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Potter Bolt: Gambone, Isaacs, & Dan

Posted by Dijares On November - 22 - 2012

Potter BoltFirst I’d like to wish a very Happy Thanksgiving to everyone in the USA and those Americans who are living or stationed overseas. I wish you a warm, happy, and wonderful day filled with fun and laughter.

On today’s Potter Bolt, we have news about Michael Gambone (Professor Dumbledore), a new project for Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy), and two videos of Dan Radcliffe’s (Harry Potter) latest projects.

First off, Gambone will be honored at this year’s British Independent Film Awards (BIFA) with the Richard Harris Award.  This award recognizes outstanding contribution to British film.  This award was introduced in 2002 in memory of Richard Harris, the original Professor Dumbledore.  Other Harry Potter actors who have received this award include Ralph Fiennes (Voldemort) and Helena Bonham Carter (Bellatrix Lestrange).

Isaacs is in a new web series called Kendra.  It begins on November 26th and has eight episodes.  His character, Jeffrey, is a patient who is a bit mixed up on who he’s in love with.  You can see a trailer from the series below.

Two videos from Dan’s latest projects are online this week.  The first is from the four-part series that starts on December 6th, A Young Doctor’s Notebook, from Sky Arts.  The second is a quick look on set from Horns from Entertainment Tonight in Canada.

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New Trailer from Jason Isaac’s Awake

Posted by Dijares On February - 28 - 2012

Jason Isaacs in AwakeA new trailer from Jason Isaac’s (Lucius Malfoy) new TV show Awake is now available. The show, which will air on NBC, has Jason portraying a father who is a detective. He’s in a car accident and, after the accident, when he awakes, he’s lost his wife, but his son is alive. When he goes to sleep in this reality, he awakes to find that in another reality, he’s lost his son and his wife is still alive. While working on his investigations, clues intermingle within each reality to help him solve crimes. The show begins Thursday, March 1st at 10/9c. Make sure to check your local listings to confirm times and channels.

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LA Times’ HP Collection of Photos, Interviews & Apps

Posted by Lilysowl On July - 28 - 2011

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 If you missed any of the Harry Potter photos, interviews, articles, and apps The Los Angeles Times had posted on their ‘Hero Complex’ webpage in anticipation of the theater release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 which occurred on July 15, all of them now are compiled in the current ‘Hero Complex’ feature on the newspaper’s website.  This includes a photo gallery of each of the three stars (Dan Radcliffe as “Harry”, Emma Watson as “Hermione”, and Rupert Grint as “Ron”) in the past ten years as they made all eight films; brief video interviews with the director David Yates, interview articles with other Harry Potter stars like Tom Felton (Draco), Matthew Lewis (Neville), and Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy) as well as the trio themselves.  There is even an article on Pottermore along with the special apps features “Find Your Personal Patronus” and “Parseltongue Translator Lets Muggles Hiss Like Slytherins”.

I enjoyed two of the video interviews with David Yates.  In one of them, he spoke highly of Alan Rickman as “Snape” and told a funny tidbit of how the actor couldn’t find his”mojo” when Yates blocked him on a slope in Half-Blood Prince.  In the other video, Yates described his first day on the Harry Potter set which was when Mike Newell was still directing Goblet of Fire.

Click here to review the complete article.

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Conclusion Videos: Potter Stars at Apple Store

Posted by Dijares On July - 23 - 2011

Jason Isaacs at London Apple StoreWe previously posted two videos that showed some of the Harry Potter stars at the Apple Store in London on July 5, 2011.  They included Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy), Tom Felton (Draco), Helen McCrory (Narcissa), and Matt Lewis (Neville Longbottom).  We now have the rest of the videos from this event.

Sorry for the delay.

See videos for parts 1 and 2 at this link.

Here are parts 3 through 6.

A HUGE thanks to Betsy who took these videos and also represented Harry Potter’s Page on the Red Carpet during the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 world premiere in London.

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Videos: HPP’s Red Carpet and Apple Store Footage

Posted by Dijares On July - 8 - 2011

Jason Isaacs at London Apple StoreOur correspondent in London, Betsy, has uploaded some of the videos she took while at the London Apple store on July 5th and the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 world premiere in London on July 7th.

The Apple store had Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy), Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy), Helen McCrory (Narcissa Malfoy), and Matt Lewis (Neville Longbottom).  Right now we have two videos (but I believe there are more to come).

The last two videos show our red carpet interviews with Jason Isaacs and Matt Lewis.  She shared her spot on the red carpet with the correspondent from

Also, make sure to check out photos from the red carpet in our gallery here and the Apple store here!

I’d like to give a big ‘THANK YOU’ to Betsty for all the hard work she did for Harry Potter’s Page while in London…she did an awesome job!

Next: New York City!!!

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Photos: Isaacs, Felton, McCrory, Lewis at Apple Store

Posted by Dijares On July - 5 - 2011

Jason Isaacs at London Apple StoreWe previously told you that some of the Harry Potter stars would be at the Apple store in London for part of the media rounds for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.  Our London correspondent, Betsy, was on hand to take some awesome photos of the event.

The stars who attended are Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy), Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy), Helen McCrory (Narcissa Malfoy), and Matt Lewis (Neville Longbottom).  You can see the photos in our gallery here!

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Harry Potter Stars: Q&A Session At UK Apple Store

Posted by Lilysowl On July - 4 - 2011

On July 5, Harry Potter stars Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom), Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy), Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy), Helen McCrory (Narcissa Malfoy), and Helena Bonham Carter (Bellatrix Lestrange) are scheduled to appear at the Apple store in the UK on Regents Street in London for a Question and Answers session with fans who are looking forward to the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 in movie theaters on July 15.  The event begins at 7:00pm.

It should be a nice little “Malfoy” reunion. :)   Watch out, “Neville!”  Lolol.

Click here for information on location and directions.

Source:  Harry Potter UK Facebook Page

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Video: Peek At Blu-Ray’s Maximum Movie Mode For DH 1

Posted by Lilysowl On March - 21 - 2011

To promote the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 on Blu-Ray and DVD on April 15, Entertainment Weekly received an exclusive look of the combo pack’s “Maximum Mode” feature with Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy) hosting an “interactive journey” through the film and also reviewing significant moments from past films as a lead to Deathly Hallows Part 2′s theater release on July 15.  In this clip, Isaacs goes over the details about the dementors and how their look was different in Prisoner of Azkaban and in Order of the Phoenix.

Click here to watch the video clip.

Source:  Harry Potter Films Official Facebook Page

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Jason Isaacs Avoids Saying Goodbye To Harry Potter

Posted by Lilysowl On November - 1 - 2010

Another recent interview in The Los Angeles Times’ “Hero Complex” feature was one given by Jason Isaacs who portrayed Draco Malfoy’s father, “Lucius Malfoy”.  Here is an excerpt from that interview:

PKD: Have you said goodbye to the “Harry Potter” films?

JI: I came to the end of the line last Christmas. Sometime in December, I think it was. I’ve been trying to milk it as much as I can with a bit of ADR and publicity and stuff because I can’t bear to say goodbye. I don’t think any of us can.

PKD: What is it exactly that you can’t bear to leave the people, the character, the story itself?

JI: All those and more. There’s lots to love about “Harry Potter.” All the things you normally experience on films, the very opposite is true of this. The set is a very happy and comforting place. Most sets are places with a throbbing undertone of fear that everyone’s taken the wrong job in the wrong thing. That no one’s going to watch the film, no one’s going to like the story, no one’s going to work again. Actors generally can float above that stuff, but there’s something very different going on with “Harry Potter.” You know you’re making a story that you love taking part in and that you know people will obsess over. It’s the difference between throwing a party and wondering if anyone’s going to come and having the party people are having to wait to get into. Everything about it always feels right. So that’s just on the storytelling front. And then on the sheer star-struck front, I still pinch myself after almost a decade of it, that I get to go to work with the kinds of people I do. Where on most big special-effects films, you complain about all the time sitting around, there was never enough time sitting around if you’re sitting around with Maggie Smith and Alan Rickman and Bill Nighy and Jim Broadbent and Imelda Staunton and on and on.

PKD: Did the book series coming to an end – and knowing that ending – change your interpretation of the character filming movies based on earlier books in the series?

JI: Yeah, I feel quite lucky actually because Lucius had an actual journey. There’s a number of characters that didn’t change that much but he started off being such an arrogant [jerk] and a monstrous bigot and racist that I was hoping he’d get his comeuppance at some stage. But I didn’t imagine I’d be so publicly deflated and humiliated. Lucius thought he’d stand by Voldemort’s side and fall with him. Instead I’ve been completely emasculated by him and rejected by everybody, and as an actor it’s a tremendously juicy thing to do, not play the same part time after time. So after all that early hope and arrogance, I think it is very satisfying to the audience and to me to see him so crushed.

PKD: Did you get to keep your Malfoy wig?

JI: No, I didn’t. I did ask for it, funnily enough. There were many, many wigs. The style changed over the years – it ended up being slightly more Lady Gaga in the final incarnation. It started as Pamela Anderson, I think. There were many of them and I don’t know where they are – forming a band or something, I think.

PKD: Did you have any real-world model for your interpretation of Malfoy?

JI: When I got cast and looked at the first film,  I saw Alan Rickman, who is the world’s greatest bad man and was tremendous as the sinister Snape, and I thought, “What the hell am I going to do? How am I going to pull off anything that’s in any way distinctive?” All I had to do was look around. I don’t know what you have in America, I’m not familiar with your rabidly right-wing politicians, but we have plenty of people in Europe standing up and saying the kinds of things and thinking the kinds of things Lucious thinks about racial separatism and racial purity and it’s really not far-fetched at all. It seems ripped from the daily headlines. So that sense of arrogance and entitlement is something you’ll see in any newspaper in Europe on any given day.

PKD: Would you say Lucius is the worst villain you’ve played?

JI: No, he’s not the worst. He’s a terrible coward. And in the end he doesn’t really get to do very much. He’s all bark and no bite, really. If he were capable of doing anything, he might be among the most vicious and the consequences would be calamitous. But he’s far more  concerned with what he looks like and what he sounds like in the mirror and being in the newspaper than he is about taking action. And I think Voldemort’s quite right in seeing that he’s addicted to his status and addicted to his swanning around and spending too much time at the tailors and not enough time getting his wand sharpened.

PKD: I read how you read the first four “Harry Potter” books in three days’ time. Are you a big fan of children’s or fantasy literature?

JI: No, not at all. In fact I was slightly sniffy about these books. I didn’t understand why some of my contemporaries were laughing at them and asking if I’d read them. I take the tube a lot in England and grown-ups – people of drinking and volunteering for the army and marriageable age – were reading children’s books. I got slightly stuffy about it until I dove in myself. They’re so beautifully written, you’re transported. There’s great value in that. They’re such a beautifully realized escape. It’s like sitting on a magic carpet when you open the front cover.

PKD: There’s so much great detail in the books.

JI: I didn’t have kids when I got the job in “Chamber of Secrets.” They’ve been very generous with our schedule to allow me and lots of actors to do other things. But one of the things they did was schedule around the birth of my first daughter on “Chamber of Secrets.” So subsequently I’ve read an awful lot of children’s books. Not only did I enjoy the “Potter” books at the time, in retrospect, I see just how successful they are at appealing to many different ages. And they mean different things to kids at different ages. I’m actually on the first round of reading it to my 5-year-old now and I’m wondering at what point I stop. She keeps wanting to go on to the next book and I’m thinking about what point they get too grown-up. But she’s absolutely got her mental hooks into it and won’t let go. She’s seen the first two movies. I think they get too scary after that for her at this age.

Click here to read the complete interview and find out what his next projects are.

Source:  Harry Potter Official Facebook Page

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Jason Isaacs: Potter Films Will Be Around A Long Time

Posted by Lilysowl On July - 5 - 2010

Jason IsaacsThe Coventry Telegraph posted a brief interview with Jason Isaacs about no longer portraying “Lucius Malfoy”, Draco’s father after Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I and Part II.

He was quoted to have said the following:

…”I was sad. I’m a bit of a sentimental buffoon, so I was already feeling tearful and nostalgic before they started months of shooting. You should really wait for the last day I think for that kind of behaviour.”…

…”Luckily I think the Harry Potter experience has an afterglow in that these films will be released and are coming out over a long time, until July next year…

…”And then I have a suspicion that they’ll be in everybody’s DVD collection until the next format comes along and replaces it so I don’t think Harry Potter’s going away for a very, very long time.”…

When he was asked if there was anything he could reveal about Deathly Hallows, this was his answer:

…”Yes I can. I can tell you that they’re out in November [2010] and July [2011], and if you want a sneak preview of the script… go and buy the book.”…

:) Cheeky, but Charming!

Click here to read the article.

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