Earlier this year, ComingSoon.net visited the set of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and we interviewed the entire cast, including newcomer Jessie Cave who plays Lavender Brown, a new character to the franchise. She has a strong obsession with Ron Weasley and Cave talked to us about the infamous kiss with Rupert Grint.
Dressed in her Quidditch costume complete with a huge scarf she was wearing to show team spirit, Cave excitedly explained to reporters what her experience had been like on her first “Harry Potter” film and how her character is viewed by others.
The interviews took place at Leavesden Studios, where all of the “Potter” movies have been filmed.
The studio, which opened its doors for business in 1995, is about an hour outside of London. Before it became a place that movies like GoldenEye and Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace called home during production, Leavesden was originally a site where aircrafts were made during World War II. After the war, Rolls-Royce moved in and manufactured helicopter engines.
The cast of “Harry Potter” has practically grown up on the sprawling soundstages at Leavesden, and visitors who are lucky enough to obtain a pass to the “Closed Set,” get to see and experience true movie magic.
The world of “Harry Potter” took over the complex and what’s really cool about Leavesden is that almost every scene of the movies are shot there so you actually get to see Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Gryffindor, The Great Hall and our personal favorite, Dumbledore’s Office where we got to sit in his chair.
Full details of the set visit will be posted closer to the release date, but it looks like there’s a messy love triangle between Ron Weasley, Hermione and Lavender. Harry Potter will have some romance issues of his own when he starts to see his longtime friend Ginny Weasley as more of a love interest, which causes some problems with Ron.
While on set, we learned this story has more adult humor and when there are dark moments in the movie, they’re darker than previous “Potter” films.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince hits conventional theaters and IMAX on July 17, 2009.