News Archive – 2nd Quarter 2003
‘Harry Potter’ kids now teens as fifth book hits shelves
Story dated: Jun 4th, 2003. Source: Hello
As JK Rowling prepares to release the fifth Harry Potter book this month,
the pint-sized actors who entered Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry
have made a dramatic transformation into model teens.
With the passing of Emma Watson’s April birthday – the young actress turned
13 – all three of the stars who appeared on the scene in Harry Potter
And The Philosopher’s Stone, including Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert
Grint, are officially teenagers. And now, the blossoming trio are featured
striking a grown-up
pose in the upcoming It’s Totally Raining Teens issue of Vanity
While Daniel, Emma and Rupert are currently filming Harry Potter And
The Prisoner of Azkaban, it’s as yet unknown how producers will handle
their adolescent growth spurts. Star Daniel, who plays the title character,
has shot up eight inches since he appeared in the first instalment in
Meanwhile, JK Rowling – whose fifth book, Harry Potter And the Order
Of The Phoenix has sold millions of advance copies weeks before its
release – is set to read segments of her new novel at The Royal Albert
Hall. The June 26 reading and an interview conducted by actor Stephen
Fry will be broadcast live over the internet to an anticipated audience
of millions. "This is what the internet should be about – making
the impossible possible with a bit of web magic," says a spokesperson
for the event.
Potter filming ‘is on schedule’
Story dated: Jun 3rd, 2003. Source: CBBC
Harry Potter film-makers have dismissed a newspaper report that the latest
movie is running behind schedule in Scotland.
Warner Bros told CBBC Newsround website that there was no truth in the
rumours that bad weather had been holding up Harry Potter And The Prisoner
A studio insider said that everything was going to plan with the filming
The Daily Express newspaper had reported that filming was two weeks behind
It also claimed that midges – mini-flies which are common in parts of
Scotland – had been biting the cast members, making them scratch like
There’s been heavy rain in the area in recent weeks.
But Warner Bros told us they always planned to have both indoor and outdoor
Looks like the weather’s meant they’ve spent more time indoors of late!
‘Prisoner of Azkaban’ filming report roundup
May 29th, 2003:
The spells of heavy rain were interspersed with spells of a more spooky
kind at the weekend. In the midst of the West Highland showers,
Harry’s wisecracking, red-haired, freckly friend Ron Weasley (played by
Rupert Grint) was the centre of attraction – along with his pet rat!
But not just any old rat, you understand. For Scabbers was once
the bad guy, Animagus Peter Pettigrew, who, through sheer wizardry made
a magical metamorphosis into a rat! The cameras rolled only for
interior shooting – because of those rainy spells. And, as can be
seen from our pictures, Ron, taking a stranglehold on Scabbers, is fleeing
from Hagrid’s Hut. But there was still no sign of the giant, Hagrid
– Robbie Coltrane – himself. Two leading senior actors who are currently
on location in Potter Land in Glencoe are Sir Michael Gambon and Robert
Hardy. Gambon (62), renowned for his roles as Maigret and as The
Singing Detective, has taken over from the late Richard Harris as Albus
Dumbledore, headmaster of Hogwart’s School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
He has been emerging daily from Hagrid’s Hut in his long flowing robes,
with a long flowing beard – which has a bizarre protective silk sheath
cover – to match. Meanwhile, Robert Hardy (67), the larger-than-life
Siegfried Farnon in All Creatures Great & Small, is geared up in a
forbidding-looking black suit and hat, which makes him look for all the
world like an undertaker. In fact, Hardy has the part of Fudge,
a prison governor who tries to spirit Hagrid away from his hut – to lock
Press, May 16th, 2003:
[A WB spokesperson] said big names like Robbie Coltrane (Hagrid) have
been in the area. She added: “It’s going extremely well and everyone
has been incredibly kind. “Obviously we have had loads of children
around and from coverage in the newspapers you can see that Robbie Coltrane
has been here. The rain has not actually stopped filming – any film
production that goes on has scenes that you can shoot should it rain.
We have been filming for the last few days and once the summer comes back
out we will be back out.”
An insider confirmed it is expected the film crew will remain in the
area for the next few weeks. But locals said it was too wet in Glencoe
for Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), his pals Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint) and
Hermione Granger (Emma Watson), Draco Malfoy (Tom Fenton), and Coltrane
to venture out on location. Outdoor sequences were due to be shot
at the elaborately constructed set in Clachaig Gully and contingency plans
made to shoot indoors [in] Fort William. But the cast and crew were
hopeful of seeing cameras rolling at Lochailort and Hagrid’s Hut.
Finishing touches were put to Hagrid’s Hut over the weekend with on the
mountainside above, a frontage of Hogwart’s School. Towering above
the hexagonal hut and the Sundial Garden, which now has its Pumpkin Patch
and Scarecrow in place, is a turreted gatehouse and a staircase which
leads through an Archway to Nowhere. However, there was some last-minute
battling against the elements – and the slopes – to get a series of Standing
Stones – to actually stand.
And a few days ago Harry’s “Hypogriff” [sic], the half-bird, half-horse
contraption on which he rides majestically around, was moved onto the
Glencoe set. This is understood to be the most expensive piece of
electronic gadgetry ever used in a film – and that’s including the complicated
technology so beloved of the James Bond moviemakers.
So far this month, there has not been a dry day in nearby Fort William,
the town which usually records the highest annual amount of rain – around
80 inches – in the UK.
Harry Potter crew takes to the hills
Story dated: May 16th, 2003. By Cate Devine for The
The sun breaks through and adds its magic to Glencoe
THE weather was wizard in Glencoe yesterday on the first day of outdoor
filming for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, the third in the
phenomenally successful series.
After three days of enforced filming inside Fort William auction market
complex because of rain, the 300-strong cast and crew of the Warner Brothers
company were finally able to emerge into the sunshine and start the cameras
rolling on vital exterior sequences surrounding Hagrid’s Hut and Hogwarts
Even Hedwig, Harry’s pet owl, got to stretch her wings. In fact, she
is a he who had flown up specially from London to play his first major
role and, as a principal character, he had just enjoyed a lunch of frozen
mouse, brought in from Lanarkshire.
David Heyman, the producer, was also happy. "This place is just
beautiful," he said. "The scale, the majesty and the wildness
of this part of Scotland is perfect for preserving the magical feel of
As the cameras rolled, Hagrid’s hut nestled snugly on the southern slopes
of the mighty Aonach Eagach ridge, its stone chimney billowing wood smoke
across the grassy glen and out towards the copse of Scots pines that has
become the Forbidden Forest. A voice shouted "cut!" and a line
of Hogwarts schoolchildren suddenly emerged. They painted an oddly familiar
picture as they yomped down the hill in single file.
Harry Potter, Ron Weasley and Hermione Grainger were the exceptions –
they were whisked discreetly into a Land Rover to be driven down the short
path back to base. Emma Watson (Hermione) wore a school uniform of a pale
yellow shirt and short black skirt, while Daniel Radcliffe (Harry) and
Rupert Grant (Ron), were wrapped protectively in full-length Barbour bushman
coats. The children have to be looked after because they are in every
They may just have been acting as a class of Gryffindors learning the
Care of Magical Creatures, but for the next hour all 30 children – including
local extras – had to attend real-life school lessons in makeshift classrooms
because it is muggle law that they do so.
A security man got a stern message on his walkie-talkie. Spectators were
to move away immediately from the principal children or we would be asked
to leave the set. A helicopter dropped off lunch to the various security
personnel dotted around the mountainside.
Later, the stunning peaks of Glencoe will become the perfect backdrop
for the game of Quidditch during which Harry falls off his broomstick
because he sees his nemesis, Sirius Black, disguised as a black dog imprinted
on the bright blue sky.
Onlooker Samantha Perry, from Middlesbrough, said: "Today in Glencoe
has been as magical as any trip on the Hogwarts Express."
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban will be released in summer 2004.
Dan wins second Silver Otto Award
Story dated: Apr 23rd, 2003. Source: Bravo magazine (Germany).
Tip credit: Nicky.
Readers of German magazine Bravo have once again voted Dan as the runner-up
in the Best Male Actor category of their 2002 Otto reader awards.
Dan was presented with his second Silver Otto award by a Bravo journalist
at the launch party for the Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
DVD/video earlier this month at Leavesden Studios. He received his
first Silver Otto last year as runner-up in the 2001 awards. Lord
of the Rings star Orlando Bloom was the winner of the 2002 Golden
‘Potter’ video gets magical launch
Story dated: Apr 9th, 2003. Source: Reuters
By Sam Andrews
LONDON (Hollywood Reporter) – Amid animated mandrake plants, mist-wreathed
giant spiders and a row of silent basilisk heads, Leavesden Studios on
the outskirts of London has played host [yesterday] to the global launch
of the "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" video.
Cast members — including Robbie Coltrane, Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson,
Rupert Grint and Miriam Margolyes — mixed with producer David Heyman
and director Chris Columbus at the event, attended by about 450 guests
and members of the press.
Radcliffe, Grint and Watson arrived in spectacular fashion via the Weasleys’
magic Ford Anglia car and were joined by many other cast members for a
The two-disc DVD and VHS are scheduled for release on Friday around the
world — except in Japan (April 25) and France (June 5). Warner Home Video
is prepared for big business on the title; its predecessor, "Harry
Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone," has sold almost 50 million units.