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This is a lovely retrospective video of the making of the Harry Potter series with a preview of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part Two.

Watching Daniel, Rupert, and Emma grow up together on screen has been an amazing emotional journey for the cast, crew, and the fans. There will never be another film series like this one. What an incredible accomplishment!

Neville Longbottom

 

I am looking forward to seeing Neville standing up to Voldemort as well as Neville’s epic battle with Nagini.

Draco Malfoy. Are the Malfoys evil, mislead, or misunderstood? I wonder how the Draco's family will be portrayed in the final film.

I love all of the new posters. These are three more of my favorites. 🙂

If you listen to SQPN’s Secrets of Harry Potter podcast, our next episode will be a Father’s Day show. We are discussing the roles of Arthur Weasley, James Potter, Remus Lupin, Sirius Black, Xenophilius Lovegood, and Lucius Malfoy as fathers or father-figures in the series. I was fascinated by this interview with J. K. Rowling, in which Arthur Weasley is discussed, and thought we could launch a great discussion from it.

From J. K. Rowling’s Interview with Merdith Vieira on Dateline MSNBC, posted at http://www.accio-quote.org/

VO: [clip of Arthur Weasley in ‘Order of the Phoenix’] One character, Arthur Weasley, the father of Harry’s friend, Ron, seen here in ‘Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix’, actually got a new lease on life.

JKR: When I sketched out the books, Mr. Weasley was due to die in Book 5.

MV: So what happened there?  Why did he get the reprieve?

JKR: Well, I swapped him for someone else, and I don’t want to say who, for the people who haven’t– read.  But I– I made a decision as I went into writing Phoenix that I was going to reprieve Mr. Weasley and I was going to kill someone else.  And if you finish the book, I– I expect you probably know and someone else who is a father. Because I– I wanted there to be an echo of– of Harry’s loss of parents.  And you probably know who I’m talking about if you’ve finished the book.  But– so there are two characters who are killed instead in Seven.  So Mr. Weasley did get attacked, as you know, in Five.  But he would have died if I’d have stuck to the original plan.  But he survived.  I had to keep him alive partly– partly because I couldn’t bear to kill him.

MV: But there were two that weren’t supposed to die that did end up dying.

JKR: Yeah, yeah. I swapped them for Mr. Weasley.  But they didn’t then die until Seven.

MV: So as an author, then, there were certain characters you couldn’t bear to part with?

JKR: If there’s one character I couldn’t bear to part with, it’s Arthur Weasley.  And I think part of the reason for that is there were very few good fathers in the books.  In fact, you could make a very good case for Arthur Weasley being the only good father in the whole series.

VO: [clip from ‘Order of the Phoenix’] Jo was especially reluctant to lose Mr. Weasley because Harry had already lost so many father figures: his godfather Sirius Black and Hogwarts school headmaster Dumbledore.  They were victims in the struggle against evil arch villain Voldemort, who killed Harry’s parents when he was just a baby.

So what do you think? Is Arthur Weasley the only good father in the series? Comments are welcome!

 

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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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Harry, Ron, and Hermione at the Burrow after the "Seven Harry Potters" Escape from Privet Drive

Harry, Ron, and Hermione Camping in the Wilderness

Souvenir Deathly Hallows Film Cell

Is that Hermione's bushy hair I see?

Trio at Grimmauld Place.

Look at Ron and Hermione’s hands in the photo above (at the top, on the right side). That’s another detail from the novel that they got right! 🙂

Ron had a fit of gallantry and insisted that Hermione sleep on the cushions from the sofa, so that her silhouette was raised above his. Her arm curved to the floor, her fingers inches from Ron’s. Harry wondered whether they had fallen asleep holding hands. The idea made him feel strangely lonely.

–Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, page 176.

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This post is dedicated to my favorite couple in Harry Potter fandom: Ron and Hermione!

Trust No One. Wasn't that the tagline from the X-Files?

 

Hermione is wearing her red dress from Bill & Fleur's wedding in this photo.

Character poster of Hermione

Character poster of Ron

Behind-the-scenes moment: The Trio asleep at Gimmauld Place. Did the R/Hr hand-holding scene in the novel make it into the film?

Hermione is dancing with Viktor Krum and Ron is jealous. It didn't happen this way in the book!

Ron and Hermione inside the tent.

Little Hugo Weasley looks just like Mummy and Daddy. 🙂

The Ron/Hermione fans have been waiting over ten years for them to get together. I hope these last two films do not disappoint us. What pic spam shall I blog next? Harry? Harry/Ginny? Snape? Draco? Leave your answer in the comments. 😉

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I love the new posters from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part One that have been appearing online.

Apparently Harry, Ron, and Hermione aren’t safe anywhere, not even in the Muggle world.

I like this one of the Trio on the run. It really sums up the whole movie.

Now for some local news concerning The Lord of the Hallows that may be of interest to my friends in Louisiana.

A photo of me at a recent book signing at Houma’s “Art After Dark” is in this month’s issue of Point of Vue magazine. I picked up a copy of this free Houma-Thibodaux area magazine at the Nicholls State University library today.

Baton Rouge’s latest issue of Town Favorites magazine has an interview with me concerning The Lord of the Hallows. If you live in the Baton Rouge area, please look for this free publication. Here’s a link to the magazine’s distribution locations: http://townfavorites.com/locations.htm

I’ll be giving a lecture presentation on Christian symbolism and themes in Harry Potter and The Chronicles of Narnia on December 11, 2010 at 02:00 P. M. at the Lafourche Parish Public Library, located at 314 St. Mary St. Thibodaux, LA. The presentation will be followed by a book signing and refreshments for all the muggles and wizards who attend. 🙂

Don’t forget to enter the drawing to win a FREE copy of The Lord of the Hallows at http://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/4742-the-lord-of-the-hallows-christian-symbolism-and-themes-in-j-k-rowling. The giveaway ends November 19, the day that the new Harry Potter film is released.

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