Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Movie stills from new Harry Potter adaptation

The first publicity stills from Warner Bros.'s 2007 adaptation of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix have been released to Newsweek and various other media outlets and are now circulating the Web at a rapid rate; see, for example, www.hpana.com; www.mugglenet.com. Clearly the Harry Potter publicity machine is cranking into action. According to Mugglenet reporters who have visited the movie set at Leavesden Studios, UK, we are due a teaser trailer in November, ahead of the movie's release next July. Here are the photos made available by Warner Bros so far - the first of many no doubt!

As for the photos themselves - I'm not convinced that Umbridge looks sufficiently gruesome ... Umbridge, to my mind, is one of the most chilling and evil fictional baddies we have, and I hope this film ensures we get a strong sense of that - of course I have full faith in the acting powers of Imelda Staunton, who is one of our finest working actresses.

I absolutely love the shot of Harry pinioned to the floor in a grim, concrete underpass, adorned with graffitti - I presume this scene depicts Harry's self-defence against the dementors when they attack him and his chubby cousin Dudley at the start of the novel. I'm really hoping for some down and dirty, all-gritty realism in this picture; especially with David Yates at the helm, who is a tried and tested TV director of the highest calibre. This film needs to be angsty and dark in tone. And this time I want less of the Gothic hyperbole and more downright ugly Muggle-ness to express that.

Evanna Lynch as Luna Lovegood looks sweet enough in the movie still devoted to her - although she's also a spit for Tom Felton who plays bad boy Draco Malfoy in the movies ... didn't the producers realise this when she auditioned for the part?

Overall, not bad-looking so far. Am looking forward to more info and pics, although I somehow imagine they will soon be tough to avoid.

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