Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, quite a few among us look to the great romances of film, TV and books for help when it comes to Valentine’s Day. A survey undertaken for Ladbrokes Bingo asked 2,000 people for their thoughts about favourite characters in fiction and their search for love.
To celebrate a long, complicated relationship between romance and fiction, we have created some fun Valentine’s cards based on some of the most iconic examples of love. Drawing inspiration from film favourites and TV megahits, we hope that these cards will help to make Valentine’s Day one to remember!
One of them is based on Harry Potter and has the phrase “Muggle Snuggle” along with Harry’s glasses and a scar within a heart. You can view all the Valentine’s on their website.
Along with the images, they have come up with some Harry Potter love statistics.
18% of 18-24 year olds voted Ron and Hermione as their favourite couple from TV and film.
Maybe J.K Rowling should have played the fictional romances out a little differently as a whopping 20% of the nation believe that Harry and Hermione should have ended up together as opposed to only 12% who voted Ron and Hermione as their favourite TV/Film coupling.
Apart from the Friends “we were on a break” fiasco, Ron dumping a very disgruntled Lavender in the hospital was named the second worst breakup of screen history. (18%)
14% of 18-24 year olds said Dobby’s death was the most heart-breaking moment in film history.
The nation also voted Dobby’s death as more heart-breaking than The Notebook, My Sister’s Keeper, ET and My Girl!
It seems the films were slightly more popular than the books; of those who had both read the books and seen the films, the majority (37%) said they preferred the films. Although by a very small amount as 35% said they preferred the books and 28% said they liked them equally.
Christmas comesa little earlythis year!Ifyou are among themillions of fansthat the judgment ofthe Harry Potter sagawasorphanedand dreamto plungein the heart offabulous worldcreated byJK Rowling, get ready to be amazedby theexhibition to bedevoted to it.Majestic,playfuland exotic, it will be heldat the Cité duCinéma deParis,April 4had 6September 2015.If itstilltakes a littlewaitbeforethe doors opened, there is howeverno timelosingto book youradmission ticket. Tomorrowat 10 am,visitwww.ticketmaster.frandwiththe usualdistributors(Fnac, Auchan …) torelive theadventures of the famouswizard anddiscoverthe backstageofoctalogieto globalsuccess.
Whether you area fan ofthe first houror simply curiousMuggleto discover the worldof Harry Potter, this exhibition is for you! Hosting the firstFrench eventdedicated entirely to thesurvivor, the City Cinemais about toenchantits visitors witharea of2,000m², which allow the public tosoak upthe magic of theirheroesby browsingtwofilm setsredevelopedcolorsthe saga.
The program offestivities: introduction to the artofpotions,Quidditchandvisit full of surprisesbetween theiconic settingofHarry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone(2001) and the following album,inthe waylike9¾,the HogwartsExpress,Hagrid‘s hut or dormitoriesGryffindor. Open youreyesoveryour journey, round glassesHarrytheMarauder’s MapandNimbus2000are a mustnot to be missed.
Bystage inthe capital,this traveling exhibitioninvites viewers tobetter understandthe scenesof the films thathavetranscendedthecinema,bringing togetheran impressivepanelof costumes, accessories and authenticdecor elements. So that theimmersionis complete, the techniques and skillsusedso that themagicoperateswill be explainedin detailto visitors.
Havingattracted over3 million visitorsworldwide, stopping in Chicago,Boston, Toronto, Seattle, New York, Sydney, Singapore, Tokyo and Cologne, Harry Potter:TheExhibitionwill takeup residence inthe City of Lighttospring.“The audience will be captivated by thesize of the collection,” says KarenMcTier(ExecutiveVice PresidentWarnerBrosConsumer Products.) Confident:“We arepleased to offera uniqueHarry Potterexperiencemore.”
An idealexperience foryoung and old,to livewith family orfriends and, above all, giving freerein to his imagination. Tobest prepareyour arrival,some practicalinformationare required:
-The exhibitionwill be openfrom 10:30 am to19hMonday to Fridayfrom 9:30 am to20hon Saturdays, Sundays, public holidays and during school holidays. Nocturnesuntil 21:30every firstFriday of the month.
-Theinput is fromslots andmust be bookedin advance,the last accesswill take place90 minutes beforethe closingof the exhibition,the ratesof 19.99€ for adults/€ 15.99for children(4-14years)/ 65€for families(max.2 adults and2 children).
-Audio guidesavailable,limited to aday.Theperfect gift fora magicalChristmas!
Anddo not forgetthe scenes ofHarry Potteralsovisitedthroughoutthe yearin the UK, thanks to Warner Bros.Studio TourLondon. The theme parkdedicated to thefamous wizardwelcomes you withplenty of entertainmentfor young and oldand a newattraction:theDarkArtssection.Enjoynowthepromotional rateof17h and18hnichefor youin the adventureand visit‘Hogwarts in the snow.’
In a new survey by Vue Cinemas, the Harry Potter books came out in the Top 5 Best AND Worst book series to be turned into films. Vue have sent over the results which you can read in full here. Find the results specific to Harry Potter below.
Harry Potter came out as the worst book series to be turned into a film, mainly due to plot gaps and actor choices. The top five worst books to be turned into films are as follows:
50 Shades of Grey (interesting as it’s not even been released yet)
Lord of the Rings
Lord of The Rings came out as the UK’s favourite book series to be turned into films, due to it staying true to the book, and it bringing to life what the reader imagined. The top five best books to be turned into films are as follows:
Lord of the Rings
The Hunger Games
Bridget Jones’ Diary
Harry Potter was voted both the worst book adaptation, and the second best. In this context, worst doesn’t mean bad films, it means the series that people felt the most was missed out of. Plus, the books had such a wide-spread and intense following, that the films were always going to upset some fans.
Other little tidbits on the results:
Out of the Harry Potter books and films, the books are the clear favourite amongst fans, with more preferring the book versions of Harry Potter than any other vs. questions in the survey. 12% more agreed that the books were better than the films. In fact, every region of the UK agreed that the books are better.
The key moments respondents felt were missed out of the Harry Potter films were Peeves the Poltergeist and the Quidditch World Cup, followed Hermione’s elf rights group, SPEW.
Females are bigger fans of the Harry Potter books than males, with females preferring the books, and males preferring the films.
“Congratulations to all the fans,” said Lewis. “I’m sure we’ll all agree that the greatest stories are the ones that stay with us forever, so thank you very much for believing in us. We wouldn’t still be here without you.”
This summer, Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter invites visitors to enjoy two special activities over the holiday period. From 7th July until 26th August, Harry Potter fans will be able to watch their favourite films at the series’ production home each Monday and Tuesday evening as the Studio Tour launches its first ever Harry Potter Summer Screenings. Then from Friday 18th July to Monday 1st September, the Studio Tour will reveal how magical sports and wizarding games came to life on screen during its first Bludgers and Broomsticks feature.
Harry Potter Summer Screenings:
Harry Potter fans will be able to watch their favourite films at the series’ production home as Warner Bros. Studio Tour London launches its first ever Harry Potter Summer Screenings.
Every Monday and Tuesday from 7th July until 26th August, visitors to these exclusive screenings will begin by exploring the Studio Tour (which includes a chance to taste Butterbeer), before grabbing a hot snack, popcorn and a drink and then settling down in the Studio Tour’s cinema to watch their chosen film*.
Authentic sets, props and costumes from all eight films are showcased at the Studio Tour, including Harry Potter’s very first set of school robes, the wizarding shopping street Diagon Alley and the breathtaking model of Hogwarts itself.
Tickets must be pre-booked at www.wbstudiotour.co.uk and are priced at £45 per adult and £37.50 per child. The package includes a ticket to the Studio Tour, a Butterbeer, a film ticket, a snack, popcorn or sweets and a soft drink.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone: Monday 7th and Tuesday 8th July
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: Monday 14th and Tuesday 15th July
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: Monday 21st and Tuesday 22nd July
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: Monday 28th and Tuesday 29th July
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix: Monday 4th and Tuesday 5th August
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: Monday 11th and Tuesday 12th August
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1: Monday 18th and Tuesday 19th August
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2: Monday 25th and Tuesday 26th August
Bludgers and Broomsticks:
This summer, Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter will reveal how magical sports and wizarding games came to life on screen during its first Bludgers and Broomsticks feature. From Friday 18th July to Monday 1st September, visitors will discover how a combination of special and visual effects were used to create the illusion of flight and to make chess pieces move – and will get the chance to test green screen technology for themselves.
Head Prop Maker Pierre Bohanna’s team will demonstrate the techniques used to hand-craft broomsticks throughout the Harry Potter film series. After the debuts of the Nimbus 2000 and the Firebolt, in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets respectively, brooms were made to match their owners’ personalities – Arthur Weasley’s even features pedals and a seat from a Muggle bicycle!
The life-size wizard chess pieces from one of the many chambers that Harry encountered as he tried to find the Philosopher’s Stone will be on display in the Studio Tour’s backlot and a pawn will move across a checked board. A board game homage to Quidditch, entitled Snitch Snatcher!, was designed especially for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by Graphic Designer Miraphora Mina and this will be on display for the first time. Featuring a miniature replica of the Hogwarts pitch, the game includes cardboard models of the spectators’ stands for all four houses.
Some of the attraction’s knowledgeable staff members will don authentic Quidditch robes used in the Harry Potter film series. Visitors will get the chance to examine the costumes of Gryffindor and Slytherin players up close and fly on a broomstick in front of a green screen like a member of the cast.
The rattling ball crate, built by the Special Effects Team and used in the scene where Harry is first introduced to Quidditch by Gryffindor Captain Oliver Wood, will be showcased and the Bludgers will move as they did on set.
Warner Bros. Entertainment U.K., Ireland and Spain president Josh Berger recently spoke about how Harry Potter helped the VFX business in Europe as well as some new tidbits on the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them films. On visual effects he says:
Berger noted that with the first Harry Potter film in 2000, less than 15% of the VFX work was done in the UK. By the final film’s production in 2010, more than 85% of the effects were done in Britain. “There was an expansion of the skill base, the assets, the sheer numbers of people working in the industry.”
It was that base of skills and talent that Warner could again tap into for the groundbreaking Gravity, with London-based Framestore leading the VFX.
He then mentioned a bit about the Fantastic Beasts films:
The film is set to be released in Nov. 2016 and is expected to be followed by further movies. Fantastic Beasts is set in 1920s New York and features U.S. and British wizards, he told his audience, but didn’t discuss the status of the script.