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Links to threads on the film versions of Prisoner of Azkaban (2004), Goblet of Fire (2005) and Order of the Phoenix (2007); and links to threads on the book versions of Half-Blood Prince (2005) and Deathly Hallows (2007).

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If you have kids between the ages of fifteen and eighteen, and you think that maybe it's time for the little sprouts to buy dinner for a change, why not plan to be in London during the first two weekends of July, when the producers of the penultimate Harry Potter movie, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, will be holding open auditions for the roles of Lavender Brown and Tom Riddle?

Is this right? Are they looking for ANOTHER actor to play Voldemort? We already saw Voldemort in his "Tom Riddle" guise in the 2nd film, where he was played by Christian Coulson, who turned 24 the year the film came out. Couldn't he play "Tom Riddle" again? Or do the "Tom Riddle" scenes in Half-Blood Prince take place when Riddle was younger? (It's been a couple years since I read the book, so I can't recall.)

FWIW, in the other films, Voldemort was played by Richard Bremmer (as the voice of the CGI face on the back of Ian Hart's head in the 1st film) and, of course, Ralph Fiennes (in the 4th and 5th films).


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Naomi goes potty

HEAVILY pregnant Naomi Watts isn't letting motherhood -- or nationality -- stand in the way of a good role.

Naomi has just signed on for a supporting role in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, reportedly to play Draco's nasty mother Narcissa Malfoy. . . .

Also joining the Half-Blood cast is Joseph Fiennes -- real life brother of Voldemort Ralph Fiennes -- and one-time boyfriend of Charlize Theron, Stuart Townsend.

Courier-Mail, July 24

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Townsend, y'all may recall, was cast as Aragorn in Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy, and was fired a few days into shooting and replaced by Viggo Mortensen. Townsend then got a front-row seat on Oscar night in 2003, when The Return of the King swept the awards -- because Townsend's girlfriend Theron was there to accept HER Oscar for Monster.

Anyway. Townsend missed his chance to be in ONE lucrative fantasy franchise that premiered in 2001, so now he gets to be in the OTHER one, apparently.


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'Harry Potter' Casting Rumors Untrue, Say Actors' Reps

"Not true," declared representatives for Naomi Watts, who was rumored to be playing the role of Narcissa Malfoy (and we think she'd do an awesome job, by the way. Heck, we picked her for the role last month!) "These reports are not true," echoed representatives for Joseph Fiennes. "Not true" was also stated by Townsend's reps.

MTV Movies Blog, July 25


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Are they looking for ANOTHER actor to play Voldemort? We already saw Voldemort in his "Tom Riddle" guise in the 2nd film, where he was played by Christian Coulson, who turned 24 the year the film came out. Couldn't he play "Tom Riddle" again? Or do the "Tom Riddle" scenes in Half-Blood Prince take place when Riddle was younger? (It's been a couple years since I read the book, so I can't recall.)

Riddle starts off younger, but then becomes a Hogwarts student and the increasingly basiliskian Lord Voldemort over the course of the book, IIRC. Joseph Fiennes would be extremely wink-wink stunt-casting, considering his older bro is the scary incarnation of You-Know-Who, but Joe seems a bit long in the tooth to play Riddle as a Hogwarts student. (He's 37, according to IMDB.)

Interesting rumor about Naomi Watts. Personally, I pegged her Aussie best friend, Nicole Kidman (Her Paleness!) as Narcissa. Or Cate Blanchett. But then Cate ends up in every fantasy cast I assemble. And she's already filled her action-fantasy franchise quota with Indiana Jones.

But Stuart Townsend as a Weasley?? Goodness, that explains why Bill's been unseen all these years. He's been off modeling for Abercrombie & Fitch while his carrot-topped siblings were learning magic spells.

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Hi,

Are they looking for ANOTHER actor to play Voldemort? We already saw Voldemort in his "Tom Riddle" guise in the 2nd film, where he was played by Christian Coulson, who turned 24 the year the film came out. Couldn't he play "Tom Riddle" again? Or do the "Tom Riddle" scenes in Half-Blood Prince take place when Riddle was younger? (It's been a couple years since I read the book, so I can't recall.)

In the book, there are lots of flashback/pensieve sequences involving Voldemorts's mother and father (who also was named Tom Riddle) and Voldemort himself before, during, and after Hogwarts. So they could cast lots of new Tom Riddle's. :lol: I supose if Christian Coulson is recast and is still suitable for teenage and post-Hogwarts scenes, they could add actors for very young Voldemort (at 11) and for his father.

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Here's the most exciting development so far:

Bruno Delbonnel will be the cinematographer.

He shot Amelie, The Cat's Meow, Across the Universe, and A Very Long Engagement.


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He shot Amelie, The Cat's Meow, Across the Universe, and A Very Long Engagement.

I hope this doesn't mean the film will be shot through a butterscotch candy wrapper. :unsure:


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Teen actor in upcoming 'Harry Potter' film killed

Rob Knox, 18, was stabbed after he got caught up in a fight outside a bar in southwest London early Saturday, London's Metropolitan Police said in a statement.

Knox plays Ravenclaw student Marcus Belby in the upcoming film "Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince," the sixth installment of the popular series set for release in November.

Associated Press, May 24


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"Sympathy must precede belligerence. First I must understand the other, as it were, from the inside; then I can critique it from the outside. So many people skip right to the latter." -- Steven D. Greydanus
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USA Today reveals the youngest actor to play Tom Riddle, AKA the future Dark Lord Voldemort, yet.

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'Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince' Trailer, Shot By Shot: A Young Voldemort And Some Familiar Faces

The first trailer for "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" hit the Net, and with it comes our first real look at how director David Yates is tackling the series' sixth big-screen installment.

And boy, is it ... different.

Shawn Adler, MTV Movie News, July 29


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'Harry Potter 6' Moves To Summer 2009

Studio boss Alan Horn cited "repercussions of the writers


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Not official, but the Huffington Post speculates that Radcliffe's other role may be an important factor in the move:

Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe will be right in the middle of his sensational, highly publicized run on Broadway in the play, "Equus." Radcliffe appears naked in the play, on stage, and has sex in it was well. That's not the image Warner Bros. wants associated with bespectacled Harry, who remains chaste and virginal.

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Ah, but Radcliffe is saying he might be naked in one of the Deathly Hallows movies, too (or at least, he might be naked on the set, which does not mean that he would be exposed on the screen). And come to think of it, didn't Harry have to hide his, um, egg from Moaning Myrtle when he got into the bath in Goblet of Fire?


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"Sympathy must precede belligerence. First I must understand the other, as it were, from the inside; then I can critique it from the outside. So many people skip right to the latter." -- Steven D. Greydanus
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"Sympathy must precede belligerence. First I must understand the other, as it were, from the inside; then I can critique it from the outside. So many people skip right to the latter." -- Steven D. Greydanus
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FWIW, I like the way John Williams' Harry Potter theme, once so bright and sparkly, has turned so deep and serious, like the theme to a war movie:


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Wow, according to FilmRatings.com (the official MPAA site), this movie is rated PG -- not PG-13! -- for "scary images, some violence, language and mild sensuality."

The first three films were PG, which made sense, since Harry aged 10 to 13 over the course of those movies. But the fourth and fifth movies were PG-13, which also made sense, since Harry was getting older and the stories were getting darker. Indeed, the series continues to get darker... and darker... right up until the very end of the last book, so you would normally expect the movie series to stay at the PG-13 level as well. But for some reason this movie may have toned things down a little. Huh.

Or maybe the MPAA just isn't making any sense. They recently let Waltz with Bashir get away with an R rating, despite the fact that it includes a scene of a guy watching a hardcore porno film, presumably because all that porno footage was animated/rotoscoped and not, y'know, live-action. And they routinely hand out R ratings to films that use a certain bad word more than once, or to films that do whatever it is that Slumdog Millionaire did. So it's not like they're used to making sense.


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Apparently the Imax release of HPatHBP is not going to happen until July 29th, two weeks after the July 14th opening. And now IMAX stock may be suffering a little because of it.

It appears investors might have noticed Monday that "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" won't arrive at Imax venues until two weeks after the film opens on regular screens.

Shares of Imax dropped 4% on Monday to $7.31 after a Wall Street analyst said the delay "should negatively impact Imax boxoffice results."

Story here.


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You mean people won't still be going to see the longer IMAX version of Transformers 2 during those two weeks?


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