‘Harry Potter’ Director & Cast Talk Death Scenes, Final Battle, & More

Published 4 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:30 pm,

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 is coming to a movie theater near you in about eight days and counting. Do you have your midnight tickets yet? Because they’re going fast, especially if you want to see it in extra special 2D.

Some of the set visit interviews from Deathly Hallows Part 2 are finally making their way onto the Internet. Today, we have word from director David Yates – who has directed these films since Order of the Phoenix – and various cast members, including Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint.

Major spoilers Ahead! Read at your own peril!








About the final battle between Harry Potter and Voldemort, courtesy of Movie Fone, Daniel Radcliffe said:

“For me, this whole series is about loss of innocence, and about Harry going from this wide-eyed child to this slightly grizzled young man by the end. It’s essential that he doesn’t entirely turn into a man in the film because that’s what makes all that fight stuff at the end so powerful. It’s also kind of horrible to watch, because you’re seeing a kid get beaten up by a very strong, very angry man.”

David Yates talked a bit about the numerous wizard duels in Deathly Hallows Part 2, which we haven’t really seen since Dumbledore VS. Voldemort in Order of the Phoenix:

“The notion that you’re in the middle of this wizard fighting is exciting, so it feels very visceral,” says Yates. “I did a wizard battle at the end of ‘Order of the Phoenix,’ and it was the first wizard battle between Dumbledore and Voldemort. What I really loved was the kinetic power of the exchange, because the magic I had seen at that point had always been pretty and clean. There are moments in this battle that are very visceral, frightening and percussive.”

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Regarding the 3D, which was deemed undoable for Part 1, Yates said:

“My own idea about 3D is that it’s there to enhance the viewing experience, but I don’t think that you have to use it in a tricky way. I think the minute you sacrifice story and character for something coming out of the screen, I think you’ve lost it, really.”

The problem with this argument is, if you can barely tell the 3D is there, why are you paying six extra dollars for it?

On the accuracy with which Deathly Hallows Part 2 adapts the second half of the book it’s based on:

“I’m sure some of the fans will be frustrated [with what hasn’t been included from the books], but fortunately we’ve kept more than we’ve ever been able to keep […] with other adaptations. Because we can spread the whole story into two movies, we’re able to address some loose ends that we can tie up as we go.”

Two of the bigger problems with the some of the previous films have been either A) the filmmakers’ attempt to cram too much from the books into a too brief running time – Goblet of Fire – or B) the total exclusion of necessary plot points and scenes to fit said running time – Alfonso Cuaron’s Prisoner of Azkaban.

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As for where the Deathly Hallows Part 2 differs from its source material, Yates said:

“Ultimately, the battle and the magical fighting is a counterpoint, and that is where we differ from the book a little bit. I felt that in the book and the earlier drafts of the scripts—before we worked them out—there was an opportunity [to counterpoint] Harry’s desperate race for the Horcrux with the Dark Lord’s ever-encroaching ability to kill everyone in the school, so there is this race against time. So we counterpointed these two strands.”

Rupert Grint talked about one of the major death scenes in Part 2 and how difficult it was to film:

“Ron [losing] his brother […] was quite a big scene with the whole Weasley family. It was a depressing scene to do because you’ve got Fred lying on the floor and it’s quite shocking. It involves a character we’ve associated with jokes and mucking about. It’s quite horrible. There were a lot of heavy, emotional scenes like that.”

The man who plays Ron Weasley’s father, Mark Williams, expanded on the depressing nature of the scene:

“Oh God, yeah, that scene was rough. We’ve actually just finished shooting it. Those scenes are all behind us and they were not very nice. It’s not very nice spending days thinking about your children dying.”

Rupert Grint also discussed the increased violence in the finale, saying:

“It’s really taken to another level – it’s quite gory. It’s really graphic, actually.”

As for the ‘big kiss’ between Ron and Hermione that has been building since Sorcerer’s Stone, Grint said:

“I kind of built up this thing in my head. We were both kind of dreading it, really, just because we’ve known each other since we were really small. It’s like kissing your sister.”

Yeah, it’s like kissing your sister if she weren’t actually your sister and she looked like Emma Watson. Sorry, Rupert, but it’s just difficult to feel sorry for you on this issue.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 hits theaters July 15th, 2011.

Source: Movie Fone

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  1. Awesome article, and thanks for the interview!

  2. I bet he loved it really.

    Who wouldn’t.

    • I don’t get why Emma Watson cut her hair… she looks so much nicer with long hair – Sorry, I know that wasn’t really relevant to the article, but it had to be said.

      Some of guys are going to hate me for saying this: I haven’t seen HP7.1 yet! I’m waiting for this one (HP7.2) to come out, then I’ll rent Part 1 first and go see Part 2 in theaters.

      • Why don’t you watch Part 1 and 2 back to back? My theater will be showing Part 1 and 2 back to back and my friends and I will be going to that, any idea if your theater will be doing that?

        • @THE AVENGER

          Well, Emma Watson cut her hair because she had wanted to do it after potter was over.

          Also, you need to see part 1 ASAP! 😀

    • No, Greenknight, I would say it absolutely is not. There is a final battle in the film, and people die. Pretty well known at this point.

  3. Luke warm on the 3D, but I’ll go then make a judgement. CANNOT WAIT!

  4. Is it just me or does Voldemort somewhat resemble Obama in that pose?

    Hmmmm…. I think things are starting to make sense now….

    • Yes, Nautius, let’s connect The Harry Potter story to real life politics. What an intelligent (and observant) conversation starter…

      • FLAME ON!!!


        Although, I do find it ironic though that YOU of all people are sarcastically pointing out others’ controversial comments given some of your past articles. ZING!

        So, you don’t think I am trolling, I REALLY am excited about HP7 pt2. I think it’s going to match Capt American in the box office this summer.

    • Obama????????? I don’t see it.

  5. I understand how Rupert feels. I grew up with a really pretty neighbor girl and while normally if I had met her out of the blue, I’d be asking her out and everything, but having grew up with her, she really was like a sister to me and it would have just been weird.

    Emma Watson sure has grown into a beautiful girl, though. And I’m looking forward to this movie, not so much the death scenes though. I don’t know how I’ll feel about that.

  6. These are getting more even more excited (if thats possible)

    DAMN its almost here…. I dont know how I feel.

    • @ Rickster, judging by your comments since I started visiting this site I think you’re about as excited for this as I am. But at the same time a bummed that the Potter journey is almost over. Just do as I do and remember that when the Bluray hits there will be tons of extras and new footage to watch. Stay strong.

      • Thanks Kevin I needed that. The end is starting to hit me now. Im starting getting depressed because of it but like you said I must stay strong, there is more potter in the future (eventually) I just gotta believe :)

        • Ya rick… look at it this way. Hollywood remakes everything dear to us every 30 years of the film’s initial release. So 30 years from now, we might be looking at a remake of the franchise! (Sarcastic laugh)

          • haha true man.

  7. @Rickster HP7.2 is already getting steller reviews!!!

    • Yes Neal rotten tomatoes has 8 reviews up ALL fresh!!!

      F yes!!!

      This is gonna be legendary. This will be my first midnight showing! cant freakin wait man! :)

      • I know!! I think it’s got a good chance of staying in the high 90’s on the tomato meter!!! It might even stay at 100% :)

        • I doubt it. Armond White is still there…..

          • Damn…totally forgot about that guy. I still think it will stay in the 90’s though

            • Im pretty hopeful it will be in the 90’s….

              Its just… EPIC ( yes because I KNOW it is Ive seen alot of footage from the movie)

              There are some things that will surprise many people (even people who have read the books)

              Cant wait for it. The soundtrack is also IMO the best of the series, Alexandre Desplat has exceeded my expectations!

  8. I know! I listened to samples from the soundtrack and it sounds great. But im trying to stay away from seeing to much footage.

    • Yeah Im completely spoiled.

      The full tracks are on youtube as well. Im buying the soundtrack the first day.

  9. I’m kind of anxious to see screen rants review of HP7.2. Who will review it?

    • I cant wait too Neal :)