Sunday, August 08, 2004

Goblet of Fire sets and filming
*These pictures and reports were given by Kaye and Bonny to Mugglenet

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Set Report
Provided by Kaye Harvey
On 5th August 2004 we took our children to watch the filming for Goblet of Fire in Ashridge Woods, Hertfordshire.The filming was well hidden away from the road, but we counted at least 20 WB location signs on the way telling us exactly where to go. After parking the car we sneaked through the woods (not knowing the security). Having previously been to Virginia Waters last year we were not sure of the reception that we would get whilst the filming was going on. However this time the security guards were really nice.To start with, we could not see any of the filming as it was too far in the woods, however we did see a lot of fake fog coming from the filming area. We were asked by one of the Production team if we could move back (due to health and safety), they also promised us that he would guarantee that we would get signatures when they had a lunch break in 30 minutes.We moved further up the path and sat patiently on the grass. About an hour later they broke for lunch, and we could clearly see, Emma, Daniel, Rupert, James and Oliver Phelps, Mark Williams, and Bonnie Wright coming from the woods, they were all ushered into a car and drove away. Emma, who drove past us saw us waiting and waved frantically out of her window (the only one who did).We walked down when they had cleared up and saw that they had been filming up a big old tree, again the security guards were really nice and just warned us to be careful of the guys with the equipment. Luckily we had heard of a second location and we set about finding it, in the end we found the Base (where the trailers are kept) and followed them all back to the second locations.We worked our way though the woods and ended up about 500 yards away in the same field. When we arrived, there were about 30 other fans watching the doubles practice the next scene.After about 20 minutes the cars started arriving and they got out one by one, again all of them got out of their cars and were ushered again onto the scene. Again it was Emma and her mum who had their windows open and were smiling at the fans. Emma got out of her car and all of the fans cheered her and screamed. She was also the only one who came over (much to the annoyance of the Crew), and she signed about 15 autographs and almost blankly ignored the crew's plea to hurry up, just so she could sign as many autographs as she could.The scene which went on for a few hours were when they were all hiking (to the Quidditch match) and heading into some fog.There were many fans trying to take photos (much to the annoyance of the crew and Daniel Radcliffe's father), and slowly we realized that the crew were driving vehicles and stacking up equipment to block our view. A few hours later (about 4.30pm), we heard some loud thunder and the crew began packing away equipment.Then all of a sudden it was over, the cast made their way to their cars and we all stopped them and they were kind enough to sign autographs. Despite the promise of thunder and rain they all stayed outside the cars signing autographs and Emma even sat down with her mum and had lengthy chats with her fans.No one had managed to get Daniel's autograph or speak to him. After about half an hour of signing we could see that Daniel's dad had taken him straight to his car and we were all looking and pointing at his car (which was a Green Lexus). Daniel was looking out and we all thought how unfair it was, we could clearly see that Daniel wanted to be with his fans (like the other cast).After about another 15 minutes, Dan's father wound down his window and called us over, and we managed to get some autographs by passing note pads to his dad who passed them over to Dan. It was quite dark in the back of the car, but we managed to say "Hi" and "thank you" him from the front window.After meeting the rest of the cast, we were even given copies of photos from POA which were originally signed by Dan, Emma and Rupert. In the end we had a great day, made more special by Emma Watson and by the very kind security guards. But Daniel's situation made us question what it must be like to be Harry Potter.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Set Report
Courtesy of Bonny
On the 5th August, my cousin and I decided to check out the filming for the new Harry Potter film, Goblet of fire. Once at Ashridge Park it was not hard to find where they were filming as regular signs said "WBLOC" which stands for Warner Bother's Location. It was still very well hidden from the main road so we had to walk a while .We arrived on the first location set at around 12:30pm. At this point we counted ten people including ourselves. We were told we were not allowed to watch them filming that scene as they were doing a 360 degrees shot. From above where they were filming we could see thick clouds which were generated by a smoke machine which they were using. About 1:30pm they had finished and were packing up for lunch. At this, the main cast (Harry, Ron, Hermione, Ginny, Mr. Weasley, and the Weasley Twins) were walking up the path. We were told that we would be able to receive autographs at this point but they all got rushed away in their cars. However when Emma's car started to drive past she waved frantically at us.
We were told by another member of staff that they would be filming after lunch just across the field from where we were. Before we left to move onto location two we went onto the set where they were packing away and managed to take some photographs.
After this we headed for location two, about 2:30 people started arriving with camera's, lights and equipment for the afternoon session. Just before 3pm the main cast started to arrive. Again when Emma got out of her car she went frantic at her fans and rushed over to us to do signings, she was then called by a member of security that she had to go, but she refused to move and carried on, until she was forced to go.
The first few takes were done with the stunt doubles that we were told are used for all back shoots of the films. The main crew sat and watched as well as doing what seemed to appear mini interviews with someone with a camera who we found out was doing a documentary on behind the scenes of the new movie.
A little while later they did their first take with the main stars. We were allowed to watch but were not allowed to take photos. In this scene, Mr. Weasley is walking what looks further into the woods, Fred and George are keeping up with him, then Hermione and Ginny run to catch up, and Harry and Ron are still lingering behind. Mr. Weasley turns around and shouts to Harry and Ron "Come on boys! Keep up!". Then you see Harry and Ron running, and they walk into a foggy wood.
To our annoyance Mr. Radcliffe who was present asked the crew to move objects in front of us to block Daniel from our view. From what the crew told us, Mr. Radcliffe often did this, to their annoyance as well as ours.
On the third take with the main stars, half way though some lightning hit near by, which a few seconds later a very loud sound of thunder came and with this they had to abandoned the shot and walk onto the field away from the woods. Daniel was rushed into his car by his dad, while the rest of the cast signed away photos and had lengthy chats with fans. To my pleasure, my cousins and the people we were with that day, Mr. Radcliffe saw us pointing to his car, and opened his window and silently waved us forward. He allowed just us to have Daniel's autograph. Shortly after that the cast left as it was clear that the storm was not going to pass in time that day.
Thanks to Mugglenet for this. As well as to Animate from

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