Exclusive: Director David Yates Talks HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS – PART 2, Deleted Scenes, Future Projects, and More

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With Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 getting released next weekend, Warner Bros. held a big press junket today in New York City and for the most of the day, I’ve been interviewing the cast and filmmakers.  So if you’re looking forward to the final installment, every day this week I’ll be posting a new interview and I’m starting our coverage off with director David Yates.

Even though Yates might have been an unlikely choice when he was hired to direct Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, I think we can all agree that he turned out to be a brilliant decision and someone that has made some of the best films in the series.  And if you were nervous that the final installment might disappoint, I’m happy to report that the final Harry Potter movie is everything I’d hoped it would be and you’re all going to love it.

During the interview, Yates talked about how did he manage making four huge movies back to back, has JK Rowling ever told him any secrets that haven’t yet been revealed, deleted scenes, what props did he take home, all the offers he’s getting now that Potter has wrapped, what is he doing next, and so much more.  Hit the jump to watch.

For those wondering what Yates will do next, as you might imagine, he told me that he’s getting tons of offers now that he’s done with the series (he’s been offered everything from big tentpoles to smaller films).  He says next year he’s gonna make a really small film because you need to be wary of becoming indulgent as a filmmaker, so he intends to make a smaller film to help get his edge back. He’s also developing some big things for the year after.  Here’s the full interview.

NOTE: If you have not read the books, I strongly suggest watching this interview after you’ve seen the movie. Or if you want to watch now, skip from the 7 minute mark until the 12 minute mark.  You’ve been warned.

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  • :16 – Talks about letting go of the franchise. Says the 5-day junket process to end the film is kind of cathartic.
  • :48 – The London premiere. Says 25,000 fans showed up from all over the world. They’d been waiting for four days.
  • 1:57 – The enormity of this film being the final installment of the Harry Potter franchise. Talks about how it feels to know that the film is gonna make huge amounts of money. Says he’s more concerned with what people think of the movie than the box-office. He says whatever numbers they do this year, another movie will top it next year or the year after.
  • 3:30 – Talks about message boards. Says he never reads them. He’s been on them a dozen times in the last six years, but not recently. He says what helped was reading fan letters saying what they want to see in the movies. It started on Half-Blood Prince. Says the letters help give a sense of what the fans love, but you ultimately have to serve the adaptation.
  • 4:35 – Has JK Rowling ever told him any secrets that haven’t yet been revealed? He says we pretty much know all the major ones, but a few little ones may pop up on Pottermore. The biggest thing she’s revealed to him was that Dumbledore is gay.
  • 5:05 – Talks about how happy he is that his brother was there with him.
  • 5:36 – He says he wishes he could have taken more vacations.
  • harry-potter-deathly-hallows-part-2-final-poster-016:15 – How has he gotten through these four movies? He says he has meditation, yoga and alcohol to thank. He also says he had a fantastic team.
  • 7:00 – Talks about deleted scenes. Says he reshot the Aberforth scene, and had Steve Kloves re-write it. There’s also a different version of the epilogue that they re-shot, but he doesn’t know if he wants to put that on the DVD.
  • 8:08 – The epilogue that they shot first, before the reshoot. Says he needs to look at it again before deciding whether or not to release it.
  • 8:36 – Talks about props he may or may not have as mementos. He was given a big port train, a Beatle of the Bard book, a wand and he has Hermione’s bag.
  • 9:55 Talks about the end of the film, did he ever have the urge to do a Return of the King ending where the conclusion lasts for half an hour. Says he wanted to avoid countless endings, and wanted to end in a way that felt satisfying, simple and moving.
  • 12:01 – Talks about all the offers he’s getting now that he’s done with the series. He’s getting a wide range, from big tentpole things to very tiny things. He says next year he’s gonna make a really small film. He says you need to be wary of becoming indulgent as a filmmaker, so he intends to make a smaller film to help get his edge back. He’s also developing some big things for the year after.
  • 13:48 – Since Warner Bros. is known for keeping talent in-house (Christopher Nolan, Zack Snyder), are they working on getting him attached to more of their properties?
  • 14:30 – He talks more about his smaller film next year. He says there’s two or three scripts that he’s really passionate about, and he’s gonna make his decision on which one after he’s had time to unwind.
  • 14:53 – Says he’s planning on reuniting with screenwriter Steve Kloves and producers David Heyman and Barron on another project (the four have been together on three of Yates’ Harry Potter films).


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  • m.v.

    I had the opportunity to see HP7.2 on Sat. and it does not disappoint. For anyone who has followed the series since the books started, this movie is the epic finish that we all deserved. It is intense, gripping, emotional, and satisfying. Mr. Yates deserves some awards.

  • Matt C

    I hate to bust your bubble, but Michael Goldenberg was the screenwriter for “Order of the Phoenix”. Kloves cited exhaustion and wanting a break, so Goldenberg was brought on. So Kloves has only collaborated with Yates for the last three films, not four.

    • Steve ‘Frosty’ Weintraub

      fixed. thanks.

  • Julie

    This was a great interview. He seems like a very lovely and humble guy. I’m really looking forward to this movie. :)

  • mark tornits

    once again the collider video player not working correctly… surprise

  • ajnapjr

    David Yates seems like such a down to earth guy even after making what will be four of the biggest films of our time. Also kudos to you Steve. You offer some of the best done interviews on the web these days. Can’t wait for Thursday at midnight.

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  • StephenCeja Ceja

    I want to know what happens in Harry Potter Deathly Hallows i cant be bothered reading books and i cant wait till the movie comes out So yeah?

  • Tanja

    I love this Interview.

  • O.R.

    I think the book is called Beedle the Bard. Beatle of the Bard sounds like a folk rock band, and a crappy one at that.

  • Tim

    This man ruined Harry Potter.

    • stoudaa

      no he didn’t

      • j jonah jameson

        If Tim is referring to the end of “Order” and the entirety of “Prince” then I would have to say I agree with him. However, Part 1 was decent and Part 2 looks genuinely good.

  • Cooman

    Except for the first two films, the other are very bad to me. Maybe I love too much every single detail of the books, but I can’t stand the nonsense of some changes and the insertion of empty action scenes, that steals valuable time to the plot.
    I think that the only things I’ll really love of this film, like the previous, will be the posters.

    • Ebow

      The first two are the worst ones. Faithfulness does not equal quality.

    • jenny

      That is one thing I hate about book to movie adaptations. Things are cut out, rearranged, changed, things are added into the movie that weren’t in the book.

  • Tim

    I recently watched all the previous films. Order just seems so choppy and all over the place. Prince has more of a spirit of the earlier ones but Yates couldn’t pull it off. The attempt at humour was dreadful, the picture was bleak and I don’t understand why he put in that scene with Snape making the vow at the start of the film. It destroyed all sense of suspense throughout the film. I’m assuming it was in the book but it didn’t work in the film.
    As for Deathly Hallows 1, I just see that as a badly made film. I would have liked some closure with the death of Moody rather than hearing that he’s dead. Bill Nighy is in the film for two scenes and then we are told that he’s dead. What? And there is obviously a lot of action going on at Hogwarts but we see none of that.
    Harry, Ron and Hermione took up so much of the film with their long gazing, dry dialogue, poor acting and those camping scenes which probably work well in the book but made a dreadfully boring film – and this was part 1. I would have preferred one final film as opposed to two cash cows which diminish the franchise of all credibility.

    • Jer

      Most of your issues are issues carried over from the books. The characters don’t even get sad in the book when they hear about Moody’s demise. At least they look rightfully devastated in the movie. And the movie’s camping bits are actually a far, far shorter variation than the book’s, which goes on forever.

  • Interloper

    Couldn’t you have asked him whether the trailer for TDKR is really attached to his movie? lol.

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  • Violet

    He says he was given “a portrait”, not “a port train”…LOL.

  • Phoenix

    Steve, you asked him about a 8 film ultimate edition why not ask if he’ll release extended versions of his own 4 films?

  • A5J4DX

    only watched a few interviews of david yates and really starting to like the guy very down to earth indeed! hope the best for him cause ill be hopefully watching this future films too :D

  • David Con

    Please tell me that I can hear more than just one John Williams score at the end, or anywhere in between part 2! :)

  • Harry

    This is a great interview and I have the greatest respect for David Yates, he’s done a fantastic job with the last couple Potters. I hope to see some more great films from him and hope he gets a rest cuz apparently he really needs one lol. David Yates FTW

  • Brendan

    i really liked the last 3 movies. phoenix did have a sappy awkward ending, but it was a difficult book to adapt with its length and different themes, and it was great overall.
    i know not many people think so, but i thought half blood prince was beautiful filmmaking. yates moved a complex story along smoothly with a very nice subtelty and more confidence in the main actors, it was visually stunning, the music was perfect, etc. my only problem with it would be an excess of love-hormone-humor scenes.
    As for dhp1, i thought it was as good as it could be. great acting, very dark, and thrilling. However, with the split it does have some pacing issues and the final act doesnt deliver like the other movies do. but still, i think yates deserves an oscar award for all his work. i loved what he did with the second half of the series, and i cant wait for part 2!

  • brad

    steve u are the best interviewer ever!!! always fun !!

  • ripley

    I certainly hope the DH II film ending bears no resemblance to ROTK’s ending. The book’s ending bears no resemblance to the ending of ROTK. Love the HP books and enjoy the films and really, no dig at ROTK was necessary as it ended exactly as it should have.

  • Katie

    He seems like such a nice man! Loved what he did with Harry Potter and I can’t wait to see what he did with Part 2. I thought Part 1 stayed very true to the books and so it’ll be exciting to see what he kept and added. So stoked.

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  • elwinransom

    Steve, I must say: you are an excellent interviewer.

  • Cooman

    DH II part, was awful as I expected…
    A fitting conclusion to a ridiculous film: Harry broke with nude hands the invincible, powerful, indestructable Elder Wand.

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  • Flavio

    David Yates is the worst director ever.
    I mean, the last 3 movies are totally awful, even if you didn’t read the books!

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  • Jeremy

    I admire and enjoy David Yates’ work very much. When I read comments saying he has ruined a film blah blah I really wonder what planet the commentator is on.

    Some people have the attention span of a goldfish and so they should only watch films like Transformers part 23 and just stay away from films that require a person to engage their brain.

    I have studied film making, I worked in the business for many years and of course I have watched a lot of films so when I read some ignoramus slagging off an excellent film maker I feel embarrassed for the commentator.

  • Tim

    Jeremy, because someone has a different opinion to you they have the attention span of a goldfish and are an ignoramus? Really?

    I would never in a million years watch Transformers, but I did feel let down with Yates’ contributions to the Potter franchise. However, his only other film, prior to the Potters, is one of my favourite films, ‘The Girl In The Cafe’.

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  • Tim

    Yates made reference to Peter Jackson’s work on The Lord Of The Rings. Jackson’s Trilogy won 17 Academy Awards. How many did Yates’ four Potter films win? Oh, that’s right. Zero.

    I just recently watched Harry Potter 4 and then 5. Yates makes me so angry. He truly emasculated the series.

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