cabinet throughout. I really like how Yates handled it, giving you clues as to what it's used for, culminating in the scene where Draco puts the bird in the cabinet. You hear a whoomph, the shot changes to the sign for Borgin & Burke's and you can just barely hear a bird tweeting, then back to the Room of Requirement where you hear the second whoomph and the bird is dead. It's as subtle as anything in the series and I find it pretty impressive every time. On the other hand, it's a shame that when Snape announces he's the HBP of the film's title, anyone who hasn't already read the book finds the moment completely and utterly meaningless...

  • July 15, 2011, 10:58 a.m. CST

    The Molly/Bellatrix scene was awful

    by D.Vader

    Filmed like an afterthought without any buildup or tension. Its just there and then it just happens. Extremely weak and disappointing. Voldemort's not even there to rage at the loss of his close Lieutenant.

  • July 15, 2011, 11:11 a.m. CST

    A GREENSCREEN CLOAK? say it isn't so!!

    by Tigger Tales

  • July 15, 2011, 12:12 p.m. CST

    Favorite moment in Half-Blood Prince

    by Cartagia

    Slughorn's story about his goldfish. The film version of Slughorn is a much richer character in the books, because of the hint of sadness that Broadbent brought to the role. He really made it leap off the page and gave him a depth that was missing from the "Collector" of the books. Another great Slughorn moment is when Ron gets poisoned and Slughorn is at a total loss about what to do. "Those who can't do, teach." Slughorn knew his shit, but when pressed into the moment, he lost his cool.

  • July 16, 2011, 1:03 p.m. CST


    by Magic01273

    I realise that there are a few peeps that don't like the Voldy death scene but its not exactly as you describe. Their wands are connected when Neville kills the snake at which point the connection breaks. They then fire curses at eachother again, creating a new connection. Voldy doesn't die immediately after the snake is killed and the connection breaks. Whilst it is handled very different from the book, in the movie you do actually see Harry's expeliarmus spell deflect (or more acturately, push back)Voldy's killing curse back through his wand and up his arm. Its not technically a "rebound" of Voldy's curse as described in the book, but he does effectively reflect voldemorts Avada Kedavra back to him. I think Voldy disolving is artistic license, yes, but the method of his death isn't nonsensical. When his reflected spell travels back through his wand and up is arm the effects are very subtle, but it is there. I'm not saying the scene is perfect (or to everyones tastes) but did just want to clarify what you wrote.

  • July 16, 2011, 1:09 p.m. CST

    just to add...

    by Magic01273

    melgibsoncalledmethenword - I don't necessarily disagree with your overal conclusion that the death scene is potentially confusing, though. The deflected/rebounded spell effects - or the special effects showing voldy's spell being pushed back up through wand arm were too subtle and I believe what is happening is not really obvious enough. I was more trying to clarify that Voldy doesn't immediately die just as the snake is killed. Harry and Voldy do connect spells again, after Nagini loses her head.