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Emma Shares Prisoner of Azkaban Photo

Posted by Lilysowl On July - 15 - 2013

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban London Photocall On her official Facebook Page, Emma Watson (Hermione Granger) shared this photo taken at the London photocall for the film Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. From left to right, there is Dan Radcliffe (Harry), Gary Oldman (Sirius), Emma Watson, herself, (Hermione), Michael Gambon (Dumbledore), and Rupert Grint (Ron).

Click here to see a slightly larger copy of the image in the photo gallery.

Click here to view Emma Watson’s Official Facebook Page.

Her cover photo is a cute promotional photo for her film The Bling Ring.  She is sitting on a chair, applying lip gloss to her lips.

I think it’s great that Emma is willing to share her memories of the Harry Potter films with us fans.

Thanks for sharing, Emma!

 

 

 

 

 

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Harry Potter “Wizards Collection” Available for Preorder

Posted by Aragorn On March - 1 - 2012

Blu-ray.com have announced that the Harry Potter Wizards Collection is now available for preorder at Amazon.com for $349.99. The specific special contents of the set are not yet known, but the set will include Blu-ray and DVD editions of each film. Check back soon; we’ll post more information as it becomes available!

Source: Blu-ray.com

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Harry Potter Films To Receive Special AFI Award

Posted by Lilysowl On December - 12 - 2011

Harry PotterThe complete Harry Potter film series has been chosen by the American Film Institute to receive a special award in the institute’s annual recognition of excellence in film for the year 2011.  This recognition honors both the cast and crew for all eight films!

According to their website, the American Film Institute is “America’s promise to preserve the history of the motion picture, to honor the artists and their work and to educate the next generation of storytellers…”  Also, it is the largest non-profit exhibitor in the United States which has honored many legendary films, actors and actresses as well as television movies and programs for the past 40 years. 

The Special AFI Award is presented to visual screen work that has made outstanding achievements in the moving image which do not fit AFI’s criteria for the other honorees of the year.

:) But we always knew the Harry Potter films were in a category of their own, didn’t we?

Congratulations to the cast and crew of the Harry Potter films for receiving one of the highest honors in the film industry!

Click here for more information about the American Film Institute.

Source:  Harry Potter Films Official Facebook Page

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Big Sale On Harry Potter Films At WBShop.com!

Posted by Lilysowl On October - 27 - 2011

 We previously reported that Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will stop distributing the Harry Potter films after December 29, 2011.  So now, WBShop.com has a huge sale on all seven Harry Potter films on Blu-Ray and DVD.  It is huge because the Blu-Ray films are under $10 ($9.00 to be exact) and the DVD films are under $5 ($4.25 to be exact).  That is quite a deal!!

Click here for more information.

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Update: Harry Potter’s “Padfoot” Needs A Home

Posted by Lilysowl On October - 7 - 2011

According to an article in The Huffington Post, Berry(short for Shadowberry) portrayed “Padfoot” the animagus form of “Sirius Black” who rescued Harry Potter from being attacked by the animagus werewolf form of “Remus Lupin” in the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.  Unlike the three main stars of the Harry Potter films (Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson), Berry doesn’t have any upcoming projects and  currently needs a permanent home. 

At the time Prisoner of Azkaban was filmed, Berry lived with his best friend, a white dog named Porridge and his owner Paul Thompson, a stuntman and animal trainer.  But now, due to frequent traveling, Mr. Thompson believes he can no longer give the dogs the consistent care they need.  So, he has put them up for adoption with the German Shepherd Dog Rescue, a charitable organization for rescuing and rehoming German Shepherd dogs and puppies in the United Kingdom.

“I found myself spending a lot of time away from home,” Thompson told The Sunday Express. “The dogs needed more attention then I could give. It was a difficult decision to make but one I had to accept was best for the dogs.”

On the organization’s website, there is a personal bio “composed” by Berry.  Here is an excerpt:

My real name is Berry, Shadowberry, and I am now 10 human years old. Many dog years ago I played the part of Padfoot in a big film that was watched by many people all around the world (or so my Dad told me). I haven’t seen it personally but apparently I looked pretty mean in it sometimes.

I am a German Shepherd and my Dad got me as a puppy. He did lots of exciting things like being a stunt man and animal training for films. That’s probably how I got my part. I love people and my best friend is Porridge who is 13 human years and who I live with. Porridge has also been in some films. Both of us are a bit wobbly in our older years but we still love life…

… Apparently there were a lot of people on the film I was in, something to do with a Harry Potter, who became very rich and very famous from it and they all live in lovely houses of their own. If it wasn’t for German Shepherd Dog Rescue and my Mums and Dad I would not be as happy and cared for now as I am, but I am still waiting for a home to call my own. If only I had become rich and famous as well then maybe I could have helped these wonderful people help more dogs like me and Porridge. I know whatever else happens, we will be together now and loved and cared for.

Please read what mum told me about German Shepherd Dog Rescue and if you can help in anyway, Porridge and I would be most grateful.
Love Berry
XxxxxX

For more information about Berry, Porridge, and the German Shepherd Dog Rescue UK, click here.

Click here to read the complete article.

UPDATE:  According to TMZ who interviewed a rep from the shelter, Berry will remain under the care of the shelter for awhile until the publicity for the Harry Potter films subsides.  The people who operate the shelter would like to make sure the German Shepherd will be loved for himself not for his celebrity status  (Hmm…perhaps some of the other Harry Potter stars could relate to that. Lol).  Fortunately,  many new applicants are being “home checked”.  According to the rep, a decision will be made once the shelter finds an approved applicant who is good enough for Berry.

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AMC Announce Harry Potter Back-to-Back Film Events!

Posted by Dijares On June - 20 - 2011

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 - Draco MalfoyAMC Theatres have announced that they will be showing all of the Harry Potter films back-to-back beginning July 11th through July 15th in select theatres.

Harry Potter: 8 movies. 4 nights. The Legendary Adventure.
Revisit the entire Harry Potter epic and be among the first to witness the final film, shown in RealD® 3D.
See two of the films each night, Monday, July 11 through Wednesday July 13 at 6 p.m. Then, on Thursday, July 14, see Part 1 of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows at 9 p.m. right before catching the premiere of Part 2 at 12:01.
$45 ticket includes admission to all eight films, a commemorative lanyard, and retrospective booklet.

See the list of participating theatres here.

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Video: Harry Potter Featurette

Posted by Dijares On June - 9 - 2011

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2Warner Bros. have provided us with a video of a featurette that includes clips from all of the Harry Potter films, including a type of trailer from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.  It also includes interviews with Dan Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, producer David Heyman, and director David Yates and behind-the-scenes footage.

They also provided us with download links so you can also download the trailer.

See the trailer here.

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YouTube has just updated its YouTube Movies selection to include six of the seven released films from the Harry Potter film franchise, available for viewing as 24-hour rentals in the United States. Currently, the only unavailable film of the series is the sixth, Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince. Because the films are new to the service, the search database will lead you in circles whilst seeking the films for viewing. Use the links below for easy access to the films on YouTube Movies.

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Review: Ultimate Editions of Azkaban and Goblet

Posted by Dijares On October - 31 - 2010

Harry Potter’s Page was given the opportunity to review the Ultimate Editions of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and Goblet of Fire.  I received the Blu-ray formats.  First off, I have to tell you that if you haven’t had the chance to purchase the Ultimate Editions of Sorcerer’s Stone and Chamber of Secrets, you’ve really missed out.  They were absolutely great!  You can see my review for them here.  The third and fourth Ultimate Editions didn’t let me down, either.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban‘s package comes with a holographic cover.  The interior box holds all the content in what looks like a book.  The cover opens to Sirius’ mug shot.  The contents include the Ultimate Edition Creating the Creatures of Harry Potter hard back book.  The book includes many photos from the creatures for films 1 through 6.  There’s concept art and photos all the way up to actual animals (Fang!).  The package also includes two character collector cards.  I got two of Sirius, but I don’t mind, since I’m a huge fan of Harry’s Godfather (and Gary Oldman, as well).  The Blu-ray set included three discs.  One Blu-ray was the movie.  It included no extra features.  The second disc is a DVD with Special Features.  For me, I always want to pop this in first, but I resisted my urge and watched the film first.  The third disc is a Blu-ray called Creating the World of Harry Potter Part 3: Creatures.  There is no digital copy.  Instead, a card is provided with a code, so it can be downloaded.

I watched the entire film.  Admittedly, it’s been a while since I’ve watched this film.  I’ve always enjoyed the color scheme – the grays, blacks, and silver hues.  This is when things really start going dark for Harry.  It’s such an interesting switch.  Unfortunately, none of the deleted scenes are included with the movie.  Nor was there any commentary.  However, watching it in Blu-ray was a real treat.  The Dementors are just so much more real.

I always love the special features, so I was excited to get to this DVD.  Creating the Vision includes an interview with J.K. Rowling and the filmmakers.  I always enjoy watching J.K. Rowling in interviews.  She seems so humble.  Other features include:

  • Additional Scenes, including:
  1. The Knight Bus Spins
  2. Hagrid Swats a Bird (extended)
  3. Harry Receives a Sneakascope in the Great Hall
  4. Sir Cadogan Asks for the Password
  5. McGonagall Lectures Students about the Password
  • Conjuring a Scene: Creating Buckbeak and the Dementors for the Screen
  • Johnny Vaughan and the Shrunken Head Lead Raucous interviews with the Cast
  • Self-Guided Tours of Honeydukes and Professor Lupin’s Classroom
  • Meet the Animal Trainers in Care of Creatures
  • 3 Great Challenges (narrated by Jim Dale who does the US audio books):  Test Your Memory with Magic You May Have Missed; Help Crookshanks Catch Scabbers; and Go on an Unexpected Quest with Sir Cadogan

After seeing all the exciting content in Prisoner of Azkaban, I couldn’t wait to see Goblet of Fire.  I was happy to see that the film included BD Live and an In-Movie Experience with the Weasley Twins (James and Oliver Phelps).  I enjoyed listening to their funny antidotes and learning more about the film’s process with the many behind-the-scenes footage shown during the experience.

This film is always a joy for me.  This is when you start realizing that life isn’t going to be too fun for Harry.  At least not in the near future.  Dark and scary things are happening to Harry and you start to wish he’d just get a break.  But it just isn’t going to happen.  Poor Harry is pulled into the Triwizard Tournament through no fault of his own.  The media hounds him, Ron is angry with him, and he can’t seem to get the girl he wants.  Then he has dragons, Grindylows, Moaning Myrtle, and nightmares.  Jeez, enough already!  But, not this kid.  A school mate is killed right in front of his eyes and then his blood is taken and is used to bring He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named – Lord Voldemort – back to his former self.  Then Voldemort tries to kill him, but Harry’s wand has other ideas…instead the Priori Incantatum occurs, bringing back the souls of those who Voldemort’s wand last killed, including Harry’s parents.  And the poor kid doesn’t even have a chance to be happy to see his parents; instead he’s fighting for his life.  This film’s deleted scenes are not included in the film.

The second disc is a DVD with Special Features which include:

  • Preparing for the Yule Ball
  • Conversations with the Cast (an interview with Dan, Emma, and Ron where fans get to ask questions, too)
  • Reflections on the Fourth Film
  • Triwizard Tournament: Dragon Arena – Harry vs. the Horntail: The First Task – Meet the Champions
  • Triwizard Tournament: Lake – In Too Deep: The Second Task
  • Triwizard Tournament: Maze – Maze Challenge 0 to the Graveyard and Back Challenge – The Maze: The Third Task – He Who Must Not Be Named
  • Extra scenes include:
  1. Students Sing the Hogwart’s Hymn
  2. Durmstrang Dating Etiquette
  3. Harry Misses Cho
  4. The Yule Ball (extended) – shows an entire song with the band’s performance including Professor Flitwick falling into the pit
  5. Karkaroff and Snape at the Ball
  6. Mad-Eye Warns Harry (extended)
  7. Debating Crouch’s Murder and Clues
  8. Investigating Snape and Karkaroff

The third disc, a Blu-ray, is Creating the World of Harry Potter Part 4: Sound & Music.  The package also includes a book by the same name with color photos and art work and music information from all of the films, including Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.  There are also two character cards.  Again, as with the third film’ package, you can download the digital copy.

These Ultimate Editions are for the fans who are missing the books and need MORE Harry Potter.  You can feed that addiction with these Ultimate Editions.  The extra features alone could help feed my Potter addiction for the next month because there’s so much information.  It really is a must for Potter fans.

You can order the Ultimate Editions in our Amazon store at the following links:

Prisoner of Azkaban

Goblet of Fire

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POA and GOF Ultimate Editions Info, Release Oct 19

Posted by Dijares On July - 12 - 2010

Harry PotterThe release date, content, and features for the Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and Goblet of Fire Ultimate Editions have been released.  The release date is October 19, 2010.  Here’s what the product description has:

Each Harry Potter Ultimate Edition contains three discs filled with hours of special features. Also included are collectibles such as a book featuring over 40 pages of movie stills, production sketches, concept paintings and behind-the-scenes insight. The Ultimate Editions also feature collectible character cards and a bonus Digital Copy of the film.

Creating the World of Harry Potter Part 3: Creatures (included in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: Ultimate Edition) features never-before-seen footage of the creature shop and includes never revealed concept drawings and interviews with creators who describe the quest to create real creatures with emotional power to move the adventure forward. Go behind the scenes with Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson as they interact with a marvelous menagerie from magnificent Buckbeak to malevolent Dementors. Watch creatures develop from page to sketch to model to screen. Discover how actors are transformed from humans to rats and werewolves. Witness Voldemort’s evolution from grotesque, infant-like creature to the Darkest Force of all.

Creating the World of Harry Potter Part 4: Sound & Music (included in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: Ultimate Edition) shows how musical themes for Harry, Hedwig, Luna and Lord Voldemort define each character’s identity. Learn how sound effects experts create the crunch of footsteps on snow and the whoosh of a flying broomstick. Visit recording studios and see how each composer brings his orchestral vision to the films. Plunge into fun as Daniel gets the sound of underwater. Feel the magic as music is added to a scene, intensifying the emotion and steering the story.

Here’s a list of the extra features:

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Disc 1: The Movie
Disc 2: Creating the World of Harry Potter Part 3: Creatures
Disc 3: Additional Special Features: Featurettes – Creating the Vision: an interview with J.K. Rowling and the filmmakers, Conjuring a Scene: Creating Buckbeak and the Dementors for the screen; Additional Scenes and more
BD-Live
48-Page Creatures Photo Book
Two Collectible Character Cards: Hermione Granger, Sirius Black
Year 3 Lenticular Card
Digital copy

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Disc 1: The Movie
Disc 2: Creating the World of Harry Potter Part 4: Sound & Music
Disc 3: Additional Special Features: Featurettes – Preparing for the Yule Ball; conversations with the Cast; Reflections on the Fourth Film; and more
BD-Live
44-Page Sound & Music Photo Book
Two Collectible Character Cards: Ronald Weasley, Alastor “Mad-Eye” Moody
Year 4 Lenticular Card
Digital copy

Amazon will let you know when they’re ready for pre-order at these links:

Source: TLC

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