Saturday, September 8, 2001

'Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets' filming to start in Autumn 2001





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The first Harry Potter film has not even been released but the sequel is already in production.
The unprecedented rush to start work on the follow-up to the eagerly-awaited Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone has raised eyebrows in the movie business.

But the reason is that the producers, Warner Bros, are racing against time as their child star grows up.

The orphaned trainee wizard is supposed to be 11, but he is played by Daniel Radcliffe who is already 12, and before long his voice will break.

With his round glasses and shy smile he has proved perfect for the part, but a booming voice, teenage acne and stubble would not fit the image.

The sequel, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, stars all the same children in the main roles, including Emma Watson as Hermione and Rupert Grint as Harry's best friend Ron, but with their ages ranging from ten to 14 physical changes are imminent.

The first film is being edited now and will be released in November. Shooting on the second will begin in the early autumn. The adult cast is also the same, including Maggie Smith, Robbie Coltrane and Alan Rickman.

The crew, under the same director, Chris Columbus, will be back at Gloucester Cathedral - where the historic cloisters double as the corridors of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry - in the New Year to film fresh scenes using many of the same pupils as extras.

One child who worked on the first film said: 'It's great that they will have to come back here so soon because Daniel Radcliffe's voice is starting to break.

'He was already starting to wobble a bit when they were here filming in February, and they were getting worried about it then.'

Daniel, a London schoolboy, signed a deal for both films which was reported to be in the region of £200,000.

An insider on the film said: 'They're terrified he will look too old to play Harry in the next movie if there is any delay in production. It's a race against time and they know they must make the second film this year.'

A spokesman for Warner Bros said: 'The filming of the second film is a natural progression. As for Daniel's voice breaking, we will cross that bridge when we come to it.'

Warner Bros wants to film all J K Rowling's Harry Potter books. The fifth is due for publication early next year.

Source: Daily Mail



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