A new clip from the upcoming Harry Potter Wizard’s Collection Blu-ray and DVD has made it online, featuring Daniel Radcliff (Harry), Rupert Grint (Ron) and director Alfonso Cuarón discussing the third film the series, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, which Cuarón took over after original director Chris Columbus stepped down. The clip is part of an epic collection that will span 31 discs, available September 7th. However, if you want a piece of it immediately, your orders have to be in by Harry’s birthday (meaning today): July 31st.
The film discussed in the clip is a polarizing one for fans, some of whom (myself included) see it as an artistic achievement, and though it is long, it’s exceptionally engaging. Others simply find it just long, too artsy, and very dark (especially compared to the first two films in the series). To see the video and learn more behind-the-scenes info about the film and the upcoming collection, hit the jump. Also, get the scoop on the all-new Harry Potter Reading Club.
According to MTV’s Movie Blog,
“For Prisoner of Azkaban, Cuarón assigned Radcliffe, Grint, and Emma Watson with some homework. They had to write essays about their characters’ backgrounds. True to Hermione, Harry, and Ron, Watson wrote the most, Radcliffe wrote a few pages, and Grint just didn’t do it.”
But of the course, the books are always better than the movies, which is why Scholastic is launching the Harry Potter Reading Club. Readers will be treated to a webcast with author JK Rowling from her hometown Edinburgh on October 11th and noon EST, which will mark the first time she has answered questions from kids (why just kids??) since 2007.
The club, which will act as a companion guide to the book series (including overviews, glossaries, pronunciation guides, events and contests), sounds an awful lot like the somewhat beleaguered Pottermore, which Rowling launched last year, minus the social factor. However, social media will be involved with Scholastic’s project via the ongoing Twitter discussion with the hashtag #hpREADS. One of the complaints about Pottermore has been the inability to interact directly with any other users, something that the inclusion of Twitter may remedy by allowing fans to find each other online. After all, who’s going to support you as a Hufflepuff except other Hufflepuffs?