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ABC Family Harry Potter Special Weekend Details + New Photo

harrypotterandthehalfbloodprince-120508USA Today has posted an article online discussing a special Harry Potter weekend that will kick off this evening on ABC Family.  In addition to airing all four films (including the worldwide premiere of the extended edition–10 extra minutes–of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire), other footage related to the franchise will also be shown.

“There were scenes that got cut in the interest of keeping the length down that were really fun and good,” says producer David Heyman.

The deleted scenes include extended segments with Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) and his buddy Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint) and their respective flirtations, as well as a scene with Mad Eye Moody (Brendan Gleeson) and Barty Crouch (Sam Hazeldine) following the underwater sequence of the Tri-Wizard Tournament.

Footage from the sixth film, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (July 17, 2009) will also be shown, including a look into the tortured past of Lord Voldemort/Tom Riddle–pictured above.

“It’s different than the other films,” says Heyman. “It’s not the non-stop action that some of the others are, although there is some action. It’s more of an emotional film. We follow multiple stories: Harry’s relationship with Ginny Weasley, Ron’s relationship with Lavender Brown. … There also is Hermione’s discomfort with Ron’s relationship with Lavender. There’s Draco Malfoy’s story. And then there’s Harry’s relationship with (Hogwarts headmaster and professor) Dumbledore. We’re following these multiple stories that enrich the canvas.”

Read the rest of the article here.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone airs Friday (7:30 p.m. ET/PT) and Saturday (1:30 p.m. ET/PT). Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets airs Saturday (5 p.m. ET/PT) and Sunday (12:30 p.m. ET/PT). Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban airs Saturday (9 p.m ET/PT) and Sunday (4:30 p.m. ET/PT). The extended version of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire will have its world television premiere Sunday (7:30 p.m. ET/PT).

Source: USA Today