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Here’s the new Harry Potter banner that appears to be a companion to the Ron and Hermione banners that I posted here earlier.

Snitch Seeker has the Harry Potter banner and new quotes from Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson posted here: http://www.snitchseeker.com/harry-potter-news/dan-radcliffe-rupert-grint-and-emma-watson-talk-filming-deathly-hallows-action-scenes-77051/ This quote from Emma reveals some of what we will see in the Deathly Hallows films: “There is a giant snake involved, we get picked up on a dragon, dropped in a lake and I nearly get my throat slit. It’s real adventure.” That sounds pretty intense!

There’s a great Daniel Radcliffe interview here: http://www.danradcliffe.co.uk/index.php/news/1248-daniel-radcliffe-discusses-7-potters-dumbledore-ron-a-hermione-musicals-more-with-fansites?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

This quote was my favorite part of the interview:

For people who haven’t read the book, do you think the fan’s reaction will turn in the first half of the movie against Dumbledore because of Rita’s book?
Dan:
I hope so. That’s the intention. That, for me, is what the first film is about. It’s about faith. It’s about how far can one’s faith be tested before you give in entirely. Harry’s a Job figure in the book in the first part. He hears so much about Dumbledore that is less than esteemable. He starts to really question why he’s going on this insane, demanding mission, which is costing him his friends and potentially will cost his life – for somebody he starts to question the values of. Hopefully at the end of the first film people should be very much wondering, “Well, what was Dumbledore’s real agenda?” They should question it because that is ultimately what we want them to do. I also think, while I’m on the topic of talking about faith is also about as Harry loses faith in Dumbledore and starts to fall apart, so Ron and Hermione lose faith in Harry. 

I think Dan really does understand the crisis of faith that Harry goes through in Part One. It’s really appropriate that his last scene in the film is Dobby’s burial, which takes place during the Easter holidays. Harry makes his “choice to believe” in Dumbledore and continue the mission to destroy the Horcruxes while digging Dobby’s grave, as John Granger pointed out in his fascinating book The Deathly Hallows Lectures. I wrote about Harry’s choice to believe in this post: https://phoenixweasley.wordpress.com/2010/09/29/exciting-narnia-news-and-the-deeper-meaning-of-the-silver-chair-and-harry-potter/ 

In that blog post I wrote:

J. K. Rowling’s own struggles with her faith and her ”choice to believe” in Christ is mirrored by Harry’s loss of faith in Albus Dumbledore after discovering many of the shocking secrets of his former mentor. Harry Potter makes the “choice to believe” in the truth of Dumbledore’s wisdom and decides to complete the task of destroying the Horcruxes, a mission that ultimately leads Harry to a heroic self-sacrificial “death” that saves the Wizarding World.

John Granger has definitely influenced my thinking on this matter. I can only wonder if Daniel Radcliffe has been influenced (directly or indirectly) by Mr. Granger’s work.

J. K. Rowling spoke of her struggles with religious belief in her recent interview with Oprah Winfrey. Rowling grappled with her doubts and expressed them in the form of Harry’s crisis of faith in book seven. Harry, like the writer who created him, experienced a “dark night of the soul” and made the choice to believe. As Jo said on Oprah, “I know what I believe because of what I’ve written.”

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