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Deathly Hallows Filming Update: 100 Extras Used for Hogwarts Express Scene

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Posted by: sue
September 24, 2009, 06:01 AM

An update today regarding filming for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. First, there is more on the filming in Scotland for a scene involving the Hogwarts Express. The Press and Journal reports:

"The Harry Potter crew were making a return to the Highlands and the west Highland railway line was once again the location for filming this week, with about 100 pupils from Lochaber High School at Fort William taking part in the filming as extras.The picturesque route was chosen for some scenes in two previous J.K. Rowling epics and now the film-makers are back to shoot the seventh and last film, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

On this occasion, views of Glenfinnan Viaduct, which has featured in the previous Harry Potter blockbusters, were not required. Instead, the young teenagers were bussed to Tulloch Station, east of Roy Bridge. The camera action focused on Hogwart’s Express as the blood-red train steamed between Tulloch and Rannoch stations with its excited young passengers."

Interestingly a second piece on the filming noted "The scenic route was chosen for some of the shooting of scenes for not one, but two epics, out of JK Rowling's seventh and last best seller, Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows." We do not know if this for an additional scene or simply the epilogue scene or what this may be used for.  As noted previously with the photos from the other day, no cast was present, or what scene this may be, stay tuned!

Also, we had heard previously from actors Jason Isaacs and Dan Radcliffe that filming would continue well into the next year, with Jason recently noting he would not be finished filming until April. The Independent has a brief mention of actor David Thewlis, who plays Lupin, where it notes that "Thewlis is filming the final instalments of Harry Potter until March." Please note while likely to be true, this is not a direct quote from David Thewlis, just a mention in an article with his partner Anna Friel, and has not been confirmed.

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awwwww, I really don’t want it to end!!!!! But I really want to see it on cinema!!!!! What’s wrong with me?????

Posted by Jane_Potter on September 24, 2009, 10:16 AM report to moderator
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i dont think its for the epilogue. i mean, the epilogue is just harry and dumbledore, not a hundred extra kids hanging around. if they decide to film it, that might be the scene where luna is kidnapped by death eaters off the train. we never actually got to see that scene in DH, it was just mentioned, but maybe theyre gonna include that in the movie which would be cool

Posted by sunlitdays (ROAR) on September 24, 2009, 10:18 AM report to moderator
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Those lucky ones…! :)

Posted by Mairéad on September 24, 2009, 10:35 AM report to moderator
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^the epilogue wasn’t just Harry and Dumbledore, they were on Kings Cross-chapter-scene, or whatever,

Posted by Mairéad on September 24, 2009, 10:37 AM report to moderator
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lucky, lucky, lucky!!!!!!!!

Posted by #1 Witch ROAR! on September 24, 2009, 10:40 AM report to moderator
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It’s NOT all coming to an end! there will still be cons and wrock to keep up going long into the future!

Posted by skiving snackboxes on September 24, 2009, 10:41 AM report to moderator
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I was trying to figure out, in wich scene the would use the train, but I guess it makes sense they would use it in the epilogue

Posted by selene21 (ROAR) on September 24, 2009, 11:03 AM report to moderator
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It must be cool to be included in the film as an extra… Imagine sitting in the theater and seeing yourself on the screen…

Posted by Won_Two on September 24, 2009, 11:25 AM report to moderator
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ooo! Can’t wait to see it! I wish I could be there.

Posted by LadySidi on September 24, 2009, 11:33 AM report to moderator
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Let me see, SS and CoS the Hogwarts Express arrived at a beautiful station labeled “Hogsmead”. We haven’t seen it in any movie since, even though we have seen a railway station near Hogwarts tightly surrounded by dense woods.

Quidditch was introduced in SS and CoS and the uniforms for the game were established. Now, in HBP, there are new Quidditch uniforms heavily padded because “The children are getting older and the game is getting rougher.” There have been older players in Quidditch all along and the uniforms didn’t change as they grew older.

In SS and CoS, the Hogwarts Castle has the look of age but also looks well cared-for. In PoA and later films the Castle has lost the luster and actually looks shabby.

What makes a movie part of a series, is that the details from the early installments are faithfully carried through the series.

For example: the Whomping Willow first appeared on the grounds inside the Castle. In PoA it is now outside the Castle Walls. Hagrid’s Hut was just outside the Castle doors and the ground is nearly level. Then in PoA, it is way outside the Castle and down a steep slope.

Well, enough ranting for today. I guess I have been spoiled by the excellent continuity of the “Lord of the Rings” series. They look like they are one continuous story because they were made by the same crew straight thru. Costumes, characters, SFX, all done well by the same artists and craftsmen and provide the needed continuity. The first two HP movies are that way. The rest aren’t, with each change there have been new specialists putting their mark on the movie, continuity be hanged!

Posted by Phoenix1946 on September 24, 2009, 11:41 AM report to moderator
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I would give ANYTHING to be them ! Lucky

Posted by weasleygirl101(ROAR) on September 24, 2009, 11:44 AM report to moderator
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So upsetting! I can’t believe it’s coming to and end….I’m sure (at least hope) they’ll be close to as fabulous as the books. But I guess I’ll just still have to bide my time until the Scottish Book comes out.

Posted by stenojoz on September 24, 2009, 11:45 AM report to moderator
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soo jealous of all the extras. :P

Posted by justanargle on September 24, 2009, 12:01 PM report to moderator
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It does not make sense to me that this filming could relate to the Epilogue, since that has to be at or look like King’s Cross, and these are tiny stations in the Scottish highlands. But while DH book does not show us the train apart from that, the film makers will need to show something of what is happening at Hogwarts, stuff that the trio only hear by report at various stages. So as has been suggested, this could be a 1 September occasion, or relate to Luna’s capture.
What I do consider a really nice touch is that Rannoch station has long been identified in the fandom as the most Hogsmeade-like place on the planet. It is in the middle of nowhere – end of a long road – and therefore ideal for an unplottable magical village and school. Steve van der Ark used it in his talks, and subsequently in his book ‘In Search of Harry Potter’ (not the other book!).
Not such an iconic view as Glenfinnan viaduct, but more faithful to Jo’s vision of the place, and therefore more ‘accurate’ in movie terms; another good sign for 7 and 8.
Incidentally, the view of the Express in HBP was filmed a little further across the moore from Rannoch station.

Posted by WulfricBrian on September 24, 2009, 12:12 PM report to moderator
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those schools are so lucky what i wouldnt give to even have the chance to be in one of the movie but as there is only two left that chance is small.. sad

Posted by Horcruxalej on September 24, 2009, 12:14 PM report to moderator
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