Tuesday, March 15, 2011

New 'Harry Potter' Book Reveals The Behind The Scenes Magic Of All Eight Films

MTV by Terri Schwartz in News

The magic of "Harry Potter" is coming to an end, but at least the masterminds behind the franchise are selfless enough to share it with us.

In a follow up to the best-selling 2010 book "Harry Potter Film Wizardry," Harper Collins has announced that they'll be publishing "Harry Potter Page to Screen: The Complete Filmmaking Journey" on October 25, a book that includes interviews with Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint and more, plus commentary from director David Yates and producer David Heyman among others.

Since "Page to Screen" will be the first book to cover the creation of all eight "Harry Potter" flicks, we have plenty of questions we'd love to see answered in the compendium's 528 glossy pages. Click on after the jump to see what we hope to find.

The Development Of Quidditch
Unless you weren't paying attention over the course of the "Potter" films, you probably noticed that Quidditch has changed a lot between "
Sorcerer's Stone" and "Half-Blood Prince." Obviously there have been advances in special effects since the first "Potter" movie came out in 2001, but it would be really interesting to see the decision making process that went into taking the sport from the page to the screen.

The Creation Of Hogwarts
Hogwarts was described quite clearly in the "Potter" novels, but how does one bring such an important landmark to the screen? There have been almost as many variations of Hogwarts in the movies as there have been alterations to Quidditch, but if the care that went into Hogwarts Castle at Wizarding World is any judge, production designer Stuart Craig should have a lot to say about this matter.

The Casting Process Of The Major Players
Yes, yes, we've heard over and over again how the big three were originally cast in "The Sorcerer's Stone," but what about
Alan Rickman, Ralph Fiennes and Richard Harris? How did Alfonso CuarĂ³n go about replacing Harris with Michael Gambon in "Prisoner of Azkaban"? And if J.K. Rowling would weigh in her thoughts on the casting of her characters, all the better.

John Williams' Score
From where we're standing, there have been few things more iconic that have come out of the "Potter" film franchise than the opening chords from
John Williams' "Hedwig's Theme," and for good reason. Much has been said about the "Potter" score, but we would love to hear Williams' perspective on how he developed the soundtrack for the original movies and what the lasting legacy of that has meant to him.

Bringing Magic To Life
"Harry Potter" would be nothing without the magic that is at the heart of the story. We're sure there were countless discussions over how to bring the magic to life in a realistic way, and we're more than eager to read the thought process behind how the on-screen magic changed over the years.

What behind-the-scenes aspects of "Harry Potter" would you most like to read about? Let us know in the comments section below or on Twitter!

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