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Emma Watson és a Férfigyűlölet Hasznos olvasni való a színésznő rajongóinak!!! :D

 

Emma Watson és a Férfigyűlölet

"Azért gyűltünk ma össze itt ma, hogy útjára indítsuk a Férfiak a nőkért kampányt. Ezért hozzátok szólok most Férfiak, mivel szükségünk van a segítségetekre. Véget akarunk vetni a nemek közötti egyenlőtlenségnek, és ahhoz, hogy ezt elérjük, mindannyitok[...] Bővebben! Tovább »

forrás: Blog.hu

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Sziasztok!

Ha valakit érdekelne a Harry Potter 7.kötete 2500Ftos áron az írjon egy mailt a  h_potter@freemail.hu  címre és emailben megbeszéljük a részleteket.
Nándo Creative Commons License 2007.01.15 0 0 297
akinek esetleg elvonási tünetei lennének: nemhivatalos (?) hetedik rész. http://www.box.net/public/static/9ii33dthyt.pdf


valószínűleg fanfic (egy magyar rajongó) írhatta a könyvet, de ahhoz képest igen jól sikerült! tényleg. mindenkinek megér egy próbát! nekem nagyon tetszik.3
NAR Creative Commons License 2004.03.30 0 0 295
A haladó topikban utánanéztem ezeknek a címeknek - nem túl valószínű, hogy tényleg ezek lesznek a címek...

Bye,NAR
Előzmény: F-BIT Bac (294)
F-BIT Bac Creative Commons License 2004.03.30 0 0 294
Így?:
1. Harry Potter és a Bölcsek Köve
2. Harry Potter és a Titkok Kamrája
3. Harry Potter és az azkabani fogoly
4. Harry Potter és a Tűz Serlege
5. Harry Potter és a Főnix Rendje
6. Harry Potter és a sárvérűek lázadása
7. Harry Potter és a kentaur keresése
Valahogy különbözik az előző öttől, főleg az utolsó.
Előzmény: bé-moomin (293)
bé-moomin Creative Commons License 2004.03.29 0 0 293
a 6.könyv címe elvileg a Sárvér?ek lázadása,a 7-é meg a Kentaur keresése,és habár ezek sztem nem kacsák,azért ez sem 100%-os,h ezek a címek...
de nagyjából ilyesmik vannak terjed?ben..
arról passz,h mikor jön ki a 6.-állítólag MÉG IDÉN befejezi a nyanya...hát csipkedhetné magát!!!!!!!!
valamint a 7.könyvben kiderül a titok Snape-r?l...ami miatt állítólag nem szeretik a n?k,egy n? sem képes rá..:((
mennek ezerrel a találgatások...
:))
B
Előzmény: F-BIT Bac (292)
F-BIT Bac Creative Commons License 2004.03.28 0 0 292
Tud valaki valamit a hatodik könyvről? Valahol azt láttam, hogy "Harry Potter and the Ring of The Ancients" lesz a címe, de szerintem csak kacsa.
logoutx Creative Commons License 2003.06.18 0 0 291
Elnézést az iménti hozzászólásért, az agyament hugom irigatott a nevemben.
Hermione_Granger Creative Commons License 2003.06.18 0 0 290
3 napot várj még rá, ha maradt annyi türelmed :)
Előzmény: logoutx (289)
logoutx Creative Commons License 2003.06.18 0 0 289
Igen,nagyonszép ez az angol szöveg kár hogy egy szótsem értek belőle!
Mindegy .Én is arra lennék kiváncsi ,hogy ugyan megjelenik -e már az 5. rész ,vagy még várjon rá a nagyközönség 2 évet?
Előre is kösz!
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w00dy Creative Commons License 2003.01.15 0 0 288
J.K. ROWLING'S HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF PHOENIX TO BE PUBLISHED ON JUNE 21, 2003 IN THE UNITED STATES, BRITAIN, CANADA AND AUSTRALIA

The World's Most Anticipated Book Is Over One Third Longer Than Previous Book, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

NEW YORK, NEW YORK: LONDON, ENGLAND: January 15, 2003 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, by J.K. Rowling, the fifth in the bestselling series has been scheduled for release on Saturday, June 21, 2003 in the United States, Britain, Canada and Australia, it was announced today by Scholastic and Bloomsbury publishers. The companies also announced that Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is over a third longer than J.K. Rowling's extraordinary previous book, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

In making the joint announcement, Barbara Marcus, President of Scholastic Children's Books in the United States, and Nigel Newton, Chief Executive of Bloomsbury Publishing in Britain said: "We are thrilled to announce the publication date. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is absolutely superb and will delight all J.K. Rowling's fans. She has written a brilliant and utterly compelling new adventure, which begins with the words:"

The hottest day of the summer so far was drawing to a close and a drowsy silence lay over the large, square houses of Privet Drive.....The only person left outside was a teenage boy who was lying flat on his back in a flowerbed outside number four.

"Later in the novel, J.K.Rowling writes:"

Dumbledore lowered his hands and surveyed Harry through his half-moon glasses.'It is time,' he said 'for me to tell you what I should have told you five years ago, Harry. Please sit down. I am going to tell you everything.'

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is over 255,000 words compared to over l9l,000 words in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. The new book is 38 chapters long, one more than Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

w00dy

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Oldman sizes up wizard's cap for next 'Potter' pic
Jan. 08, 2003

Gary Oldman is in negotiations to join the cast of Warner Bros. Pictures' "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" for director Alfonso Cuaron. The third installment of the studio's franchise based on author J.K. Rowling's book series will begin production Feb. 17. Oldman would play wizard Sirius Black, the escaped prisoner of Azkaban who is later revealed to be Harry Potter's godfather. Adapted by Steven Kloves, "Azkaban" is being produced by Chris Columbus, David Heyman and Mark Radcliffe. Michael Barnathan and Callum McDougall are executive producing. Oldman, repped by CAA, ICM London and manager Douglas Urbanski, will next star in a trio of indie features: "Sin," opposite Ving Rhames, "Tiptoes" with Kate Beckinsale and "Interstate 60." (Zorianna Kit)



http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hollywoodreporter/film/brief_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1789640

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McKellen will replace Harris as new Prof. Dumbledore
He'll appear in third instalments of both Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter

Zap2it.com

Saturday, December 28, 2002

One Brit's as good as another, it appears.

British actor Ian McKellen will be replacing the late Richard Harris in the role of Professor Albus Dumbeldore in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

The 63-year-old actor is currently starring in The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers as Gandalf. In the next two years, he'll be starring in the third instalments of both the Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings movies, considered rivals at the box office.

"Everyone has been sworn to secrecy about Ian McKellen getting the role of Dumbledore," a source tells the London Sun. "One of the production staff let it slip and now it's spreading like wild fire.

"He got the part just before Christmas but Warner's won't announce it until the new year.

"Bosses thought he was the perfect replacement for Richard Harris and, as we all know, he's more than capable of playing the part of a wizard.

"They're not worried about people getting Harry Potter and The Lord Of The Rings confused. They're two very different films."

After Harris died suddenly in October of cancer, the studio was hoping to lure another Lord Of The Rings actor, Christopher Lee, to the role. But he is about to start work on the next Star Wars adventure, in which he plays the ruthless Count Dooku.

Another possible candidate included Harris's double in the first two films, unknown Harry Robertson. Then producers thought they could cast Harris in the new film by using computer animation and film footage. But just before Christmas, they realized they did not have enough unused footage and decided they needed a replacement actor instead.

Production on the third Harry Potter movie is set to begin in February.



http://www.canada.com/edmonton/edmontonjournal/story.asp?id=%7B26DDA6EA-3DAA-4040-ACF7-A8C72DDFA4A8%7D

ZiTuS Creative Commons License 2002.12.20 0 0 285
Sziasztok! Nekem csak egy nagyon nagyon fontos kérdésem lenne. Ismertek olyan boltot, ahol kaphatnék olyan sálat, mint amilyen Harrynek volt? LÉccilécciléccci.....
ööö... ajándék lenne karácsonyra :-))
gyanus_capa Creative Commons License 2002.12.19 0 0 284
Harris won't be 'recreated' for Azkaban
Updated 19 December 2002, 08.18

Richard Harris, the actor who sadly died in October, will not be computer regenerated for the part of Professor Dumbledore in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

There were reports in newspapers that computer technology would be used to recreate him.

But Warner Bros told CBBC Newsround this is completely false.

The reports said unused film footage of Richard as Dumbledore would be superimposed - using computer wizardry - onto his stand-in actor, Harry Robinson.

There's no word yet, though, on who might play the role.


http://news.bbc.co.uk/cbbcnews/hi/tv_film/newsid_2587000/2587703.stm

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Aunt Marge cast in Azkaban
Updated 18 December 2002, 15.43

Hot new casting details for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban are beginning to emerge.

There's no news yet on key roles like Sirius Black or Professor Lupin.

But we can tell you that the role of Aunt Marge - Uncle Vernon's monstrous sister - will be played by British actress Pam Ferris.


Some of you may remember her from series like The Darling Buds of May and Where the Heart Is.

Filming on Azkaban is due to start in the first few months of next year.

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November 2002

Transcript by Madam O Screencaps by Charuwan

Interviewer :Elliott Forrest = EF

Actor :Jason Isaacs = JI




EF: :: voice-over introduction :: Those who embrace and wield the Dark Arts in the world of Harry Potter are easy to identify. The very sound of their names has a tendency to be a dead giveaway. Severus Snape, the house of Slytherin, and, dare it be spoken, Voldemort. Identifying the true nature and motivation of evil, part of the fun, yes, but a much more difficult task. Another name signifying villainy is Malfoy. No stranger to playing villains after a memorable turn in "The Patriot" is actor Jason Isaacs. Joining the series in the Chamber of Secrets, Isaacs plays the Machiavellian Lucius Malfoy, father of Harry Potter's arch-enemy, Draco.

EF: Jason Isaacs. What a pleasure to meet you! :: reaches over to shake his hand ::

JI: :: accepting the handshake :: Thank you very much. It's a pleasure to meet you, too.

EF: Thank you for allowing us into your den of evil here. :: indicates the set ::

JI: :: smirking :: Yes, this is where I live and spend most of my time.

EF: How did you first become acquainted with the Harry Potter series?

JI: Well, at first there was this rather strange phenomenon where all my friends with children - I didn't have any at the time, do now - but, they were going on about these books and were reading them. I always thought that it was slightly suspect, frankly, that grown-ups were obsessed with children's books. I thought it was a sign that they were poorly educated. Then when I first went to audition I went out and bought all the books, mostly to check which ones I'd be in...you know, purely selfishly. I started the first book...and I looked up, and it was three days later, and I'd read all four of them. Hadn't washed or eaten or taken care of business. And I got it. I understood that they are the crack of children's literature. And she's just, she's channeling something, J.K. Rowling, because you can't put them down.

EF: I was wondering if you could put your finger on it. My daughter has read every book that's out four times each and she can't wait for the next one to come out so that she can start from the beginning again and read them all through.

JI: Four times is very light, frankly. It's very lightweight compared to a lot of the kids who came to the set.

EF: Really?

JI: People would come and visit that set and they knew when a paving stone was wrong. They'd come up and have very long debates on which way the clasp should go on my cape, and when we'd change a syllable of the dialogue - which, you know, obviously some of it has to change - they were mortally offended and would go into a huddle. You know, I think it's a pretty daunting task, for Chris and David to have adapted these things - and Steve Kloves, who wrote the script - to take this thing which people hold so precious and are so homicidal about. I mean, luckily, they're children. :: laughs :: If they were grown-ups, they'd be hanging around their door. And to have done such a good job, and adapted it so faithfully and yet made films of them. They're not just taking the book and putting it on the screen, because that wouldn't work.

EF: Tell us about the audition.

JI: Actually, I found Lucius terribly easy to read. I just think he leaps off the page. Maybe we'll get back to what makes him tick and who he is. I think he's a tremendously well-drawn character and easy to identify with. But anyway, I did the job and I left and I heard nothing from them for the longest period of time. They were finishing the first film and editing it, and they were preparing the second film. I forgot about it and went away and made two films, I think, in the interim and then was offered Captain Hook and Mr. Darling in "Peter Pan", which I accepted. And then the offer came in and I thought, I don't know if I should do this. You know, I'd just committed to being Captain Hook and this was another children's book. I told some of my friends and the phone started to melt off the hook. All of my god-children and all the children of friends that I know phoned up and they weren't asking nicely, they weren't begging, they were ordering me to take this job. Anyway, I was dying to do it, so that's how I got the job.

EF: So, I'll bite...what makes him tick?

JI: Well, what makes Lucius tick...I mean, it was interesting for me because at first I was slightly at sea. I thought, well, I have no frame of reference for this. I don't know an awful lot of wizards in my life. Normally you can base something on your mad uncle or someone you sit next to in a restaurant, but this is...where do you look? So I was looking at who he was, and what he's about is pure blood. You know, eugenics. He wants to wipe out an entire race. He thinks that humans are sub-human - you know, muggles are sub-human - and that he's from a superior race. Well, you don't have to look very far nowadays to find people who are being elected to governments all over Europe like that, and who are running around America with pillow cases on their heads like that.

EF: And in history as well.

JI: And in history...

EF: It's a Nazi sort of feeling.

JI: Well, these characters are all over the place now. And the other element, of course, is that he comes from one of those ruling families. He has that super arrogance that comes from old, old money and old, old power. And, you know, there are certain families that run our world whether or not they're currently elected to government. Behind closed doors, they make the decisions. :: briefly channels Lucius :: And he has that sense of superiority and sureness. He's the most confident person I've ever played. :: reverts back to himself :: To combine all those, and, you know, as an Englishman you have to find the voice as well. There was someone who was just terribly patronising and rude to me when I was a drama student, so it was my just revenge, playing him like Lucius.

EF: There are some method actors who tap into things to be able to bring aspects of a character to the fore. But this guy is so EVIL!

JI: Well, he's not evil, he's focused. I mean, no one's evil in their own mind. As soon as you start playing evil for the sake of the audience booing you, actually no one's going to care about you at all. You have to be specific. Acting is all about specifics.

EF: Do you like the dress-up part of your job? The hair, the cape, the whole thing?

JI: I tell you what...actually, well, I love that... :: gestures towards the snake cane, which is prominently displayed on the table next to him :: I came up with that cane! I said, "I feel he'd like a walking cane with a big snake on the top," and they went, "All right." Chris is very open-minded. They had certain ideas when I arrived. They wanted me in a pin-stripe suit and to have short hair.

EF: Oh really?

JI: Oh yeah. Short hair, maybe grey hair. In fact, there was a notion floated at some point that I should have badger-colored hair, because I've got dark hair. They said, "Maybe you should just have blond tips and dark hair," and I went... :: makes an indescribably adorable, exasperated noise :: 'Cause, you know, you don't get to play a wizard very often in your life, and when you do, you wanna dress like a wizard. I said, "This guy really doesn't make any nods to the muggle world at all, so he really shouldn't dress like a muggle." I came up with a look that, you know, on a bad day looks more like Iggy Pop, and on a good day, looks like Lucius.


:: Clips - a blooper shot of JI snagging Daniel Radcliffe's robes with the cane, then patting him on the head and saying "Sorry, love", followed by the Flourish and Blotts scene . ::

EF: Born in Liverpool...thought you'd study law?

JI: Yeah, well I went off to do something sensible. I've always been a very rational person. My brother had studied law, and it seemed like a...I didn't know what I wanted to do, and it seemed like what smart people might want to do with their lives.

EF: Did you have acting in the background?

JI: Never, never. I don't really remember going to the theatre. The only thing I'd ever seen were probably pantomimes, which in England means something different than in America...you know, kind of like kid's shows. "Peter Pan", strangely enough. But I went to university and I thought I would do a little bit of everything. I thought I would do parachuting, and I'd play soccer, and I'd do a play, and I'd do all the things offered to you as a student. Go out and drink in stupid amounts and everything else. And I wandered into a rehearsal room and did an audition and did my first play and I was absolutely hooked. I mean, suddenly, here was this world...first of all, instant camaraderie. It didn't matter what your funny accent was or where you came from or how much money you did or didn't have or what your background was, because there was an instant, equalising bond. Plus, it was a completely irrational world. Everything at that point in my life had come from trying to be smart enough or clever enough, and that stuff just doesn't help you as an actor. It's about emotions and instincts and humanity. And I got to meet girls. :: laughs :: It's an old, corny cliché, but true. First of all, we always had to share a dressing room, so you got to see people naked, but :: sarcastically :: hey, it's just because we're being practical.

EF: :: chuckles :: That's right. It's just part of the job.

JI: And that's where all my first girlfriends came from, and, in fact, it's where my long-term partner has come from. I was too shy to ever chat anyone up.

EF: So the plays themselves were a series of dramas?

JI: I did a play every term, and then I did two plays a term, and then I started going to the Edinburgh Festival in the summer, and then I started doing fringe plays at Christmas, and then it came time to leave university, and it was time to be a lawyer. You know, all that kinda fun, hobby, drama stuff was just one of those things I would have done when I was young. But some of the people I'd been doing it with were applying for drama school which, to me, was insane. I mean, I had also played soccer for my college, and the idea that I was gonna write to Manchester United and see if they would take me on was equally ludicrous. But they were applying for drama schools, and it was cheap just to apply. It was a day out in London, and I thought I would apply and if I got in somewhere...well, I would know, or I'd keep the letter and frame it and show it to my grandchildren or something...whatever.

EF: Because you'd actually graduated with a law degree, is that it?

JI: Well, I was about to graduate. It was February, and the final exams were in June. But the auditions were in February. And, uh, it's embarrassing, but true, actually...I think I'm an actor because I'm English and too polite. No, I didn't get a letter accepting me; a lady came out of the room, a woman named Jane Carroll (sp?), who's dead now, unfortunately, but she was a great voice teacher at Central, the school I eventually went to. She came out and she said, "We'd very much like to offer you a place in September," and I went, "...Oh." And she said, "You do want to come, don't you?" and I went, "Yuhh...uhhh, yes, of course..." Then she said, "Because, you know, these places are highly contested, thousands of people, so don't mess us around. If you don't want the place, tell us now," and I went, "No, no, of course, I wouldn't, I mean, yes, no, I'd love to come." And I remember leaving vividly, walking down the street at 20, or whatever I was, thinking, "I might have just decided the rest of my life because I was too embarrassed to say no."

EF: The next two Harry Potter films...can we count on you?

JI: I am in book four, which is seven hundred pages. So they're either going to cut it, I think, or make two films out of it. Whatever they're going to do, I signed a contract for it, so I'm hoping to God that they're in. When I left England to go off to Australia to do "Peter Pan", I wished them the best of luck and told them if they messed up book three I'd be 'round to burn their house down. :: smiles :: Because I'm counting on book four, and my unborn children's school fees are counting on book four as well.


http://www.jeremynorthamgallery.com/Jason/LuciusMalfoy/Bio/Interview.htm

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Thursday, November 28, 2002
Tom Felton: Hated by all Harry kids

By LOUIS B. HOBSON, SUN MEDIA

Tom Felton doesn't mind that millions of kids the world over consider him one of the nastiest people on the planet.

When he's not attending regular classes, the 15-year-old British schoolboy plays the evil Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter films.

SCHEMING NEMESIS

At the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Draco is the scheming nemesis of Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint) and Hermione Granger (Emma Watson).

Draco does everything in his power to undermine Harry, Ron and Hermione and in the newest Hogwarts adventure, Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets, he has some powerful help from none other than his wizard father Lucius Malfoy (Jason Isaacs).

As much as he gets booed and hissed as Draco, young Felton insists there is no carry-over into his real life.

"The kids at my school are surprisingly all right. They don't tease me and neither do my friends, because they knew me as Tom before they ever knew me as Draco," says Felton in a phone interview from London.

Between attending regular classes and preparing for the holidays, Felton has been sneaking off for costume fittings for Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban.

"We're scheduled to start filming in February. That's still a couple of months off, so I don't look anything like Draco.

"My hair is short and brown. I think I've had my last haircut for a while because it has to be long again for Draco."

And bleached.

"I get it bleached once a week during filming. I was aware I'd have to go through this and it's not pleasant. I was given the option of wearing a wig, but I felt I'd rather it be my own hair.

"If Draco's hair had to be as long as his father's then I would have used a wig like Jason does for Lucius."

Felton says when he met Isaacs at a reading for The Chamber Of Secrets he "didn't think he was evil enough to play Lucius. He was such a nice guy and looked so gentle.

"The day he arrived on set in full make up and costume, I didn't recognize him, the transformation was so great."

Fans of the Harry Potter novels might be surprised to learn that Felton has not read a single page of any of the books.

"I had heard of the books and friends of mine had read them, but I only read the part of the script they sent my agent for the auditions."

'VISION'

Once he got the role, Felton talked to director Chris Columbus, who said it was up to Felton but was certainly not a requirement.

"I didn't want to become too attached to things in the novels that might not end up in the films, so I was willing to let Chris Columbus guide me towards his vision of Draco."

He says the greatest compliment people have paid him is to say how much he is like the Draco of the Harry Potter books.

"When I stop playing Draco, I'll probably read the books," says Felton.

http://www.canoe.ca/TorontoShowbiz/ts.ts-11-28-0089.html

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Devilish art of being wickedly good
By Michael Bodey
November 28, 2002

JASON Isaacs knows how to do good villain. That's no rash statement because he's English and every second screen villain of the last 20 years has been English.

But Isaacs had only inhabited one film villain before his turn as the dastardly Lucius Malfoy in the blockbuster Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - as Colonel Tavington opposite Mel Gibson and Heath Ledger in The Patriot.

"People think they've seen me do lots of villains because that guy really lives on in your nightmares and was so unpleasant," Isaacs says.

"I was a bit worried when I first got the job. I've turned lots and lots of villains down because they're crap, really badly written and stupid. I loved doing Harry Potter because I could see it worked. I was sitting in a screening around children that love me and they couldn't stop themselves from booing and hissing even when they were sitting next to me holding my hand."

The villain can be such a potent force in cinema. And filmgoers will encounter more than just Harry Potter's nefarious wizard who craves racial purity in the coming months.

First come archetypal Bond villains, Gustav Graves (Toby Stephens) and the diamond-encrusted Zao (Rick Yune), in the 20th James Bond adventure, Die Another Day.

There's a litany of them, including Christopher Lee's Saruman, in The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, and Daniel Day-Lewis, who threatens to out-scare them all as Bill the Butcher in Martin Scorsese's 1850s gangster epic, Gangs of New York.

Yune relishes the potency of the bad man on screen. In fact, he believes his Zao will rank up there with Goldfinger, Blofeld and Jaws. Indeed, Zao has his own Jaws-like affectation.

"This Bond is so good; people are going to be blown away by everything," he says. "The girls, the cars, the stunts and did I mention the bad guy?" he says.

Yune didn't hesitate when asked to take on the plum role. He couldn't wait to make Zao "so bad".

He threw himself into the part, including the car chase on ice, with the fervour of someone living a dream. Which he is doing.

The former finance trader threw it in to start modelling. Then came the call to act in Scott Hicks' film, Snow Falling on Cedars.

He realised he had to make the change while on the bond trading floor, looking over at his boss.

"He was 20 years older and $150 million richer but I could not see myself where he was," Yune says. "It wouldn't have been fulfilling, a cop-out. In the end I realised it was just about adding zeroes to your bank account."

After learning the basics of bad behaviour as street racer Johnny Tran in The Fast and the Furious, he's now immortalised as a Bond villain.

But Isaacs took a little more convincing to don the velvet cape and arch posture in the second Harry Potter.

"People think that because I did a good villain in The Patriot I can do that in anything I turn up in but it was The Patriot's script really – I was just lucky to get the gig," he says.

Similarly, The Chamber of Secrets gives his character something more than might be expected of a supposedly innocent children's film.

His Malfoy wants to wipe out the whole race of "Mudbloods".

Isaacs knew he had to show some restraint, though.

"You couldn't go all Gothic but when you get hair down to your bum and a velvet cape, it's very, very easy to act like you're playing to 40,000 people in a park," he says. "I was glad when I was watching it that it didn't turn into the cartoon that it could have done."

Isaacs admits he did do his best to camp up his villain. Initially, the producers wanted him to sport short grey hair. "They said 'Maybe you should have hair like a badger'. I said 'I want long blond hair. I'm a wizard'."

He also abandoned a proposed pinstripe suit in favour of the traditional velvet cape.

And to think Isaacs considered not doing the Harry Potter film. He had been cast as Captain Hook/Mr Darling in P.J. Hogan's huge Peter Pan film, now shooting on the Gold Coast.

Two blockbusters for children in a row might not have been ideal, he says.

"But you make a plan as an actor, God just laughs at you," Isaacs says.

But he read the J.K. Rowling books – "to see how many films I'd be in if got the job" – and was hooked, so to speak.

"Then word got out among my mates that I was thinking about not doing it and the phone started melting off the hook with all my godchildren calling up just livid, absolutely spitting blood, that I would even consider not being in it," he says.

"And they used this spurious argument that my daughter will love it when she grows up, although the last thing she'll ever tell her friends at school is her dad is Lucius Malfoy."

The Daily Telegraph

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The Harry Potter director speaks!
Nov 21, 2002 GMT
HarryPotter.com is pleased to present the transcript of an exclusive live chat recently held with "Harry Potter" director Chris Columbus. This transcript is courtesy of AOL Live.

LIVEJessicaMae: As a HUGE 'Harry Potter' fan, I am thrilled to announce that Chris Columbus has arrived! How are you tonight?

Chris Columbus: I'm doing great! Thank you. It's great to be on AOL!

LIVEJessicaMae: Fun! Let's get started. LHSVikingchic08 is ready to dive right in. She writes:

Question: Hi, Chris. I really LOVED how true you stayed to the first book. Is it true that this is the last 'Harry Potter' movie you will be working on, because producers and scriptwriters don't want to follow the next five books as a guide when making the movie? ~Cathy, Ohio

Chris Columbus: No, the real reason I'm not directing the next 'Harry Potter' film is because I basically need more time to spend with my own family. We will continue to be faithful to the story lines of the book, yet we certainly will encourage Alfonzo Cuarón to bring his own vision and magical style to the film.

LIVEJessicaMae: You'll be missed in Potterland, but it will be fun to watch your other projects. Here's one from QBee27:

Question: As you know, everyone is a critic, especially when 'Harry Potter' is concerned. Were there any particular script changes that you had to make that you would like to defend?

Chris Columbus: We had to lose the Death Day party, and I do miss that, but...

LIVEJessicaMae: Poor Nearly Headless Nick!

Chris Columbus: ...to get everything we wanted into the film would have taken -- the film would have been eight hours long.

LIVEJessicaMae: GundamXcalibur07 would like to know:

Question: Chris, is it true that you and some of the other cast are some of the moving portraits in 'Chamber of Secrets'?

Chris Columbus: No, but some of our crew people are in those portraits. There are paintings of Stuart Craig, production designer; Mark Radcliffe, our producer and various other crew members.

LIVEJessicaMae: These questions are very cool and specific. JammyjIMS asks:

Question: Is the fact that this movie's name is the same both in the United States and internationally a nice change from the two different film titles that you had to deal with last year ('Philosopher's Stone' vs. 'Sorcerer's Stone')?

Chris Columbus: The name change didn't prove to be a big problem for us last time. There were only three scenes where we needed to shoot alternate footage for the films.

Question: Let's talk about Dobby. How did you prevent him from becoming the Jar Jar Binks of 'Harry Potter'?

Chris Columbus: The key to Dobby is that we wanted to -- we hired a stage actor to perform Dobby, and we wanted his performance to be very realistic and natural.

LIVEJessicaMae: SweetLiLSk8tr asks:

Question: Has the atmosphere of the 'Harry Potter' set changed at all? I know the stars -- Daniel, Emma and Rupert -- have grown up and all. Is that extremely evident, or are they still chirpy young kids?

Chris Columbus: They've grown up and become much more confident and self-assured as actors, but as people, they've remained the same. They're still incredibly polite and down-to-earth.

LIVEJessicaMae: Did any pranks go on during the filming of the movie?

Chris Columbus: Certainly not as many pranks as the last film. Everyone was pretty committed to their work.

LIVEJessicaMae: Here's one from Boots2LicKK:

Question: We know that Daniel Radcliffe had to learn Parseltongue for this movie. How did you handle this language of snakes in the movie?

Chris Columbus: We essentially invented a language for Parseltongue. We dealt with a linguistic expert from Oxford University, and I discussed with him the sound and the feeling I wanted to get out of Parseltongue. He went back and created an alphabet for Parseltongue, enabling us to translate any English phrases into Parseltongue.

LIVEJessicaMae: Did you pick up on it at all? If so, do you ever use it? It would be sweet to yell in snake -- LOL!

Chris Columbus: Well, I used it in the film, not in real life. If I ever start speaking in Parseltongue in real life, it's time to have myself committed!

LIVEJessicaMae: EnErGy985 has a good question:

Question: What do your children think about you directing 'Harry Potter'?

Chris Columbus: They love it, because they get to visit the set with their classmates. And we've actually created so much of the world of Hogwarts that it's like visiting various classrooms and corridors that exist in Hogwarts. We've actually renamed the studio where we're shooting 'Harry Potter' Potterland. It's a little joke amongst ourselves, because so much of Harry Potter's world is built on those stages.

LIVEJessicaMae: Do you think that they will miss having you work on the movie?

Chris Columbus: Well, I certainly will miss the kids, and I believe that our relationship was very strong and intensely collaborative. When you do two films like this, you become very close with the actors. So we will miss each other tremendously.

LIVEJessicaMae: Here's a hard one from SnowLover34:

Question: Describe your most difficult business challenge while making the second movie.

Chris Columbus: I have no comment. The question doesn't make any sense to me.

LIVEJessicaMae: Let's talk about the cast. Here's one from C8jO99:

Question: Did cast additions like Kenneth Branagh fit in with the rest of the cast?

Chris Columbus: Yes. We went to Kenneth Branagh because he's an incredible actor who can lose himself in a role. In other words, Ken actually became Gilderoy Lockhart. When you see him on screen, you believe he is Gilderoy Lockhart. And we needed an actor of his caliber to fit in with great English actors like Maggie Smith, Richard Harris and Alan Rickman.

LIVEJessicaMae: He's amazing. I can't imagine a better choice. Here's another question about the cast. SweetLiLSk8tr asks:

Question: Do you think that the sudden and gigantic fame of the three stars -- Emma, Rupert and Daniel -- will have a big effect on them?

Chris Columbus: We've been very careful to prepare them for that, and obviously it's difficult to maintain a sense of anonymity when you are seen by millions of people all over the world. So the kids tend to get recognized on the street a little more, and their lives can be disrupted a little more than two years ago. However, we want them to live as normal a life as possible under these circumstances. And as a director, I encourage them to take things like film premieres and talk shows with a grain of salt. In other words, those things in life aren't really important or realistic, and to always put your friends and family first.

LIVEJessicaMae: Sounds like they're lucky to have you has a director and sort of mentor. Talksalot223 would like to know:

Question: How long did it take you to make the first and second 'Harry Potter' movies?

Chris Columbus: The first one was shot in 150 days, and the second film was shot in 165-170 days.

LIVEJessicaMae: A lot of fans are sad about the passing of Richard Harris. SWIM bee x22 asks:

Question: What are you going to do about Dumbledore since Richard Harris died?

Chris Columbus: It's too early to make a decision, but in our minds there's only one person we can think of as Dumbledore, and that's Richard Harris. I'm sure as time passes we'll be able to make some sort of decision about what will happen with that particular character, but it's going to take some time.

LIVEJessicaMae: SugarRush68 wants to know:

Question: What was the most memorable thing to happen on the set of 'Chamber'? -- Ashley

Chris Columbus: Every day was memorable, but I think the first day working with Kenneth Branagh was probably the most fun and exciting moment for all of our cast members and crew people.

Question: Are you the only American on the set?

Chris Columbus: No, there are our co-producers, Mark Radcliffe and Michael Barnathan. And our screenwriter, Steve Kloves, is American. We also have an associate producer, Paula DuPré Pesman, who is also American, and my assistant, Elizabeth Devereaux.

LIVEJessicaMae: Shout out to Elizabeth! HPTriviaClub sounds like a big fan:

Question: Hey, Chris. First of all, awesome job. And for my question, what do you think of Internet piracy and movies? Do you think it will affect the sales of not only 'Harry Potter,' but other movies as well?

Chris Columbus: I don't understand it, because as a film lover, nothing seems more depressing than watching a horrible-quality version of a film on the Internet. I think it's important to stop these people from pirating films, and with 'Harry Potter,' we have a process in place that will enable us to actually find the film pirates. Obviously we can't divulge the method we are using, but it's a very high-tech method that will take us directly to the doors of these people, and it's a process that will now be used in almost every film that's released.

LIVEJessicaMae: Oooo, secret-agent type stuff, eh? Sounds cool. SWIMGIRL3611 would like to know:

Question: What was the funniest thing that happened behind the camera? Can't wait to see the movie!

LIVEJessicaMae: These are hard ones, LOL! Sounds like a serious set.

Chris Columbus: We were so serious about the work that we had very little time to make jokes. But we spent a great deal of the day laughing, particularly Rupert Grint, who played Ron Weasley. He seemed to laugh at least once a day during each take, and his laughter was very contagious and it would get all of us laughing.

LIVEJessicaMae: Which 'Harry Potter' book is your favorite?

Chris Columbus: 'Chamber of Secrets,' followed by 'Goblet of Fire.'

LIVEJessicaMae: Has that one always been your favorite?

Chris Columbus: It changes from time to time. When I was working on 'Sorcerer's Stone,' that was my favorite. And I think you need to fall in love with the material that you are working with, as a director. And early on, before I started directing the film, 'The Prisoner of Azkaban' was my favorite. I do go back to the books every now and then and reread them purely for pleasure. So next year at this time I could have a new favorite!

LIVEJessicaMae: DSAngel61185 is diggin' a cast member we haven't talked about yet:

Question: Sean Biggerstaff is such an amazing actor! What was it like working with him?

Chris Columbus: We knew when we first cast Sean that he had the potential of being a big star. Unfortunately, there's not a lot of scenes with Sean in the 'Harry Potter' film, but I believe that this young man will be a major acting force in film.

LIVEJessicaMae: He's a cutie!

Chris Columbus: There's even one part of me that believes he may someday be playing James Bond.

LIVEJessicaMae: We are almost out of time. Let's take a few more questions.

Question: Do you have any other projects coming up in the near future?

Chris Columbus: No, we're working on -- obviously, I'll be producing 'Harry Potter III,' and I'm looking forward to producing the 'Fantastic Four.' After that, I'll be doing a lot of reading and looking for my next project.

LIVEJessicaMae: Maverick934 asks:

Question: Is it true that the third 'Harry Potter' movie will not be coming out until 2003?

Chris Columbus: The third 'Harry Potter' movie will be released sometime in 2004, probably the summer.

LIVEJessicaMae: ::gasp!:: That's a long time. I'll be anxiously waiting! Thank you so much for stopping by to chat about 'Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.' I wish that we could have gotten to more questions.

Chris Columbus: Thank you. It's been great to be here.

LIVEJessicaMae: Is there anything that you'd like to say to the fans?

Chris Columbus: Well, I feel 'The Chamber of Secrets' is the best film I've directed up until this point in my career, and I think you will be very happy with it. And thanks for all of your support over the years.

LIVEJessicaMae: Take care, and come see us again! I can't wait to see the movie on Friday, Nov. 15! And thanks to the audience. Have a great evening, and don't forget to check out Keyword: Harry Potter for movie exclusives and more!

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Branagh not all about the dollar
His Gilderoy Lockhart character steals Harry Potter film

MATT WOLF
Canadian Press
Tuesday, November 19, 2002

LONDON (AP) -- It's not easy being called "a recluse," as several British tabloids have taken to characterizing Kenneth Branagh, especially when you're stealing what looks guaranteed to be one of this year's biggest films.

Reclusive, moi? "I've just been getting on with what I've been doing, basically," says Branagh, whose giddily self-absorbed Gilderoy Lockhart in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets represents the kind of delicious supporting turn that sometimes leads to Academy Awards.

"I do work quite hard, but it's true to say my time away from work is very, very valuable. 'Reclusive' for me has meant being able to do things in the garden."

And anyway, the actor says, it's hardly as if the second film in a clearly lengthy franchise is solely about Branagh's presence in it.

"With the greatest respect to the people involved," he says, on this day a far chattier and more expansive presence than an actual recluse would ever be, "Harry Potter is such a self-sustaining thing; if ever there were a film that needed less help than others, it's Harry Potter."

That explains why Branagh has been slower to beat the drum for this movie than he has been on the string of Shakespeare stage-to-screen adaptations -- Henry V, Much Ado About Nothing, Hamlet, Love's Labour's Lost -- on which the theatre-spawned British actor-director has largely staked his movie career.

What's more, his mother, Frances, has been ailing, and so, he says, "It reached the point where I think that kind of thing inevitably and naturally takes priority."

If family matters explained Branagh's absence from the press junkets for Harry Potter, his vanishing act from local gossip columns is an inevitable function of age (he turns 42 on Dec. 10) -- not to mention domestic circumstances.

Branagh is no longer the British wunderkind who had written his memoirs by the time he was 30 and whose erstwhile marriage to two-time Oscar winner Emma Thompson once dominated British celebrity dish. (The couple divorced in 1997 after eight years.)

A starry liaison with Helena Bonham Carter now also yesterday's news, Branagh can afford to meet the press on more practical, and pleasurable, terms.

"Much as I am grateful for the privilege of my position," says Branagh, "I wouldn't wish to encourage any more celebrity and fame than that which I currently enjoy."

"I'd rather just get on with it," he says. "I like creating things. It's not about money and fame."

That makes him the exact opposite of the vainglorious Gilderoy, the Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher who lives for the very spotlight that Branagh disdains.

"Gilderoy would obviously sell his mother for a few column inches," says Branagh. "That's his oxygen."

Nonetheless, he continues: "The character on the page struck me as someone who must come across as just having a great time; there was no point in approaching Gilderoy in any way other than a full-blooded spirit of complete daftness."

How did Harry Potter author J. K. Rowling, respond to the performance?

"She said, 'You were absolutely wonderful; you were absolutely loathsome.'"

That, to Branagh, was the supreme compliment: "Gilderoy is entertaining and completely irritating at the same time."

Branagh, whose roles include the celebrity-obsessed writer in Woody Allen's 1998 film Celebrity, knows that many will regard the performance as an exercise in self-parody. After all, not everyone has penned his own life story, Beginning, by 29.

"I just enjoyed the idea of sort of sending up the idea of what, God knows, I'd like to think is not the case with me -- though I would be dishonest if I told you I wasn't aware that, obviously, across the years the idea of me as an egomaniac has been something the popular press has been keen to promote."

He laughs and says: "I kind of enjoyed that some people would somehow think, with Gilderoy, that they were seeing the real guy."

Those who look carefully can see Branagh in various guises all over the place. As the small-scale antithesis to the mega-movie Harry Potter, the actor appears as a Depression-era bureaucrat in Western Australia in Phillip Noyce's Rabbit-Proof Fence.

"That was very much guerrilla filmmaking," Branagh says of the film, based on a true story about three aboriginal girls who were sent on a 1,900-kilometre trek across rural Australia.

Rabbit-Proof Fence was the yin, he says, to the Harry Potter yang -- "from a crew of 60 or 70 to a crew of 1,500." And a shooting schedule of two-to-three weeks to what on Harry Potter stretched across nine months.

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Want to Know the Plot of the Next Potter Book?
Wed Nov 20, 7:06 AM ET

By Paul Majendie

LONDON (Reuters) - With Harry Potter (news - web sites) weaving his magic worldwide at the movies, author JK Rowling has offered a tantalizing glimpse into the next installment of her wizard saga.

But you will have to pay up to $9,500 for a clue to what might happen in the eagerly awaited "Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix."

The author of the world's most popular children's books has provided a teaser -- 93 random words on a card that is up for auction next month at Sotheby's in London. The sale is for Book Aid International, which provides books for developing countries.

Sotheby's Wednesday offered a short sample of what the lucky winner will get on the autographed Rowling card.

"Thirty-eight chapters ... might change ... longest volume ... Ron ... broom ... sacked ... house-elf ... new teacher ... dies ... sorry," Rowling writes in a literary trailer certain to spark a fever of anticipation among her devoted readers.

Fervent Potter fans will have to wait until the December 12 auction to bid for the rest of the plot outline.

Philip Errington, children's book expert at Sotheby's, told Reuters: "It is a very exciting item and this type of thing does not come up very often.

"The word 'Die' certainly is a bit of a teaser."

The Potter plot outline is expected to fetch up to 6,000 pounds and Errington said: "It should retain its curiosity value for years to come."

Harry Potter has sold 175 million copies in 59 languages and Rowling has been hailed by the publishing industry for teaching children the joy of reading in an age of TV, cartoons and computer games.

Movies based on the first two Potter books have been worldwide hits.

The latest -- "Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets" -- broke the box office record in Britain on its first weekend. That record had been set last year by "Harry Potter and The Philosopher's Stone."

In September, Rowling offered good news for millions of children longing for the next installment from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. "I really am getting there," she said. "But I'm a perfectionist and I want a bit more of a tweak."

She would not be tied down on an exact publication date. "I'd rather not say just in case I have a bus accident and things get knocked off track. It won't be too long," she told BBC Television.

Asked Wednesday for an update on the book's progress, a spokeswoman for Rowling told Reuters: "There is no further news. She is still busy writing. There is still no confirmed date for publication."

But surely she could provide more clues on the plot? "I know no more than what is on that card," she said.

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Add a wig of white hair and Isaacs is pure evil
Wed Nov 20, 8:02 AM ET

Claudia Puig USA TODAY

For the dark-haired Jason Isaacs , the opportunity to don a long blond wig was a sizable enticement to play the ruthless wizard Lucius Malfoy in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

'I had white-blond, waist-length hair that tickled the top of my buttocks,'' says Isaacs, 39. ''Blondes do have more fun. You have a lot of fun when you have a wand as well.''

The chance to play a nasty villain in a blockbuster (the movie grossed an amazing $88.4 million in its opening weekend), appealed to his inner warlock. In the book and film, Malfoy, the sneering father of Draco, Harry's youthful archenemy, also has a house elf known as Dobby, a kind of magical indentured servant. The 3-foot-tall Dobby, with his giant aqua eyes and ski-slope nose, was computer-generated.

''I could do whatever I wanted to do to Dobby, and they could erase it on computer,'' Isaacs says. ''I could kick him and smack him. I bashed him on the head with my cane and tripped him up.''

The English actor generally managed a more contained cruelty as the elder Malfoy.

''When you stick a wig on and a giant wand and cape, it's pretty easy to get really Gothic,'' he says. ''If there's anything subtle about (my performance), it's due to (director) Chris Columbus reining me in, saying, 'Could you pull it back 80 or 90%?' Lucius is actually a volcano of resentment and rage.''

Isaacs was willing to brave the eruption for the sake of those dear to him. ''None of my seven godchildren would ever speak to me again if I didn't take the role,'' he says. ''I suspect they were less interested in me playing the part than with their opportunities to visit the set.''

He's thrilled that he's breaking into family films, so ''all the children I love can go and see them. All the other films I've been in have been dark and adult.''

And very war-centric, including playing a Marine major in Windtalkers, an Army officer in Black Hawk Down and the villainous British commander in The Patriot.

Being new to fatherhood probably has a lot to do with a change in roles. He and his documentary filmmaker wife, Emma Hewitt, welcomed daughter Lily in March. ''I found it very hard to find a dark place to go when I was just full of love,'' he says. ''I couldn't stop crying because she was just so wonderful.''

For better or worse, Isaacs also drew on previous not-so-nice incidents to portray his character.

''Lucius is terribly patronizing and superior,'' Isaacs says. ''I modeled him on someone very patronizing to me and other people at drama school. When I grabbed hold of the cane with the snake on its handle, this thing vomited out fully formed.''

Says Columbus: ''Jason is an actor who does his homework and really thought about the progression of his character. He's fantastic.''

He does shine as the bad father and Machiavellian racist, who comes from a long line of pureblood wizards and calls for the elimination of non-wizard types, aka muggles (humans) and mudbloods (dual parentage). ''There are plenty of English voices and American groups looking for that kind of blood purity,'' Isaacs says.

The actor's next screen appearance will call for more nasty behavior. He's in Australia now shooting Peter Pan, in which he plays the dual role of Captain Hook and Mr. Darling. He says: ''Lucius is far closer to pure evil than Captain Hook.''

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MOVIES
Why the Next 'Harry Potters' May Take a Spell
* The film series' logistics offer challenges that a young wizard would find hard to overcome.

By Claudia Eller, Times Staff Writer

Now that "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" has scared up monstrous box-office numbers, just like the first movie, here's how the plot thickens in coming episodes:

Warner Bros. has been forced to hire a new director for the third installment. The original one burned out after the breakneck pace of back-to-back productions. The planned release date has been delayed because the parents of the actor who plays Harry wanted him to attend a prestigious school rather than being tutored on the set.

Meanwhile, the fourth J.K. Rowling adventure book is so fat -- 734 pages -- no one is sure it can be shaped into a single movie without slicing scenes, which could alienate the protective author and her fanatical young readers.

As for book No. 5, it's still in the works -- and even longer than the last one.

On top of all this, the clock is ticking for the three young stars of the "Potter" series, who already are beginning to outgrow their roles, raising the dicey issue of whether adolescent audiences would embrace a new Harry, Ron and Hermione.

As successful as the "Potter" film series has been so far, it also has become arguably the most complicated and uniquely unpredictable movie franchise ever undertaken. Warner Bros. President Alan Horn calls the effort "a Herculean task."

No other long-running movie series -- not "Star Wars," James Bond or "Batman" -- has been forced to juggle the competing interests of literary loyalty, artistic license and commercial considerations on such a grand scale.

"It's a unique balancing act," studio Chairman Barry Meyer says -- one that gets trickier, not easier, as the franchise stretches toward the end of the decade and possibly beyond.

"Things you think may be a slam dunk may not be," says media analyst Tom Wolzien of Sanford C. Bernstein & Co.

In all, Warner Bros. plans on making seven movies based on Rowling's completed and pending books about a bespectacled boy and his pals at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, where young witches and wizards learn the finer points of potions and wands while tumbling into frightening adventures.

The studio got into the game early and cheaply. Just before the first book -- "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" -- became an international sensation, Warner Bros. paid Rowling a meager $50,000 for the right to keep rivals at bay. The following year, the studio paid an additional $500,000, this time to exercise its option to make a movie.

Since then, "Sorcerer's Stone" has generated an estimated $1.5 billion in revenue for the studio and its corporate parent, AOL Time Warner Inc., from worldwide box-office receipts and DVD, television and merchandising sales. "Chamber of Secrets" appears headed down the same road to riches, grossing an estimated $87.7 million in North American theaters last weekend.

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Movie a Year Planned

The initial plan was to maintain a schedule that would allow the studio to release a movie every year, keeping audience anticipation high. For the first two films, the strategy worked. Not so for No. 3, which won't be out until 2004 -- proving that nothing can be taken for granted when working with young stars on an ambitious scale.

Production on "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" was delayed until February when the parents of leading boy Daniel Radcliffe, 13, asked for a recess. They told the studio and London-based producer David Heyman their son had been accepted into a top-drawer school and they would like him to attend the first semester. The parents of co-star Emma Watson, 12, who plays precocious witch Hermione, wanted their daughter to study in a real classroom too. For two years, the young actors had been tutored on the set.

"The kids wanted a break," studio chief Horn says. "We're talking about real people here."

Their director, however, wanted to drop out completely.

Chris Columbus, whose works include the mainstream hits "Home Alone" and "Mrs. Doubtfire," had planned on directing all seven "Potter" pictures. But last summer, halfway through shooting "Chamber of Secrets," he told the studio he was simply too spent to even contemplate a third movie, let alone four more after that.

The normally indefatigable Columbus has spent three years filming in London, uprooting his wife and their four children (ranging in age from 5 to 13) from their San Francisco home.

After beginning production on "Chamber of Secrets" just three days after the debut of "Sorcerer's Stone," Columbus says he couldn't imagine starting another grueling regimen of 16-hour days.

"I didn't think I could give the actors the same amount of energy ... and I wanted to spend more time with my family," Columbus says. "I had the insanely naive vision that I would direct all seven movies. But ... I realized that if I even attempted to do the third movie, I might not make it."

Breaking the news to the studio was tough, but not nearly as hard as telling the young actors with whom he had grown so close, especially Radcliffe.

Still, Columbus won't be heading back to the Bay Area soon. To ensure a smooth transition for the youngsters and their new director, Alfonso Cuaron, he agreed to stay on as a producer until "Prisoner of Azkaban" is completed late next summer.

"My only rule is that the set has to be a completely comfortable place -- no screaming, no angry outbursts, no selfish behavior," Columbus says.

The change in directors also could have a dramatic effect on the look and tone of the franchise. Although Cuaron has been lauded for his artistry, he has never shepherded a huge commercial success or directed a big-budget, complicated production with lots of visual effects. The first two "Potter" movies each cost about $140 million to make.

What the studio did see in Cuaron was his distinctive style and range. He directed this year's sexually explicit Spanish-language sleeper "Y Tu Mama Tambien," a coming-of-age story about two teenage boys who become intimate with the same older woman. On the other end of the spectrum, he directed Warner's visually enchanting but financially disappointing 1995 children's movie "A Little Princess," which is set in a New York girls' school.

"He has a great sense of magic, boundless imagination, a real compassion for children and a keen understanding of teenage life and its nuances," "Potter" producer Heyman says.

Cuaron's biggest challenge may be one out of his control, one that sets the "Potter" franchise apart from any other movie series.

Although the young stars were supposed to age one year with each movie -- as the characters do in the books -- the plan has gone awry. With production delayed, their ages will be out of sync by the third movie, a gap that is expected only to widen with each new installment.

"We're experimenting with cryogenic techniques to simply freeze the actors until we're ready to go again, but so far there's no scientific evidence to suggest that it's a workable plan," Horn jokes.

The child actors in the "Potter" franchise are unusual because they have given face to literary characters cherished by millions of young readers.

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Casting Challenges

It will be tricky enough to replace Professor Albus Dumbledore, portrayed in the first two "Potter" movies by Richard Harris, 72, who died last month. But the thought of replacing Harry or his closest cohorts is enough to unnerve Warner executives fearful of breaking the spell with fans.

Horn says he hopes he will not confront that decision. But if he does, there'll be only one option. "We'd have to find new kids," he says.

At this point, Radcliffe, Watson and 14-year-old Rupert Grint, who plays Harry's sidekick Ron, are under contract for only one more movie. They have not been asked to sign up for No. 4, according to Horn, because production isn't slated to begin until spring 2004.

With so much money riding on the advancing ages of the children, there is little room for the kinds of creative and strategic delays that typically plague Hollywood productions. As a result, pressure is mounting to keep the productions on track.

The studio only recently closed a deal with screenwriter Steve Kloves to begin adapting Rowling's lengthy fourth book, "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire." If Kloves can't figure out how to squeeze the material into one movie, the studio might have to make two, Horn said. And that would further distance the actors' real ages from those of their screen characters.

Then again, condensing the voluminous book into one movie carries its own problems. Harry Potter audiences expect to see every twist and turn from Rowling's books leap from the page to the screen.

The status of "Harry Potter" No. 5 is even murkier, raising concerns about just how long the momentum can be maintained.

Warner had hoped Rowling would be done writing "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" by last summer because the studio wanted to release the video and DVD of "Sorcerer's Stone" at the same time the book was published.

So when will Warner get a peek?

"Zero idea," Horn confesses. When he saw the author at the London premiere of "Chamber of Secrets," "she didn't mention it and I didn't ask."

According to a spokeswoman at Scholastic Inc., Rowling's U.S. publisher, the author is "putting the finishing touches" on her fifth book. And though that may be good news for the studio, Rowling has told her publisher that book No. 5 will be "one chapter longer than [No.] 4."

http://www.calendarlive.com/movies/cl-fi-potter18nov18,0,1642863.story?coll=cl%2Dmovies

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Director of Harry Potter Speaks about Cast and Future
Sun, Nov 17, 2002, 05:11 PM PT

As the director and executive producer of the first two Harry Potter successes, Christopher Columbus is stepping aside for the third as director, but will still be around on the set as always. His previous hits include the best comedy of all time, "Home Alone" and the sequel, "Home Alone 2: Lost in New York,""Stepmom" with Julia Roberts and hits such as "Nine Months" and "Mrs. Doubtfire."

Columbus was born in Spangler, Penn. and grew up outside of Youngstown, Ohio. He aspired to draw cartoons as a boy for Marvel Comics, and after high school enrolled in the Directors Program at the New York University's prestigious Tisch School of the Arts.

He wrote several scripts of notes, especially the comedy thriller "Gremlins" and "The Goonies" and "Young Sherlock Holmes" and later directed his own screenplays in films such as "Only the Lonely" and "Adventures in Babysitting."

QUESTION: After the first film came out, some people complained that it didn’t have many surprises and things like that. This one sure has surprises, there is no doubt about that. Was this conscious as you move into the second one?
CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS: We didn’t really have a, I think the conscious thing was just to try to make really the best film we could. The goal was, because this book worked from a literary point of view, we needed to make some of the sequences a little bigger than they were in the book, particularly the spider sequence and the final sequence in the Chambers. That was something we needed to do cinematically, make those basically full-blown action sequences. I think we needed to take the audience to a new place, much more exciting, much more intense, intensely paced film. For me it was, this time I didn’t have 45 minutes of exposition. I could get right into the story and have fun and I think the fact that we have been through the first film together the kids and I, we had done it. I know I went through the first two weeks of the first film thinking I was probably going to get fired every day. The kids probably felt the same way because two of them had never done a movie. So I think that level of tension was gone and because of the trust we had from certainly from Joanne Rowling and the studio and everyone else involved, we just decided to really have fun with this one.

David said that there was no pressure, everything went smoothly. Form a director’s point of view what really went on? Was it as smooth as he says?
CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS: I try to deflect pressure but than part of that is really just playing a game with your own personality. Lying to yourself a lot of the times.
I am sure there was pressure but as far as I was concerned, I needed the movie to be better than the first. The goal was to make the movie better than the first. I looked at the first film as a learning experience and looked at it in terms of what I could do to make it better. One of the things I wanted to do was to make the effects better, because the effects in the first film took us three months to do. We set up a system where we shot most of the visual effects sequences in Chamber Secrets so we had 8 to 9 months. Almost three times as much. Effects time so that we could actually make all those effects integrate into the picture. Also the biggest thing is to get the performances of the kids. The kids were so much more comfortable and we did a little more improvisations, had a little more fun with certain things. There is a line with Malfoy, Crabbe and Goyle where he is wearing his glasses. He says I didn’t know you could read which was just improvised on the set. And one of my favorite lines in the film was improvised when Jason Isaacs says, ‘Let us hope Mr. Potter is always around to save the day.’ And Dan had one take left and I said to him, “Say to him, ‘Don’t worry. I will be.’ Say it like Clint Eastwood.” And he just looked at him and said, ‘Don’t worry, I will be.’ And I loved it, although it wasn’t in the book, it just felt like where Harry’s character is going at this point. He is becoming stronger, he is becoming little bit more confident about himself.

When the first film came out there was a lot of discussion about the length of it. And you know the movie came out, it made tons of money. Proved it that you can make a movie over two hours and still do well. Did they leave you alone this time and said make it as long as you want?
CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS: I think the only thing about length, there was also a conscious effort on all of our parts to make, we knew the film based on the material, based on the screenplay was going to be 2 ˝ hours, at least. But I wanted to feel this time like it went by much quicker, like it was a 30-minute experience. So that was a conscious effort. The studio pretty much left us pretty alone with the length. I know though, one scene too many can make it feel too long. We had to lose the Death-Day party which is one of the things in the book that I loved. But it really didn’t move, it didn’t press the story forward as much. So it was basically a sideline so we did lose that. This time around, we thought about the fact that this was a film and we departed not a lot from the book but significantly where it mattered, you know.

It was in the news this morning that there will not be another novel. This is it, you know, the last voyage, number seven. Your thoughts on it?

CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS: There was always going to be seven. It’s an interesting story because I read it yesterday and it was based on the fact that Warner Brothers had registered these bizarre titles that I had never heard of. I don’t even know if Joanne Rowling knows about that. I don’t know where those titles came from. The fascinating thing about the story to me was all these titles, cause none of us knew what the title of the fifth book was going to be until we read it in the press. So how Warner Brothers would have the titles of all the books is so amazing to me. If that’s true, if those truly are the titles. I’ll have to ask.

But she says there will not be another one after seven.
CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS: No, she’s always said, the last chapter of the seventh book is written and it is tucked away in a drawer somewhere in her house.

What’s the correct pronunciation of her name?
CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS: Rowling. Like Rowing, Rowling.

When you are making the film are you factoring about the DVD?
CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS: I never do. I only think about it in terms of what happens in the theater. I can’t think about the DVD and I should, I just don’t have time to think about the DVD. I’d love to spend more time as we are shooting thinking about the DVD, but it is just… In a film, with this size and this scope, when you have to really worry about it working for an audience. That’s really my main concern. DVD is really secondary until it’s time for the DVD to come out and it’s time to work on the DVD. We’ll never going to have in this day and age, because you have people shooting behind the scenes stuff all the time, we have such a wealth of background information and material. The Harry Potter DVDs will never be suffering from not enough material, we have plenty of material. I think they’ll probably be a double DVD set down the line of the first two films with commentary. You know, Dan and I would like to do commentary while it is still fresh in our minds.
And also a much more extensive look of the making of the film, the artwork and all that stuff. But that’s down the line.

Is there a lot of Kenneth Branagh extra?
CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS: Not really, we have one scene. One little snip of his classroom scene that will be in the DVD but that’s really it.

Are you looking forward to a day without Harry Potter?
CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS: It’s an interesting question cause I wondered if I would ever have a day even if I live to be 90, where I wouldn’t think of Harry Potter and I doubt it. I am sure it is going to, because it’s after three years of it, it’s probably going to be in my mind everyday. It would be fascinating to see ten years from now, if I wake up saying, ‘I didn’t think about Harry Potter today.’ Ahh, I just did, huh?

But you are not going to direct the next one, right?

CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS: No, basically it is my own family. My kids who got me into it, I haven’t seen for dinner in two-and-a-half years. I just want to be able to drop them off at school and be there at night and help them with their homework. I mean really parent stuff that I wasn’t involved for the two and a half years. But I still feel the responsibility to the other kids, that’s why I am staying on as a producer only to make sure the transition between the new director goes smoothly. So they don’t have, you know I don’t want it to be a set filled with tension and anxiety. And you know, our rule has always been, make it a comfortable place for the kids. If there are any disagreements or arguments, take them off the set. If people start screaming at each other, or if it gets too tense, they will be out of the door in a second.

Have you heard any feedback about whether kids had nightmares?
CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS: I was concerned about it. We took the film to Chicago couple of months ago. We screened the film. We had about 400 people, 200 kids from 7-13, we asked them all afterwards, if anyone was afraid. Not one kid raised their hand. Now, kids won’t raise their hand. They won’t admit to me that they are afraid. But we said, was it exciting? And they all raised their hand, they were very excited. But I didn’t have the ultimate test which is I didn’t stay over any of those people’s houses to find out whether their kids had nightmares. But I took my 5 year-old to see it last week. She sat through it, loved it, had no nightmares and my other kids, 8 year old and 13 year old, they are all fine with it. I grant they’ve been to the sets and everything. I think that for 7 and under, you should probably talk to your kids and see if they have fear of spiders or snakes or something and find out if they are ready to see it. It’s all in the books, it’s not like it’s not in the books. It is just a little bit more real when it’s on the screen. And I think parents have to be responsible. That’s why there is a PG rating.

When you say you are staying on as a producer to help with the transition, does this mean you are going to faze yourself out for the third one?
CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS: I don’t know, cause I still think as a producer it’s going to be time consuming. Because I won’t really have that much time to write what I want to do next. Or think about what I want to direct next. I don’t know about fazing myself out, it is just, once I am directing something else, I don’t know if I can give it the amount of time it deserves. Than you are just taking a credit, you are not doing anything.

Do you have a project in mind?
CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS: I’ve been writing a couple of things but it’s just really small. Not to say I won’t be back here next year with a World War III movie that cost $400 million dollars but I don’t think so. I think I want to do something really small.

CGI?
CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS: I love CGI. CGI is very liberating. It wasn’t a few years ago. I didn’t direct the ‘fantastic four movie’ about 4-5 years ago because I was concerned about the lack of freedom involved in CGI. CGI has gotten to a point now where you do have a tremendous amount of freedom. And I love it.

What kind of input did J.K. Rowling have in the movie? Was she involved?
CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS: Never. She didn’t really want it. She’s always invited to the set. On the first film she came by for one day. On this film, she never came by.

Are you a big Halloween fan?
CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS: In England, it is strange. My kids are huge Halloween fans but they don’t go door to door in England. They don’t do the trick or treat thing. So we are like the odd Americans walking around in costumes. You’ll see it, it’s strange how it’s not huge there. There is kind of an American community, we kind of do our own trick or treat and it’s kind of sad. That’s why I’d like to get my kids back next year.

Will Harry Potter costumes be available by the time Halloween comes out here?
CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS: Were they here last year? Yeah.

CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS: I’m sure they will.

Do they celebrate Thanksgiving over there?
CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS: Well, that would be a troubling holiday for them.

Everybody seems to be more relaxed in this movie.

CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS: I think we were more relaxed. We did improvised more and we had fun with it. You know there was a sense of relaxation because of having lived through the first one and first one did well with the audience. It’s not like we had this tremendous amount of confidence. We still felt we had an obligation to make a film that was better. That was our goal. But we still had fun. We knew each other better.

How was the cost of this one compared to the first one?
CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS: Pretty similar, pretty close.

Why are you a filmmaker?
CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS: I wanted to be a comic book artist draw for Marvel Comics, so I started in 5th or 6th grade, drawing comics. Basically, I wanted to come to New York and draw Spiderman, that was my goal. And I realized I was spending way too much time alone in a room. I wasn’t going to meet anyone by being a comic book artist. So I suddenly fell in love with movies and I realized comic books are very much like storyboards. So I started reading a couple of books about schools where you can learn filmmaking. I was a sophomore in high school. I thought this is what I want to do. I want to go to school and learn how to become a filmmaker. And I had no choice. I was in this Ohio town. Both of my parents were factory workers and my dad worked in an aluminum factory and my mom worked in an automotive plant and that was it. I could either become a filmmaker or do that for the rest of my life. So I was very determined not to do that for the rest of my life.

Are your parents alive?
CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS: My father is. He is retired.

Does he like Harry Potter?
CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS: He loves it. He never really liked all that, he’s not a big fan, he likes Westerns. He is not a big fan of all that supernatural magic stuff but he likes Harry Potter. Cause I used to love horror movies and he was like, ‘Why are you watching all this junk? Watch a John Wayne western or something.’

Were the kids easier to work this time, are they better actors?
CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS: They are so much better, they’ve come along way. I mean it’s pretty obvious in their performance. What used to take eight or nine takes, now we do it in two or three. Particularly Dan, he is much less of a reactive person in this film. He is much more proactive. He has almost become a mini-action hero. He is really strong and I like that strength about him because Harry Potter needs to develop that strength. They were great to work as actors.

What do you make of the Fundamentalist criticism that came out?
CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS: I don’t really take it that seriously until somebody shows up at my door burning a copy of the book. I can’t take it that seriously. I don’t think it’s gotten to the point where it’s become a problem. That’s all. It’s sort of like seeing old footage of people burning rock n’ roll records. I don’t take it seriously. It’s just foolish. There was a picture in the newspaper last year of someone throwing, it was so sad but it struck us so funny in the set. It was a bunch of fundamentalists somewhere in the south. They were throwing a picture of Rupert into the fire. And the photo had snapped Rupert, the picture was frozen in mid-air. Rupert had this sweet angelic smile just before his going into the fire.

We brought that to the Harry Potter set. Everybody was laughing hysterically. I can just hear them all, ‘See, I knew they were devil worshippers.’

Did the boys’ voices change between the two movies? And did you have to play with the audio at all?
CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS: No, we didn’t have to play with the audio. Thankfully the books, you know, change. Each book is the next year at Hogwart’s so the kids needed to be older for the books and it really worked for the film. I think all seven books will take us through the seven years in Hogwart’s. So the kids were the perfect age for Chamber of Secrets and they’ll be the perfect age for the next film Prisoner of Azkaban.

Do you anticipate some of the issues that George Lucas ran into where as the fans grow up their interest change and even though Harry Potter may not be growing as fast as they are, you are having to deal with young adult sensibilities vs. pre-teen sensibilities.
CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS: I think that’s going to happen, it is interesting because in book four the kids are 14 and the audience for the books is really, once you get to the fifth book, they’ll be 15. The kids are not, the audience is not 15. They are usually 10,11 sometimes 8,7. But they are still fascinated by the books. I can only tell you for my daughter who was 13 and still interested. She cannot wait for the next book to come out because it was part of her past. So I think they’ll always be interested. As the kids get older and the movies progress, it just may open up the audience a little more. I think the younger kids will still be interested. It’s probably going to start attracting older kids as well.

http://www.zap2it.com/movies/news/story/0,1259,---14429,00.html

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Ananova:

Ian McKellen admits to Dumbledore offer

Ian McKellen has revealed he has been approached to take on the role of Albus Dumbledore.

As part of his tribute to Richard Harris on his official website, McKellen says he was approached by the "Potter camp" before Harris died.

However McKellen does not say whether he has decided to take up the role or if he has been approached again since Harris' death.

http://www.ananova.com/entertainment/story/sm_708747.html

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Harry Potter and the Challenge of Sequels

As ''Chamber of Secrets'' opens, questions loom about what the departure of the series' director and the death of a costar might mean for the lucrative franchise -- an excerpt from Entertainment Weekly's Nov. 22, 2002, cover story by Daniel Fierman

If the Harry Potter movie series -- continuing with the opening of ''Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets'' on Nov. 15 -- started out as a sure thing, the future suddenly looks a little more fraught with peril. Take the kids: They're still evolving as actors. They're mercurial. And -- pity the poor editor -- they grow at ridiculous rates.

Then there are the books, which have gotten scarier with each installment, raising the very real possibility that the littlest of fans may be aged out of the movies. Throw in the departure of Chris Columbus (the well-liked director who started it all), the death of a critical cast member, and the lack of a new book to fire the franchise -- and it turns out that the ''Potter'' movie machine may not be so well oiled.

Just to recap, this all got started in 1998, just before J.K. Rowling's novels about a pint-size wizard became the publishing phenomenon of the decade, when producer David Heyman and Warner Bros. (which, like Entertainment Weekly, is owned by AOL Time Warner) optioned the series. Steve Kloves (''Wonder Boys'') was picked to pen the screenplays, and Chris Columbus (''Home Alone,'' ''Mrs. Doubtfire'') won out over the likes of Terry Gilliam, Rob Reiner, and Ivan Reitman to direct the first two installments. The rest is (very profitable) history.


Last year's ''Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone,'' starring three neophytes -- Daniel Radcliffe (as the title hero), Emma Watson (as Hermione Granger), and Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley) -- conjured $318 million in the U.S. and more than twice that overseas, sliding in behind ''Titanic'' as the second-biggest worldwide box office hit in history. Then there were the 9 million DVDs. The plush toys. The videogames. The Coca-Cola tie-ins. The vibrating broomsticks.

Critics groused, and a lot of older fans were put off by the omnipresent Potter merchandising. Columbus remains irked by the accusations that he delivered a piece with no imagination of its own that was nothing more than an excuse for action figures. ''I was very frustrated. Because we could have TOTALLY sold out. I remember reading a review that said, 'How can I judge it as a movie? It's a corporate machine.' And I thought to myself, you are so full of it. That is NOT what we did!'' he says. ''Had I turned this thing into all the other horrific ideas that were going around -- whether I took it to Hollywood and set it in a high school, put American kids into the production, whatever -- I would have been drawn and quartered. I DIDN'T go in there with some kind of corporate mentality, saying that if we do it this way we'll make such and such amount of money.... I think we made a classic film.''


So when the time came to make the $120 million-plus ''Chamber of Secrets'' -- which began shooting on the eve of the first film's release -- Columbus altered nothing. Kloves produced another script that was slavishly faithful to the source material. The creative team and cast remained largely intact. In fact, other than new special effects -- including a computer-generated house elf called Dobby -- the only major changes were additions: Kenneth Branagh as Gilderoy Lockhart, egocentric Defense Against the Dark Arts professor, and Jason Isaacs (''The Patriot'') as Lucius Malfoy, the unpleasant father of Harry's archrival, Draco.

''I think Chris' job consisted entirely of trying to stop me and Ken from trying to out-ham each other,'' says Isaacs. ''Once you've got the wizard's cloak and the waist-length blond hair and you're waving a giant wand around, it's quite hard to stay rooted in Method acting. Chris gave me a lot of 'Listen, I think they could see that performance in America from here without broadcast. Shrink it down to camera size.'''


Producing part 2 of a billion-dollar franchise actually involved everything but shrinkage. The grand experiment at the heart of the ''Potter'' films has its stars growing a year with each installment, which means that those three children are only going to get bigger. Literally. ''They're doing remarkably well,'' says Columbus. ''I think the reason is that we auditioned the parents. And my biggest question [to them] was, if the kid says, 'I wanna stop!' will you let them stop? And they all said yes, which is important to me because Macaulay Culkin [whom Columbus directed in 'Home Alone' and 'Home Alone 2'] was in a situation where they kept putting him in movie after movie after movie.'' Says Branagh, ''[The kids] remain visibly and temperamentally the way you would expect them to be at this age. They've not remotely turned into monsters.''

A quick peek at the stars' rather run-down dressing rooms seems to indicate that they've indeed remained normal in the face of global fame. Watson, 12, has packed hers with typical preteen girl detritus: Brad Pitt calendar above her desk; spangled purple belt on the floor; hairbrushes; Hello Kitty stickers; and adoring fan mail. Grint's is the 14-year-old XY equivalent, complete with a mini-billiard table, a guide to the 2002 World Cup, unfinished food, and a charming poster that deals with the considerable comedic potential of flatulence. As for the leader of the trio? Radcliffe's room is surprisingly neat given his taste for punk rock and Spider-Man and his reputation as a practical joker.

''A lot of fooling about happens behind takes,'' says Watson. ''We had a week with 300 extras in the Great Hall, it's boiling hot, the food stinks, everyone is dying of boredom, and we have to make everybody laugh. It got so bad that Dan had to get up onto the table with Robbie Coltrane [who plays groundskeeper Hagrid] and dance. He did the cancan. He did the macarena. The whole hall was laughing. Ask him about it! He'll blush.'' And ask any of the kids about reports of budding crushes and note passing and you'll see even more flushed cheeks. ''There are little mini-romances springing up, which [I imagine] there weren't last year because they were too young,'' says Isaacs dryly. ''By next time, I think two or three of them will have been through rehab.''


For all the high jinks in the insulated world of England's Leavesden Studios -- which is ringed by the kind of security one might expect at a medium-size Nebraskan missile silo -- life can be a tad more challenging outside. Grint complains about being called ''Ron'' on the street. And there's this from Tom Felton, 14, who plays Draco Malfoy: ''My friend bought [the Draco doll] and we were playing with it down by the riverside, torturing it, breaking its arms, and dangling it over the bridge. We killed it in the end. That was odd, playing with a toy that looks kinda like you.''

Keeping the children's sanity -- and action figures -- intact isn't the only issue facing Warner's plum franchise. The second book may not have the narrative problems of the first, but it is more violent. A lot more violent. In their search to find out who is threatening to kill their classmates born to nonmagical parents, Harry and Ron are nearly devoured by giant spiders, messages are scrawled on a wall in blood, and our hero ends up going mano a serpent with a hissing creature called a basilisk. ''It's ultra-creepy and a lot darker,'' enthuses Radcliffe. ''The first one was more an introduction to the world.''

Of course, when things get even scarier, it won't be Columbus' problem. Just after Kloves turned in his first draft of ''Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban,'' the man who launched the ''Harry Potter'' franchise announced that he was leaving the director's chair and easing into the role of producer in order to spend more time with his family.


After a search that yielded Callie Khouri (''Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood'') and -- no matter what he tells you about whether he was seriously considered -- Branagh, the producers agreed on Alfonso Cuarón as the new director. On the surface, it may seem a strange decision: While the 40-year-old Mexican filmmaker has tackled children's fare (1995's ''A Little Princess'') and literary adaptations (1998's ''Great Expectations''), he's best known for this year's ''Y Tu Mamá También,'' which featured, among other randy behavior, a three-way sex scene between two teen boys and an older woman. As one would expect, this has led to a lot of Hollywood snickering about the third movie having more to do with Harry, Ron, and the Magical Broom Closet than with house elves and Quidditch.

''[Alfonso's] an artist and he will have the flexibility to paint on his canvas, because we want somebody who will take us to a new place,'' says Alan Horn, president and COO of Warner Bros. ''But there's a frame around the painting. And the frame is the book. We need to be faithful, and he's behind that.'' After being vetted by Columbus, Horn, Heyman, and Rowling, Cuarón finally met the kids, who had been assured by their old director that their new boss would be aces. ''Chris would never let anything bad happen to us, I trust him,'' says Radcliffe. ''It's Chris Columbus' legacy and I think he found someone who would carry it on.''


Sure, but will the coming movies -- which feature werewolves, creatures that feed on human souls, and the murder of a Hogwarts student -- end up looking more like ''From Hell'' than ''A Little Princess''? To the great relief of the Burbank brass, the second ''Potter'' film won a PG rating from the MPAA, but ''Chamber'''s laundry list of danger reads like ''Make Way for Ducklings'' compared with the events of books 3 and 4. And who knows what will happen in book 5, ''Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,'' which Rowling has almost completed.

''The rating difference can be important,'' says Dan Marks of box office tracking firm Nielsen EDI. ''But it would really depend on why it got a PG-13. If it's for scary moments, ordinarily parents don't mind. And keep in mind that 10 of the 25 top-grossing films of all time are PG-13.''

Even if Cuarón's movie joins that exclusive club, he'll have to do it without a critical cast member. Richard Harris, who played Headmaster Dumbledore with such a delightful twinkle, passed away on Oct. 25 from Hodgkin's disease. ''The kids particularly were very shocked,'' says Branagh. ''He seemed a sort of grandfather to them. I loved his company. One of my favorite experiences of the whole shoot was a week we spent on location in a tiny hotel. One night Harris and Alan Rickman [who plays Professor Snape] and I went on until about 4 a.m. with stories that were just so fantastic. He had a great life force. And I miss him.'' Says Heyman, who had the unenviable task of breaking the news to the three young stars: ''He was a wonderful Dumbledore.... I'm sure we will find someone wonderful to replace him, but we haven't started thinking about who that will be.'' It's a critical decision: Dumbledore becomes more important as the series continues, and preproduction on the third film is already under way with an eye toward a 2004 release.

It all adds up to a bittersweet ending to the Chris Columbus chapter of ''Harry Potter.'' Leavesden Studios may be crumbling -- puddles of water pool in depressions in the floor and fat, black flies swarm in its halls -- but to child and adult alike, it's been home for almost three years. ''Who knows how many I'll do?'' says Radcliffe. ''I'm doing the third, but after that they probably won't want me. But it's been good while it's lasted.''

To read more about ''Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets,'' check out the Nov. 22, 2002, issue of Entertainment Weekly.

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Potter boys reveal COS acting secrets
Updated 15 November 2002, 08.24


Acting in the Harry Potter films can be a bit of a challenge.

Tom Felton and Matthew Lewis, who play Draco Malfoy and Neville Longbottom, chatted to CBBC Newsround Online's Clare Youell.

Getting into character can be hard for any young actor, but even more so when you're playing Draco Malfoy - the most horrible kid at Hogwarts.

But Tom Felton has finally admitted why he makes such a good baddie.

"I used to think about things to get me angry," he said.

"I have three older brothers so I did a lot of thinking back to when I was younger. Also, I just think of Draco and he gets me in the right mood. He just keeps getting worse and worse."

Tom, 15, also said he picked up tips from Jason Isaacs, who made his first appearance in Chamber of Secrets as Draco's dad, Lucius Malfoy.

"He's incredible - the most amazing actor I have ever met," Tom said. "He can switch from being nice to being evil in a second."



Both Tom and Matthew, who plays Neville, agree working on the second Harry Potter film was easier than the first.

"It's all like one big family," said Tom. "Everyone plays their own crucial part towards the film."

Matthew agreed. "The second film was a lot calmer than the first," he said. "You know everyone and you're not afraid of mucking up in front of the bigger actors, like Kenneth Branagh. He was brilliant."

'Stuffed cotton wool in my cheeks'

Matthew, 13, told CBBC Newsround Online a few Potter filming secrets. Because he lost weight towards the end of the shoot, the crew had to make sure he didn't look really different.

"They stuffed cotton wool in my cheeks to make me look fatter in the scene in the greenhouse with the Mandrakes, which was one of my last scenes," he admitted. "It was quite funny."

He also had to grow his hair to play Neville, and he cuts it short as soon as filming finishes, because he doesn't like it long.

'JK is very secretive'

Matthew revealed he had a lot of trouble filming the scene in The Philosopher's Stone when Hermione performed the Petrificus Totalus spell on him. He had to fall to the ground totally rigid.

"I kept doing it and doing it - I even practised at home with my brother - but eventually they had to get a stunt man in because my legs kept flying up at the ends," he admitted.

Matthew also insisted JK Rowling was just as secretive with the cast as she is with the public about the future of Harry Potter.

Which character does JK kill off in book five?

"I have no idea who dies in book five," he said. "JK Rowling is very secretive. She keeps dropping a few hints but she doesn't tell. I hope it's not me!"

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