Exclusive: Producer David Heyman talks HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE and HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS

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As one of the producers of the “Harry Potter” films, David Heyman has done the impossible – he made the beloved books work brilliantly as standalone movies. And the most recent – “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” – is getting some of the best reviews yet. In fact, many have called it the best of the series.

Anyway, while “Half-Blood Prince” has just been released, David and the “Potter” team have been hard at work for the past three months on the final film, which is being released as a two-parter in November 2010 and July 2011. Since he was cool to talk about everything, we spent almost thirty minutes discussing all three films.

After the jump you can read about changes from the book to the screen, deleted scenes, the running time for “Deathly Hallows”, will there be a trailer for part two on part one, how long will the final battle be in part two, what else he’s producing, and a lot more! It’s a great interview and a must-read if you’re a “Harry Potter” fan.

Warning: Spoilers are discussed.

Since the interview is quite long, here are some of the highlights:

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  • Had a draft of “Half-Blood Prince” that had the opening of the book (the Prime Minister scene). They also had Dumbledore’s funeral at one point.
  • They don’t have many deleted scenes for “Half-Blood Prince’s” DVD/Blu-ray. One that is included is Jim Broadbent (Professor Slughorn) posing with more celebrities in the “Potter” universe. Director David Yates cut a montage of all the ones that were cut. Another scene will be the casting of Lavender Brown where you’ll see Rupert and Jessie Cave improvising.
  • The tone of “Deathly Hallows Part 1″ is a road movie and part 2 is “more operatic with the huge, great battle for Hogwarts.”
  • They’re currently on Day 94 out of 250 on the “Deathly Hallows” shoot. The first 50 or 60 days were all for part 1 and now they’re shooting both films.
  • The ending of part 2 is one of the last things they’re going to shoot. David also says he expects the ending battle to be around 30 minutes in the movie. He says the gang gets to Hogwarts early on and then they’re a lot of build up to the battle.
  • They haven’t decided the length of part 1 and 2. But he expects it to be around 2 to 2 and a half hours per film.director_david_yates___daniel_radcliffe_and_bonnie_wright_as_ginny_weasley_harry_potter_and_the_half_blood_prince_movie_image_s.jpg
  • They haven’t decided if they’re going to put a trailer for part 2 at the end of part 1.
  • Says an ultimate collector’s edition of all the films is being planned for down the road.
  • Was surprised they got a PG and not a PG-13 on “Half-Blood Prince”
  • Developing “The Curious Incident of the Dog and the Nighttime” which Steve Kloves is scheduled to direct. It’s about a young boy with Asperser’s Syndrome. He also is developing a super hero film called “Methuselah”, which is about a man who’s 300 or so years old and whose super powers are born out of his experiences, of having greater experiences than most.
  • Not sure when we’re getting the first trailer for “Deathly Hallows Part 1″
  • And when I asked him about all the people that have tried to make big movies back to back like “The Matrix” sequels and “Back to the Future 2 and 3″…he said the difference is they “have incredible source material.” He went on to say, “there will be no quality compromised in any way at all.”

Here’s the full interview. Again, if you’re a fan of the “Harry Potter” movies and how they’re made, you’ll love reading this.

Collider: Usually I talk to people before the movie comes out, but I’m talking to you after a record breaking midnight showings.

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DAVID HEYMAN: I know. It’s…that’s why I say it’s a good day. I thought it might do okay. The tracking was alright but I had no idea that it would do quite as well as it’s done. And you know who knows if it lasts or if it’s just the first flush but it’s a very exciting beginning.

Definitely. One of the things that fandom seems to be united on and all the online people, myself included, is the movie is just damn good.  And so how did this thing turn out so good?

HEYMAN: Well, I mean I said it’s part David Yates and Steve Kloves who are fantastic and Jo [aka J.K. Rowling] supplied us with the book, which I think the advantage we have over so many other franchises. I mean with the Bonds, they have to invent new stories each and every time. We don’t have to do that. We have Jo’s books. But I think that one of the things with this book in particular is that there’s not a clear…it’s not like Voldemort is present throughout it in a tangible way. I mean, he’s casts a long shadow as a result of memories but he’s not there throughout. And so there are other things that are at play and I think we spend more time with the characters in this one. And I think people seem to be enjoying that. You know, the romance and the relationships. And the other thing I think is that David Yates and Steve Kloves have done a brilliant job going back and forth in tone, which is very like Jo’s books, where you have some darkness and then you have the comedy and then you go back to some drama and then you flip back to some comedy. And I think people enjoy that and it’s something that in a traditional development process may get ironed out because you’re trying to have a consistency of tones, but seems to have worked in this case and a thing that Jo, as I say, does so well.

So I definitely have to ask, did you ever have, at any point, the beginning of book 6 in script form to do it? With like the Prime Minister and stuff?

HEYMAN: Oh, yes. In the very first draft the Prime Minister did a scene in it and I loved that scene, but again what it seemed to lead to as we developed it as too many beginnings, which again, was one of the reasons why we cut out the funeral which is one of my favorite scenes in the book. But again, what we felt was with the emotion of Dumbledore’s death and after the fight and then coming back and having the scene in the courtyard when Harry is there with Dumbledore’s body. To then have the funeral felt like it was one step too many. I loved that scene in the book, but it just…it’s part of the adaptation process, you know? It’s capturing the-and I think this really began with the 3rd adaptation with Alfonso Cuaron-where we began to tell the story from Harry’s point of view and things that didn’t relate to Harry were often excised which meant killing some things that you really loved, of course. But we did that and I think with this it’s about capturing the spirit of Jo’s books as much as being literally faithful. I think if we capture the spirit then we’ve done a better job properly than if we were just transposing the book to the big screen.

People still have the book to go back to.

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HEYMAN: Yes.

I am curious, for the DVD and Blu-ray, about how many deleted scenes do you think will make it onto that that fans can look forward to?

HEYMAN: You know surprisingly few, oddly enough. This is a film that the script was pretty lean or the film that ended up on the screen is quite close to the script on the screen. There are a few scenes…I mean one of the things that the fans will get to see on the Blu-ray and DVD is Jim Broadbent-Slughorn, there were quite a few portraits we did of him with in various situations. You know, putting his arm around celebrities. There were probably around 25 or 30 of these and only a handful ended up in the final film. So David Yates put together a little montage of all of those, which I think is a treat. But in terms of scenes, and we have a…I think it’s going to be on the Blu-ray and the DVD, is casting for Lavender Brown, which is really fun, where David Yates did this improv with Rupert and Jessie Cave and it was really funny. Letting them.. just seeing them get to know…just doing a bit of scene and then just being…actually they were just improvising and it’s really funny and Rupert’s brilliant. The awkwardness is quite voracious, aggressive, enthusiastic young girl is trying to get Ron’s attention. It’s very funny.

So I definitely want to ask you a few questions about the film you’re currently making-”Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows”. How would you describe to people maybe the tone of Part 1 vs. Part 2? Are you guys taking a different approach to the different parts?

HEYMAN: Well, I’d say that Part 1 is a road movie. You know Harry, Ron and Hermione are on the run. It’s quite naturalistic in the way it’s been shot. And I think the 2nd half is more operatic with the huge, great battle for Hogwarts. It’s very emotionalIt’s funny because normally when I talk to people when we’re releasing a film, we haven’t yet started shooting the next one, and it seems a little bit weird we’re on day 94 of 250 or so talking about HP…you know talking about the 6th film without borrowing into the 7th. But I have to say it’s been hanging over us a little bit, so it’s quite nice to get it out and have it be received well is a treat. But I’d say we’re immersed in “Deathly Hallows” and I think “Deathly Hallows Part 1 and Part 2″ are going to be better than “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.” I really feel that way as we’re in it. Probably shouldn’t say that with the 6th film out now but I really do feel that.

I have no problem hearing that. So when you’re filming, right now you’re on day 94 as you said, are you filming Part 1 and 2 together or are you doing like 120 days on Part 1 and then the other half? Or are you sort of…

HEYMAN: Oh no, no, no. Because it wouldn’t work that way for actor’s schedules, you know? When you make a deal with an actor you often…you’ve got to deal with spreads and all that. That’s one reason. And two: Emma’s going off to University in September and though she’s coming back in a couple of points to do other scenes and we have to try and get as much…we have to try and complete as much of her work as possible. So no, we’ve been mixing it up so we’ve been going back and forth between those 2 films. The first…I’d say the first 50 or 60 days was only Part 1, but now we’re going back and forth between the two.

When do you actually film in the schedule the ending of the movie-of Part 2?

HEYMAN: That’ll be one of the last scenes we film.

I would imagine that would be a very emotional day on-set.

HEYMAN: Yes it will. It will be an emotional day on-set. Well, talking about the scene where Harry, Ron and Hermione are…

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Oh I’m talking about that and the fact that it’s the ending of the filming.

HEYMAN: Well, in terms of the ending of the filming yeah, it’ll be a very emotional day. We are a…I know it’s kind of boring but we are like one happy family. We’ve been together-many of us-since…well I’ve been involved since 1997 but really a lot of the people have been with us since 2000. Stuart Craig since March of 2000 and we started filming in September of 2000 and a lot of the makeup, special effects, the creature effects, some of the visual effects. So many of the people are the same people from way back when and not just senior people but the younger crew. A person who was a runner in the producer’s office on the first film is now head of…in charge of post-production. He’s the post-production supervisor. Another who was a runner on the 2nd film, I think it was, is a key member of the publicity team. So, you know, people have grown up in this film-in this series-and it’ll be really sad. It’ll be an emotional day when the shooting crew says goodbye for the last time.

I’m curious, the running time on Part 6 is 2-1/2 hours.  For me, I love it. I have no problems with it. Are you guys aiming for Part 7 for both Part 1 and 2, are you already thinking we want each one to be 2-1/2 hours, or is this going to be more like two 2-hour movies?

HEYMAN: I don’t know is the honest answer. I mean we have a finished script for Part 1 and we’re still working on Part 2. And both scripts are 120 pages or so. They will end up being the length they will be. The decision to make two was really…listen, Warner’s wouldn’t have let us do it if they were going to lose money on it, but it’s actually born out of the fact that when we made the decision that the film tell the story from Harry’s point of view, a lot of material fell by the wayside in subsequent books and subsequent films as it wasn’t connected to Harry. If Steve and I, Steve particularly said we’re going to make one film and then he started to lay it out and there was no way we could do it and complete the story and sew everything up, tie everything up in the right way that we had to make two films out of it. It’s funny, Steve the other day called me and said “You know what? This actually almost material for three. But no, we’re making 2 films and they’ll be 2, 2-1/2, they’ll be what they’ll be. We don’t go in there with a length in mind. Really that’s a fairly organic process. The film finds it’s length.

Because you guys are advertising this as Part 1 and obviously you’re going to have a Part 2 coming out 6-7 months after the first one, are you already thinking at the end of the credits of Part 1 or when the movie ends, putting a trailer? Is that going to be like the first time we see a trailer for Part 2 will be in the theatre?

HEYMAN: I have no idea. We haven’t really talked about that. We have talked during the development process about whether we wanted to recap in any way at the beginning of Part 2 and at the moment we’re not doing that. But yeah, I suspect…I have no idea as I’m sitting here talking to you, I have no idea. I’m sure there’ll be all sorts of marketing maneuvers and opportunities that we’ll discuss. It’s funny I was talking to Sue Krawl today who’s head of marketing at the studio and I said we should really…I said it’s easy for me to say because you have so many movies to deal with but it’d be really great to get a really good head start on Part 2 and discussing how you’re going to handle the fact that they’re only 7 months between the 2 films and how much weight marketing-wise do you put on the first. Is it too much having films so close together, etc, etc. So we began talking, having initial talks. We had no decision or discussion about where the 1st trailer’s going to be.

Have you already thought about, down the road, re-releasing any of the films with like extra content or doing anything special once all 7 are out theatrically?

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HEYMAN: We haven’t done that but we have talked about the ultimate collector edition and things like that, which we’re already working on. I’m sure the DVD’s will find themselves repackage every which way over the coming years. But we are developing the ultimate collector’s edition and I’m sure…and there’s additional material that’s going on each of those, but there’s been no discussion about repackaging the films with cut scenes or in different ways, not yet.

And you got away with a PG rating on Part 6. I have to say…

HEYMAN: That was, by the way, that was a “mistake”. I mean it’s not like anything we went for or could have predicted. It was just something that the rating board felt that the film deserved. I’m somewhat surprised because, I mean you’ve seen the film, I think that it, in some ways, is every bit as dark as “Order of the Phoenix”. Maybe looser, the darkness may be leavened by the comedy. And I don’t think of them as “dark” films, per say, but the films are mature. And just like the books don’t talk-down just as Jo doesn’t write-down to the audience, but the last one got a PG-13. I’m somewhat surprised that this didn’t too.

So I was going to ask you with Part 7, I’m assuming you guys are aiming for a PG-13 as you’re shooting it.

HEYMAN: I don’t think you go…we don’t discuss PG-13 or PG. We just discuss….what happened was we showed some material…we showed…it’s a sensitive issue like the Inferi which the design might have disturbed some people. Things like that. We try and get an indication of is this too dark? Is this going to push us towards an R? But anything less than an R we’re comfortable with. An R is not acceptable, obviously. The PG or PG-13 is fine. You can’t go in there with an okay we’re going for a PG or oh, we’re going for a PG-13. It’s just whatever the film will abide.

You mentioned that your shoot for Part 7 is 250 days. What was your shoot for movie 6? How many days was it?

HEYMAN: I can’t remember exactly but it was over 130.

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So for your 2-parter it’s pretty much just doubling everything?

HEYMAN: Yeah, it’s a little less than doubling everything because the kids are able to work a little longer hours because they are older. We only have them still for 9-1/2 hours, which was the traditional time we had them on strike, but where as before they had to take 3 hours for education, a hour for lunch, a 15 minute break every hour. Now they no longer have their education because they’ve graduated from high school so that’s not an issue for us.

With the 2 parts that you’re filming now, what is the longest part of the shoot? Like what scene are you guys planning on spending the most time on?

HEYMAN: The final battle.

And how many days have you allotted?

HEYMAN: I don’t remember and it’s evolving because we’re still…David Yates is still determining how he wants to do it.

I’m a huge fan of the book. The ending of Book 7 is really climatic in so many ways. Is that going to be like a 20-minute part of the movie or a 30-minute part of the movie? Have you guys already started thinking about that?

HEYMAN: Absolutely.  I mean we’ve got a script version of it. I think it’ll probably be 30 minutes, they get the Hogwarts fairly early on, but there’s a lot of build up before the battle happens, you know? And there are 2 parts to the battle. There’s the first part and then there’s the post-death of Harry part, if you know what I mean.

I know exactly what you mean.

HEYMAN: Yeah, so in a way there’s a couple of different parts to that battle.

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Well, it’s almost like the ending of Book 7 and the ending of movie 2-part 2 is almost like what people have been waiting for all the movies to see, which is the big, big showdown.

HEYMAN: It’s funny, yes I think that’s true and the showdown will be…that poses its own challenges in terms of adaptation. Not only the expectation of that final showdown but also what I love about Jo’s work is that’s it’s emotionally rooted. And in the book, actually, Harry doesn’t do much fighting back. In fact, he’s…I’m not going to use the word but he has the “blank” beaten out of him.  I just said well, there’s more engagement in our version of the final battle.

I was going to ask you about that because that’s one of the things, to me, is amazing about the ending of that book is that Harry accepts his fate without knowing what’s going to happen. It can go either way, you know? And it’s sort of he’s…

HEYMAN: That’s true up until…when he’s reborn, Harry is aware that Voldemort is vulnerable and is a defeated man. And that’s something that we’re wrestling with and determining right now just so that it works in cinematic terms and not just on a…yeah that it works cinematically.

Well, absolutely. And as you said, one of the reasons why the book is so good is that it is emotionally rooted.

HEYMAN: I think that’s one of the things I love about David Yates’ direction and I think one of the reasons this film works and people are responding to it so is he is an emotional director or rather he’s a humane director. And the emotional truth of a scene or a moment of the story is really what he is most interested in. Character and humanity. And I think that’s one of the things that excites me so much about him doing the last 2 films is that I think that he will connect emotionally with the story in the way it should be…in the way that it deserved.

You’re busy with other projects…what are you working on right now if you have time for anything else?

HEYMAN: Well, you know I had a few films that came out last year. I made a film called “Yes Man” and “Is Anybody There” and “The Boy in Striped Pajamas”. Now I’m working on a few things. There’s “Paddington Bear”, which is a classic British tale about an immigrant bear. I’m working on a book Steve Kloves is writing and will direct called “The Curious Incident of the Dog and the Nighttime”. So I’m excited about that.

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I’m actually not familiar with that.

HEYMAN: It’s a brilliant book about a young boy with Asperser’s Syndrome and it’s an award winning novel by Mark Haddon. And it’s a brilliant book and challenging adaptation but Steve Kloves is used to challenging adaptations and I think he’s going to do a brilliant job and it’s great to get him behind the camera again because you know he directed 2 films “Fabulous Baker Boys” and then “Flesh and Bone” and he hasn’t directed a film since and he’s a very fine director so I think that will be…I’m excited about that. And there’s various other projects, you know? I’ve got a “super hero” film called “Methuselah” which is about a man who’s 300 or so years old and whose super powers are born out of his experiences, of having greater experiences than most. And that’s going to be really fun. And there’s all sorts of things and let’s just hope some of them come to fruition and become successful films.

How has the economic uncertainty affected some of your future projects?

HEYMAN: Well, I think it certainly will affect the smaller independent ones. You know you look at the specialty arms of the studios-they’re gone. You look at [Paramount] Vantage and Whip and Picturehouse and Focus [Features] is a shadow of its former self. It’s really tough there for independent cinema and that I’m also aware of and having to deal with the interest is in more conservative entertainment. And what I love about “Potter” is I also think you can be at time a little subversive and also we don’t churn them out, if you know what I mean. I think that’s real. We really make an effort to tell good stories in the best way possible.

You guys seem to be cranking out some really good films and you know I will say to you that I am a little nervous as a fan, I’m not super nervous, but I am a little nervous that a lot of people who tried to make films back-to-back, inevitably somehow either working for 200 or something days or whatever it is, there sometimes can be a little bit of a quality suffering. I look at the 2 “Matrix” movies. I look at “Back to the Future 2 and 3″.

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HEYMAN: Well I tell you what the fundamental difference is, we have incredible source material. You know we have Jo Rowling. And I think that’s really the card…it’s the card that we have which I think offers us the greatest security, is she has written these books which are great stories. And so we have a great story in both movies. And I don’t think we will suffer and also you have people who are incredibly ambitious in these films who are true fans. And I can assure you that there will be no quality compromised in any way at all.

Last question, when are we going to get our first trailer for “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1″?

HEYMAN: I have no idea. I think we should just people enjoy 6 for awhile before we go out with the trailers. It’s still November 2010 is a long way away. I’m sure they’ll be some teaser at some point, but at the moment we’re in the land of “Half-Blood Prince”.

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I know it’s so strange that you guys are so deep in Movie 7 and 6 is just finally coming out.

HEYMAN: I know. There’s one point actually where some interviewer was…I was talking to some interviewer and he asked for a synopsis of the film-a brief synopsis of the film. One, I was not very succinct in my responses because I can rattle on, but not only was I not very succinct but around 4 or 5 minutes later I realized that I’d given him a really sort of unclear synopsis of the 7th book.  It can be, at times, that’s why I’m really glad to put 6 behind us because we can immerse ourselves fully…I mean we have been doing it all along but it’s a strange feeling when you’ve got this hanging over you-but no longer.

Well, I’m sure it’s also going to help energize the cast and crew after this weekend and seeing the box office and I’m sure it’s going to be huge around the world. It has to give a nice little energy boost.

HEYMAN: It’s funny you say that because that’s exactly what David Yates said. He said that to me today. I spoke to him tonight. He said, you know what? Let’s just…you know the final part of the script, let’s just use this now to just bring it just to tone it. And I think the cast and crew has been really galvanized by the response.




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  • Celia

    David Heyman is awesome!! This was a great interview! It’s awesome to get so much informantion about Deathly Hallows. 30 minutes seems a little short for the battle, but maybe that’s because it seems so much longer when you read it.

    I think they did a brilliant job with HBP and I cant wait to see Deathly Hallows. I’m so excited that we can go from HBP and dive right into Deathly Hallows now without having to wait! It’s so exciting!!

  • Celia

    David Heyman is awesome!! This was a great interview! It’s awesome to get so much informantion about Deathly Hallows. 30 minutes seems a little short for the battle, but maybe that’s because it seems so much longer when you read it.

    I think they did a brilliant job with HBP and I cant wait to see Deathly Hallows. I’m so excited that we can go from HBP and dive right into Deathly Hallows now without having to wait! It’s so exciting!!

  • MW

    Great interview! It’s pretty cool to go from HBP right into being excited about DH. On another note,though, I didn’t realize he and Steve Kloves were doing the adaptation of “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime.” That book is phenomenal and I have been hearing whispers of a film versions for some time now,but nothing concrete. I guess this is why,writer/director and producer were a bit tied up! I’ll definitely be looking forward to that film as well.

  • MW

    Great interview! It’s pretty cool to go from HBP right into being excited about DH. On another note,though, I didn’t realize he and Steve Kloves were doing the adaptation of “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime.” That book is phenomenal and I have been hearing whispers of a film versions for some time now,but nothing concrete. I guess this is why,writer/director and producer were a bit tied up! I’ll definitely be looking forward to that film as well.

  • wduhe

    Everyone in the theater for Half Blood Prince was disappointed at the ending change. Where was the battle? It was one of the most boring endings of the series. Hoping for more action in the next films. I see why this got a PG rating.

  • wduhe

    Everyone in the theater for Half Blood Prince was disappointed at the ending change. Where was the battle? It was one of the most boring endings of the series. Hoping for more action in the next films. I see why this got a PG rating.

  • hbpd

    Exactly. The battle that was one of the things i looked forward to most in Half Blood Prince wasnt there, and that was very disappointing, I’m sorry. Loved the movie overall of course.

  • hbpd

    Exactly. The battle that was one of the things i looked forward to most in Half Blood Prince wasnt there, and that was very disappointing, I’m sorry. Loved the movie overall of course.

  • Darth Vader

    A couple things:
    1) I personally didn’t mind there wasn’t a battle at the end of The Half blood Prince. i mean, honestly, the battle wasn’t that huge anyway. And it would be repetitive to have TWO Hogwarts battles.

    2)Half an hour is actually REALLY long for a battle scene. When I watched the second Matrix, that freeway chase NEVER ended. (It was cool but LONG).

    (WARNING: Here be Half Blood Prince spoilers!)
    3) I enjoyed the movie but it seemed a bit scattered. Unlike the previous five this movie didn’t really know what it’s focus was. The climax would be unclear to point out. I did enjoy some of the humor though. And Slughorn was amazing. I also enjoyed Richard Harris for the first time. I really think his character became less goofy in this one. (Well, in Phoenix he wasn’t too goofy or aloof but he just wasn’t in it too much.) Daniel Radcliffe has improved but HE HAS NO EMOTION! Emma Watson, however, surprised me. She has matured alot in this movie. Rupert Grint kind’ve dissapointed me though. I’ve always thought of him as a solid actor as Ron but he didn’t bring too much emotion to the table. (He did bring some humor though. The love scene was hilarious.) Snape was good. Alan Rickman rocks, as always. I liked that Maggie Smith got more screen time as well as Evana Lynch as Luna. Dissapointed that Tonks and Lupin got such small roles. Oh yeah. Ginny and Harry had NO chemistry. Sorry. Not too much Neville-sad. Tom Felton did amazing as Draco Malfoy. Very solid performance.

    Well that’s my rant.

  • Darth Vader

    A couple things:
    1) I personally didn’t mind there wasn’t a battle at the end of The Half blood Prince. i mean, honestly, the battle wasn’t that huge anyway. And it would be repetitive to have TWO Hogwarts battles.

    2)Half an hour is actually REALLY long for a battle scene. When I watched the second Matrix, that freeway chase NEVER ended. (It was cool but LONG).\

    (WARNING: Here be Half Blood Prince spoilers!)
    3) I enjoyed the movie but it seemed a bit scattered. Unlike the previous five this movie didn’t really know what it’s focus was. The climax would be unclear to point out. I did enjoy some of the humor though. And Slughorn was amazing. I also enjoyed Richard Harris for the first time. I really think his character became less goofy in this one. (Well, in Phoenix he wasn’t too goofy or aloof but he just wasn’t in it too much.) Daniel Radcliffe has improved but HE HAS NO EMOTION! Emma Watson, however, surprised me. She has matured alot in this movie. Rupert Grint kind’ve dissapointed me though. I’ve always thought of him as a solid actor as Ron but he didn’t bring too much emotion to the table. (He did bring some humor though. The love scene was hilarious.) Snape was good. Alan Rickman rocks, as always. I liked that Maggie Smith got more screen time as well as Evana Lynch as Luna. Dissapointed that Tonks and Lupin got such small roles. Oh yeah. Ginny and Harry had NO chemistry. Sorry. Not too much Neville-sad. Tom Felton did amazing as Draco Malfoy. Very solid performance.

    Well that’s my rant.

  • PaulZindelLover

    Wonderful Interview! Really Informative this should hold me over till the Hallow’s trailer

    *SPOILERS*
    I overall agree with “Darth Vader” mostly with the casting,but also I kinda wanted some other characters to be a little more in the movie.I mean I know the twins aren’t at hogwarts anymore,but I honestly remember them more in the book! Same with Hagrid,Lupin,Tonks and well a few others.Plus I really wanted them to be in it more since in the next movie Fred,Lupin and Tonks die(as well as MANY others of course),I guess im just hoping everyone will get their final scenes since the films are ending.

    Also I’m exctremely curious about where they plan to end the first part of the Deathly Hallows

  • PaulZindelLover

    Wonderful Interview! Really Informative this should hold me over till the Hallow’s trailer

    *SPOILERS*
    I overall agree with “Darth Vader” mostly with the casting,but also I kinda wanted some other characters to be a little more in the movie.I mean I know the twins aren’t at hogwarts anymore,but I honestly remember them more in the book! Same with Hagrid,Lupin,Tonks and well a few others.Plus I really wanted them to be in it more since in the next movie Fred,Lupin and Tonks die(as well as MANY others of course),I guess im just hoping everyone will get their final scenes since the films are ending.

    Also I’m exctremely curious about where they plan to end the first part of the Deathly Hallows

  • Rolandv8

    I was sad that there was no battle. I wanted to see bill and charlie and Fleur.. :( Oh! that reminds me.. how are they going to depict the wedding? is it just going to pop out as a surprise? well.. i guess it could work.. LOVED luna haha.. still sad i didnt get to hear her talking to the vampires. Disappointed but extremely pleased as well. -Rolly

  • Rolandv8

    I was sad that there was no battle. I wanted to see bill and charlie and Fleur.. :( Oh! that reminds me.. how are they going to depict the wedding? is it just going to pop out as a surprise? well.. i guess it could work.. LOVED luna haha.. still sad i didnt get to hear her talking to the vampires. Disappointed but extremely pleased as well. -Rolly

  • dr. ms

    I think I heard a few people saying that the wedding scene wouldn’t take place in the seventh one. Since Bill and Fleur weren’t mentioned at all in the 6th one. :S idk.

  • dr. ms

    I think I heard a few people saying that the wedding scene wouldn’t take place in the seventh one. Since Bill and Fleur weren’t mentioned at all in the 6th one. :S idk.

  • H.E.P.F.O.J

    I loved the new movie i want to say the best so far but its hard to say,theres just something about the film that was so much easier to watch and get into than the others,i was dissapointed that some things were cut but i also understand that not everything from the books can be put in the films. People keep going on about what wasnt in the film instead of all things that was put in the film,I think the actors were brilliant especially when it came to the comedy,Alan Rickman is snape perfect performance as usuall.

    “Darth vader” you said “I also enjoyed Richard Harris for the first time”,he has been dead since 2002R.I.P,if you meant Michael Gambon then i agree i always thought he was good but this is the first film he has actually become dumbledore for me

  • H.E.P.F.O.J

    I loved the new movie i want to say the best so far but its hard to say,theres just something about the film that was so much easier to watch and get into than the others,i was dissapointed that some things were cut but i also understand that not everything from the books can be put in the films. People keep going on about what wasnt in the film instead of all things that was put in the film,I think the actors were brilliant especially when it came to the comedy,Alan Rickman is snape perfect performance as usuall.

    “Darth vader” you said “I also enjoyed Richard Harris for the first time”,he has been dead since 2002R.I.P,if you meant Michael Gambon then i agree i always thought he was good but this is the first film he has actually become dumbledore for me

  • PotterGeek

    The wedding will be mentioned- if not shown. They’ve already shot the scenes after R/H/Hr flee and are still dressed in their wedding clothes.

    I wonder who got Jessie Cave’s name wrong- Heyman or the reporter here.

    • http://www.collider.com/ Steve ‘Frosty’ Weintraub

      It was me who got the spelling wrong. I interviewed David and got it online in less than 24 hours. Due to rushing, made a few mistakes. Sorry about that.

  • PotterGeek

    The wedding will be mentioned- if not shown. They’ve already shot the scenes after R/H/Hr flee and are still dressed in their wedding clothes.

    I wonder who got Jessie Cave’s name wrong- Heyman or the reporter here.

    • Steve ‘Frosty’ Weintraub

      It was me who got the spelling wrong. I interviewed David and got it online in less than 24 hours. Due to rushing, made a few mistakes. Sorry about that.

  • Erik

    The wedding scene is definitely in there. It’s an important scene because that’s when their “road journey” really starts. And since the movie will essentially be twice as long as the previous movies, I wouldn’t count on much of anything being cut out. I am interested to see how they introduce some of the things that have been left out of other movies, like Bill and Fleur, and Dobby hasn’t been scene since the 2nd.

  • Erik

    The wedding scene is definitely in there. It’s an important scene because that’s when their “road journey” really starts. And since the movie will essentially be twice as long as the previous movies, I wouldn’t count on much of anything being cut out. I am interested to see how they introduce some of the things that have been left out of other movies, like Bill and Fleur, and Dobby hasn’t been scene since the 2nd.

  • Ellen

    BEFORE seeing any of the movies, you should re-read the book, because the books tie everything together that the movies don’t have time to do. I really enjoyed 6, and agree with H.E.L.F.O.J that Michael Gambon’s Dumbeldore was the first one I was comfortable that he was finally Dumbeldore, and not just a crotchety old coot! This was a brilliant performance, thank you! Alan Rickman couldn’t have been better, Dan, Emma, Rupert, and Tom have grown and matured as actors, it’s a joy to see them and their characters. GREAT movie, READ the BOOK FIRST to remember how it all ties together – my daughter never read the book, and hated the movie…sad.

  • Ellen

    BEFORE seeing any of the movies, you should re-read the book, because the books tie everything together that the movies don’t have time to do. I really enjoyed 6, and agree with H.E.L.F.O.J that Michael Gambon’s Dumbeldore was the first one I was comfortable that he was finally Dumbeldore, and not just a crotchety old coot! This was a brilliant performance, thank you! Alan Rickman couldn’t have been better, Dan, Emma, Rupert, and Tom have grown and matured as actors, it’s a joy to see them and their characters. GREAT movie, READ the BOOK FIRST to remember how it all ties together – my daughter never read the book, and hated the movie…sad.

  • Ellen

    By the way, there are conflicting views apparently about the wedding scene which is SUPPOSED to take place at the Burrows. WHY WAS THE BURROWS BURNED DOWN??? That wasn’t in the book at ALL, who’s crazy idea was it to put that whole scene in? I mean, if you’re gonna try to stick with the book but must leave scenes out due to timing, fine, but don’t add a scene that has nothing at all to do with the story!

  • Ellen

    By the way, there are conflicting views apparently about the wedding scene which is SUPPOSED to take place at the Burrows. WHY WAS THE BURROWS BURNED DOWN??? That wasn’t in the book at ALL, who’s crazy idea was it to put that whole scene in? I mean, if you’re gonna try to stick with the book but must leave scenes out due to timing, fine, but don’t add a scene that has nothing at all to do with the story!

  • Potter Fan

    I agree with everybody that posted here. The actors were inspiring and the special effects made my imaginations become real. I am truly proud to be a Harry Potter fan. I hope that future generations will be inspired as much as I am. I am speechless.

  • Potter Fan

    I agree with everybody that posted here. The actors were inspiring and the special effects made my imaginations become real. I am truly proud to be a Harry Potter fan. I hope that future generations will be inspired as much as I am. I am speechless.

  • Aaron

    About Bill & Fleur being, or not being, in the 7th film:
    There are pictures online of the trio (Harry, Ron, Hermione) filming the post-wedding scene wearing very formal attire; they certainly wouldn’t be wearing those clothes for no reason… You can find those pictures on a million different websites, or just using an image search engine.
    Also, there are pictures of the Shell Cottage set that was built for the film all over the internet, and Bill & Fleur are the owners and inhabitants of that home.
    Based on that evidence as well as on the fact that there is roughly 5 hours total of screen time available between these two films, it seems highly unlikely that Bill & Fleur will not be in the films and even more unlikely that there will be no wedding.

  • Aaron

    About Bill & Fleur being, or not being, in the 7th film:
    There are pictures online of the trio (Harry, Ron, Hermione) filming the post-wedding scene wearing very formal attire; they certainly wouldn’t be wearing those clothes for no reason… You can find those pictures on a million different websites, or just using an image search engine.
    Also, there are pictures of the Shell Cottage set that was built for the film all over the internet, and Bill & Fleur are the owners and inhabitants of that home.
    Based on that evidence as well as on the fact that there is roughly 5 hours total of screen time available between these two films, it seems highly unlikely that Bill & Fleur will not be in the films and even more unlikely that there will be no wedding.

  • MadPotterFan

    Responding to Darth…
    I agree with most of your comments especially about Gambon and Rickman (who finally really ROCKED in this movie, finally the script was dead on for the character), but I feel like I have to defend Rupert Grint. I thought a lot of his acting was really amazing for the story, especially that moment where his face changes as he takes the love potion antidote, and I loved how they placed him in the final scene, showing him as part of the trio and yet seeming to set us up to understand his jealousy of Harry after he abandons Harry and Hermione in DH. Sometimes not showing too much is just as important as showing enough … especially for an actor with as mobile and comic a face as Grint’s can be.
    I never thought of Radcliffe as emotionless. But it certainly does seem as though the movies have much less passion than the books. Maybe that’s what I’m picking up on.

  • MadPotterFan

    Responding to Darth…
    I agree with most of your comments especially about Gambon and Rickman (who finally really ROCKED in this movie, finally the script was dead on for the character), but I feel like I have to defend Rupert Grint. I thought a lot of his acting was really amazing for the story, especially that moment where his face changes as he takes the love potion antidote, and I loved how they placed him in the final scene, showing him as part of the trio and yet seeming to set us up to understand his jealousy of Harry after he abandons Harry and Hermione in DH. Sometimes not showing too much is just as important as showing enough … especially for an actor with as mobile and comic a face as Grint’s can be.
    I never thought of Radcliffe as emotionless. But it certainly does seem as though the movies have much less passion than the books. Maybe that’s what I’m picking up on.

  • Anonymous

    Why aren’t any of the interviewers asking why on earth they would cut out the final battle in the 6th book?!?!? It was one of the climaxes of the whole story! I thought it was the best movie so far but then it just sort of…fizzled out at the end. Why would they put in that pointless, waste of 15 minutes chase scene through the corn fields in the middle of the movie just to take out the awesome important battle at the end? The attack on Bill just never happened!!

  • icaughtthesnitch

    Why aren’t any of the interviewers asking why on earth they would cut out the final battle in the 6th book?!?!? It was one of the climaxes of the whole story! I thought it was the best movie so far but then it just sort of…fizzled out at the end. Why would they put in that pointless, waste of 15 minutes chase scene through the corn fields in the middle of the movie just to take out the awesome important battle at the end? The attack on Bill just never happened!!

  • Zachary Yap

    I want to be cast in Deathly Hallows so badly. Is there anymore characters available? If not, is it possible that you guys could add in new characters in Deathly Hallows especially when there is going to be alot of old and new characters appearing during the final battle. Is there any Auditions to be cast in Deathly Hallows. I would sure give all my best and fight for a character in it even thought I’m an experienced actor.

  • Zachary Yap

    I want to be cast in Deathly Hallows so badly. Is there anymore characters available? If not, is it possible that you guys could add in new characters in Deathly Hallows especially when there is going to be alot of old and new characters appearing during the final battle. Is there any Auditions to be cast in Deathly Hallows. I would sure give all my best and fight for a character in it even thought I’m an experienced actor.

  • Janin

    maybe not everything can be in the movies but OOTP was longer and it actually MADE SENSE! this was more like a mambo jambo of scenes patched together. i thanked god i read the books cos i doubt any of the non-readers understood jack of what dumbledore, malfoy or voldemort with the horcruxes or anyone in the movie were up to. and what’s up with Ginny??? she’s such a strong independant girl in the books. Harry likes her because shes so hard to get in the first place, and i get that SOPPY lace scene?! come on! and who’s fenrir? a werewolf you say? how would i know i thought he was just a fugly hairy man!! and i doubt the majority of non-readers got why it’s called Half Blood Prince because i don’t think that after 2½ hrs id remember some latin spell was written on a book just because Snape says “using my own weapons against me”. it’s a mess! at some point I even forgot what ‘book’ i was watching. Too much time was wasted on useless scenes and teenage drama instead of focusing on important plot information, if i’d want drama id go for grey’s anatomy not harry potter. Micheal Gambon at least did his part amazingly well. I Loved Him! it’s ok because it’s harry potter but this is seriously the most disappointing adaptation they’ve made so far! which makes me think: probably only Cuaron could have done this challenging plot justice.

    • Claua

      Bravo!! It^s really nice to read such a realistic comment! I love potter but the movie was too disappointing! hurra janin!

      • Janin

        i think it’s only fair towards the books…everyone’s a bit too happy about everyone getting off in the movie instead of admitting to themselves that this movie didn’t even try to explain what was goign on and what’s harry’s destiny.

        outright disappointing, but thanks for your support.

  • Janin

    maybe not everything can be in the movies but OOTP was longer and it actually MADE SENSE! this was more like a mambo jambo of scenes patched together. i thanked god i read the books cos i doubt any of the non-readers understood jack of what dumbledore, malfoy or voldemort with the horcruxes or anyone in the movie were up to. and what’s up with Ginny??? she’s such a strong independant girl in the books. Harry likes her because shes so hard to get in the first place, and i get that SOPPY lace scene?! come on! and who’s fenrir? a werewolf you say? how would i know i thought he was just a fugly hairy man!! and i doubt the majority of non-readers got why it’s called Half Blood Prince because i don’t think that after 2½ hrs id remember some latin spell was written on a book just because Snape says “using my own weapons against me”. it’s a mess! at some point I even forgot what ‘book’ i was watching. Too much time was wasted on useless scenes and teenage drama instead of focusing on important plot information, if i’d want drama id go for grey’s anatomy not harry potter. Micheal Gambon at least did his part amazingly well. I Loved Him! it’s ok because it’s harry potter but this is seriously the most disappointing adaptation they’ve made so far! which makes me think: probably only Cuaron could have done this challenging plot justice.

    • Claua

      Bravo!! It^s really nice to read such a realistic comment! I love potter but the movie was too disappointing! hurra janin!

      • Janin

        i think it’s only fair towards the books…everyone’s a bit too happy about everyone getting off in the movie instead of admitting to themselves that this movie didn’t even try to explain what was goign on and what’s harry’s destiny.

        outright disappointing, but thanks for your support.

  • Gary

    I would love to see Maggie Smith do more fighting. She is one of my favorite characers in the entire series but I don’t get to see her do much magic. I would like to see just how powerful she really is.

  • Gary

    I would love to see Maggie Smith do more fighting. She is one of my favorite characers in the entire series but I don’t get to see her do much magic. I would like to see just how powerful she really is.

  • Celia

    I LOVED HBP!! It was brilliant and I’m so excited about Deathly Hallows. The best part about the delay of movie 6 is that the wait time between HBP and DH isn’t that long and we’re already getting news and pictures from that movie!! I’m SO EXCITED!!
    The battle is going to be so amazing!!! There are so many action-sequences in DH and after seeing all the amazing special effects in HBP…I can’t wait to see what they do with the Seven Potters scene, the ministry break-in, the Gringotts break-in, Malfoy Manor, escaping Xenophilius Lovegood’s house and the Wedding!! There’s SO MUCH!!

  • Celia

    I LOVED HBP!! It was brilliant and I’m so excited about Deathly Hallows. The best part about the delay of movie 6 is that the wait time between HBP and DH isn’t that long and we’re already getting news and pictures from that movie!! I’m SO EXCITED!!
    The battle is going to be so amazing!!! There are so many action-sequences in DH and after seeing all the amazing special effects in HBP…I can’t wait to see what they do with the Seven Potters scene, the ministry break-in, the Gringotts break-in, Malfoy Manor, escaping Xenophilius Lovegood’s house and the Wedding!! There’s SO MUCH!!

  • Jackie

    SPOILERS

    I loved the movie! I saw it the day after it came out with two of my friends, and just saw it again with my dad. They all loved it. Alan
    Rickman was amazing (he is in all of the movies) and Michael Gambon was a good Dumbledore was amazing too! In the fourth one he was not like the book Dumbledore at all!
    The Burrow part was good, and added some action (luckilly Lupin was in it) but wasted time that could be used for the hospital part. That is when Lupin basically gives in to Tonks (Tonks does call Lupin sweetheart at the Burrow). It also has Bill (who has never been shown) and Fleur. How are they going to do the wedding? That is extremely important because that is when Scrigmor dies (never showed him) and Harry, Ron, and Hermonie leave. I loved the way Harry acted around Ginny, but they never showed them going out. Ginny and Dean were still going out when Ginny and Harry kissed! Lupin is my favorite HP character, they needed to show him more. Tonks, him, Fred, and Mad-Eye all needed to be showed more since they die in the next book/movie.
    Overall very good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  • Jackie

    SPOILERS

    I loved the movie! I saw it the day after it came out with two of my friends, and just saw it again with my dad. They all loved it. Alan
    Rickman was amazing (he is in all of the movies) and Michael Gambon was a good Dumbledore was amazing too! In the fourth one he was not like the book Dumbledore at all!
    The Burrow part was good, and added some action (luckilly Lupin was in it) but wasted time that could be used for the hospital part. That is when Lupin basically gives in to Tonks (Tonks does call Lupin sweetheart at the Burrow). It also has Bill (who has never been shown) and Fleur. How are they going to do the wedding? That is extremely important because that is when Scrigmor dies (never showed him) and Harry, Ron, and Hermonie leave. I loved the way Harry acted around Ginny, but they never showed them going out. Ginny and Dean were still going out when Ginny and Harry kissed! Lupin is my favorite HP character, they needed to show him more. Tonks, him, Fred, and Mad-Eye all needed to be showed more since they die in the next book/movie.
    Overall very good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  • HPFreak

    HBP was brilliant!! and amazing. I thought that the opening scene was really powerful, and the end where Dumbledore is falling both made me really sad!! There are a few things that could have made the movie better though, in the book, When Harry and Dumbledore get back from the cave Dumbledore freezes Harry and puts him under the invisibility cloak, instead they just had Harry stand underground. Also the cave scene was WAAAAAAAY to short. I mean where is the part where Harry and Dumbledore are actually walking through the cave?
    They could have put Fleur and Bill in there too. And I would have to agree with what the director Yates said, that there shouldnt be an end battle for the sixth film, because of the battle at Hogwarts in the seventh, I was dissapointed that they took out the funeral, But i do hope they put that in the beginning of the seventh, Overall i thought the acting in the movie was brilliant, especially Dumbledore for me he really did a amazing job, I Loved the movie and cant wait to see it again best hp film yet!!!!!!!!! Cant wait for DH this interview really told us harry potter fans a lot.

  • HPFreak

    HBP was brilliant!! and amazing. I thought that the opening scene was really powerful, and the end where Dumbledore is falling both made me really sad!! There are a few things that could have made the movie better though, in the book, When Harry and Dumbledore get back from the cave Dumbledore freezes Harry and puts him under the invisibility cloak, instead they just had Harry stand underground. Also the cave scene was WAAAAAAAY to short. I mean where is the part where Harry and Dumbledore are actually walking through the cave?
    They could have put Fleur and Bill in there too. And I would have to agree with what the director Yates said, that there shouldnt be an end battle for the sixth film, because of the battle at Hogwarts in the seventh, I was dissapointed that they took out the funeral, But i do hope they put that in the beginning of the seventh, Overall i thought the acting in the movie was brilliant, especially Dumbledore for me he really did a amazing job, I Loved the movie and cant wait to see it again best hp film yet!!!!!!!!! Cant wait for DH this interview really told us harry potter fans a lot.

  • Scott

    I have to say that while I enjoyed the movie, I left the theatre scratching my head. I understand timing issues dictate that there will be changes, but then why add stuff that is not in the book (the Burrow scene)– particularly when the added scene did nothing to advance the plot of the movie. I will give my basic list of complaints:
    1. why show exactly what Draco is doingin Borgin & Burkes? It is a central point of the book that Harry is trying to figure out what Draco is upto in the Room of Requirement?
    2. On the same note, what exactly is the point of Draco needing the Vanishing Cabinet? The whole point (highlighted in the book especially) is that Draco is supposed to kill Dumbledore on his own (and as Narcissa points out– that Voldemort expects him to die or fail– that is the whole point of the unbreakable vow with Snape). If the plan is for Bellatrix and the others to get there, why does Draco need Snape?
    3. Why change the tower scene? I understand eliminating the battle– it would simply take too long to do it. But, why have Dumbledore not have his wand knocked out of his hand immediately as in the book (albeit after he bodybinds Harry– who is under the invisibility cloak). At this point of the story we are not supposed to know that Dumbledore wants to die (or feels like it is inevitable because of the curse from the ring) so are we really supposed to believe that he could not simply disarm Draco? then a few minutes later Draco then disarms him?? I know that Draco must disarm him because of Elder Wand issue– but it seems ill-timed. More importantly, why is Harry left with his wand and then left standing there and doing nothing– that could not be contrary to the nature of Harry that has been cultivated in the books. In the book– Harry desperately wants to do something to stop Draco. I think they should have gotten rid of the Burrow scene and had Harry and Dumbledore return to Hogsmeade with the Dark Mark in the sky– thereby causing them to go to the tower (it is never explained why they go to the tower in the movie).
    4. As a general note, I think they needed to spend more time on the Horcrux explanation than on the romance angle. I know that the romance stuff is in the book– but they could have cut it back some.
    5. I think some form of the flashback to Gaunt home was needed– since Voldemort’s whole anti-Muggle views derive from the fact that his mother was dumped by his muggle father as soon as she stopped giving him the love potion.
    6. Finally, even though this is a Book 7 thing- someone needs to explain to me why Harry is so upset that Dumbledore did not explain things better before he died— ummm– does Harry thing at that point that Dumbledore was murdered by Snape? As far as Harry knows at that point, Dumbledore was not planning on dying!

    anyway– still loved the movie.

    • Janin

      I completely agree about the tower…harry voluntarily decides to take on a 100 dementors for the sake of his godfather at the age of 13 – and now he would watch there while draco has his way with him just because dumbledore said so??? not only does it seem that harry doesn’t give a damn about him but also that he’s not the courageous loyal gryffindor he’s meant to be…

      i had forgotten that detail about voldemort’s mother, now i’m even more pissed! maybe they’ll fit it in 7 or probably they’ll just make him seem like another psyco villain with no real reason whatsoever for his hatred…YAY!

  • Scott

    I have to say that while I enjoyed the movie, I left the theatre scratching my head. I understand timing issues dictate that there will be changes, but then why add stuff that is not in the book (the Burrow scene)– particularly when the added scene did nothing to advance the plot of the movie. I will give my basic list of complaints:
    1. why show exactly what Draco is doingin Borgin & Burkes? It is a central point of the book that Harry is trying to figure out what Draco is upto in the Room of Requirement?
    2. On the same note, what exactly is the point of Draco needing the Vanishing Cabinet? The whole point (highlighted in the book especially) is that Draco is supposed to kill Dumbledore on his own (and as Narcissa points out– that Voldemort expects him to die or fail– that is the whole point of the unbreakable vow with Snape). If the plan is for Bellatrix and the others to get there, why does Draco need Snape?
    3. Why change the tower scene? I understand eliminating the battle– it would simply take too long to do it. But, why have Dumbledore not have his wand knocked out of his hand immediately as in the book (albeit after he bodybinds Harry– who is under the invisibility cloak). At this point of the story we are not supposed to know that Dumbledore wants to die (or feels like it is inevitable because of the curse from the ring) so are we really supposed to believe that he could not simply disarm Draco? then a few minutes later Draco then disarms him?? I know that Draco must disarm him because of Elder Wand issue– but it seems ill-timed. More importantly, why is Harry left with his wand and then left standing there and doing nothing– that could not be contrary to the nature of Harry that has been cultivated in the books. In the book– Harry desperately wants to do something to stop Draco. I think they should have gotten rid of the Burrow scene and had Harry and Dumbledore return to Hogsmeade with the Dark Mark in the sky– thereby causing them to go to the tower (it is never explained why they go to the tower in the movie).
    4. As a general note, I think they needed to spend more time on the Horcrux explanation than on the romance angle. I know that the romance stuff is in the book– but they could have cut it back some.
    5. I think some form of the flashback to Gaunt home was needed– since Voldemort’s whole anti-Muggle views derive from the fact that his mother was dumped by his muggle father as soon as she stopped giving him the love potion.
    6. Finally, even though this is a Book 7 thing- someone needs to explain to me why Harry is so upset that Dumbledore did not explain things better before he died— ummm– does Harry thing at that point that Dumbledore was murdered by Snape? As far as Harry knows at that point, Dumbledore was not planning on dying!

    anyway– still loved the movie.

    • Janin

      I completely agree about the tower…harry voluntarily decides to take on a 100 dementors for the sake of his godfather at the age of 13 – and now he would watch there while draco has his way with him just because dumbledore said so??? not only does it seem that harry doesn’t give a damn about him but also that he’s not the courageous loyal gryffindor he’s meant to be…

      i had forgotten that detail about voldemort’s mother, now i’m even more pissed! maybe they’ll fit it in 7 or probably they’ll just make him seem like another psyco villain with no real reason whatsoever for his hatred…YAY!

  • Maria

    Oh and I forgot to add that the Gaunt house and that whole scene should have been in there as well.

  • Maria

    Oh and I forgot to add that the Gaunt house and that whole scene should have been in there as well.

  • Chris

    Nice interview, but you should have asked him where they were going to end part 1 at.

  • Chris

    Nice interview, but you should have asked him where they were going to end part 1 at.

  • Isabella

    Are they going to put the “epilogue” in??

  • Isabella

    Are they going to put the “epilogue” in??

  • Adam T

    Great interview.

    I highly doubt they’ll film the epilogue. They’d have to either recast the actors or do some crazy make-up/effects to age them, and it just wouldn’t add anything. I assume there’ll be some original scene(s) taking place just after the Battle of Hogwarts to provide some closure.

    Just to throw my two cents in, I’m very glad the final battle was cut out of HBP. The emotional climax of the film comes with Dumbledore’s death and Snape’s reveal. Sandwiching a big action scene between these two heavy events would have been inappropriate and distracting (it did work in the book, but that’s another argument). The cave sequence just prior functioned as the exciting, effects-laden set piece instead. I feel that these were deliberate and responsible choices by the filmmakers.

    Also, it may or may not be a great book, but “The Curious Incident of the Dog and the Nighttime” is a terrible title.

  • Adam T

    Great interview.

    I highly doubt they’ll film the epilogue. They’d have to either recast the actors or do some crazy make-up/effects to age them, and it just wouldn’t add anything. I assume there’ll be some original scene(s) taking place just after the Battle of Hogwarts to provide some closure.

    Just to throw my two cents in, I’m very glad the final battle was cut out of HBP. The emotional climax of the film comes with Dumbledore’s death and Snape’s reveal. Sandwiching a big action scene between these two heavy events would have been inappropriate and distracting (it did work in the book, but that’s another argument). The cave sequence just prior functioned as the exciting, effects-laden set piece instead. I feel that these were deliberate and responsible choices by the filmmakers.

    Also, it may or may not be a great book, but “The Curious Incident of the Dog and the Nighttime” is a terrible title.

  • Margaret

    I am a fan of the HP movies and some of the books. I went with 8 people to see the movie, and some had read the book and others had just seen the past movies. We all like the openning scene but thought the movie lacked a story line. It was slow in the middle and most of us agreed with my sister who said it was like watch scenes put to gather rather than a story being told. This movie is a one time see. The others were a 4-6 time sees. Get a new director. The first four were great!!!

    • Daniel

      we must be on the same page

  • Margaret

    I am a fan of the HP movies and some of the books. I went with 8 people to see the movie, and some had read the book and others had just seen the past movies. We all like the openning scene but thought the movie lacked a story line. It was slow in the middle and most of us agreed with my sister who said it was like watch scenes put to gather rather than a story being told. This movie is a one time see. The others were a 4-6 time sees. Get a new director. The first four were great!!!

    • Daniel

      we must be on the same page

  • sarah

    i loved the movie i just wish it was longer by like another hour or so if your going to make a movie like harry potter from the book you need to do it right. dont get me wrong he is a great director and did a great job it just they left out alot of details like tom riddles mother being muggle and the more details about the horcuxes and the battle at the end i mean really your going to leave that out?! so take this advise and make it more detailed for the last horrah let it go out with a bang! make it 3 hours long or more do the two parts add the details we are all expecting and let us remeber this last movie like its supposed to be !

  • sarah

    i loved the movie i just wish it was longer by like another hour or so if your going to make a movie like harry potter from the book you need to do it right. dont get me wrong he is a great director and did a great job it just they left out alot of details like tom riddles mother being muggle and the more details about the horcuxes and the battle at the end i mean really your going to leave that out?! so take this advise and make it more detailed for the last horrah let it go out with a bang! make it 3 hours long or more do the two parts add the details we are all expecting and let us remeber this last movie like its supposed to be !

  • Daniel

    I think they took the book and put it in trash. Where did the ring come from space!!! How did dumbledore know where the cave was? What was the point of the part with burrow about? Where did it come from? I know some things have got to be removed from the book for thr movie but come on. Why take stuff out but to come right back and add something. If you are going to make a movie from a book some times being true to book is not a bad thing

  • Daniel

    I think they took the book and put it in trash. Where did the ring come from space!!! How did dumbledore know where the cave was? What was the point of the part with burrow about? Where did it come from? I know some things have got to be removed from the book for thr movie but come on. Why take stuff out but to come right back and add something. If you are going to make a movie from a book some times being true to book is not a bad thing

  • bo

    Following my first viewing of the movie, I was extremely disappointed. I thought things were awkward and weird with Ginny and Harry, and was also disappointed with the elimination of several important memories of Voldemort (him stealing the ring and locket, etc.).
    Also, Dumbledore’s explanations regarding the memories and the Horcuxes were extremley important and also a huge part of the book, so it irritated me that those were left out.
    I also think that showing the scene with the 2 (or 3, if you include scrimegeour) ministers would’ve been a much better start than the death eaters attack, and also would’ve created a neat cameo/ introduction for scrimegeour. Plus, you have an additional opportunity to cast a cool British actor as the Muggle prime minister (it would’ve been sweet to see someone like hugh grant in this role).

    All of that being said, I did in fact enjoy the movie more the 2nd time I saw it, because honestly, it’s impossible to be mad at anything “harry potter” related for too long.

  • bo

    Following my first viewing of the movie, I was extremely disappointed. I thought things were awkward and weird with Ginny and Harry, and was also disappointed with the elimination of several important memories of Voldemort (him stealing the ring and locket, etc.).
    Also, Dumbledore’s explanations regarding the memories and the Horcuxes were extremley important and also a huge part of the book, so it irritated me that those were left out.
    I also think that showing the scene with the 2 (or 3, if you include scrimegeour) ministers would’ve been a much better start than the death eaters attack, and also would’ve created a neat cameo/ introduction for scrimegeour. Plus, you have an additional opportunity to cast a cool British actor as the Muggle prime minister (it would’ve been sweet to see someone like hugh grant in this role).

    All of that being said, I did in fact enjoy the movie more the 2nd time I saw it, because honestly, it’s impossible to be mad at anything “harry potter” related for too long.

  • Lynn

    After seeing the movie I was a little disappointed. There was so much in
    the book. I understand to do it right it would have been two movies but what was the Burrow scene about? For those that haven’t read the books
    I think a little more expanation was needed and what about the great funeral that he had, that would have been a great ending. The other movies were done so well. This one I feel was rushed. I hope the next ones are back on track.

  • Lynn

    After seeing the movie I was a little disappointed. There was so much in
    the book. I understand to do it right it would have been two movies but what was the Burrow scene about? For those that haven’t read the books
    I think a little more expanation was needed and what about the great funeral that he had, that would have been a great ending. The other movies were done so well. This one I feel was rushed. I hope the next ones are back on track.

  • anderson

    I’m from Brazil and I am big fan of the movie, I watched the movie and noticed that Emma Watson is increasingly more beautiful, my dream has always been known Emma Watson and paraticipar movie harry potter

  • anderson

    I’m from Brazil and I am big fan of the movie, I watched the movie and noticed that Emma Watson is increasingly more beautiful, my dream has always been known Emma Watson and paraticipar movie harry potter

  • lynn

    although i enjoyed the movie i felt too many important facts were left out. my son has not read the books and i had to try to explain alot about voldemort, about the horcuxes , about tonks and lupin , about the attacks on the muggles and the communication between the wizard world and the prime minister. Daniel Radliffe has just enough emotion , remember he is carrying a burden and has lived a life no one can really understand, one he doesn’t even understand so he is very introspective. he has shown emotion in other films like when he yelled for everyone to listen to him and when he comforted Hermione over Ron.

  • lynn

    although i enjoyed the movie i felt too many important facts were left out. my son has not read the books and i had to try to explain alot about voldemort, about the horcuxes , about tonks and lupin , about the attacks on the muggles and the communication between the wizard world and the prime minister. Daniel Radliffe has just enough emotion , remember he is carrying a burden and has lived a life no one can really understand, one he doesn’t even understand so he is very introspective. he has shown emotion in other films like when he yelled for everyone to listen to him and when he comforted Hermione over Ron.

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  • Tangj16

    i think i would be purfect for harry and ginnys daughter becouse i am 11 and have red hahair

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