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  • We will see the Millennium bridge collapse, instead of the Brockdale Bridge, as part of a ‘big attack’.
    • Filming is for the bridge collapsing scene.
    • About 60 crew members and 120 extras.
    • Stuntmen will be falling into the river.
    • Bridge was being filmed with helicopter, on foot, and mounted camera crane.
    • Crews were only allowed to film every half hour to allow public on bridge.
    • More location shoots will be taking place in London.

    Pictures from the Millennium Bridge Shoot

    Millennium Bridge

    Millennium Bridge

    Millennium Bridge

    Millennium Bridge


  • Test screening viewers note that the Muggle Prime Minister is cut, and so is Scrimgeour
  • we don’t meet the Muggle Prime Minister
    There are no scenes with the Minister of Magic, and I don’t believe they even mentioned Fudge was sacked (though I may have missed it)
  • A test screening attendee gave a description of the opening scenes
  • The movie opens with a scene from OOTP, of Dumbledore and Harry at the ministry on the night Sirius dies, standing in front of a barrage of flash bulbs. Then it transitions to the WB logo and Harry Potter (which looked even cooler than the last movie). Then it goes to an interior shot of an ultra modern office building overlooking the Millennium Bridge. There are [Death Eaters] flying through the air and then the bridge starts to wave violently and then collapses with lots of people on it.
  • Shots of this attack came from the third trailer, released in November

  • Bridge Attack

    Bridge Attack

    Bridge Attack

    Bridge Attack

    Bridge Attack

    Bridge Attack


  • The Japanese TV trailer showed people on the bridge running for their lives

  • Bridge Attack


  • A new character Sofie was cast for the “Boardroom – Opening Scene”. The test screening description allows us to infer that Sofie will be in the ‘ultra modern office building’. Her scenes may have been cut.

  • Ollivanders’ capture is seen in the film
  • Ah yes I almost forgot about that, we do see His shop being smashed and I think even on fire, and we do see someone who we can all guess is Ollivander being taken away struggling with a bag over his head by masked death eaters
  • Shots of the Death Eaters destroying Diagon Alley came from the third trailer, released in November, the ABC sneak peeks from December, the Japanese TV trailer from January and the Behind the Scenes Featurette from February.

  • Diagon Alley

    Diagon Alley

    Diagon Alley

    Diagon Alley

    Diagon Alley


  • Rachezee discussed the opening scene during her interview with PrinceWatch

  • PrinceWatch Transcript Episode 3
    Rachel: -- it was really cool because it was -- it's -- it's a -- all pedestrian bridge so it's -- there was just --

    Scott:
    Ah.

    Rachel: -- a lot of people on the bridge and they were holding on for dear life and it was shaking. It was -- it -- (laughter)

    Vince:
    Wow.

    Rachel:
    -- looked like a movie about earthquakes. (laughter) But --

    Vince:
    And you see --

    Rachel:
    -- but it --

    Vince:
    -- people die?

    Rachel:
    -- [inaudible] blood.

    Vince:
    Do you see people die? Like when they fall into the water or just --

    Rachel:
    I don't think I re --

    Vince:
    Is it like violent?

    Rachel:
    I think it's --

    Vince:
    Is it --

    Rachel:
    -- no -- it disappears into the water and there's people on it so I think it's --

    Vince:
    Oh. Rachel: -- [inaudible] you know -- Vince: Yeah. Yeah. That's pretty dark.

    Rachel:
    We don't --

    Vince:
    Yeah.

    Rachel:
    -- they could have survived, but not -- I mean, they wouldn't have been all that happy. (laughs)

    Vince:
    Oh, yeah. Yeah. (laughs)

    Scott:
    So is it just a real quick --

    Vince:
    And the --

    Scott:
    -- scene -- over real fast or is it -- is it a good --

    Rachel:
    It's long enough --

    Scott:
    -- cinematic opening?

    Rachel: -- I would say. It's not --

    Scott:
    That's good.

    Rachel:
    -- super -- but it's long enough. It doesn't -- you understand that something -- something bad is happening and it's not a normal event -- you know, it's not a natural --

    Vince:
    Right.

    Rachel:
    -- occurring event.

    Scott:
    Right.

    Rachel:
    So ... (laughs)

    Vince:
    Is it --

    Scott:
    Well, is there any --

    Vince:
    -- sort of a bomb --

    Scott:
    -- other events --

    Vince:
    -- or --

    Scott:
    -- from the book from that first chapter -- like where there was murders of people inside houses with like locked windows and doors or was --

    Vince:
    Yeah. Is it like a part of a montage or --

    Scott: -- was there any Death Eater attacks or anything after the bridge attack?

    Rachel:
    No. I --

    Scott:
    I know we --

    Rachel:
    -- I -- it went to Olli -- I think the one thing I had forgotten when I writ -- wrote it was that the Ollivander sce -- there was a scene where Ollivander -- where it's obvious it's him -- gets dragged out of his shop.

    Vince:
    It's obvious it's him? Oh -- because some --

    Rachel:
    Yeah, because --

    Vince:
    -- people said --

    Rachel:
    -- it's his shop.

    Vince:
    -- it's not obvious.

    Rachel:
    You -- they don't -- you don't see him because I don't think they even got the actor back for it, but -- for this movie -- but the --

    Vince:
    But it's implied that it's him, yeah.

    Rachel:
    Yeah, 'cause they put a bag over -- they put one of those sacks over his head and they drag him out.

    Scott:
    Uh-huh.

    Rachel:
    But it's obvious he's alive.

    Scott: Cool.

    Rachel:
    There's no question that -- that he's not -- they didn't kill him. They -- they just dragged out -- dragged him out of the shop and --

    Scott:
    So it goes --

    Rachel:
    -- and [inaudible] (attacks?)

    Scott:
    -- from the bridge attack --

    Vince:
    That sets up --

    Scott:
    -- to --

    Vince:
    -- Deathly Hallows then -- I guess then, at the end? I guess, again --

    Rachel: Yeah. They're --

    Vince:
    -- to keep that subplot in

    Rachel:
    Yeah. They were --

    Vince:
    -- Deathly Hallows.

    Rachel:
    -- definitely setting it up.

    Vince:
    Yeah.

    Rachel:
    So ...

    Scott:
    It goes the -- the bridge attack to Diagon Alley and then directly to Harry in the café?

    Rachel:
    Yeah.
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