Exclusive: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - RT's Set Visit Preview
We tour the new sets from the sixth film and chat to the stars!
We're here to tour the studio and speak to the stars, and we'll have a full set visit report in time for the film's release in July 2009. Before that, though, we thought we'd share a small teaser of our time at Hogwarts.
David Yates (left) directs Daniel Radcliffe and Bonnie Wright on the Burrow set.
Familiar scenery - the Hogwarts Great Hall, Dumbledore's office, the Gryffindor common room - were present and accounted for, but we also glimpsed three very exciting new sets that will provide much of the film's visual impact. One of these; an imposing, tiled orphanage, will play host to an important flashback scene involving Dumbledore and a ten year-old boy Tom Marvolo Riddle -- a vulnerable, orphaned child, who turns out to be series villain Voldemort himself.
We also caught a glimpse of other new locations set aside for the film's finale. One half takes place in a giant cave and involves just Harry and Dumbledore. They had created an island of crystalline rock - think the Fortress of Solitude from Superman Returns - in a sea of green screen. This will, after months of effects work, be replaced by a mass of reanimated dead bodies called Inferi.
Ron (Rupert Grint, left) readies for Quidditch with his teammates and Hermione (Emma Watson, right).
"The brilliant thing about [the cave scenes] was that we did them at the at the end of a three to four month period where Michael and I had been working together almost exclusively," Radcliffe told RT when we caught up with him for a long chat. "For about the first two or three months of this film we were almost the only two actors in. The relationship between me and Michael had really built up over that time and got to the point where after three or four months we were absolutely ready to do the cave stuff."