But McDermid stresses that it is far from a veiled version of the Moors Murders story. Borrowing the details of a real murder would feel "a bit vampiric, that you're feeding off other people's grief", she adds. But I couldn't do it. That seemed very interesting - were they after the people who owned that house, or were they after the housesitter? I have used that as a device. As long as it's not hurtful to the people involved and it's so anonymised that people are not going to realise who it is, then that's fair game.
More recently, Lionel Shriver's We Need To Talk About Kevin had echoes of the Columbine high school massacre, while Emma Donoghue's Booker-nominated Room had striking similarities with the case of Josef Fritzl, who kept his daughter captive in a cellar for 24 years and fathered seven children with her. However, Donoghue notes on her website : "I doubt I'll ever use contemporary headlines as a launching point again, since I didn't like being even occasionally accused of 'exploitation' or tagged 'Fritzl writer.
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At least serious crime novelists attempt to change some of the plot - whereas killers like Myra Hindley played by Maxine Peake and Fred West played by Dominic West have been portrayed in screen docu-dramas in recent years. Back on the printed page, author Mark Billingham has woven elements of the James Bulger and April Jones murders into his stories. But a bigger influence on Billingham was being a victim of crime himself. He was tied and hooded for three hours by a masked gang in Manchester hotel room in While some crime novels take their lead from gruesome stories in the press, Val McDermid turned the tables when it came to Jimmy Savile.
She based the psychopathic TV star Jacko Vance on Savile before his abuses had even come to public attention. While working for the Sunday People, McDermid says she heard repeated rumours about Savile's assaults. But with insufficient evidence to run a story in the paper, she put him in a novel instead. But the horrors of real life are even more shocking and, sadly, crime writers will never run out of sources of inspiration.
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Director Chris Columbus aimed to film as much of "Sorcerer's Stone" on-location as he could. While later films used more studio shooting, it was shot at major sites in England including King's Cross, Durham Cathedral and Alnwick Castle.
The major exceptions were the Gryffindor common room and the Great Hall, which were filmed in-studio. Platforms 9 and 10 are suburban platforms located in a rather mundane-looking part of the station, while the grander area seen in the film and depicted in the books is the inter-city area located on platforms 4 and 5.
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After a long talk with Columbus and Heyman, they eventually agreed. Rupert Grint's audition was completely different. To get the role of Ron Weasley, he sent in a videotape of him rapping about why he should be in the movie. In , during a panel for "Deathly Hallows," he performed a part of his rap for a crowd of Potter fans. Even today, the differences between Radcliffe and Grint are striking. Grint, meanwhile, spent his money on fulfilling his childhood dream of owning an ice cream truck.
enter As for Emma Watson, she was reluctant at first to audition for Hermione, but was convinced to do so by her Oxford theatre teacher. She got the part after Heyman and Rowling were impressed by her confidence during screen tests. In an attempt to remain as faithful to the books as possible, Watson was originally given fake teeth to match Hermione's buck-toothed smile from Rowling's descriptions.
They were scrapped after Watson struggled to speak with them. Rowling herself was offered a cameo in the film as Harry's mother, Lily, who appears in the Mirror of Erised. Rowling declined, and the role was given to Geraldine Somerville. The floating candles in the Great Hall were created with a special effects rig that moved the candles up and down in special holders that created the illusion that they were floating. No one was injured, but it was decided that the candles would be entirely computer generated in later films.
While most movies are not filmed in chronological order, Columbus decided to film most of "Sorcerer's Stone" starting from the beginning to help Radcliffe, Watson and Grint come together as a group.
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