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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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7475 Points

Whoah, i really thought aragog would be the first to go! I;m v happy…

Still living in fear that they’ll butcher harry and ginny tho :(

Posted by Luce-Lupin !~ROAR~! on April 18, 2009, 06:07 AM report to moderator
1616 Points

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.’’

If moviegoers lack any anticipation it will only be because they take more liberty with the material every movie. Thats not to say I won’t see the movies. I just don’t understand how they can leave things out while inserting completely fictitious scenes (as in while they might have ben narrated in the book you don’t actually see them happen).

Posted by Jersey on April 18, 2009, 07:43 AM report to moderator
1717 Points

I really wish this film was premiering tomorrow. I’m getting edgy from waiting so long!

Posted by mOOn-stArs-sUn [WBM] on April 18, 2009, 07:44 AM report to moderator
1146 Points

omg everything about the movie just makes me more and more excited!!!

Posted by ginnywp WBM on April 18, 2009, 08:15 AM report to moderator
993 Points

YAy Aragog is in the movie!!!

Posted by DobbyandWinky WBM!!! on April 18, 2009, 09:12 AM report to moderator
208 Points

i can’t wait!

Posted by ChaseT on April 18, 2009, 09:34 AM report to moderator
2579 Points

I thought Aragog would be cut! So this is good news, Yay! Can’t wait!!

Posted by Wendelin the Weird on April 18, 2009, 09:54 AM report to moderator
368 Points

‘pops his claws’ HAHAHHAA!!

Posted by NargleCatcher on April 18, 2009, 10:48 AM report to moderator
135 Points

There is a slight reference to Dumbledore being gay if you remember the interview like, a year ago with dan, he said that in the scene at slughorns house when they first meet him, he goes to the bathroom while harry attempts to talk him into teaching, dumbledore comes out and remarks on the knitting patterns magazine “i do so love knitting patterns” its in the book,its really the only reference to it ever besides his “fondness” for grindlewald.

Posted by splinch on April 18, 2009, 12:53 PM report to moderator
24135 Points

I got my copy of Entertainment Weekly in the mail yesterday! I love it that Entertainment Weekly are HP supporters! :)

Posted by hermyone*ROAR* on April 18, 2009, 01:44 PM report to moderator
9765 Points

Pops his claws haha.

Posted by maera-kyrie on April 18, 2009, 04:01 PM report to moderator
327 Points

me and work colleogues were talking about the dumbledore gay thing today
when she said it when it first surfaced she didnt mean that he was an openly gay man or like a diva, but that the feelings he had for gellert grindelwald were far more than just good friendship. but after that trust between them was lost he never felt close to anyone again. he didnt go around the 7th year boys and go “would do him would do him…who hasnt donw him” etc
people read far too much into it and she just meant it as a light hearted way of explaining why albus had never got married, but i agree that there should be no reference in the films because it is only a tiny piece of fan knowledge really.

Posted by HudMug1712 on April 18, 2009, 06:01 PM report to moderator
799 Points

Every time someone connected to the film talks about how great it is that OotP was so dark and HBP is so light and funny (as Rupert did in that article), I fear for the film. HBP is NOT a light, funny story. It has its moments, absolutely, but , let’s face it, it’s heavy stuff. I think I’m going to need to indulge in some butterbeer before I see the movie in order to lessen my wariness.

Posted by DeliaDee on April 18, 2009, 08:48 PM report to moderator
799 Points

Why does everyone see to think that Dumbledore’s statement about his fondness for knitting patterns is a reference to his homosexuality? Stereotyping much? You do realize that is a form of bigotry, don’t you? Pull yourselves together. Why is everyone still going on about this? So what if Dumbledore was gay. He never came on to a student so leave him be and get over it.

Posted by DeliaDee on April 18, 2009, 08:53 PM report to moderator
2475 Points

haha everytime I see ‘Steve Kloves’ mentioned I laugh expecting him to finally admit he’s a H/Hr shipper lol

Posted by Kamidee {ROAR!} [TZS] on April 19, 2009, 10:11 AM report to moderator
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