While many great books have been made into successful movies, more often than not, movie adaptations of popular books meet with fan scorn. After all, a book has the time to tell its story, while a movie has two hours to do everything. That usually means the fans leave the theater disappointed, because no matter how great a movie is, fans often feel like the movie is missing something important.
That’s why it’s so amazing to watch what director David Yates has done with the Harry Potter franchise. Because as the director of Order of the Phoenix and Half-Blood Prince, he’s made movies that have been embraced by both the critics and fans. It really is quite an accomplishment.
As most of you know, Yates is helming the final two installments of Harry Potter, as Warner Bros. decided to break up Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows into two films. A few months ago, I got to visit the set of Deathly Hallows while production was still underway at Leevesdone Studios outside London. During a break in shooting, I was able to participate in a roundtable interview with Yates. During the interview, Yates talked about how shooting had been going, how he has added some new scenes into the story that weren’t in the book, his thoughts WB converting the movie into a 3D release, and a lot more. If you’re a fan of the Harry Potter franchise, you’re going to love hearing what he had to say: