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Sunday, 7 October 2001 : "More Potter news"

New Harry Potter movie stuff in this weekend's U.K. Papers (including new photos), via the leaky cauldron:

The Sun: Potter's owling success
[Richard Harris/Albus Dumbledore]: "We read some scenes together and when I finished, Daniel said to me, 'That was quite a good reading. I think youíll be good in the part.'
"Lord, to have that much confidence at his age. I donít have that much now."


Sunday Times: On the set of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone [multipage]
The big, obvious stupidity [the studio] could have inflicted on Harry Potter was to Americanise him. In fact, this is said to be what Steven Spielberg wanted to do to him.

It is said that Spielberg wanted to set the film in an American high school [gack!] and have Harry played by Haley Joel Osment, the very American child star of The Sixth Sense, and now Spielberg's own AI. Cheerleaders are said to have been involved.

Because of the need for every one of the 2,000 children involved to be educated every day, each cast member has to have doubles, trebles or even quadruples to ensure that filming isn't held up. Each one of these has to have the same hair and make-up.


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