As fans across the world eagerly await news of
the latest Potter film The Prisoner of Azkaban, at least it's been
possible to once again enjoy Harry's adventures at Hogwarts in The
Chamber Of Secrets.
Chris Rankin told BBCi's Martin Barber, the launch
of the DVD and video saw something of a party at the Leavesden Studios
in Watford - the studio where all the Harry Potter films to date
have been made:
Ron and Harry climb back into that famous Ford
They held the party in the studio’s this year which
I thought was a brave move letting the world’s media into the top
secret studio location that we have.
Basically they stuck a big marquee at the end of
what is now Privett Drive and filled it full of bits of set, animatronic
spiders and the like and let us play for a few hours.
We all turned up and they started the evening with
the media calls.
They flew Harry, Ron and Hermione onto the stage
in the flying car, then they brought out the cast in principal order.
The we all moved on and did the media line-ups and then we were
let loose to party.
Who did you hob-knob with?
Lizo was there from Newsround and he’s actually
on the DVD doing an interview with JK Rowling. Ulrika
Johnson was there too. I don’t think I was particularly polite to
her, but I was a bit drunk by then.
Dame Judi Dench and Chris enjoy a gossip
Judi Dench was my favourite.
She came with a couple of her grandchildren
and was absolutely adorable about it all, I spent about 10 minutes
chatting to her.
Turning back to The Prisoner Of Azkaban, there’s
been plenty of upset fans that Shaun Biggerstaff won't be in the
Yeah, it’s very sad. I found out slightly before
everybody else in the world did so I was slightly prepared when
people rang me shouting ‘he’s been cut, he’s been cut’.
It’s shame because Shaun played the Quidditch Captain
very, very well. He’s a lovely guy and it’ll be odd not having him
In the book, Oliver Wood doesn’t do anything particular.
He’s there and he has some very funny bits, but they don’t relate
in any direct way to the story line.
If we start going off in tangents in the film to
what should be happening, everybody who hasn’t read the books won’t
have a clue to what’s going on. It’s just a shame it’s Oliver Woods’
part that doesn’t have anything to do with the script.
I know you're enjoy a little bit of a break
from filming at the moment, but when are you back at Hogwarts?
The next block of filming for me is in July when
the principals get back from Scotland, but I’m not sure exactly
what were doing. It’s a Great Hall scene I think.
What’s coming up in the immediate future for
I think it’s time for Chris to have a holiday as
he hasn’t had one for three years. I’m just going to see my mates
whilst they’re back from uni over the summer and then I hope it’s
back to panto again at Christmas. I’m also doing a bit of house
hunting in London.
Chris at at COs DVD launch party press call
Finally, spill the gossip from the set.
To be honest, there’s not much gossip going around,
it’s all a bit quiet sadly.
I think the most embarrassing moment so far was
on Emma Watson’s birthday.
There was an apparent power cut in the middle of
a huge piece of her dialogue during a Great Hall scene. We all thought
what's going on and then 700 people burst into singing Happy Birthday.
It was all very nice but I think she got embarrassed
by it all.
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