Sunday, July 06, 2014

8 Epic Harry Potter Moments That Could've Been at Comic Con

San Diego Comic Con convention beholds exciting and one-of-a -ind question and answer panels with celebrity casts, new trailer releases, and epic teasers to upcoming television shows and films. Millions of fans gather from around the world for one of the most epic celebrations of geek and fandom.

In the past decade of  Comic Con International in San Diego, there was a surprising massive void: the Harry Potter franchise. Perhaps it was Warner Bros attempt to keep the series as least blockbuster as possible, but during the ten years as the series catapulted into a worldwide phenomenon, the films (nor books) made a dent at one of the biggest pop culture events of the year. (Fans hosted their own panel in 2010 and actor Tom Felton promoted Deathly Hallows.) PotterTalk wondered what epic moments would've been taken place if magic had arrived at Comic Con....

First Cast Q&A Panel
On August 20th 2000, the world erupted with the official cast announcement for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. Gathered together in a sweet brief interview, little wee ones Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint emerged as the chosen ones to play Harry Potter, Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley. With Sorcerer's Stone due to release that following November, Comic Con would've been served greatly with a dose of adorableness for the first cast Q&A.

Scared Potter?
We wish we could have seen a platinum blond Draco Malfoy duel against snake-hearing Harry Potter in "a war of words". Fans are surprised with a panel between Daniel Radcliffe and Tom Felton. Or maybe fans are even treated to a few lessons in wand dueling by the film's choreographer. Yes, we wish.

Dumbledore Recast
Unlike other moments on this list, this announcement at Comic Con would've been in connection to a truly terrible loss. Following the passing of Richard Harris who portrayed Dumbledore in Sorcerer's Stone and Chamber of Secrets, someone had to fill his shoes. First appearing in Prisoner of Azkaban the boisterous and grumpier version of Dumbledore came alive with veteran British actor Michael Gambon.

First Look at Voldemort
Four epic books followed with their adaptations, and the boy who lived is finally coming face to face with the Dark Lord in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. With Ralph Fiennes cast as He Who Shall Not Be Named a special treat would await fans with first look at Voldemort. And perhaps a sneak peak of the Gryffindor student battling against the legendary Slytherin.

Helena Bonham Carter joins cast
The cast for Order of the Phoenix was already strong. Some favorites were returning like David Thewlis as Remus Lupin and Brendan Gleeson as Mad-Eye Moody. As the deplorable character Dolores Umbridge was cast with the talented Imelda Staunton,  one of the most exciting news in 2006 is made: Helena Bonham Carter is announced to play Bellatrix Lestrange. The Ddatheater who is responsible for Neville's parents slip into insanity is finally revealed!

Farewell to a Headmaster
Devastation strikes with the inevitable loss of Dumbledore. In  Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince we come to that all-too depressing death of one of the series greatest characters. Perhaps in 2009, there's retrospective panel where we raise our wands in respect to one of Hogwart's most notable headmasters ever.

Second Installment to Deathly Hallows
Almost 800 pages long. The Tales of Beedle the Bard. The Battle of Hogwarts. The epic and magical epilogue. How would the final Harry Potter book be adapted to the big screen in just one film? It couldn't be. So a big announcement is made that there will be a second installment to the Deathly Hallows. *cue applause*

Cast unite for final panel
Cast members, directors, and characters have come and gone for the past ten years. In a teary farewell the cast (not sans Daniel Radcliffe) - which some British actors joke collects every talented entertainer today - come together for one last farewell. Our favorites talk about their favorite moments, behind the scenes experiences, and a few teasers for the final Harry Potter film is joyously yet solemnly shared.

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