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Moviefone and the 15 Things to Know about Half-Blood Prince Including News on Scrimgeour, More

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Posted by: sue
July 03, 2009, 09:40 PM

AOL Moviefone has an article online highlighting 15 things we fans need to know about the upcoming Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. In a series of short discussion on each of the topics there are several pieces of interest including mentions of characters and action created and cut from HBP as well as Deathly Hallows. Recently TLC was able to exclusively tell you that actor Bill Nighy had been cast in the part of Ministry of Magic Rufus Scrimgeour. The new article notes that the character of Scrimgeour had been in the film, then cut "We struggled to keep him in," says Yates. "It's a great scene in the book ... We loved that, and it was in and it was out and it was in and it was out again."

A second piece of news involves the long awaited kiss between Ron and Hermione in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, with David Yates revealing that they might have shown it in Half-Blood Prince. Quotage: We've kind of altered our story to make sure we don't tread on the toes of what comes in 'Deathly Hallows,'" says Yates about the final chapter, which was released in bookstores only months before 'Half-Blood Prince' went into production. Among the changes: A subplot surrounding Dumbledore's wand, and a major development in the Ron and Hermione saga: "We had a kiss planned for ['Half-Blood Prince'], which we've sort of saved because we think it's better to maintain that sexual tension."

Finally, there are new comments regarding the budding romance between Harry and Ginny, and the reaction Ron to this news involving his best friend and his sister. Actor Rupert Grint who plays Ron weighs in on the topic.
Meanwhile, Harry woos Ginny Weasley (Bonnie Wright) away from her boyfriend, Dean Thomas (Alfie Enoch)  and seeks her brother Ron's approval. "The whole thing with Harry and Ginny is quite confusing for Ron, because he's quite protective," Grint says. But one scene featuring the three, where Ron obliviously plonks himself down between the two lovebirds, should be good for DVD bloopers: "I have this real problem with laughing through a take and that scene was quite hard," Grint says. As for the hanky panky between Harry and Ginny, "It's very odd because I've known Bonnie since she was about 9," Radcliffe says. Wright agrees, sort of. "It is strange, but also it's more comfortable with someone you know rather than just a random person."

Thanks so much to Fez and our Order partner BonnieWrightOnline!

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4630 Points

I like how Bonnie said it’s better kissing someone you are comfortable around on screen, than any other random person.

Rupert with laughing, man I LOVE THAT GUY!!! :].

Posted by Live Laugh Love Potter ♥ROAR♥ on July 04, 2009, 02:01 PM report to moderator
100 Points

i completly agree with you kirk. so happy there was no kiss between ron and hermione; that wouldve ruined hbp

Posted by nyteflite on July 04, 2009, 04:18 PM report to moderator
22044 Points

OMG!!! I can’t wait!!! I’m so excited!!! I think Daniel and Bonnie are right!!! is weird! but is better when you know the person!!!

1040 Points

Giving budb a standing ovation. Well said. :)

Posted by Headmistress LemonFaerie on July 04, 2009, 09:10 PM report to moderator
16484 Points

Thank goodness the R/Hr kiss sin’t inj this movie ! But now I’m kind of concerned… Do you think it’ll be at the right place in DH ? I really hope they don’t put it somewhere else, like when Ron comes back. I would HATE that. That kiss is so perfect, and sweet, and funny where it is !

6921 Points

They were going to have Ron and Hermione kiss in HBP? Interesting.

Posted by badger666 on July 04, 2009, 10:20 PM report to moderator
75566 Points

I really wanted to see the “Other Minister” scene.

Posted by Girlraven1 on July 04, 2009, 10:43 PM report to moderator
1642 Points

thank God there’s no Ron/Hermione kiss in HBP!!!

Posted by Matea on July 05, 2009, 01:26 AM report to moderator
3048 Points

I cannot believe that they contemplated incorporating a kiss between Ron and Hermione into the sixth installment! The kiss belongs where it is supposed to, prior to the battle at Hogwarts at the climax of the Deathly Hallows.

Posted by Kirk on July 05, 2009, 01:32 AM report to moderator
865 Points

That was interesting, to say the least. I think I’ll read it again :o/

Posted by RavenSmith {[WBM]} on July 05, 2009, 02:47 AM report to moderator
16258 Points

Cool. I cant wait to see it. At least theyll have to put Scrimgeour in DH. Anyway this one looks more close to the book than OotP, GoF, and PoA. CoS and SS were close too but that was so long ago.

Posted by Gryffindor1991 {ROAR!!!} on July 05, 2009, 03:18 AM report to moderator

I found Yates’ comment that so much was left out of OotP because the film was “over-stuffed” to be disingenuous and fake. As long-time Leaky readers will recall, Yates made it clear when starting work on OotP that he believes movies should never be more than 2 1/2 hours long from opening titles to closing credits. In brief, he imposed an artificial time barrier, since films can be any length, and the real issue is “how long does this specific film need to be in order to do the job right?”

2 1/2 hours obviously is considered the maximum length of time young children and short-attention span adults can sit still. It also allows for easier conversion to broadcast tv presentation, with space for commercials, which strikes me as the real explanation for that specific length.

For those unaware of this trend, which is found in both film and print media, I would point out that many publishers insist that a book manuscript must contain no more than a specific number of words, which translates roughly into so many pages. Then editors demand further cuts within chapters in order to get each chapter down to so many pages (the economic issue here is to reduce the number of pages required to print and bind the book; I know this from personal experience, and that of my professional colleagues.). Many publishers refuse to consider a book if it looks like it will run more than 300 printed pages total.

Imagine if JKR had been told, “Sorry, Goblet of Fire is just too long at 734 pages. Please cut at least 435 pages out or we won’t publish it.” And thank god for Arthur Levine and Scholastic for having better sense than to even consider such a thing.

What the HP books have proven, beyond any doubt whatsoever, is that if you give your audience high quality then the length is irrelevant. Wish the bean-counters in film and publishing would recognize that fact. And I wish Yates specifically, and the WB folks collectively, would also recognize that we are far more intelligent, and far more capable of sitting in our seats, than they seem to think.

Posted by budb on July 05, 2009, 05:41 AM report to moderator
4452 Points

i cant WAIT for HBP!!!

44049 Points

Agreed budb.

Posted by Dolemite [FTC!] on July 06, 2009, 03:51 PM report to moderator
3153 Points


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