Wednesday, May 04, 2005

New GoF piece in USA Today

Double trouble: The Weasley twins make a potion to fool people into thinking they are old enough to be in the Tri Wizard Tournament.
USA Today has some new information on the upcoming The Goblet of Fire. Read below:
The second film, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, makes its network television debut Saturday on ABC with 13 minutes of additional footage, plus a glimpse of the upcoming fourth film, which opens Nov. 18.
In Goblet of Fire, the young wizards are "much more complicated," says director Mike Newell, the first British filmmaker to helm a Potter movie. "In the first three films, their characters were defined by what they were up against: a werewolf, a basilisk, a dementor. But this time, the story is how they're developing as people. So the school's Yule Ball is a torture to Harry and Ron because they have to ask girls out, and they don't know how."
In Goblet, Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) again faces his mortal foe, Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes). "Voldemort is an utterly malignant human creature, a lot more savage and cruel than any invented creature could be," Newell says. "Harry has to find the resources in himself to do battle with him."
The physical requirements were much tougher this time. Goblet is more of an action thriller than the previous three because it centers on an elaborate physical contest, the Tri-Wizard Tournament.
Radcliffe had to learn to scuba-dive, then act underwater. "Just keeping your eyes open for a significant time is difficult," Newell says. "We couldn't do anything for more than 15 seconds at a time, which proved very complicated."
Radcliffe says he enjoyed diving, despite some minor drawbacks.
"It did sting a bit in the eyes, but other than that and the ear infections, it was fantastic."
In another scene, he slides down a roof to battle a dragon. "It was pretty much a vertical drop of about 50 feet," Radcliffe says. "I was on a wire going so fast that my mind didn't have time to catch up with my body and go, 'Wow, I'm falling.' It was fun after the first take. But at the beginning, I was absolutely terrified."
For the climactic scene in which he hands over the body of a fellow contestant to the boy's father, Radcliffe says, "I had to tap into emotions that I personally never felt, that most people have never felt. Because they were challenging, it does make them fun."
But Radcliffe says the character's death is "not gory or graphic. There's not any blood at all."

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