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Behind the Scenes Report from Shell Cottage Filming on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

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Posted by: sue
May 13, 2009, 07:32 AM

As we've been reporting location filming is ongoing for scenes involving Shell Cottage in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Yesterday, TLC reader Victoria went to the set, and was able to watch almost ten hours of the event on Freshwater Beach in Pembrokeshire, Wales. While there, Victoria was able to get some wonderful behind the scenes photos, including our first look at Domhnall Gleeson. As readers will recall, TLC first told you the son of actor Brendan Gleeson had been cast in the part of Bill Weasley. Victoria was also able to get new photos of Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood) who was recording an interview that will be used in the behind the scenes documentary that will be included on the Deathly Hallows DVD. Note in this photo, Evanna is reading from one of the Harry Potter novels.

While there are scores of high res photos online from the paparazzi such as our photos from yesterday, Victoria was able to take some nice photos of Emma, Rupert and Dan from a fan's point of view, and we can see more of the crew and the platforms being used to film, as well as other behind the scenes activities. For example, yesterday we saw a moving photo of actor Dan Radcliffe as Harry, clutching a dying Dobby (Toby Jones) on the beach. Here in this photo, we can see the crew filming this scene, as well as the others gathered round to watch, such as Rupert Grint, Evanna Lynch, Dom, the stars doubles and other crew, all while the waves crash on the beach, for what will surely be a powerful and moving scene in the movie. Other photos include Rupert Grint, Dan Radcliffe and Emma Watson preparing for Dobby's funeral and then three (1, 2, 3)  showing Hermione (Emma) actually lowering the shrouded body down to the grave among the sand dunes.

Victoria also writes how kind the crew was through the long day, even letting the girls use the casts porta restroom. She writes one funny encounter: "I walked out of the casts private bathroom I had to walk over Griphook (Warwick Davis) himself lol, he laughed and said 'its ok im so short you can just walk over me, it was so funny."  She also said that she heard after filming the cottage will be taken down and put in storage, and that possibly "they have apparently built another Shell Cottage in doors at Pembroke Dock somewhere, just in case the weather was to bad for filming, but I do not know where."

As we know there are hordes of press covering this filming, in particular chasing after Emma Watson and Victoria writes of one special photo she took:

Emma was walking up the beath after filming with the other cast members and walked past some drift wood. as she did, she stopped, took a few steps back and removed her sunglasses to have a really good look at the piece of wood on the shaw.  It was such a peaceful moment, even though the paps really spoilt it, by running up the beach to get pics, the poor girl was never left aloue, they were so brutal but this has to be one of my favorites, bless her, she's really lovey and so beautiful....."

Be sure to check out over 70 photos she sent, including many more of Rupert GrintDan Radcliffe, even Warwick Davishere in our image galleries.  Thanks ever so much to Victoria!

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16484 Points

Great pics ! =D

68 Points

Fantastic pictures – you can really follow the day progressing, and feel the emotions. I gulped to see the crew member holding a very realistic ’Dobby’s body’ – yet the sculpted one that Emma is carrying is very funny.

The Shell Cottage design is really appropriate and beautiful. Has anyone commented on the porch, the shape of which for me conjures up two-thirds of the Deathly Hallows symbol: cloak and wand? No idea if that is intentional, but it was spookily right to me.

Posted by WulfricBrian on May 13, 2009, 12:47 PM report to moderator
1067 Points

Wow this is so awesome. We’re getting so much info for these last films! I never imagined!

Posted by eiVega on May 13, 2009, 12:56 PM report to moderator
1652 Points

Great photos Victoria! Thanks. Looks like a great location. And stepping over Warwick Davis as Griphook! Cool!

Posted by mcleod27 -IFC- on May 13, 2009, 01:07 PM report to moderator
2308 Points

awesome photos!

Posted by iconshero [GftW] on May 13, 2009, 01:21 PM report to moderator
1884 Points

Nice photos. Bill seems to fit in with the Weasleys. Somehow this scene is not how I pictured it would be. I don’t remember Hermione being there. I thought she was recovering from her ordeal with Bellatrix. Oh well, at least they are showing it.

Posted by Cool G on May 13, 2009, 01:22 PM report to moderator
44049 Points

Hmm some hypocrisy in the that write up complaining about paparazzi

Posted by Dolemite [FTC!] on May 13, 2009, 01:40 PM report to moderator
16564 Points

wonderful pics.It all sounds amazing

Posted by Ariel on May 13, 2009, 01:42 PM report to moderator
745 Points

I love the photos! AH SHELL COTTAGE! ;( Bill Weasley is funky looking, I think. However I will withold judment until I see him in movie video.

Posted by Griffie {Roar} on May 13, 2009, 01:45 PM report to moderator

Sorry, to contradict you Victoria, but in a high res photo it’s clear that Emma was not looking at that piece of driftwood, but sadly a dead seagull or pelican on the ground.

Posted by YodatheHobbit on May 13, 2009, 01:45 PM report to moderator
354 Points

It is some very interesting photos, it will all make sence when the movie comes out

Posted by Arthur22 on May 13, 2009, 02:25 PM report to moderator
70 Points

Dobby’s funeral scene’s gonna be so sad :( too bad he wasn’t more in other movies, specially HBP with Kreacher :(

Posted by nibbler on May 13, 2009, 03:08 PM report to moderator
2792 Points

Wish i could get there…

Posted by Snunkiebrian (Gold Marauder46) on May 13, 2009, 03:13 PM report to moderator
80 Points

Thank you so much for all your amazing comments, I did not see the dead seagull behind the drift wood but bless her for noticing, We were not aloud to walk on the sand because of foot prints, but I was just so pleased to be sat there to watch, it was amazing. I do feel so sorry for her though, she must be so sick of all the paps running after her.

Anyway, no, sadly I am un able to go again, but I am not complaining because I really enjoyed the day myself and my sister had. We were treated so well by the crew that I really wouldnt want to push my luck lol.

Take a look at the pictures my sister send in taken by her PANACHE IMAGERY, she is a huge fan of Harry Potter and has aloud TLC to publish these pictures for the fans. I love you Dee Dee, your the best Big sis ever xxxxx

Posted by victoria_price on May 13, 2009, 03:27 PM report to moderator
2661 Points

Bill looks a little… different. I think it’s cool that Evanna is reading Harry Potter there, she’s a true fan! :-)

Posted by Wingardium Leviosa ❄WBM❄ on May 13, 2009, 04:19 PM report to moderator
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