Producers Talk ‘Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows: Part 2′

Published 3 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:30 pm,

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The most successful film franchise of all time (not accounting for inflation in ticket prices) draws to a close this summer with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2. Anticipation is sky-high for the final chapter in the fantasy series, which will deliver all the epic wizard warfare and final confrontations that fans have been itching for since Part 1 was released last November.

Producers David Barron and David Heyman atttended Cinema Con last week to promote the final Harry Potter venture and opened up a bit about turning J.K. Rowling’s sprawling text into cinematic art – including some of the changes they implemented in the newest installment.

Cinemablend sat down to chat with the Harry Potter producers, who had the following to say about their general approach to designing the movies:

“By making them [from Harry's perspective] it created something of a narrative structure, since they’re not organic cinematic narratives, the Harry Potter films. They’re meandering, they go off on these tangents. Inevitably it’s going to be an unconventional structure, but wherever we can impose some sort order on it is important.”

Barron and Heyman also talked about specific changes (or lack thereof) between the second half of the original Deathly Hallows novel and the film – so those who are unfamiliar with the book or prefer not to know as little as possible in advance ought to stop reading after this point.

SPOILERS AHEAD!

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Since Deathly Hallows was split into two movies, it allows for the inclusion of numerous sequences and plot threads that might’ve been otherwise “streamlined” for the movie. Among those that Barron and Heyman say wouldn’t have made the cut, had they made one film, was possibly Harry’s (Daniel Radcliffe) final encounter with Dumbledore (Michael Gambon) in the borderland between life and death, which Harry envisions as looking like King’s Cross – and definitely Harry’s exploration of Snape’s (Alan Rickman) memories after the latter character is killed.

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The producers had the following to say on the matter:

“We also wanted to make a bigger scene of Harry’s confrontation with Snape. Snape’s role in the film is minimal, and it was minimal in the second half of the book, and yet you wanted to have the emotional investment when you see his past story [the memory Harry views in the Pensieve]. We wanted to build that up in order for it to have its emotional impact.”

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END OF SPOILERS

The second half of Deathly Hallows promises to be the no-holds-barred epic conclusion that some (basically those who haven’t read the original book) were expecting, but did not get from the more meditative Part 1. With the most awe-inspiring set pieces, F/X-heavy magical battles, and heart-breaking drama yet to be featured in the Harry Potter movies, Deathly Hallows: Part 2 should be an ending to remember.

For more from the Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 producers – including why so many different directors have worked on the movies and why the epilogue was reshot - check out the full interview over at Cinemablend.

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  1. Cue Ricky to once again tell everyone how epic and awesome this will be blah blah blah…..

    • WTF? Why must you always do that when there is an HP thread on screenrant? Immature as usual.

      Anyways, I am thankful that it was split into 2 films,I dont think it wouldve worked otherwise since cutting snapes memories would be absolutely BAD. Thank god we are getting an amazing finale. :D

      • Glad to see you are not taking things TOO seriously.

        ;)

        You are our favorite HP nut.

        Still, it sure will be a shame when this one comes out.

        That means it will ALL be over. Done. Fini. No mas. Erledigt.

        • Glad to hear that Nautius thanks 8-)

      • I’m sure Anthony was just kidding around, nothing personal. I’m sure he wouldn’t do that to me if a Star Trek thread were created. You wouldn’t, right Anthony? Anthony? Earth to Anthony? :-D

        • Kahless, I’m usually here joking around. So much for peoples sense of humor….

    • Anthony,

      What was the point of that? Very antagonistic and unnecessary. You don’t want to be on my radar in a bad way.

      Vic

  2. Leaving out Snape’s flashback scene and Dumbledore and Harry’s last meeting “Kings Cross” would have been a travesty! Thank God they split it into two movies.

    By leaving Snape’s flashback in the pensieve it doesn’t do him any justice; How would they possibly have made him the real hero he actually was!?

    • EXACTLY! Snape is the true hero here to me lol

      • Ricky. Tell me man without (spoiling anything for others) what did you think of the test screening?

        • I love everything Ive heard, It will be the best HP film no doubt in my mind man. The way it begins is going to send chills down my spine. Heck the whole things gonna send chills down my spine! Oh and the way (someone) dies is changed…. the one who dies by the snake ;)

          • Oh and also,its going to be the shortest HP film…..

    • belive it or not … but snape was a god person.. he sacrifice a lot for harry potter.. if you hade read the book then u haved known

  3. I also am glad they split the last installment in two. Many book to movie adatations fail because they try to cram too much into one movie. I agree that missing out on Dumbledore and Snape’s reveal as a hero would have been a horrible way to end this series. Its going to be epic.

  4. MRS WEASLEY! ! ! XD Snapes memories are one of the best moments of the film due to the emotion it all contains it’s quite sad, might cry when I watch it in the cinema lol

    • I mean book not film

    • lol that part is good

  5. hate to admit it but there is NO WAY this movie is coming out in July here we are in april and we’ve barly gotten anything CLOSE to a trailer

    its just like HBP

    • I hope they dont delay it. That would be the worst that can happen.

  6. they’re delaying it rich y else would we not have a trialer by now

    • its coming this month or then yes,they may delay it :(

  7. As a Snape fan, I actually found his words a little disheartening, when I’m sure he’d have expected the opposite. That he would have cut out Snape memories if it were just one film, implies that he sees them more as a fan pleasing extra, rather than a pivotal revelation.

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