Harry Potter Movie

Diane and I went out to see the late showing of the new Harry Potter movie Friday night. We had to figure out where the theater was while we were cutting the show time closely. I sent Diane ahead while I found a parking space, but all turned out well and I made it in in time to see the start of the film. So ads in movie houses reward procrastination.

And the film itself made a nice bit of entertainment. It seems that the direction in this outing has gone in the direction of more straightforward story-telling and less gratuitous eye-candy. Oh, sure, there is eye-candy, but it seems to me that it is deployed more strategically in service of the story in this film than in some of the previous outings. Harry Potter movies are not standalone entertainment, though; you really need to have read the book recently. It essentially is a sequence of animated illustrations to accompany the reader’s experience. Otherwise, the plot would be exceedingly difficult to discern from the few clues given. This is, I think, necessary in a feature-length film. In order to present Rowling’s story in sufficient detail for those unfamiliar with the particular book would require treatment at the length of a mini-series instead.

One nice thing was that Diane and I were able to stay snuggled next to each other through the whole movie. I don’t think that I’ve been to a theater in the past 22 years where I haven’t had to excuse myself for a personal intermission/trip to the men’s room, so this is a welcome change. Ulcerative colitis is quite disruptive of some of the most mundane social rituals. My regards to my surgeon.

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Wesley R. Elsberry

Falconer. Interdisciplinary researcher: biology and computer science. Photographer. Husband. Christian. Activist.

167 thoughts on “Harry Potter Movie

  • 2007/08/29 at 9:55 am
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    thnx u guys! wise words from u 2 aswell but i do think were all gonna have 2 accept tht we probs wont get a chance but like rachel says dont give up! good luck agen 2 every1 and if u become a big star remember us lil ppl who helped u on ur way (well if we gave u the address or told u how old the characters r etc lol

  • 2007/08/29 at 1:54 pm
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    Yeah, we have to…Rach and Alice, do u have msn?

  • 2007/08/29 at 2:16 pm
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    hi every1,
    i just wnted 2 say that just because filming strts in october dsnt necessarily mean they will ave finished casting because scenes arent filmed in order so they dnt need 2 have all prts cast by then (altho they probably will)

    xxxxxxxxx
    xxxxxxxxx

    oh, an GOOD LUCK!!!!

  • 2007/08/30 at 9:13 am
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    hi dream angel soz but i havnt got msn coz my computer didnt like it lol! i had 2 get rid of it coz my pc kept crashin!
    dani yh ur probs rite lol but the way things r goin i dunno if theyre gonna hav lavender cast b4 they start filming!

  • 2007/08/30 at 3:49 pm
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    hi dream_angel i do hav msn, it’s: lil_dipsy_dudette@hotmail.co.uk a bit cheesy but its old!! lol! what about you alice??

    good point dani, i never thought of that!!

    x

  • 2007/08/31 at 9:05 am
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    yh my previous post probs answered ur question lol soz but if i manage 2 get it back ill b sure 2 let u no-well if ive not 4gotten lmao

  • 2007/09/02 at 12:45 am
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    Alice, ok :)

    Rachel, so talk to u soon :)

  • 2007/09/02 at 9:10 am
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    dream_angel, talk to you soon! btw, what is your real name?
    xx

  • 2007/09/03 at 8:07 am
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    Rachel, my name is Fidan.

  • 2007/09/03 at 1:23 pm
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    erm u guys if uve got each others msn r u still gonna come on here? only im gonna be so lonely *breaks into song* ill be mrs lonely ill hav nobody to talk tooooooooooooo! lol

  • 2007/09/03 at 2:25 pm
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    About the role of Cormac McLaggan- You claimed there would be no Open Auditions. Where did you hear this please?

    I sent a letter a few weeks ago and am anticpating an answer, I put most of the stuff that is required so I really hope they get back to me soon!

  • 2007/09/06 at 9:14 am
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    alice: off course we’ll still come on here! but hurry up and sort out ur msn! lol
    xx

  • 2007/09/09 at 12:38 pm
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    lol soz im tryin but it still crashin! still no replies 4 any1? apparently theyve nearly cast lavender! cant w8 2 c wat she looks like x

  • 2007/09/12 at 12:55 pm
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    lol! no, still no replys yet!! :( but im still waiting! yer, i cant wait to see what all the knew actors look like!!
    xx

  • 2007/09/13 at 8:28 am
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    no reply yet 4 me either but im still hopin and keepin my fingers crossed 4 all of us!! keep ur hopes alive ppls!!!

  • 2007/09/14 at 11:06 am
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    Heyy
    Havent Been On For Awhile,
    No Reply For Me Either
    But Fingers Crossed.
    Ohh I Would Have Well Loved To Be Lavender. But Still, They’ll Be Other Parts And Other Films, Right!
    I LOVE HARRY POTTER THOUGH.
    Hhha My Little Sister Thinks Im Dork.
    Anyway Good Luck For Everyone.
    Xx

  • 2007/09/15 at 4:03 am
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    lol
    “My Little Sister Thinks Im Dork.” lmao yh other parts n other films thts the spirit! gd luck 2 every1 agen!

  • 2007/09/17 at 12:51 am
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    where are the auditions for romilda vane i need to know immedietly cause i need to fly to the u.k cause im st australia right now. i look just like romilda and am a good actress some one discover me quick lol jkz but iv been looking for ages

  • 2007/09/17 at 10:39 am
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    Hey guys, do u really think that they STILL need some1 for Romilda Vane part? I don’t think so…

    Alice, I hope u’re right…We have to keep our hope alive ;)

    Rachel, i do have some pictures of new actors. Do u want me to send them to u?

    Ikram, do u have an agent?

  • 2007/09/18 at 10:23 am
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    So, filming has begun. I’ve more or less gotten round to the idea Romilda will be cut out or something. Ah well, HBP should still be great! I can’t wait! What about you guys?

  • 2007/09/18 at 1:16 pm
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    Yep Im keepin my dreams alive…but not for Romilda lol. I think shes been cut and i think theyve started filming now :( I think shes been cut as shes not essential to the plot. i spose they see it as either cuttin Romilda or cutting part of the memories wth harry and dumbledore (possibly its jus an idea lol!) Good Luck!!

  • 2007/09/19 at 12:52 am
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    hi everyone! does anyone knows: DO we need an agent?
    and, is it real that the cast has to be british?

  • 2007/09/19 at 9:10 am
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    yep it is real tht the cast has 2 b british as jk has said tht dozens of times! and wat do u mean do we need an agent? wat country r u from aswell, jus out of interest?
    maid maria-yh i cant w8 2 c the film either!! now im keepin my fingers crossed tht ill be in hp7 lol!

  • 2007/09/19 at 11:59 am
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    Yeh I Think Its Safe To Say We’re Not Gonna Get Any Major Part Now,
    I Mean, I Can Still Dream (Which I Do :])
    But I Doubt Romilda Vane Will Be Anything More Than An Extra If That.!
    I’d Even Be Happy Being An Extra. But I Dont Think You Get Chosen Like That, Or Do You?
    Hmm,
    Anyway Whatever Happens Atleast We Can Still Watch The Film Which Is Bound To Be Good.
    Be Weird Though Coz We’ll Be Like…
    ‘I TRIED TO BE HER’
    Lol, Anywayy, I Might Get An Agent For Times Like This In Future.
    XxX
    P.s My Fingers Are Crossed For HP7 Too Alice :D

  • 2007/09/20 at 12:11 pm
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    drem_angel, yeah, i would love to see the pictures!!! thanx

    good luck everyone!!

    xx

  • 2007/09/20 at 9:08 pm
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    I really want to be 6(half blooed prince)

  • 2007/09/21 at 12:16 pm
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    I was thinking I might get an agent too! lol! Good luck to everyone yet again!

  • 2007/09/24 at 8:24 am
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    iv been chatting to evanna lynch and she has said they already have a girl to play romilda vane. but.. she is a realy bad actor so there looking for someone else..mainly brown hair and brown eyes. if you are interested in being her, you CANT audition, you have to either ring, send a video or write a letter to leavesden saying who you are, why you want the part, how you think you will be good at it and your your address. plus.. you HAVE to have an agent.

    hope it helps

    lily

  • 2007/09/25 at 1:20 pm
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    i sooooo wanna be in a harry potter movie but all the auditions have been hels so does anyone know when the deathly hallows auditions are?

  • 2007/09/25 at 1:54 pm
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    Hey Thanks Lily, Thats Useful!
    Ermm, How Do You Contact Them, Address? Number?
    XxXx

  • 2007/09/26 at 12:37 pm
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    lily-out of curiosity, how hav u been “chatting to evanna lynch”? and y would they hav cast if shes a bad actor? no offense it jus sounds wierd anyway plz get back 2 me on this one

  • 2007/10/15 at 3:07 pm
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    no body got any replys yet then??
    x

  • 2007/10/18 at 9:04 am
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    well rachel in fact-i have!!!!
    all bad news tho n just for me-for all of us :( got a reply when i came home n it said:
    “Dear Alice
    Thank you so much for your lovely letter and pictures. It is great to see such enthusiasm and interest in the Harry Potter films.

    Sadly though all roles in the upcoming Harry Potter had been cast (Thats the bit when I punched the sofa!)including extras.(Thats when i punched the table! lol) As much as we would love to meer everyone, it is unfortunately impossible.

    I wish you all the best though and really hope that you continue to enjoy the films.

    Very best wishes,
    (Fiona Weir’s signature that has been written on by hand, not printed off!)
    Fiona Weir
    Casting Director”

    So we’re all out of the running it seems.
    Never mind tho theres still film 7 :|

    Anyone else got a reply tho?

  • 2007/10/18 at 9:50 am
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    OMG!! iv just got a reply form Fiona Weir!! at last!

    here’s what it said…

    Dear Rachel

    Thankyou so much for your lovely letter and pictures. It is great to see such enthusiam and interest in the Harrry Pottter films.

    Sadly though, all roles in the upcoming Harry Potter have been cast, including the extras. As much as we would love to meet everyone, it is unfortunatly impossible.

    I wish you all the best though and really hope that you continue to enjoy the films.

    Very best wishes,
    Fiona Weir
    Casting Director

    oh well! im not upset, i’ll just probably try in the open auditions for the last film!!

    Still good luck to everyone else who is trying!!

    xx

  • 2007/10/19 at 2:29 am
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    yeah im auditioning if they have opens! who woulod you go for?

  • 2007/10/19 at 10:34 am
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    DAMN
    JUST Got The Same Letter,

    Thankyou so much for your lovely letter and pictures. It is Great to see such enthusiasm and interest in the harry potte films.

    Sadlt though, all roles in the upcoming harry potter have been cast, including lavender brown. As much as we would love to meet everyone it is unfortunatly impossible.

    I wish you all the best and really hope that you continue to enjoy the films.

    Very best wishes,
    ‘Signiture’
    Fiona Weir

    Gutted, but i cant say i didnt expect it. I’d kinda lost hope and then came home from school and it was there, at first i thought it was for something else but Then i Read ‘Harry potter and the half blood prince’

    Next Year Eh? Shame There Arnt Many Major Parts To Be Added :[

    Anywayy, At Least We Tried. And Got Replys!

    XxXx

  • 2007/10/22 at 7:29 am
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    yer its great that we got a reply!
    i dont think there are any new oarts in the 7th book. but i might audition to ba an extra!
    xx

  • 2007/10/22 at 11:41 am
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    hey peeps
    im so sorry u guys didnt get the parts you wanted, im sure you are all great people and great actors/actresses, and there is always the 7th film!
    like y’all id love to be in the last HP movie, can you jkust write a letter to fiona weir, asking for which part you may suit in the seventh movie, or is it like WAY too early to be sending letters about the seventh movie? confuzzling stuff!
    w/b ASAP ty!!
    xxxx

  • 2007/10/24 at 6:26 am
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    hey marinaaaaaa
    depends r u from britain? no point sending in a letter if you are as jk rowling has already said you must be british. personally i wouldnt send a letter in yet as theyve only bn filmin the 6th about a month but its up to u!

  • 2007/11/08 at 6:18 am
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    Hello all,

    I’m just want to know how can you become an extra in Harry Potter and the half blood, and i do mean an extra not a main character or anything, i’m just curious on how to become one, cause I really really want to be an extra in the next harry potter film!

  • 2007/11/25 at 1:33 pm
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    WERE ARE THE AUDITIONS

  • 2007/12/14 at 3:31 pm
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    Hey, everyone! I have been off for a long time, sorry bout this…Alice, i know that J.K. said that the cast has to be British, but call to mind Evanna Lynch, she is not British, she is Irish.
    Alice, r u from UK?

    And girls, what did u write to Fiona Weir?

  • 2007/12/31 at 1:35 pm
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    Hi Dream Angel
    Good point about Evanna-cant really think of a reason, except that Irish is nearly British….. lol
    Yes Im from the UK
    Cant really remember what I wrote. Just expereience and all that. Looks etc

  • 2008/01/01 at 3:21 pm
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    does anyone no anything about the audtions for extras in harry potter and the deathly hallows if so please email me at hannah.alves@ntlworld.com thanks

  • 2008/01/03 at 11:31 am
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    Expereience? R u an actress?

  • 2008/01/05 at 4:17 pm
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    Hey guys,

    I was hoping to get an extras part in Half Blood Prince but it was too late to send a letter to the casting offices.
    Sorry that none of you guys got any parts but there is always Deathly Hallows to go for.
    Does anyone know when would be a sutible time to send the letter to the casting offices for an extras part in Deathly Hallows? I am 14 years old now but will be 15 when the filming will probably start. Would there be any chance of getting an extras role if i am 15.
    Any info on this would be much appreciated.

    BTW… I had two different addreses to send the letter to. Does anyone know which one is correct?

    I had this one:
    Casting Office
    Leavesden Studios
    PO Box 322
    Watford
    Hertfordshire
    WD25 7XJ

    And this one:
    Fiona Weir
    Twickenham Film Studios
    St Margarets
    Twickenham
    TW1 2AW
    England

    Any information on which one i should send the letter to would be good.
    Is anyone else gonna ‘audition’ for an role or an extras part in Deathly Hallows?
    Also, I am not living in England at the moment but was born there. I am on an exchange and am in Australia at the moment. I am going back to London in late September.
    Do you know when filming would start for Deathly Hallows?

    So…If anyone could help with anything that i have asked that would be great.
    Thanks

  • 2008/01/07 at 10:31 am
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    hey jess,

    i sent my letter to fiona weir at Twickenham studios, and got a reply, so i think that is the right address.

    I dont think filming will stat for a while, as they just started fiming HBP in october. I am also not sure to whether they go to agents for the extra’s, but if anyone has any information on that i would love to know!! I would definatly audition for the extra’s! so a date would be great!!!

    good luck, hope your exchange in australia went well!

    x

  • 2008/01/09 at 8:32 am
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    Hey Jess, i think there’s no new roles in Deathly Hallows film, only extra.
    Yeah, there’s a chance of getting an extras role if u are 15.
    And filming for Deathly Hallows will start next February. Good luck xx :)

    And Rachel.., u don’t need an agent to audition for extra.
    xx

  • 2008/01/09 at 10:13 am
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    oh, thanks dream_angel, thats good news! so they’ll need to announce the date for open auditions pretty soon then!
    x

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