Los Angeles Times interviews Stuart Craig

As we get ever so close to the release of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, the LA Times has posted its latest daily look at the film. This time it's an interview with set designer Stuart Craig. Here's an excerpt from that very interesting interview:

JP: The most spectacular set?

SC: Voldemort has hidden a Horcrux … The construction of that cave, the design of that cave and entrance is on the ocean in a cliff face beside the ocean. The most spectacular piece of coastline in these islands is in fact the Cliffs of Moher in the west of Ireland.

So having found the entrance, we thought 'What should the interior be?' Well, stalactites and stalagmites. Yeah, they're exciting and sort of interesting formations, but they're familiar. So we found some material about a cave in Mexico that has huge quartz crystals in it. So we began to look into crystal caves … but [we] also discovered that near Frankfurt in Germany there's a cave with salt crystals in it, so we went off there and it was indeed amazing. It was the cave where Hitler stored all the gold bullion and precious works of art taken from the European countries that he invaded. There were photographs of Eisenhower after the war entering this giant salt mine and discovering all this stuff. But, I'm rambling.

Check out the whole interview here.