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Entertainment Weekly Summer Movie Preview: News on Aragog, Interview with Steve Kloves, More

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Posted by: sue
April 17, 2009, 11:09 AM

The new issue of Entertainment Weekly magazine contains their Summer Movie Previews, with a mention of the upcoming Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Of note seems to be confirmation from actor Jim Broadbent that his character of Slughorn will be dealing with the giant Spider Aragog. Also new are rare comments from HBP screenwriter Steve Kloves. Teaser Quotage from EW as follows:

The wait is over. Warner Bros.’ adaptation of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince finally hits theaters July 15.  “You know the headline on this one, of course,” says Robbie Coltrane (Hagrid) of the franchise’s sixth installment.  SPOILER ALERT!  “It’s the one where Dumbledore [Michael Gambon] pops his claws.” (If you’re not hip to Coltrane’s lingo, well …mystery preserved).  It’s also the one where we learn Voldemort’s origin story—although there’s much less of it in the movie than in the book. Screenwriter Steve Kloves says he chose “a few key memories instead of attempting to include all of them.” Half-Blood Prince also emphasizes Harry’s relationship with Professor Slughorn (Jim Broadbent), the Potions teacher who holds a secret to Voldemort’s past, plus teen-romance intrigue involving Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) and Ginny (Bonnie Wright), as well as Ron (Rupert Grint), Hermione (Emma Watson), and newcomer Lavender Brown (Jessie Cave). “The last film was quite intense with all that battle stuff,” says Grint. “This one is a lot lighter and much funnier.” Not that the film lacks thrills. “I worked with a giant spider,” says Broadbent. “Bloody marvelous.”

The magazine is also reviving their set visit article, (lost in the shuffle last year with the announcement of the delay of HBP) which includes interviews with cast members including Dan Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson as well as director David Yates. Among the many new details are stories of filming scenes with Hermione's heartache over Ron and Lavender (Even after ''Cut!'' Watson continues to tear up, and Radcliffe offers comfort with a lingering side hug and whispered praise. ''Bloody f---ing brilliant, Emma. Just top-notch.''), info on the number of memories included in the movie (''We see Voldemort as a little boy, and then on two occasions we see him as a student. By doing that, we honor the spirit of what Jo [Rowling] had done but avoid getting stuck in narrative cul-de-sacs.'' Yates), and thoughts on the art of romance from Dan Radcliffe (''I never had any idea how to talk to girls until a year or so ago,'' says the 19-year-old actor during a break from shooting last April. ''I still come out with trivial crap when I'm flirting, but I like to think I'm doing it in a faintly endearing way.'')From the article itself, Mr. Kloves is cited as saying the following:

Will moviegoers still be wild about Harry? ''I'm not going to lie to you,'' says Oscar-nominated screenwriter Steve Kloves, returning to his role as official franchise scribe after taking the fifth film, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, off. ''I do have some concern that because the books are over, the anticipation for the movies won't be the same.'' Yes, the films have surged in popularity since Alfonso Cuarón's Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban set them on an edgier course. And yes, there are those who follow the saga only through the movies — which is why we'll refrain from discussing Prince's monumental 90-hanky death. Yet even within the top ranks of a moviemaking operation as bloody well run as Harry Potter, there is, well, mild freaking out. Kloves allows himself an improbable thought, then laughs. ''It would be a complete car crash if no one showed up.''

He also speaks to the issue which we first reported several years ago involving the announcement from J.K. Rowling here in New York that she always thought of Professor Dumbledore as a gay character. Quotage from Mr. Kloves:

In Kloves' first draft of the screenplay, he had written a line (not in the book) in which Dumbledore fondly recalls a Muggle girl from his youth. He was quickly, quietly corrected. ''I was walking through Leavesden with Jo on our way to the first reading,'' Kloves remembers. ''As we entered the Great Hall, she leaned toward me and whispered, 'I saw the line you gave Dumbledore, but the thing is this: Dumbledore is gay.''' After Rowling revealed the wizard's sexuality to the rest of the filmmaking team — and before she made international headlines last fall by sharing this news publicly — Yates decided to strike the line. ''I just felt the scene worked without it,'' he says. ''I think the fact that Dumbledore is gay is wonderful. It feels very authentic to the character.''

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85 Comments

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July cannot get here soon enough.

Posted by Kismatt on April 17, 2009, 11:23 AM report to moderator
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pops his claws lol its clogs bless

Posted by GinnyRose2004 on April 17, 2009, 11:24 AM report to moderator
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Oh, I totally agree. There’s just no anticipation for this film.
And also, what is it with the British and the word ‘bloody’? It’s mentioned twice above and I just heard my mum say it.

Posted by LunaLovesPudding on April 17, 2009, 11:26 AM report to moderator
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I’m going to ask a stupid question…

Is “Pops his claws” a UK euphemism for “dies”?

Posted by sessionka oom4 CW on April 17, 2009, 11:30 AM report to moderator
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i’m still not on board with the whole gay thing, and the fact that it’s hardly in the book, like ever, is better. I couldn’t imagine what i would do if Steve Kloves starting giving Gambon lines like “eh-eh sailor! ;)” although that would be funny :)

Posted by HarryRichardsPotter on April 17, 2009, 11:32 AM report to moderator
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The gay thing doesn’t seem particularly stated, but it does explain why he is such a geltleman and still single.

Posted by budgie on April 17, 2009, 11:53 AM report to moderator
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it’s ‘pops his clogs’ and yes it means he dies. Isn’t this the same interview as last years? The one before they moved the release date?

Posted by jain on April 17, 2009, 11:59 AM report to moderator
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All this news heightens the anticipation even more. :D

Posted by Mhæy™⌠R☺AR⌡ on April 17, 2009, 12:03 PM report to moderator
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And oooh… So Aragog is present huh… Interesting…

Posted by Mhæy™⌠R☺AR⌡ on April 17, 2009, 12:04 PM report to moderator
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there nothing wrong with us Brits and the word Bloody, a perfectly good swear word. As for no anticipation! I’m bloody counting the days, i’ve bloody booked my holidays around this film…i can’t bloody well wait!! ;-)

Posted by jain on April 17, 2009, 12:05 PM report to moderator
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WOW the news just keeps coming today! I always thought the expression was Pop his clogs. Oh well, shows what I know :)

Can’t wait! I love that Emma was so into it she was still upset after cut. They’re all really improving on each movie.

Posted by Wingardium on April 17, 2009, 12:06 PM report to moderator
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This is cool!

Posted by Imperiused! on April 17, 2009, 12:07 PM report to moderator
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well i wonder they would include the scene where harry is naked after the AK spell
and then realizes that he was not dead and apparently at a place as bid as great hall but realizes he is naked

Posted by blackhair on April 17, 2009, 12:08 PM report to moderator
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If I remember, he finds robes to put on soon after he realizes that.

Posted by budgie on April 17, 2009, 12:15 PM report to moderator
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u r right but wat i was actually asking is whether they r gonna film that as far as the audience r cornerned they won’t accept that scene where is was naked
i know he immediately hoped he was not naked and had robes then he would that there were robes nearby so he immediately put them on and wondered whether he is in Room of Requirement

Posted by blackhair on April 17, 2009, 12:20 PM report to moderator
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