David Yates: Snatcher Scene Just Filmed For “Deathly Hallows, Talks Split of Films


Jun 19, 2009

Posted by SueTLC

The LA Times Hero Complex blog has been updated with a new interview of director David Yates who gives an update on the filming for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Noting the interview took place in the wee hours of yesterday, David Yates tells the LA Times:

“We’re here in the forest, we’ve just finished the scene where Harry, Hermione and Ron
are captured by the Snatchers after being chased through the woods. The
Snatchers are brutal and scary but they aren’t the most intelligent of
creatures.They’re trying to figure out exactly who it is they’ve

In more exciting news, David Yates also speaks to the splitting point of the two films. Quotage:

“I asked Yates if he had decided on the splitting point — the juncture at which the seventh film will stop. “Yes, I think we have,” he said. “Things can change when you edit,
of course, but the idea now is that it will be not long after the
sequence that we are filming here today. That’s what we’re
experimenting with. We’ve had three or four different ideas about where
to cut off the seventh film. Traditionally, the movies have ended with
a death or a bereavement, some sort of passage or arrival. This time we
think we will end with more a cliffhanger. Again, though, that’s the
thought as of this moment.”

There is talk as well regarding the upcoming Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. David Yates is asked about the casting of the Trio, and his answer is quite enthusiastic.

I told Yates about my new theory: That the single best decision made in show business over the last decade was the casting of Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint in the lead roles of Harry, Hermione and Ron. I could almost hear him smile on the other side of the Atlantic.

“Absolutely, I think you’re correct. It was an extraordinary bit of
judgment, bringing those three in. They have been so stable and
level-headed and in working with them I continue to be impressed by how
keen they are to challenge themselves and to try new things to bring
out the characters that they portray. They have become these engaging
ambassadors for the films and the story. They have been endlessly
enthusiastic. They want to see how good they can be in these roles.
They haven’t had their heads turned, either, by the fame and attention
or any of it, which is wonderful for everyone to see.”

62 Responses to David Yates: Snatcher Scene Just Filmed For “Deathly Hallows, Talks Split of Films

Avatar Imagemariathegreek says: If the movie is gonna be split around malfoy manor, then that will leave plenty of time for the battle of hogwarts. But we may not know for sure for a while because of editing Avatar Imagecheeserpleaser says: He gave some intriguing comments. He definitely seems to have implied that the movies might split between Dobby's death, as some fans have speculated.Avatar Imagekismatt says: Malfoy Manor, huh? Hmm. The Battle of Hogwarts is going to be half the movie! 25 days, 2 hours, 2 minutes, to HBP! w00t!Avatar Imagefan.numero1 says: awesome. :) Avatar ImageTasyaWeasley says: i couldn't wait for it .Avatar Imagegaryvc says: I have thought the best place for the split would be the death of Dobby (which has already been filmed). But that isn't a cliff hanger. Sounds like it is going to be close to that from this article.Avatar Imagepotterrock says: great interview... xDAvatar ImageHPNAIV says: Oh gosh, I bet the cliffhanger will KILL me. Two and a half hours isn't long enough for me! I want like a six hour film (each). I'm thinking that the split will be somewhere near Malfoy Manor or after.... oh gosh, I'm SO excited! :)Avatar Imagedecarus says: They are going to end this film with Harry and Ron in the basement of the Malfoy's with Hermione screaming through the floor. I am not amused.Avatar Imagejngotro says: Maybe it'll be when the boys get locked in the basement room. Hearing Hermione screaming... Ron running around panicked... everyone feeling hopeless...and then seeing a mysterious blue eye in the mirror... that would definitely be a cliff hanger.Avatar Imagemobellatrix says: I just can't wait to see it.Avatar Imagegooseywizard says: yay! Information about the split. I'm surprised they let it out so far in advance. Normally they try to keep things hidden as long as possible. I wonder if he got in trouble for saying that.Avatar Imageladydars says: I had forgotten about the whole finding a spot to split the movies ... lol. On the one hand a cliff hanger would be a good idea, but then I think ahead to the agony of when the 7th finishes and the long wait to the 8th and gosh... I will probably be very upset lol.Avatar ImageTuesday says: If they are going for a nice cliff hanger maybe it will be during the wrestle between Harry and Draco over the Elder wand, cutting between the struggle and Voldemort's flight back to Malfoy Mansion, ending as Dobby grabs the trio and Voldemort appears!Avatar Imagepromote_elfish_welfare says: I want them to split it at Dobby's death... but this doesn't make it sound like it's going that way :( Maybe just before that, while they are apparating... Dobby dying would be such a sad opening though.. Avatar Imagehallowman says: so basically 3/4 of the book in part i and 1/4 of the book in part 2 so musch for getting every detail of the book in these movies!Avatar Imagerealspace says: The most logical cliffhanger sounds like exactly what I have said would be the best place to break the films. When Greyback says "We've CAPTURED Harry Potter!" (fade to: "To Be Continued") That leaves the set-up for going to Malfoy Manor to start the second half of the movie. That gives up some tension, action, and of course the death of Dobby, which will solidify Harry's resolve to start part II.Avatar ImageNeil in Scotland says: I think the cliffhanger may be about what happens to Hermione. I had thought it might be after we see Dobby's death as they get to shell cottage, but from the way he's speaking, it looks more like it will be during the Malfoy Manor scene.Avatar Imageneeshaknowsall says: Will it stop when they get caught? Awwwwwwwwww, we have to WATCH Dobby die! I don't know if I can take it... *sniff*Avatar Imagemichaelabraham says: sweet! I wonder how bad they'll make the stinging hex look. A cliffhanger, nooo! LOLAvatar ImageJesicurz93 says: AHH OMG!! I'm so excited for this movie now but it's a longggg time before it comes out! :[ But yay for HBP! Coming soon!Avatar Imagex_Potter_Lover_Forever_x says: I think the best place to split it would be around the Malfoy Manor/Snatchers part, that would definently be a cliff-hanger! And yes David, is so right about Dan, Emma and Rupert being fantastic ambassader for the films. They're so level headed it's refreshing to see! P.S I can't wait for HBP! :D Avatar ImageHermione_Granger1987 says: I always thought that they were going to split it when Dobby dies or when Ron comes back… But now I think it will be at the Malfoy Manor. Avatar Imageabandonedboyjon says: somehow I know that no matter where the split is, when I'm sitting in the theater at 2:30 in the morning watching hp7: p1, as the movie is clearly about to end, I'm going to say out loud "please god, don't let it be over!" Avatar Imagebookishgal says: Great interview. After the snatching will make a good place to break the second book.Avatar Imageabinar says: Interesting! Also, squeee!Avatar Imagehermyone08 says: i guess that explains why we heard that dobby is going to be in both parts of DH...great interview and compliments from yates concerning rupert, emma, and dan! :)Avatar Imagesunlitdays says: oooh so hermione being tortured as the split? that could certainly be described as cliffhanger-ish. i kinda wanted the split to be the silver doe when ron came back, but whatevre. oh man the movies would be so different if they were done by a fan girl....:DAvatar ImageLemonFaerie says: I agree with *abandonedboyjon*: no matter where they end it, we'll be screaming, "Noooooooo!" as the lights come up at the end of part one. The wait for our delayed HBP was horrible enough. (I bought my presale tix today! Whoohooo, it's really coming!) The six months between DH part 1 and part 2 is going to be TORTURE. Very cool comments in the article, but man, oh man, I am already frothing at the mouth for that movie and we don't even have HBP yet. *sigh*Avatar ImageMidnightSun321 says: i hate cliffhangers!! even tho i know whats gonna happen 4 this im still gonna be soooooo annoyed if they split when like ron leaves. i <3 ron :D:DAvatar ImageCaracticus says: I bet it is right when the summon Voldy! After Bella tortures Hermione and learns from Griphook that the sword is a fake and she summons him. That leaves Ron, Harry, Luna, Dean (they better have Dean in that Scean :-) ), and Olivander trapped in the basement. That's a bit of a cliffhanger. One thing they haven't established in the movies is that Apparation is loud, and when Dobby arrives, it's the loud "Crack" that causes Bella to send Wormtail to investigate.Avatar ImageMuggleQueen says: I think Malfoy Manor is a good place to split! I had thought they might leave it sometime before Ron comes back again and I didn't want the non-book-readers to hate him for eight months or however long it is. ANYWAY I've been really looking forward to finding out where the split is so yay :)Avatar Imagealegria35 says: I really think they are lucky that they got Dan, Ruper & Emma for the trio's part. They turned out to be good kids, thus no problem and no rescheduling of shooting. Imagine if they got some problematic teenager? We would have died waiting for the next moview, or worse, our heroes/heroines will always have a cosmetic surgery, because they might always change the actor/actress playing the part.Avatar ImageMatea says: then dobby,I guess..hm...I really wanted Silver doe :(Avatar Imagephantomles says: The scene in Malfoy manor will be a brilliant cliff hanger on which to end film 7 Avatar Imagekbicprez says: I totally agree with Yates about Dan, Rupert, and Emma. They’ve grown so much as actors and best of all, they haven’t fallen prey to Hollywood’s craziness. They deserve high praise.Avatar Imagesevpatronus_93 says: he didn't necessarily say that the split would be after the SNATCHERS scene. he said after the scene they would be filming next that day because films don't film in sequence of the plot. i really want it to be split after the part where xenophilius lovegood says, "you mean the deathly hallows?" i feel like if they cut it after the snatchers scene they might be squeezing in too much into the first half. when you think about it, there's so much important stuff that goes on in the first half that theyt might cut out far too much from the first movie. i just hope it's not too late into the book.Avatar Imageiceymoon says: i thought at first he was making reference that they'd be cutting it at Dobby's death (since it's after Ron comes back according to him), but then he mentioned about how other movies sometimes end with a death but they'd be ending in more of a cliffhanger.. so now i dunno. :< either way it's going to be painful to have to wait for the rest of it, but at least it's only 6 months! if they push that back... i will be furious. >oAvatar ImageJaymie Brooks says: I don't think they'll split at Dobby's death. I know most of you love Dobby, but I don't think that he's important enough of a character to REGULAR MOVIE GOERS for the film to end in an emotional way. They've only seen him in one HP movie, and only in three scenes. I think they'll split it right when the trio is captured, and they'll include the bit with Voldemort and Grindelwald. That way the Dumbledore/Grindelwald thing can be tied up, and they can end the movie with Voldemort flying to Malfoy Manor. That way the second movie can include the battle at Malfoy Manor, Dobby's funeral, Shell Cottage, Gringotts, and the Battle.Avatar ImageTamyris says: Nice interview. But the split will be after the Snatchers scene? What the hell! That´s quite in the end of the book!Avatar Imagebadger666 says: Interesting.Avatar ImageHermione_Granger1987 says: I always thought that they were going to split it when Dobby dies or when Ron comes back… But now I think it will be at the Malfoy Manor. Avatar ImageStJaina says: The work is going:) I want to see the pictures from this scene:)Avatar ImageChreechree says: Excellent! To hear him say it will be after they are snatched makes me very, very happy because that means that adequate attention will be given to Gringott's and the Battle of Hogwarts. Cutting it any earlier would leave too much. My hope for a while has been that they'd cut it when Harry decides between Horcruxes vs. Hallows as it's the moment where he chooses his path. That might still work, but leaving them at Malfoy Manor will work well for me as well. Avatar Imagehp29 says: Great Interview! I completely agree with Yates on Emma Dan and Rupert, they are so great! I agree that no matter where the split it is it will be a no! moment!Avatar ImageLivelaughlovepotter says: Malfoy Manor would be a great split.. AH! I can't wait, but yet I can. Once the movies are done filming... there won't be much to talk about in the fandom. At least we've got fan sites like the wonderful TLC :].Avatar Imagesnoozer says: Boy he really gave it away. I thought they were going to keep it a secret! I'd say there's no doubt that it ends before dobby comes to the rescue. It's gotta be when they feel most hopeless in the basement and then the blue eye in the mirror with Harry saying please help us. I don't think they should do that as I never like the tv shows leaving me hanging and unsatisfied. Sure it leads to a lot of watercooler talk etc. but not a good feeling to walk out with. I would have rather done dobby's death and stop with harry stuggling with the decision and then resolving to go for the horcruxes not the hallows. That was a real turning point in harry maturing into a man. Avatar Imageele0206 says: Dobby's death? Or maybe when they arrive at Diagon Alley? I always thought they would split the films right after Dobby's death. It seems to me that the end of Harry's obsession for the Hallows would be a good split point.Avatar ImageWingardium Leviosa says: A cliffhanger? Sounds interesting.Avatar ImageCandyCane2304 says: I don't care they split it, I'm going to be upset anyway.Avatar Imagecleber says: loved his comments about the trio. they are really awesome folks!Avatar Imagespicefan1978 says: This is some exciting news.Avatar Imagesirius17 says: I have a feeling their going to split it at the moment they arrive at malfoy manor or when they set out for gringotts cause i would assume that would be a cliff hangerAvatar ImageHeavenly_Horcrux says: I really wanted the movie to end with Xeno saying the line that's something like, "Are you refering to the sign of the Deathly Hallows?" Very Dark Knight style.Avatar Imagemuzic823 says: Wow, that's a lot more specific than any hints before. How exciting!Avatar Imagebengtson_98 says: I am going to bet that they split right when the Death Eaters call Voldemort... I don't think that they will have it split at Dobby's death because he stated that they were not spliting on a death but a cliff hanger.Avatar ImageHallows not Horcruxes says: I'm not sure how I would feel about it, if the split came after the Trio was captured by the Snatchers...I always felt that Harry's monumental decision to go after the Horcruxes rather than the Hallows, which he makes while digging Dobby's grave, was a rather climactic moment and a huge turning point in the story. If the split does indeed happen as the trio is captured, the digging of Dobby's grave and the decisions Harry makes while doing it will come very early on in Part 2. I don't know if a scene that seems to be so much of a turning point would fit well so early on in the film. Avatar ImageDolemite says: There is enough happening at that part that they could split it at a few different places. Best not to get stuck on one thing at the moment.Avatar ImageLeeann says: i was kinda hoping where they split it was going to be kept a secret but that's asking too much i think haha. well he did say they weren't entirely sure yet.Avatar ImageHermione Elizabeth says: Very good interview with the director... I do hope they split the movie at a good solid point. A good part would be around the Malfoy Manor. I definitely want them to have enought time to do at least the last 5 chapters with lots of details.Avatar ImageHermioneRon4ever says: Emma, Dan, and Rupert are awesome! I always hoped they would split it around Silver Doe (definatly not before that though). But I think Malfoy Manor would be good too. To quote Mrs. Longbottom "Hearing Hermione screaming… Ron running around panicked… everyone feeling hopeless…and then seeing a mysterious blue eye in the mirror… that would definitely be a cliff hanger."Avatar ImageGiant Squid says: cool!

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