CREATING THE VISION
The most fascinating feature here is Creating The Vision which has JK Rowling talking alongside the film's director Alfonso Cuaron, as well as contributions from the likes of Producer David Heyman, Steve Kloves who adapted the book for the screen and Production Designer Stuart Craig.
The ground of how the first three films have reached the screen is covered well. And there are a few gems of information for hardcore fans. Stuart Craig shows us a map of Hogwarts that J K Rowling drew for him when the first movie was being planned, showing how she sees the exact position of the castle, the forest, the Quidditch pitch, Hagrid's Hut etc. Alfonso again talks about how he planned a scene in a Hogwarts graveyard, but that JK Rowling asked him not to include it because there was a graveyard somewhere else in the castle that we'd find out more about later. And JK Rowling mentions for the first time that when she was a teenager, she had a nightmare about 'hooded, gliding figures' which were part inspiration for the Dementors.
It would have been great to have more detail on the scripting process. Several elements of the book didn't make their way into the film, it would have been good to find out how the decisions were made about what went in and what was thrown out. And when Alfonso talks about the graveyard, Potter fans would have loved to hear a little from JK Rowling herself about this mysterious cemetery.
There are actually five deleted scenes included here, some carrying the warning that you're about to view footage in which the effects were unfinished. Here are details of three. We'll have details of the remaining two soon.
The first is a short section of Harry on his way to The Leaky Cauldron, featuring the Knight Bus spinning around in a circle several times on the streets of London, while Harry clings on inside. The backgrounds haven't been added on some of the interior shots so we see blue screen instead of night-time London.
The second is an extended version of a shot that takes us from inside the castle, over the bridge and past Hagrid's Hut.
The third is the best. A scene inside the Great Hall with Harry, Ron and Hermione. Harry's two friends are discussing going into Hogsmeade.