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Detailed Report of Location Filming for Ministry Entrance Scene in Deathly Hallows

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Posted by: sue
June 28, 2009, 06:46 PM

Several updates today from location filming for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows which took place in the Whitehall area of London, England. Previously TLC had told you that the part of Mafalda Hopkirk would be played by Sophie Thompson, and earlier there was news that David O'Hara would take on the part of Albert Runcorn, and Steffan Rhodri as Reg Cattermole. Thanks to Lauren from Dan Radcliffe.com we can see a very clear large size photo here.

Also thanks to several longtime readers of Leaky we have two reports from the set. First longtime friend to TLC Rosi sent in this fantastic report on the event, including description of a the scene film. She writes:

I arrived around 11.30, and one of the first things I saw was the crew hosing down the set and walls of the buildings so that the camera didn't pick up shadows. The scene was before the trio go into the Ministry, and shot at Great Scotland Yard. One of the crew told me that there were 150 extras on set (all dressed in business wear in dull colours (beige, dark pinks, creams, browns and blacks) who had been told to "walk with purpose" in the background. They had a couple of buses (number 11) that they kept passing through the shot, but what we mainly saw was the trio walking down the street, and then the three older actors portraying the members of the Ministry the trio change into also walking down the street exactly where the trio had gone. We also got the chance to see a quite funny bit, where Ron walks in front of Mafalda Hopkirk, bends down to tie his shoelace, Harry pops out of a hidden door on the side (in his trademark long creamish jacket, a dark burgundy shirt and I think jeans) stuns Mafalda who then falls into his arms and then Harry drags him inside. It felt like they did that scene about ten times (much to the delight of amused onlookers). After a few more shots of the extras, and in the pouring rain, they wrapped for the day around 4.30, a couple of hours earlier than they'd planned.

Also TLC reader Tiny Dancer was at the scene and she sent along these wonderful photos including of Emma in costume and more of Rupert and Dan in the scene described above, plus she let us know the following:

"They had the fans on the sidewalk across where filming was taking place first and then they moved us to the sides of the road while they did some scenes with the extras looking like bustling commuters. At a certain point in the filming we could see a small fire burning (apparition?). The actors later went to The Royal Horseguards and some of us fans waited for each to leave separately from the Twenty One Two Rest & Bar."

Thanks so much Rosi and Tiny Dancer!

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Cool, don’t think that was Emma in costume though, looked more like the woman playing Mafalda imo. And wow where was I when this casting news was released. Is that your Irish guy that’s in The Departed? Cool! You know I’m actually kind of glad now the gap was between OOTP and HBP. I think it would have felt too long the way it was originally intended. Fine, I forgive you WB

Posted by KiwiMcI on June 29, 2009, 10:11 AM report to moderator
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Cool!

Posted by Won_Two on June 29, 2009, 10:37 AM report to moderator
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wow. Emma’s boobs are erm… “developing well” in some of them shots : )

Posted by Prisoner Of Azkaban on June 29, 2009, 10:42 AM report to moderator
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All this news about DH film makes me so excited!
I can’t wait to see it !

Posted by simos girl {WBM} ~Lemon~ on June 29, 2009, 10:55 AM report to moderator
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Hoped to see them in Wizard Robes.. oh well ;)

Posted by Sammeh on June 29, 2009, 10:59 AM report to moderator
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@KiwiMcI: Lol. I know. I forgive WB too… =P

Posted by Christine on June 29, 2009, 11:28 AM report to moderator
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Classic wizard robes are kinda corny and unoriginal. Nothing to make them distinct from any other kind of fantasy movies. I prefer the one they ARE wearing during the takes which seem to be a mix of a trench coat/suit and robe.

Posted by YodatheHobbit on June 29, 2009, 12:27 PM report to moderator
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Soo cool! To think that the Ministry scene, breaking into Gringott’s scene (Hermione and Ron) and the Godric’s Hollow scene will show them as different people and be portrayed by completely different actors is soooo interesting and funny. I am so excited for this film!

Posted by AubNoelle on June 29, 2009, 12:50 PM report to moderator
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Soo cool! To think that the Ministry scene, breaking into Gringott’s scene (Hermione and Ron) and the Godric’s Hollow scene will show them as different people and be portrayed by completely different actors is soooo interesting and funny. I am so excited for this film!

Posted by AubNoelle on June 29, 2009, 12:50 PM report to moderator
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I can’t help wondering how much of this we’ll remember when the films actually come out… 2010 and 2011… it will be fun to fit the pieces together from the finished product on back. And, since they delayed HBP, we’ll have three films in three years!

Posted by bettb [ITC!] on June 29, 2009, 01:01 PM report to moderator
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i love the picture of the polyjuiced trio! they picked some awesome actors of it- that is sure to be an amusing scene!

Posted by Rinny on June 29, 2009, 01:09 PM report to moderator
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eeek! The ministry scenes! Those were some of my favorite!

Posted by KC Nox on June 29, 2009, 01:10 PM report to moderator
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Awesome! :)

Posted by Half-Blood Princess66[ROAR!] on June 29, 2009, 02:18 PM report to moderator
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Nice photos.

Posted by Dolemite [FTC!] on June 29, 2009, 02:20 PM report to moderator
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The Elle Emma entry disappeared… ?

Posted by ele0206 -ROAR- on June 29, 2009, 02:20 PM report to moderator
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