Sunday, July 19, 2009

Harry Mania

Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson
Director: David Yates

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince (sixth in this series) collected 4.7 million pounds on it's opening day, the highest ever in the history of UK.

The film could be the year's biggest money-maker, beating Megan Fox, Shia La Beouf starrer Transformers 2.

The film starring Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson which will released on Friday in India had the biggest ever opening in the history of UK.

Half-Blood Prince has Harry struggling to pry a critical memory loose from a new Hogwarts teacher who possesses key information in the coming showdown between the young hero and the evil Lord Voldemort.

The movie collected US$152,867,000 worldwide in 2 days.

The film has released with 350 prints in India across 450 cinema halls

Here are 10 trivia facts about the Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince movie.

1. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince planned to release in November 21, 2008 and moved to July of 2009.

2. Dame Maggie Smith (Professor Minerva McGonagall) completed filming this film while she was undergoing radio-therapy as treatment for breast cancer.

3. Hero Fiennes-Tiffin who plays Tom Riddle, 11, is the real life nephew of Ralph Fiennes who plays Lord Voldemort/Tom Riddle. Yates insisted Fiennes-Tiffin did not get the role simply because of his uncle, but did admit the resemblance was "a clincher".

4. Sir Michael Gambon, ( Dumbledore) became a father last month at 68 years of age.

5. Quidditch at Hogwarts is back in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince after being absent from the last two films.

6. Robert Knox, (Marcus Belby), was tragically stabbed to death soon after filming was finished. Some of the cast sported a white ribbon at the premier in his memory.

7. Jessie Cave, (Lavender Brown) beat more than 7,000 girls to win her first major film role.

8. After reading the Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince script,Rowlings noticed a line where Dumbledore mentioned a girl that he had a crush on when younger. She then released the fact (to the filmmakers and the public) that Dumbledore was gay.

9. Naomi Watts was first cast to play Narcissa Malfoy but had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts.

10. Fifteen cast members have appeared in all of the Harry Potter films:
1. Daniel Radcliffe(Harry Potter)
2. Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley)
3. Emma Watson (Hermione Granger)
4. Robbie Coltrane (Hagrid)
5. Maggie Smitth, (McGonagall)
6. Devon Murray (Seamus)
7. Matthew Lewis (Neville)
8. Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy)
9. Oliver Phelps (George Weasley)
10. Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley)
11. James Phelps (Fred Weasley)
12. Alfred Enoch (Dean Thomas)
13. Jamie Waylett (Crabbe)
14. Joshua Herdman (Goyle)
15. Alan Rickman (Snape)

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