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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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3263 Points

That’s cool!
July is still way too long.

Posted by siriuslysirius11 {*SQUEE*} on April 17, 2009, 07:09 PM report to moderator
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Dam. It’s looks brilliant! Iam so going to watch that C’mon July!!!! D:

Posted by skjorhuni on April 17, 2009, 07:22 PM report to moderator
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hmm, Although I am pissed that they are cutting some memories, i guess i understand.
i dont like his statement of how it is a lot lighter and funnier than the last one. funny is nice, but the movie should be a hell of a lot darker.
the previews look amazing though, so maybe they will FINALLY not destroy the HP books. for once. :)

Posted by kira902k on April 17, 2009, 08:01 PM report to moderator
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They will still have an audience because Harry Potter fans still get excited about the series even if it’s over. However, if they keep pushing back release dates for no damn reason, then they might lose a few movie-goers due to annoyance.

Posted by fantasylover12001 on April 17, 2009, 08:25 PM report to moderator
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They will still have an audience because Harry Potter fans still get excited about the series even if it’s over. However, if they keep pushing back release dates for no damn reason, then they might lose a few movie-goers due to annoyance.

Posted by fantasylover12001 on April 17, 2009, 08:25 PM report to moderator
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eep! aragog! It seems like this movie is going to have most of the good stuff! july 15th will never come soon enough

Posted by ameema on April 17, 2009, 08:38 PM report to moderator
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They bring back Aragog but not Dobby! I mean Aragog is pretty important… But I Love Dobby!

Posted by - Mishh. (WBM) on April 17, 2009, 08:47 PM report to moderator
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6921 Points

Okay, not much we didn’t already know, but still cool.

Posted by badger666 on April 17, 2009, 09:59 PM report to moderator
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152 Points

that was so cool!!!

Posted by spellcaster darwin on April 17, 2009, 10:07 PM report to moderator
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The fact Dumbledore is gay gives me even more respect for him! <3 Albus Pericval Wulfic Brian Dumbledore!!

Posted by Accio... Sarah! on April 17, 2009, 10:22 PM report to moderator
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Awesome =D

Posted by Sophie on April 17, 2009, 10:49 PM report to moderator
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So we get Aragog, too! They’ve packed all the important stuff into HBP – I can’t wait until July! (And Harry isn’t naked until DH – we’ll have to wait to see if they decide to film it that way – after all, Dan doesn’t mind nudity if it serves the story – we saw that in Equus – but do they want the ratings issue?)

Posted by Agrippa1 on April 17, 2009, 11:55 PM report to moderator
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376 Points

aragog?
to be honest, i dont want him back.
:].

Posted by john-robert. on April 18, 2009, 12:15 AM report to moderator
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376 Points

aragog?
to be honest, i dont want him back.
:].

Posted by john-robert. on April 18, 2009, 12:15 AM report to moderator
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I think this movie will be popular BECAUSE there aren’t any more books coming out! We Potter fans need something to look forward to, and movies are all we’ve got right now. Haaaaaaaaarrrrrrrry!!!!!

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