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Not Being at Hogwarts in "Deathly Hallows: Part 1" Gives Movie "Different Feel"

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Posted by: Mel
October 29, 2010, 08:12 PM

There is a new article in LA Times HeroComplex blog about "Deathly Hallows: Part 1" as part of their countdown for the film. The article discusses how "Deathly Hallows: Part 1" is the first Harry Potter film to have the majority of its action take place away from Hogwarts castle and the impact that has on the film:

The absence of the ancient academy from the seventh movie, according to producer David Heyman, informs the texture and rhythm of the franchise’s penultimate installment. The film is very much a road-trip adventure with the three main characters — played by Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson — in fugitive mode and preparing for the final showdown with the evil Lord Voldemort, portrayed with reptilian rasp by Ralph Fiennes.
“It gives this film a very different feel to be away from Hogwarts,” Heyman said. “The main characters — Harry, Ron and Hermione — are on the run and, yes, they do go to some magical places, like the Ministry of Magic, but a lot of the film is set in a quite naturalistic setting, and that makes it feel very real and very human. There’s plenty of magic, of course, but it’s set against a very real context.
“We have them a bit in Whitehall, in central London, we have them on Shaftesbury Avenue in the cafes,” Heyman continued. “It feels real, gritty at times and beautiful at other times. But it is not at Hogwarts, and that gives us a fresh impetus.”
Radcliffe said treading past the stony floors of the well-used Hogwarts movie set in Watford, England, energized the cast during the production of the seventh and eighth films, which were made together in a shoot that began in February 2009 and did not wrap until mid-June of this year. “I think getting out was a marvelous thing for the story and for the look of the film,” he said. “This movie just looks different than the other ones. We’ve spent so much time at Hogwarts that it makes it fresh to go somewhere new on screen.

The article does mention that viewers will get a brief look at Hogwarts castle in "Deathly Hallows: Part 1":

Screenwriter Steve Kloves said that there technically is one glimpse of Hogwarts in the film but he’d rather not elaborate. “This moment would fall in the category of flashback,” said the writer who finishes the franchise having written scripts for seven of the eight films. “Revealing it may ruin a rather lovely — albeit small — moment of the movie.”

"Deathly Hallows: Part 2" is also mentioned in the article and the presence of Hogwarts in that movie is also discussed:

Hogwarts makes a return inHarry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2,” in a manner of speaking. That final chapter of the franchise is built around a massive battle that destroys much of the school. That’s not much of a spoiler if you’ve been paying attention. The Warner Bros. poster promoting the two-film finale shows the ramparts of the academy in flames beneath a grim tagline: “It all ends here.”
The films taken together have the cast’s enthusiasm at an all-time high. “Without question, these two are going to blow all of the rest of them away,” says Tom Felton, who has brought memorable sneer to the role of Draco Malfoy. “The last two will not disappoint, that’s something you can rest assured about.”

You can read the rest of the article here.

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99 Points

First again! Cool. :D
I think I’m gonna miss Hogwarts in this film. It is in the second one though, right? I mean they do have this big battle there. Having Hogwarts almost destroyed in that is kinda sad. Like in the trailer, you see the defenses falling and part of the building on fire. :(

Posted by ❀ Jay K. Elle ❀ on October 29, 2010, 08:18 PM report to moderator
163 Points

i think it will be really cool to see them out and about the country…other than the set of Hogwarts…as much i love all the Hogwarts-ness i think being on the run will be cool too.

Posted by ::Elfie:: on October 29, 2010, 08:22 PM report to moderator
566 Points

It is funny to hear it referred to as a road movie as if it is Hope and Crosby on a romp!

Posted by 2tal - SpiritMagic174 on October 29, 2010, 08:57 PM report to moderator
16258 Points

it will be so strange not seeing Hogwarts in a harry potter movie. at least most of part 2 is set there :) why do they keep saying academy, Hogwarts isnt an academy, Beauxbatons is though. 20 days!

Posted by Gryffindor1991 {ROAR!!!} on October 29, 2010, 09:02 PM report to moderator
10839 Points

Its going to be so emotional…

I hope tom felton is right :)

Posted by ϟ☮Sindi a.k.a Remy [ROAR!!]☮ϟ on October 29, 2010, 09:37 PM report to moderator
12005 Points

Not exactly a road movie, but definitely a movie on the run. That does sound like the book though.

Posted by budgie on October 29, 2010, 11:13 PM report to moderator
1542 Points

Sounds great.

Posted by Beatrice Jean Granger on October 29, 2010, 11:30 PM report to moderator
46 Points

its going to be cool watching three of them out of hogwarts

Posted by Puneet on October 29, 2010, 11:44 PM report to moderator
4151 Points

sighh i’m so excited :D

Posted by mai {beatnik owl} on October 30, 2010, 12:22 AM report to moderator
1293 Points

19 days… I can wait, I can wait… NOT!! 18th November hurry up!!

Posted by Petra on October 30, 2010, 07:21 AM report to moderator
39 Points

I’m so excited:))

Posted by alex12csu on October 30, 2010, 09:08 AM report to moderator

I got to the part about the poster of Hogwarts in flames with the “It all ends here” tagline and my eyes suddenly welled up.

In less than three weeks, the historic moment begins!

Posted by Jillxoxo on October 30, 2010, 10:47 AM report to moderator
4852 Points

Not seeing Hogwarts will be strange!

Posted by #1 Witch ROAR! on October 30, 2010, 10:59 AM report to moderator
1189 Points

i’m taking Tom Felton to his word :) they better not disappoint :)

Posted by HalfBloodPrincesss (Jenna Evans) on October 30, 2010, 02:03 PM report to moderator
3777 Points

i think being away from home is what growing up is all about

Posted by ZachBlack [ROAR] on October 30, 2010, 09:04 PM report to moderator
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