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Apparate! TLC Location Report, Photos from Day Two of London Filming for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

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Posted by: sue
April 22, 2009, 08:29 AM

As we noted below, day two of location filming for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows took place last night again in London, England. TLC staffer James attended the event (detailed report below!), and reported security was heavy for the second night of filming, but pointed out the highlight of the night was filming of the Trio Apparating at Piccadilly Circus area of London. Check out this adorable photo of the Trio holding hands for this scene. Update: As noted by James in the report below, the Trio almost get hit by a bus for the scene; you can see how they react to the "close call" here in this photo. Emma Watson then later enjoys a warming cup of coffee with producer David Heyman here. You can also see many more new Day 2 photos here in our galleries and at The Bad and Our vast collection of filming from Day One in London can be seen here.

Thanks go to our Order Partner who were able to obtain location filming photos as well, notably director David Yates at work on location, as well as some videos of filming over the past two days, such as this, via their YouTube channel. Thanks so much Claire, Steph and and all who emailed!

UPDATE: TLC staffer James has just sent us his eyewitness accounts of filming in London that went on until the very early hours of this morning. Thanks ever so much to James for the following:

For the second day of location shooting, the principal trio were once again all on set – even if only briefly, along with a cast of hundreds of extras (and what felt like even more security) 

They recorded several shots, firstly of the Trio, and their doubles, walking along the top of Shaftesbury Avenue off of Piccadilly Circus, just along from where they were last night, with the extras making up the general background of what London’s busiest thoroughfare is.  

Fans craned around the heads of the security as they saw what appeared to be the trio walking through the crowd – only for a collective but silent sigh as they get closer and everyone realises its only the doubles.  Five minutes later though, with the scene reset, and this time it’s the real deal, with Emma leading the trio through the street, looking (as one may expect for someone who has just heard that the Ministry has fallen) rather shaken. If this few seconds was anything to go by, this could be a good film for Emma to shine. 

After a few more takes of this sequence the crew moves onto the very corner of Piccadilly Circus, where the road is temporarily blocked, and the trio take to the center of the road, as a London double-decker bus drives straight at them, stopping in the nick of time. One can only assume that this is the actual Apparition sequence, and that instead of the Tottenham Court Road setting of the book the movie makers have made this into a much bigger sequence, setting it in the instantly recognisable Piccadilly Circus (which makes more sense anyway given that it’s the first place Hermione is supposed to think of and TCR always seemed a strange choice) 

At this point the principals get into a black cab and drive away, but the doubles stay to pick up shots for other angles of the bus sequence – one picture of which you can see in TLC’s galleries, with the trio facing the bus itself.  

Because of the IMMENSE levels of security surrounding the second day of shooting many fans stood behind the barriers couldn’t see much of what was going on, and so it can only be expected that the photographic evidence of the shoot last night will not be spectacular from anyone not using a giant zoom lens standing above the barricade (of which several paparazzi chose to do anyway) 

While we expected to see the actual café attack sequence filmed here tonight a crew member informed me that they were unable to get a license from the City Of Westminster for even controlled explosions – so are we to assume the “London café” will actually be a set at Leavesden, and all we will see of real London will be the sequences of them wondering through the streets towards and away from the café?  

So all in all, the second night of shooting seemed to pick up where the first left off – lots of walking up and down Shaftesbury avenue, just this time with the additional shots of the apparition sequence for fans to really sink their teeth into (either complaining that “That’s not what happens in the book!?!?” as I heard someone say, or “No…but it does sort of make more sense this way” as another said.) whatever your outlook, as has been mentioned above, the real star tonight was Emma Watson, who, despite only acting for all of 5seconds the whole night did honestly make you believe in those Five seconds that she was scared.

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153 Points

OMG this is friggin EXCITING!!!! Wow! Can’t wait!!! Tho, i’m not a fan of Muggle clothing!!! Where’re the dress robes???

Posted by Shalanarah on April 23, 2009, 08:03 AM report to moderator
102 Points

harry looks scared lol… am i the only one who thinks he has a certain emotion to his face XD

Posted by Mistress_Of_Voldemort on April 23, 2009, 08:13 AM report to moderator
829 Points

i totally lost the plot of wat was going on sorry abt my previous post

Posted by blackhair on April 23, 2009, 09:15 AM report to moderator
28416 Points

Fastbak, they do indeed use doubles as well as stand-ins, doubles are often used for filming from a distance or from behind, and indeed it is a normal part of film making.

Posted by moglet [ITC!] on April 23, 2009, 09:44 AM report to moderator
6352 Points

These pictures are very exciting! I finished re-reading DH only a few months ago, but these pictures make me want to read it again right now.

But why so much whining about Hermione’s dress color and Harry’s hair cut?? Honestly, after 5 soon to be 6 movies, does this stuff really matter??

Posted by KB Prez [ROAR!] on April 23, 2009, 10:36 AM report to moderator
829 Points

yeah this rubbish abt y isn’t Emma’s hair not been like Hermione and y Dan’s hair not been long! is totally nonsense y does that matter,the things u should notice is whether they are making justice to their roles! Which i think they have done!

Posted by blackhair on April 23, 2009, 11:03 AM report to moderator
101 Points

I can’t wait for HBP, this of DH tho is makes me feel like they may actually do a good job wohoo!

Posted by SlytherinPrincess007 on April 23, 2009, 12:47 PM report to moderator
4024 Points

Arrwww they look soo cute all holding hands. And the report was really interesting :)

6921 Points


Posted by badger666 on April 23, 2009, 01:49 PM report to moderator
2963 Points

new film locations? i hope this means more places to visit.

Posted by prof mewthree "squee" on April 23, 2009, 02:58 PM report to moderator
340 Points

:) This makes me happy. But also very very sad :(

Posted by HermioneMoreThanJustBrains~ROAR~ on April 23, 2009, 03:59 PM report to moderator
354 Points

The pictures all pretty amazing! :) It’s making me so excited! And sad…
Anyhow, I have to say, the dress Emma’s wearing (which while it’s so not canon, I think is gorgeous) really reminds me of the red dress she wore for the Italian Vogue photoshoot she did awhile ago. Did anyone else see that? Plus I wonder if anyone (her, costume designer, whoever) realized that it looks kind of similar. Because that would be kind of hilarious if that was at all intentional. Haha. :)

Posted by Hermionegirl on April 23, 2009, 04:18 PM report to moderator
631 Points

Damn I wish I knew, I’d have been there, I lived in London for 10 years and even now I’m not too far away. Emma, as usual looks too gorgeous and stylish. Not very Hermionish tho :(

Posted by littleL on April 23, 2009, 05:27 PM report to moderator
1750 Points

I absolutely love these pictures!! Goodness, I can’t believe filming has begun!

Posted by treebeliever on April 23, 2009, 05:46 PM report to moderator
208 Points

oh cute! When I saw Rupert and Emma holding hands I started squeeing

Posted by hopkinsdancr22 on April 23, 2009, 05:48 PM report to moderator
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