May 4, 2011


I’m standing in the Great Hall at Hogwarts.  I see Snape positioned where Dumbledore used to stand at the top of the steps.  As the new Headmaster, Snape is addressing a room full of students.  He’s telling them that anyone who knows the whereabouts of Harry Potter – whether it be student or faculty – needs to come forward with any information or the punishment will be severe.  Snape continues with the news that the school has the best magic protection and Harry Potter will not be able to enter the grounds.  The former potions teacher walks among the students, looking at them, his gaze intense and his dialogue slow and methodical.  He’s clearly hoping someone will tell him something.  As he finishes saying his last line he looks up because he hears the voice of Harry Potter saying, “I don’t think the protection was good enough.”  All the students turn, looking shocked.  Harry Potter has returned to Hogwarts.

If this opening sounds familiar, that’s because right before Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 got released, I posted a huge set report about what it was like to visit Leavesden Studios outside London and watch Harry Potter get filmed.  However, while my set report was quite detailed, I actually held a few things back.  The reason was when I was on set, they were actually filming scenes from Deathly Hallows – Part 2, and Warner Bros. asked us not to write about it.  As you can tell from my opening, I didn’t exactly follow the rules.  Hit the jump for more.

harry-potter-deathly-hallows-part-2-movie-image-daniel-radcliffe-hi-res-01Here’s the thing.  While I’d love to tell you another huge set report is coming, it’s not.  My plan for when they lift the embargo is to repost my set visit with a few changes.  In addition, when I got back to the hotel from set, Peter (from Slashfilm) and I recorded an epic video blog about what it was like to be on set.  So when the embargo lifts, I’ll be adding the video to the set report.  It’s very detailed.

Until the embargo lifts (which I imagine will be next month), here’s a bunch of on set interviews.


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