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.

Wesley R. Elsberry

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

167 thoughts on “Harry Potter Movie

  • 2008/01/11 at 1:00 pm

    Rachel.., not very soon…If filming starts next February, they’ll announce the date for auditions next x-mas or so. So we have to wait pretty much…And do u remember what did u write to Fiona Weir?

  • 2008/01/13 at 6:01 am

    oh sorry, i thought you meant next month! lol! i just wrote to her saying my drama qualifications, which part(s) i’d like to play and if there were any extra parts i could take. unfortunatly, all parts were already taken, so i would get your letter in sooner rather than later!

  • 2008/01/18 at 11:34 pm

    hey everyone so about these auditions how do u contact fiona weir i would love to try for a extra part that would be fun please someone write more information if you know anything date, location, times you know all the stuff

  • 2008/01/22 at 1:27 pm

    And did u send any photos or video?

    Hey brina, here’s Fiona Weir’s address:

    Fiona Weir
    Twickenham Film Studios
    St Margarets
    TW1 2AW

    But we dont know anything yet, i mean date, location etc.

  • 2008/01/23 at 3:44 pm

    i want to be an extra for the deathly hollows harry potter film but i dont know where to send my letter i also dont know what to write in the letter and what kind of photo it should be. and when is a good time to send it.

  • 2008/01/24 at 11:21 am

    if anyone knows please reply

  • 2008/01/25 at 3:39 pm

    to be honest i think that the only way you can be an extra is if you’re with an extra agencey.or if you go to school near where some hp scenes are being filmed because they have auditioned students in a school near Glouscester to be extras in half blood prince while they are shooting in the cathedral in Gloucester!i highly doubt that you would have any luck by writing to be an extra but if u want to, i think you should send it to the address posted by dream-angel above with clear, good quality headshots.the casting process wont start for a good while but maybe if you wrote to fiona weir now asking for advice on how to become an extra on the set you could start working on it.i think you should sign up with an extras agencey online, for which you dont need any experience.
    hope this helps and good luck!

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  • 2008/01/28 at 1:29 pm

    you dont have to have an agent to be an extra
    my friend went to audition a few years ago, unfortunatly she didnt get in.
    they do hold open auditions, but im not sure when!

  • 2008/02/14 at 12:40 pm

    Hey guys…I have some news about auditions for the last Harry Potter film…
    I’m sorry, I’m really sorry, but there will NOT be any open audition for Harry Potter and Deathly Hallows…
    Oh my god, it was my biggest dream to be an extra in Harry Potter and Deathly Hallows…
    Anyway, just came to say good-bye and good luck to ya all…

  • 2008/02/15 at 3:25 am

    thanks dream_angle

    thats really bad new, but im sure there will be other films! you could also try an get an sgent, if you really wanted!
    good luck and good bye!

  • 2008/06/04 at 12:05 pm

    hey guys
    don’t worry my best friend got in as an extra in hp7 and all she did was send a letter.
    good luck

  • 2008/06/06 at 10:15 am

    wow, thanks for that
    how long ago did she send her letter in?

  • 2008/07/04 at 9:51 pm

    hello my name is larissa youmay not of heard of me i am a actress i would love to be on the next harry potter movie to help kick start my acting so if anyone could help me please it would be much abliged

  • 2008/07/26 at 7:44 am

    well, since being in an agency obviously is the way to an acting career, maybe an online agency for e.g extras would be a great place to start. so, anyone know any good extra online agencies? i used to know this really good genuine one called ‘extras’ (haha i know.) but now you have to pay for it, since it got more publicity. but hey its worth a try. anyone know any others? X

  • 2008/11/13 at 2:06 pm

    I do know that the are open casting auditions between February and March 2009, i think, so you dont need experience to work on the set. You have to be English. Also if you are looking for information go to http://www.dogpile.co.uk or alltheweb.com, never use Google as it has personal and publican restrictions. Hoped I helped!!!

  • 2008/11/20 at 11:17 am

    how did you find out about the dates?
    and do you know if it’s just for extras, or are there other parts?

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