David Yates Talks Burrow Scene, Deathly Hallows Film, and Life after Harry Potter

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Jul 24, 2009

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Director David Yates has given a new interview to Vanity Fair, where he discusses again the decision to add the attack on the Burrow scene to Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, as well as weigh in with some thoughts on the look of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part Two and his career plans after the series has concluded. Notable quotes are as follows:

Can you give me an example of a particularly difficult choice you had to make in this last film? “One of the things we did was we added a sequence in the middle of
the movie”the sequence in the reeds when death eaters try and attack
Harry”and that sequence never existed in the book. In one sense it
seems mad to add something to Jo’s [read: J.K. Rowling's] world and
Jo’s book. It’s already full of pretty rich, fantastic stuff”why on
earth would you add anything? But in the sort of two-and-a-half hour
structure of a screenplay there was a lack of a sense of jeopardy from
the outside. We were in all these romantic entanglements and I needed
to audience to be reminded of what the threat was from the outside
world. Jo talks about those things in the background in the book but
halfway through our book we needed our audience in the theater to be
aware of them and to experience them. So we added a sequence that
didn’t existed in the book but was there, I guess, in spirit because it
was happening beyond Hogwarts.”

Did you run it by J.K. Rowling? I’m sorry: by “Jo”? “Yeah, Jo was totally cool about it. She recognized the challenge of it and the need for it.”

On Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: “It’s just edgier. It’s a little rawer. It’s more contemporary. It
feels more modern. Shooting in the way we’ve been shooting, doing a lot
of hand-held camera work, all that stuff, I’ve never got a call from
the studio. They just phone up or email and say we love the dailies
even though I am doing things that feel very not Harry Potter. So I
feel I have a freedom and the elbowroom to do what I feel the story
requires.

So you’re hearkening back to your gritty days of State of Play? “Yeah, indeed. In Harry Potter Seven, part One, very much so. But, of course, Hallows
part Two brings that fantasy world back in full cinemascope. It’s full
of dragons, and big wizard battles, and magic. To keep the thing
interesting for me as a filmmaker, I want to serve the wonderful
stories Jo has given us but I need to move it around a bit. I can’t
feel that I am making the same film. Tonally, I need to shake it up a
bit. Like Half-Blood Prince had a lot more humor in it than Order of the Phoenix and that was important for me, and I think it was important for the audience to not get the same journey. And Hallows part One will feel very different than Half-Blood Prince.”

What’s the first thing you are going to do next? “I’ve got a couple of things. I want to do a war picture. I’m developing a war picture called Saint Nazaire that’s about a reckless commander raid in the Second World War. I want to make a movie version of the TV thing I did called Sex Traffic, about trafficking. There’s a whole pile of stuff coming out. I am reading stuff all the time.”





141 Responses to David Yates Talks Burrow Scene, Deathly Hallows Film, and Life after Harry Potter

Avatar ImageEnricoDc says: I wish the Battles scenes isn't just 3 to 5 minutes in the films like what you did on the Battle at the Department of Mysteries, The deletion of the Battle at the Astronomy Tower is really a big dissapointment to me...Avatar Imagebudgie says: I just hope the plot holes get taken care of.Avatar Imageswimman22 says: ya they took out the whole battle after dumbledoor died. if they needed action shey should have included that instead of adding a whole new sceneAvatar ImageBMcFly1 says: I agrreeAvatar ImageJessBlogsBooks says: While I agree that the battle at the end of HBP should have been included, I can see why a filmmaker would need to have added the Burrow scene in the middle, or at least something like it. Film making is a huge game of balance.Avatar ImageTasyaWeasley says: totally agreeAvatar ImageMatea says: HBP was the best yet,so I'm really hoping for DH to be even better! ha! dragon in DH PART 2! hm...Silver doe or Malfoy manor!?Avatar ImageMr. Brightside says: I wonder if they have filmed any of the Hogwarts scenes. Felton said they were at Hogwarts shooting.Avatar Imagegryffindor1991 says: I hope the Battle of Hogwarts is going to be huge and long!!! Hope they have the Acromantula, House-elves, centaurs, and giants join the battle to make it true to the book. I hope they keep the part where Hagrid throws Macnair across the room. I read that if Jamie Waylett cant return as Crabbe theyll replace him with Blaise Zabini and kill Goyle off. I dont remember where I read it and I dont even know if its true.Avatar Imagelevi-OH-sa not levio-SA says: hmmmm, i guess that makes sense about the burrow, that was one of my issues with the movie lol. i like yates but he still hasn't answered why they decided to take away the fighting at the end of the movie...Avatar ImageFlora Lovegood says: I *guess* I can accept his explanation for destroying the Burrow if Jo can...it was a cool looking scene, but seemed pointless to me other than showing the threat which they could have done other ways like by having the PM scene, mentioning Anita Bones, and oh, including the Battle, but I'm just sayin'.... Do wish he could explain where the wedding is going to be in DHAvatar ImageAHPfan says: @EnricoDc, @swimman22, @Jessi While totally agreeing with u three I would like to mention that burrow scene was shot very well, cave & 'escape of Snap' as well. Avatar ImageAmy Darlene says: he HAS been making a war pictureAvatar ImageAHPfan says: I would like to add that how magic world was shown so safe, "scene in cafe' 'Dumbledore leaving harry so away from Burrow' 'no safety measures at Burrow' 'Trio visiting Diagon Alley' etc..Avatar ImagePhylis says: It's nice to know why they put that in there.Avatar ImageBookworm Jen says: I wasn't too crazy about the added Burrow scene (although I agree, AHPfan, it was shot very well) because it actually seemed somewhat anti-climatic - there's this big chase...and then Bellatrix and Fenrir just leave. However, after reading (or hearing) something in a previous interview, about how they wanted to show that this is how the DEs operate - instilling fear in people - I am better able to accept it. Now I look at it like the DEs were just toying with Harry and the others, not necessarily wanting to harm them right at that moment (or to capture Harry), but just keeping them on their toes, so they'll constantly be looking over their shoulders, anxious about when the next attack might come.Avatar Imagebudb says: While I do agree that HBP was far better than OotP, I remain skeptical about Yates as director. HIs comments in this interview, about having more 'room to move and change things', worry me. And he has his self-imposed time limit on how long films can be...what rubbish! Has the man never seen Lawrence of Arabia? Fiddler on the Roof? Dr. Zhivago? among countless other films that last more the 2 1/2 hours? As others have noted, and as I seem to constantly repeat, there still remain far too many plot holes (less than in OotP thankfully, and mostly surrounding the Horcruxes) that somehow need to be plugged if the overall series of films will hold together and make sense. The quick reference to Regulus is sufficient to closing that gap...now, what about all the other ones, most of which are from OotP? While the Burrow scene was 'nicely shot', it really made no sense other than to demonstrate that Ginny would run through fire to be with Harry....plus now the Burrow needs to be 'resurrected' for the wedding scene (presumably). I often wonder if Yates read the same books I have. The emphasis on romance was his choice, along with Kloves I assume. This adaption is the first one where I feel Kloves did not do his best, more for what was left out than for what was put in. (naturally, we have no idea what discussions took place between director, writer and editor). And what was the point behind the waitress in the station? Simply to tell us that Harry is an adolescent with hormones, and that girls find him attractive? Sticking to the novel, beyond one quick shot of Romilda Vane, would have made that point. There is plenty of material in the HBP book to provide the sense of danger in the outside world..and romance....without adding the Burrow scene, which, as well as it was done, sorry, didn't quite do it. Still, I think that Yates finally is paying attention to fan criticism, since he feels the need to justify his choices. Please give Evanna Lynch full power over plot changes and omissions. Incidentally, no one has mentioned the physical changes in the vanishing cabinet and the locket (from the deleted scene in CoS)...drives me a bit nuts when there are minor changes like that which break the continuity between films. Other examples, Sirius in the fire in GoF and OotP, change the dementers' appearance between PoA and OotP. Gee, all these breaks in visual references happen after Yates took the helm...hm, now ain't that curious! Either the 7 [8] films are consistent and seamless, or they are simply separate bits and pieces that may not in the end hold together. I want the films to be as brilliant as the books. Not perfect, not identical, just brilliant. Avatar ImageWannabeWeasly says: so i guess they're splitting the films before gringotts then? if pt. 2 has dragons in itAvatar Imagerealspace says: I was thrilled to see that Yates mentiones "dragons" for part 2! I hope that means we will be seeing the trio escaping Gringott's on the back of the dragon!!Avatar Imagesavingharry says: Yeah, I had no problem with the burrow scene. I thought that every added/changed scene worked really well, and that the whole film felt very consistent with the tone and feel of the book. I'm really looking forward to DH part 1. It should feel VERY non-Harry Potter, as he says, but that's actually a good thing. That part of the book feels very raw and non-Harry Potter. It will be fun to have a more gritty real-world harry potter film.Avatar Imagesavingharry says: Yeah, I had no problem with the burrow scene. I thought that every added/changed scene worked really well, and that the whole film felt very consistent with the tone and feel of the book. I'm really looking forward to DH part 1. It should feel VERY non-Harry Potter, as he says, but that's actually a good thing. That part of the book feels very raw and non-Harry Potter. It will be fun to have a more gritty real-world harry potter film.Avatar ImageEnricoDc says: @ AHPfan You've got the same observations with me... There's NO Safety Measures issued by the Ministry has been discussed in the entire movie. And Dumbledore's simply leaving Harry miles outside the Burrow is really a big stupidity, and what about the Purpose of the Vanishing Cabinet? Draco waste his time on that just to allowed Death Eaters to simply burnt Hagrid's hut... Avatar ImageHagrid 713 says: I just don't get the feeling he really gets it - he keeps talking about shaking it up and making a differnet film from one to the other - I understand that concept as far as a director not wanting his next film looking & feeling like his last film but in that case you're not talking the same story usually, not doing the same author - this is Harry's & Jo's world - and that is what we've all bought into and want to see - he doesn't have to put Harry in the "modern" gritty world so that he can then go back to the magical world and no tworry we'll be bored - for instance that was my beef with HBP - that scene where Harry is in the cafeteria making "plans" with the waitress - ok we get that his hormones are bubbling - just stick with what Jo wrote and show it at Hogwarts! SheeshAvatar ImageHagrid 713 says: I just don't get the feeling he really gets it - he keeps talking about shaking it up and making a differnet film from one to the other - I understand that concept as far as a director not wanting his next film looking & feeling like his last film but in that case you're not talking the same story usually, not doing the same author - this is Harry's & Jo's world - and that is what we've all bought into and want to see - he doesn't have to put Harry in the "modern" gritty world so that he can then go back to the magical world and no tworry we'll be bored - for instance that was my beef with HBP - that scene where Harry is in the cafeteria making "plans" with the waitress - ok we get that his hormones are bubbling - just stick with what Jo wrote and show it at Hogwarts! SheeshAvatar ImageMidnightSun321 says: i really wanted the battle at the end and was disappointed when it wasnt put in. but i luved the attack of the burrow! it was good!!Avatar ImageMidnightSun321 says: i really wanted the battle at the end and was disappointed when it wasnt put in. but i luved the attack of the burrow! it was good!!Avatar ImageMidnightSun321 says: i really wanted the battle at the end and was disappointed when it wasnt put in. but i luved the attack of the burrow! it was good!!Avatar ImageMidnightSun321 says: i really wanted the battle at the end and was disappointed when it wasnt put in. but i luved the attack of the burrow! it was good!!Avatar ImageMidnightSun321 says: i really wanted the battle at the end and was disappointed when it wasnt put in. but i luved the attack of the burrow! it was good!!Avatar ImageEnricoDc says: @ budb You forgot to mention James Cameron's Titanic and Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy... Those are more than 3 hours each film but i love to watch them again and again... It is because there's something wonderful (i can't explain really) but i think 90% of the population of the world agreed with us... For a Best Director, He/She didn't care about a time length of his film, His big concern is How about the audience will love his movie. I remember Peter Jackson once said, Pain is Temporary But Film is Forever... Well, The Damages has been done in the Harry Potter films, Reason why i dissapointed but still looking forward to the Last two remaining HP films...Avatar ImageEnricoDc says: @ budb You forgot to mention James Cameron's Titanic and Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy... Those are more than 3 hours each film but i love to watch them again and again... It is because there's something wonderful (i can't explain really) but i think 90% of the population of the world agreed with us... For a Best Director, He/She didn't care about a time length of his film, His big concern is How about the audience will love his movie. I remember Peter Jackson once said, Pain is Temporary But Film is Forever... Well, The Damages has been done in the Harry Potter films, Reason why i dissapointed but still looking forward to the Last two remaining HP films...Avatar Imagesianletley says: I'm a purist!Avatar Imagesianletley says: I'm a purist!Avatar Imageweasleywannabe1997 says: All of this makes me wonder, also, how the "special edition" videos will work. Will they iron out some of the inconsistencies by incorporating snipped footage? Just wondering....Avatar Imagehepburn says: I still think that they could've make "the audience in the theater to be aware of them and to experience them" in another way than adding an entire new scene... =/Avatar ImageHarryLoony says: Guys chill out! Look, the movie was great...If you want details, just go ahead and read the books!Avatar ImageHermione Elizabeth says: I understand his reasoning for putting the Burrow scene it there but now I wonder how that is going to affect the rest of the plot in DH since the wedding is there. I don't want it to be that all of a sudden the Burrow is back just because of 'magic'... that would seem too corny.Avatar ImageHPNAIV says: So... Is he saying that Gringotts is in Part Two?! That's good. Then it'll lead right into Harry, Ron and Hermione going to Hogwarts. Hmm. I just want to know where the split is!! :DAvatar ImageLiderc says: I liked the movie overall, but there were a few poorly done parts. Hermione had something on her lip 3 times? Someone should tell Yates that a joke isn't funny when you do it over and over. There was too much "love" in the air and not enough story. I think that Yates underestimates the intelligence level of his audience and tends to cater towards younger or less intelligent viewers. Avatar ImageAelaeras says: Im going to have to agree with the first comment. I still loved the movie though..Avatar ImageWON_TWO says: In all honesty altho' it does violate canon the Burrow scene does pick up the pace and tension... Avatar Imagehepburn says: I said I didn't think the burrow scene was necesary but it doesn't mean I didn't like the movie! I loved it on the contrary!Avatar ImageWingardium Leviosa says: I still disagree with the Burrow scene. If they wanted more threat, they shouldn't have had the Death Eaters simply walk out of the castle; the battle scene should have been included. I'm excited to see how the DH movies turn out.Avatar Imageliv-wa says: I understand the addition of the scene at the Burrow, cinematically hearing Harry, Ron, and Hermione talking about the going-ons outside of Hogwarts just wouldn't have been as appealing to non-fans. Deathly Hallows shooting sounds interesting as well. I would say "I can't wait" to see it...but I want to hold on as loooonnnnggg as possible [:Avatar ImageRhiannon7 says: I understand the need for the scene and the necessity of having some more action in a basically talky film. They needed something halfway through to remind us of the danger, BUT I don't believe if Bella would have had Harry in that situation, she would have hesistated dispatching him for one second. Also I couldn't believe that everyone just stood there and watched the house burn. Are they witches and wizards or what!Avatar Imagedocthepiper says: I can understand why they took out the parts they did and those that were addes and its all said and done, but for the DH movies, you have two films so there should be minimal cutting out of the book. The wedding and battle especially.Avatar ImageRobbie Rowe says: Good article. Hope David Yates is enjoying his time on Harry Potter and has a good life beyond there.Avatar Imageboomer says: it will be amazing if they make sure all the ends are tied up but i think they willAvatar Imageminishiva says: I know harry was alone all the time...he would have been an easy target for the death eaters.Avatar Imagefloridianhp says: i didnt see the need for it.nothing exactly happend. there was many other parts in the book they skipped and he added that.Avatar ImageDraco_Fan says: The way I look at it is this, obviously Jo didn't care or she would have put the brakes on it. I believe I read it's in the contract that she has to approve every scene before it can be used. I don't think she'd let someone ruin her books.Avatar Imagelau399 says: Very interesting...but I still think that they should have put the battle against the death eaters and also Dumbledore's funeral. I don't see how they attack at the borrow was necessary!Avatar ImageLivelaughlovepotter says: I love how he says 7 prt 1 is going to be diff than 6... even IF 6 was so damn good :]]]]Avatar ImageLivelaughlovepotter says: I love how he says 7 prt 1 is going to be diff than 6... even IF 6 was so damn good :]]]]Avatar ImageBobthemime says: "I wish the Battles scenes isn’t just 3 to 5 minutes in the films like what you did on the Battle at the Department of Mysteries," from what i heard, from this very site nontheless, is that the 2nd film picks up after or during gringotts. and that the battle of hogwarts is within the first 30-40mins, so i dont think it'll be a 3-5min fight if its a 2 and a half hour film, ya think?Avatar ImageGTHunter says: the battles better be long!!Avatar Imageis.this.real says: i still think the burning burrow was a crappy scene. the battle while DD was dying would have implied the sense of danger needed. i still do not understand why the burrow was in the middle of a bog.Avatar Imagebella vita says: For everyone asking about why they decided to leave out the fighting at the end of HBP, either Heyman or Yates I forget which said a while back that it was because there is a battle at hogwarts in DH too. Its crap I know, but that was their big excuse. Its such total rubbish. Everytime I think about it I wish I could just smack them.Avatar Imagelunalovegood97 says: We found something out about the spilt then, at least before they leave Gringotts!Avatar Imageaxlgirl says: I want you to explain that frigging waitress scene, Yates. I may never get over that horror.Avatar ImageAgrippa1 says: I understand why they put the Burrow's burning in there, but I think it fell flat because we never saw Ron or Ginny reacting to the loss of their home, or wondering where they would go when summer started, or any of the visceral reactions that normal people would have to their home being destroyed - Jo's characters are believable because they react believably, so this scene really stood out to me because no one reacted to it during the entire rest of the movie.Avatar ImageMattOM93 says: I just cant wait for the scene of harry walking into the forest to his supposed death, its going to be incredibleAvatar Imagefelicitas says: All I coule think when I saw the movie was "what the hell". But then I saw the movie a second time and I thought it fit in really well and I didn't hate it.Avatar Imageccking says: as long as they keep as many scenes as possible, and don't completely slaughter the book, i'm okay. but since this is the last film and the last chance i am going to be VERY nit-pickyAvatar ImageLiderc says: It was strange that Ron and Ginny didn't say anything about their house being burned down just a few days before after they return to school. Avatar Imagemelissahengeveld says: That makes since, I agree. I quite liked that they put it in there. I just don't like how the books and movies have difference between each other because, it's kinda like you know two Harry Potter worlds instead of one. Avatar ImageWeasleyBoy says: I like the Burrow scene but it's weird thinking where the Weasley actually live now ? Maybe they repaired the house with some magic who knows ? Concerning the absence of the battle scene, Yates told us a long time ago that it was not in the movie because they were afraid of a repeat with the en of part 2. Don't worry when will see the true Hogwarts battle we will forget the absence of this one !Avatar ImageAwakened says: I can't wait for Deathly Hallows (both parts). I'm just going to put faith in him that he won't disappoint. It's going to be incredible!Avatar ImageNoble Birth Descending says: I understand the need to put stuff in like The Burrow. Things true to the books that don't have backstory in the movies, like children being attacked by werewolves, inferi and killings of people we know, need to be replaced by movie characters and situations we do know. But, I disagree that they have to add things that are hugely different from the books. I was fabulously disappointed that Dumbledore's lines like "flighty temptress, adventure" and "I am with you" were replaced with dribble like "take my arm Harry, do it now" or omitted all together. And, important things like Voldemort's horcruxes having the possibility of being anything rather than being Riddle's personal "trophies". Even some unknown auror replacing the well known Tonks. I just don't get it. I'm betting that Filch or Sprout replaces Charity Burbage in the DH1 opeing scene...Avatar Imagebjullie says: I was wondering about the Burrow scene, and I couldn't believe that J.K. Rowling let the Burrow burn down. :(Avatar Imagegot2lovme says: Makes sense now to add the Burrows scene. Didn't really understand whyAvatar Imagebiiigbob says: Add me to the list of those who saw no use for the destruction of the Burrow to inject a sense of danger, then forget about it with the non reactions of the family to the loss of their home, or concern of where the wedding will be, etc. Yes, magic can repair many things, but if waving a wand can fix the Burrow at no cost, why wouldn't the Weasley's have had a huge house to start with since it would have been made from nothing with magic? The early books establish many of the "rules" of magic, among them being, you can't make something from nothing. Somewhere along the way, there is a tradeoff. Molecules of some sort are needed to be transformed into something else, etc. Even with magic, IT AIN'T FREE!. Though I am disappointed with some of the compromises and changes made for cinematic reasons, I still enjoy the movies for what they are. One person's view of what the world of Harry Potter is like, committed to film for others to see.Avatar Imagevicky granger says: Good interview. But I still don't know what they'll do in DH at the Burrow if there's already been an attack there ... Avatar ImageVerity Weasley says: While his explanation about the Burrow scene makes sense, I don't think it really worked. It didn't come across as an orchestrated attack with a purpose. And the idea of giving viewers the sense of menace that existed in the wizarding world was totally undone by the ending, which lacked any sort of menace at all. It seems like Death Eaters came to Hogwarts merely to break a few windows. Avatar Imageroonwit says: The Burrow scene does still seem out of place, and whereas Jo might agree to including it I can't see her ever writing it that way. I can't see Harry running after Bellatrix (he does tend to act incautiously immediately after something like Sirius's death, but it is out of character for him to do something that reckless after he has had time to think it over) into an obvious trap when he should be defending the Burrow, the Weasleys and Ginny. Also the Burrow would have more protection against attack (other than it being moved to a completely different location, presumably so the death eaters can't find it) even if the Ministry had failed to decide to protect the Chosen One. I could see them using a repaired but blackened Burrow (in another new location) for the start of DH1 and the wedding, but they might also decide to move the Weasleys to Aunt Muriel's ahead of schedule.Avatar ImageNot Slytherin says: Interesting to hear a full explanation of the Burrow scene, and I'm so glad the interviewer asked if Jo was okay with it.Avatar Imagekalina says: The excuse to put the Burrow "fight" (if you can call it that) in the movie does not work if you get rid of the end battle scene. It would make more sense if you added it and then followed up with the actual fight scene from the book to truly give the feeling of the darkness and Voldemort's return for book 7. I can understand his reasoning for a film and it makes sense on paper but I don't feel that the scene he included gave any more feeling of the darkness outside of Hogwarts than if it hadn't been there. And there would have been other ways to follow up on that, say for example having comments randomly by students about family wanting them to go home or being captured,etc etc. I still feel it was a poor choice but that is jut my opinion.Avatar Imagegeneliz says: if they needed action they should have kept the final battle scene on the tower, sheesh whatevs, it was fun to watch anyways :)Avatar ImageLuce_depp says: I liked the burrow scene...but i want to know how they are going too have a wedding there if it's been burnt to the ground? Also, I dislike that sentence it feels not very Harry Potter...why david yates why!Avatar ImageLulaL says: I was bumfuzzled about the Burrows scene. Now, I know the thinking. I still disagree with it. If you want threatening, why not some of the Pensieve scenes with Riddle?Avatar ImageMugglejeff says: At last why they add the Burrow scene.Avatar Imagejohnzonh says: Im surprised the question keeps coming up of why no battle at the end of HBP. it was clearly stated some time ago by either Yates or Heyman or both...that since they were going to invest so much time and effort into the ending battle scene in DH (and Heyman said they are looking at around 20 to 30 minutes) that it made no sense to go overboard and create a "lesser" battle of Hogwarts for HBP. That is why they changed the ending. We all know the DH movies are gonna kick butt. enough said.Avatar Imagejohnzonh says: I do believe that David Yates wanted a much quieter ending for HBP for good reason. When I was in the theater...you could hear a pin drop when Dumbledore was killed. it was such an emotional ending that you could hear people even sniffing a bit. Sure..you could have a battle scene and all that...but with this kind of ending..you are setting up for the STORM to come. Get ready folks....Avatar ImageJadeDanielle says: So excited for Deathly Hallows.....but I still hope time doesn't fly too much. Because once we get part 2, there's nothing left! :SAvatar ImageLoonyBeanie99 says: i understand why they put it in there, but i still wish they used the spot for something more important. I feel like they'll have to cram all the little details into the 7th when some could have been in the 6th. Avatar Imagejerseypopopx6 says: So many things to chose and he chose to destroy a place that has significance in the last book. The comment from one stated that the fight scene at the end would have taken from the death scene of Dumbledore. Really it would have shown the determination of Harry and obstacles he has to get to his hated enemy at the TIME greasy head snape. He is yet to be a hero to me because he yet loved and coveted like Voldermort things that weren't his. I haven't seen the movie yet but with reviews like this it all add to the disappointment of director's cut meaning It also means that maybe I will wait until the dvd comes out since sitting for this old man is hard at times. I really don't want to go home with a bad taste in my mouth for the 6th time. Adding characters scenes and takig away what is necessary to devoted fans and readers of the books. We do outnumber the non reading fans by a huge margin. In my house alone we have 12 people and 10 who have read the books three who read thorugh all the time. Sorry for the length haven't been on for along time and had a lot built up. I too have saw LOTR series at least three times in the movie and God knows how many times at home looking at them as well as HP dvd's repeatedly as I read the books. HP dvd's disappoinment LOTR dvd's satisfaction. Star WARs satisfaction Chronicles of Narnia disappointment. MAtrix Ok length means nothing when the movie is good and HPO movies are good only to those who have not read the books. Avatar Imagejediofthelost says: I agree with you on the battles. I like the choice they did for showing of the dangers outside of Hogwarts, it also showed the love relationship between Harry and Ginny.Avatar Imageoldenoughtoknowbetter says: It is nice to know why, but It doesn't change the fact that it could have been handled better...Avatar Imagedeadtree says: I understand why that scene was added but I can't get past the fact that they never explained where the Weasley's are going to live now. Did the house survive at all? Or are they all stuffed into the twins' flat? Avatar ImagePigwidgeonPwns says: Really, if they needed more action, they could have just put the Astronomy Battle scene... Oh well, what's done is done. I just hope they can make DH1&2 true to the book.Avatar Imagex_Potter_Lover_Forever_x says: I hope it isn't too different from the books. I don't want to be to "un-Harry Potter." I didn't like some of the parts added in HBP. I hope they stay truer to the book in DH. :/Avatar ImageJerry Lumos says: This fake battle in the middle is one of the most disappointing aspects of the film. It's remarkable that they added a battle that made no sense and then skipped the climax of the book with the battle of Snape and the Death Eaters escaping. The fake battle is especially frustrating since they shot this film after the 7th book was released, thus completely ingnoring many important parts of book/movie 7. The burrow is destroyed by fire? How does the 7th movie even start? Where will the wedding be? Where will Harry, et all, make their plans? What happened to all the charms protecting the burrow? How is it that two death eaters (really one witch and a werewolf) outwit and outmagic Harry, Ginny, Ron, Fred, George, Mr. and Mrs. Weasley, Tonks and Lupin?!!!! They outnumber them 9-2!! Keep in mind that Tonks is an Auror, Lupin is a former DADA teacher, and Molly eventually kills the mighty Belatrix--so we're supposed to believe these three plus everyone else can't handle Belatix and a werewolf?! If Yates wanted more excitement he should have put in more of the memories of Riddle. The first one was very well done--creepy and intriguing--and then nothing buy Slughorn's. The main drive of the whole story was barely touched in favour of love potions--when does Harry get his assignment and when is he told to include Hermione and Ron? I've read a lot of comments in papers that people that don't know the book found the movie confusing--I can see why. And finally, not having Harry frozen in an invisibility cloak in the tower was absurd. Harry always acts, even if told not to, especially if Dumbledore's life was in danger, and then no battle at the end? No one witnessing Snape working with the Death Eater's but Harry? Yates feels that he needed more excitment and then edits out the most exciting part of the book? Very disappointing.Avatar Imagewandmastercalum says: I was also annoyed at how small Aragog was at the burial!!! Anyway the burrow scene was stupid! I hate it they could have had the astronomy battle and still maybe put an explanatiton on the horcruxes, which made HUGE plotholes.Avatar Imageroby_boh says: Oh God! I'm pretty sure the next movie will be disappointing..they're gonna change so many things in "Hallows part 1" arrrgh!Avatar Imagegranger_malfoy says: he has saind in another interview or it may of been the prducer he said the battle would be like 30mins of the film :D hope its more n not less than thatAvatar Imagesampsongregory says: Disclaimer: I haven't seen the movie yet. At first, I thought adding a scene that was not in the books was a bad decision. But when I thought about it, why wouldn't Voldemort send the Death Eaters to the Burrow looking for Harry? Where else would Harry be on a holiday if he wasn't at Hogwarts or Privet Drive? His connection to the Weasleys is well known. Voldemort's top priority is to kill Harry. Surely he would be watching all locations. Peter Jackson was criticized after The Two Towers for the battle sequence at Helm's Deep. He was told he had nothing left for the third film. He laughed it off, knowing that Pelinor Fields would top it. Yates should have thought it through, HBP's culminating battle would set the stage, not distract, from DH's Battle at Hogwarts, unless Yates is admitting that he doesn't have the imagination to pull it through. But movies are different from books. There's no way a movie can encompass everything that the books have. I believe that eventually the BBC should produce the entire series on television, even if it was a ten year run, which would give time to develop and show all the subplots, etc. that the author created.Avatar ImageRaytheforgottenWeasley says: I really missed the battle scene at the end of hbp. The DA and OoP battling it out with good old Neville and Ginny leading the charge. It would have taken next to nothing to add (and they had an extra 9 months to do it in!)Avatar ImageSpook says: I agree with many of the comments that the burrow scene seemed a bit ...... unconnected. I was also disappointed that the battle at the astronomy tower wasn't there as well as the lack of clear explanation by Dumbledore about horcruxes. For if Harry has to find these (as in the book), Dumbledore DID know what type of objects Voldemort would be looking for .... things that were important to him that symbolised status and importance in the wizarding world like the cup, the tiara etc. However it despite these complaints of mine, it was really a good job considering all the details that are in the book. You need to see this movie more than once to pick up all the detail. Avatar Imagejohnzonh says: Fact is that no movie will ever be totally true to the book. we can waste time harping over that fact....or just appreciate the things that were done really well. I didn't really care for the Burrow scene either...but in fact..it was... a little scary... my wife nearly jumped out of her seat. The Inferi were very well done...and the ring of fire around Dumbledore was very well done. I do believe ..given that the next two films will be so serious in many aspects...the humor was absolutely priceless. Ron's look (the "in love" stuff) was dead-on. If you haven't seen the movie yet... don't judge it so quickly ..go see it. Take it for face value... not on what is missed from the books. Avatar Imagebiswajit says: But where was the fight at endAvatar Imagebiswajit says: But where was the fight at endAvatar Imagesplinch says: johnzonh, I know they cant be as good as the book. most arent but the previous 5 were true to the "spirit" HPB seems to be yates considering his "creative freedom" more important than the feel and spirit of harry potter. thats the bottom line, its why im so upset, forget the details. if OOTP wasnt decent i would be scared out of my pants for DH right, even so i still am somewhat, HBP was just....bad.Avatar Imagejohnzonh says: honestly I don't think we will be disappointed in the DH films. We do have to remember that as films they also need to cater to the people who have never seen them before ..nor read the books. They do have to stand alone as stories. If Yates is flexing his creative muscle... well I am sure he has some limits to what he can do. It is a blend of directors vision and responsibility to the source material and the fans. To this day I still find people amazed at what Alfonzo did with POA... I liked the "atmosphere" that was created...but some things were so dreadfully misplaced and so much of the story not explained...that we left the theater going..."HUH?..umm OK..well that was odd" As a standalone film... it was good. As a method to explain in depth the WHY certain things were the way they were... it was horribly anemic. I do like to go back and watch the films to pick up on book details that I constantly miss.. often I find the things I was looking for... This film will be no different. One thing I would have liked to see more of... was the significance of SEVEN horcruxes. oh well.. we have a movie to look forward to in the near future.Avatar ImageRavenclaw98 says: I totally agree!Avatar Imagesunlitdays says: ahhhhh so the gringotts stuff is in part two!!!!!!!!!!!Avatar ImageBritski says: What does he mean when he says "Not very Harry Potter"...this concerns me. Avatar ImageBwaySaint says: First of all, with 6 movies in tow, we should ALL understand that the MOVIES and BOOKS are two separate entities. The movies are ADAPTATIONS which means, quite frankly, it's based upon the book but left to some interpretation. Since Jo Rowling has had executive control over what scenes are in and out (meaning "final approval") I have had faith in the creative interpretations displayed on the screen. Now, that being said, have I been disappointed that certain scenes haven't made the cut? Heck yeah! I missed the battle, I missed Dumbledore's funeral and, heck, I even missed "U-No-Poo" for some comedic relief. But did those omissions force me to hate the movie? Nope! I thought the movie was BRILLIANT - both cinematically, story and acting. And, yes, I even liked the addition of the Burrow scene. I felt my heart race during that scene - it added the necessary tension. Someone earlier stated that it made no sense because Bellatrix would have killed Harry then and there - not necessarily. Remember, the "Dark Lord's" orders are to leave him for him, no one else can harm him. Bellatrix is one who toys over the line of what should be done because Voldemort said so and how she feels - let's just use some suspension of disbelief to believe that this was one of those times she followed his orders!!! :) I have complete faith that DH parts 1 and 2 will be fantastic - and from the interviews I read from the creative team down to the cast - it sounds like they will. They know they don't want to disappoint fans. Have faith. :) Avatar ImageBwaySaint says: By the way, I think what Yates means by "not very Harry Potter" is the look of the films. If you take a look at how each of the films "look" has changed since Sorcerer's (Philosopher's) Stone each has gone from a fairly "light" children's movie to a darker, more powerful tone. I LOVED the look of HBP - it took on the tone and feel of a super serious Academy Award winning film, only it was about Harry and our wizarding world. I think Yates will be using a more "real" look for Deathly Hallows - they are no longer protected by Hogwarts and are out in the real world with danger lurking at every corner. That right there would change the look. Does that make sense?Avatar Imagenibbler says: Burrow scene doesn't make any sense. Why did Belatrix and Fenrir attackt it? Were they bored and decided to burn down some house, and decided not to kill Harry Potter or bring him to Voldemort if they by any chance run into him, which they did. Totaly unnecesary scene and unlogical.Avatar ImageBwaySaint says: @nibbler - Not illogical at all - it shows how the Death Eaters get off on instilling fear in the rest of the wizarding world. It also showed that just because folks try to "protect" Harry, they mustn't feel like they have security. It's all about fear and terror. No one is safe. Avatar Imagegaryvc says: The scene at the beginning of the book where Dumbledore fetches Harry was actually one of the funniest in the book. It is a shame they replaced it. I thought the Burrow scene was a waste of time. It seemed like a personal attack against Harry while the real threat was to the entire country, wizards and muggles alike. Of course in the book these dangers were discussed as they read the Daily Prophet and that isn't very cinematic. I think they should have stuck closer to what was in the book when they followed Malfoy to Knockturn Alley. I would have rather seen more about Harry's obsession with what Malfoy was doing. I would have liked to see him have some more moments with Ginny after they were together. And it didn't seem like there was enough information on horcruxes (although I will have to see the movie again to be sure). On the other hand, I think the way they staged the death of Dumbledore made sense as having Harry immobilized under his invisibility cloak is not at all cinematic. Avatar ImageLinnyish says: Wahey! My theory was right about the Burrow scene. Glad to hear it heh. I hope they take more risks with DH - it's meant to be scary!Avatar Imageburningpumpkins says: ... you put that in there because of all the romance? Why did you put in all the added romance to begin with? It was overkill, and I can't believe you were supplementing romance as if romance was the central tone of the book.Avatar ImageBrosia23 says: I was so angry at Yates, 2 1/2 years full of anger, for him changing my book. But now, having seen the result, I get it and I love it. I hope that, as he will have 5-6 hours to tell the last part of the story, that he will do it justice. Because several hundred million people will get pretty ticked off if they wait this long for the ending to have it all messed up.Avatar ImageBeAchL0veEr05 says: I have a lot to say on this. #1- I was not a huge fan of the Burning Burrow scene, and as a book purist I must say it was unnecessary, however, from a movie point of view I guess it was good that they showed bad stuff was happening outside of Hogwarts. I feel better now that I know why he added the scene. If they just cut the unnecessary romance in the first place we wouldn't need the Burrow scene, and I am very confused as to where Harry is supposed to be in Movie 7 and where the wedding will be, but still... glad I know why the added it. #2- Modern, huh? I know Deathly Hallows takes place in '97/'98, but still sometimes the books seem a lot more old than that, not like ancient, but modern is never a word I would associate with Harry Potter. I agree with the studio, movies 3 on don't feel like Harry Potter. I mean, they are great films, if there were no books they would be fantastic. I love all the details they put in, and exciting scenes… The movies are great, but they are completely separate from the books. #3- I like when movies have the same feeling. Movies 1 and 2 had the same overall feel, and I loved that. Prisoner of Azkaban was a dramatic change which I liked in the beginning because I hadn't read the books yet (I started reading them before movie 4), but now I dislike it. Chamber of Secrets and Prisoner of Azkaban don't seem like they are from the same series at all, and I do like Goblet of Fire better than Prisoner of Azkaban, but once again the feeling changed. Order of the Phoenix was another change, and even Half-Blood Prince didn't have the same feeling, despite the same director. I don't really want Deathly Hallows to be different yet again. Yates likes when people get a different journey, which is okay if you've read the books. I think it's hard to follow the HP movies if you haven't read the books in the first place, but when you keep changing the overall flow of the movie it is even harder. Sorry for the long response, but I did say at the beginning that I had a lot to say :PAvatar Imagejohnzonh says: I like bwaysaints comments...I totally agree. Yates really does have a nice feel for the series. He isn't butchering the books..and he really makes a nice stab at the relationships that are built thoughout the years. I treat each movie as a "snapshot" of the respective book. it is just a glimpse of what is going on. As stories they are wonderful. Some of this reminds me very much of the whole Star Wars saga... and each movie had such a different "feel".. I am really looking forward to DH 1 in particular...because the landscape will be very "un-Hogwartsy" anyone for camping??? LETS GO! I can just imagine Ron griping about the lack of food. WAH ....WAH..... WAAAAAAHAvatar ImageJillxoxo says: Gritty? I don't like the sound of that. And why is he making decisions on the film based on what's good for him? Shouldn't such judgements be based upon what is good for the story? Avatar ImageJillxoxo says: As for the burning burrow scene, if the film had opened the way the book did, with Harry at home with a collection of papers and the Dumbledore note instead of hanging out in coffee shops making dates while Death Eaters attacked London, they might not have needed to "remind" the audience. Sorry for sounding so grumpy, it's just that the idea that Yates is deliberately disrespecting the general continuity of style created in the earlier films. Avatar Imagesnunkiebrian says: They explained why they did take out the battle scenes, i really enjoyed HBP and im already looking forward to DH PART 1. I think Yates is doing a great job of the films!!Avatar ImageR-for-H says: I think it was nesscessary if you aren't a massive fan to have that scene in it... I liked it!Avatar Imagemuggle..andproudofit says: you guys have said it all i agree with every oneAvatar ImageweB3now says: But the Burrow was DESTROYED and then it's just left there. Hanging. No mention ever again. So.....WTF?? Now everyone is left with "......but, what happens with the Weasley family? Where do they live now?" There may have been a need for it, but it should have been thought through MUCH better and perhaps given a mention or at least SOMETHING at the end of the movie to close it. It's now a big gaping plot hole. I hate falling in plot holes.Avatar Imagebudb says: muggle..andproudofit , the only thing I can say about your comment is: "Spoken like a true Weasley!" ;-)Avatar ImageGinaC says: Jillxoxo said: "Gritty? I don’t like the sound of that. And why is he making decisions on the film based on what’s good for him? Shouldn’t such judgements be based upon what is good for the story?" I could not agree more! I guess I don't like the sound of "gritty" because that's what everyone says about PoA, and it's the one that strayed furthest from the Harry Potter "feel" IMO. I think--and I hope--that what Yates actually means by "gritty" here, though, is that it's a lot of location shooting and will have more of the "Blair Witch" feel with the hand held camera (which I liked in OotP as Harry chased Bellatrix just after she killed Sirius). I am OK with that, because in all honesty, book 7 felt much different from the others, so the movie should too. I hope that's what he meant by not feeling Harry Potterish: that it'll be unlike the other movies, but NOT unlike the book! It does bug me that he thinks it helps HIM as a filmmaker to make the changes. While I fervently believe that audiences would love a movie that sticks to the book every bit as much as much (if not more) than one that deviates, unfortunatley, the filmmakers don't get creativity points from their peers for that and take criticism. It's really a shame. I thought the Burrow burning scene was silly and made no sense at all. I suppose they did need a bit of action in that point of the film, but that was way too drastic a change! Maybe they could have shown Fenrir attacking a child or something? Now THAT would have been dark and action packed, and it would have actually explained who and what he was. That said, I did truly enjoy HBP and have been very encouraged with what I've heard about DH and how they really want to try to include EVERYTHING.Avatar Image3 Weasly Twin says: I agree with Phylis, it is nice to know why they put that in there.Avatar Imagehermyone08 says: so excited for DH! :O)Avatar ImageSindi says: Vote for HALF BLOOD PRINCE for the Teen Choice Awards!!!!!!! These are the nominees : Summer: Movie-Action Adventure HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE STAR TREK TERMINATOR SALVATION TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN X MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE Click on "Make a Suggestion" : and suggest Tom Felton for Movie: Villain These are the nominees: Cam Gigandet - Twilight Liev Schreiber - X-Men Origins: Wolverine Eric Bana - Star Trek Ken Jeong - The Hangover Hank Azaria - Night At The Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian HERE IS THE LINK: http://www.teenchoiceawards.com/vote-summer.php PLEASE PASS IT ON!! AND VOTE EVERY DAY! SHOW HOW MUCH OF A HARRY POTTER FAN YOU ARE!! Avatar ImageSindi says: Vote for HALF BLOOD PRINCE for the Teen Choice Awards!!!!!!! These are the nominees : Summer: Movie-Action Adventure HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE STAR TREK TERMINATOR SALVATION TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN X MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE Click on "Make a Suggestion" : and suggest Tom Felton for Movie: Villain These are the nominees: Cam Gigandet - Twilight Liev Schreiber - X-Men Origins: Wolverine Eric Bana - Star Trek Ken Jeong - The Hangover Hank Azaria - Night At The Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian HERE IS THE LINK: http://www.teenchoiceawards.com/vote-summer.php PLEASE PASS IT ON!! AND VOTE EVERY DAY! SHOW HOW MUCH OF A HARRY POTTER FAN YOU ARE!! Avatar Imagealegria35 says: Will it be rude of me to say to David Yates to stop reading around, and focus more on the movies??...Avatar ImageMidnightSun321 says: cant remember if i commented already :( !! i liked the attacking of the burrow :) !! cant wait for DH!!!Avatar Imageanne1 says: I thought the HBP film was fantastic and by far the best adaptation of these books to date, with superb performances from the entire cast, no exceptions! I am dying to see it again. It had the right blend of humour and darkness and for the first time had the same amount and type of humour as is found in the books. Gambon and Broadbent were fantastic and cemented the film together, and the teenagers were all wonderful. The acting from the Trio really made me look forward to the next two films, especially Emma, who was my least favourite but is now starting to show some of the sensitivity that she needs to portray in the next films. The one thing I disliked though was the added Burrow scene which I though was unnecessary. Instead I would have liked one extra memory, probably the best for the plot would be Hep Smith's house. That said though, for the first time I am not niggled by cuts in the story. Although I've loved all the films there is always something that annoys me about each of them. This time I thought Kloves did a great job with the screenplay and script. Avatar Imageanne1 says: Just to add, now that I've read a few comments; I disliked HBP as a book for at least the first half of it and the reason why is that I felt it had too much slushy romance in it. The only bits of the book I liked were the memory scenes and the cave onwards. So I don't understand why people are moaning about the focus on romance in the film. It IS in the book for a good half of it. In fact I think the time constraints of a film have helped the story this time round because they had to reduce the romance down, compared to what was in the book. They've managed to turn my least favourite book into my favourite film by reducing the romance to its humorous aspects and still keeping most of the rest of the story. I wasn't bothered about the missing battle scene. One more memory would have been nice. Avatar Imagehptwilightfanatic4 says: Ok I understand now but I really wish you would have put more to the battle scene.Avatar ImageSonorusLove says: I think the Burrow scene did the most for developing Harry and Ginny's relationship too, because they just didn't feel that believable in the movie, but that helped a little that she ran after him... @levi-OH-sa: Also, they left out the battle at the Astronomy Tower at the end of HBP so that it wouldn't feel so similar to the end of Deathly Hallows, part 2. Avatar Imagehallowgirl says: Seems stupid adding scenes when all other scenes were TOO SHORT!Avatar ImageXyra44 says: You know he could have added the meeting of the ministers in the middle of the movie or added more Daily Prophet headlines throughout the movie instead of burning the burrow. That was always one of the safe havens and in a few minutes he totally destroyed the idea. Of course, that was his point so it worked. But still. At least he got approval from JK.Avatar ImageRosemunde says: Hmmm...dragons in DH2. Yes, it does sound like the split is going to be before Gringots or at least pick up at Gringots. It will be interesting to see how that is treated.Avatar ImageProf.Plum says: Hi All ! - I'm an ancient Potter fan from book one - it was amazing to read that David Yates is making a war movie on the raid on St Nazaire (France) in the Second World War - it was a Commando raid ( not 'Commander' raid as stated) - and was really AMAZING - I know, because my Dad was one of the Commandos on the raid - he's still alive, and in good health at the age of 89yrs !!!Avatar ImagecrazyforSeverus says: I'm glad the Burrow attack was added, but I still didn't feel that the scene was enough to create the message that the death eaters are gaining control of the wizarding world (as seen when they take over the Ministry early book 7). I think talks of disappearances would do just as good, maybe flashes of daily profits like done in movie 5 when Umbridge becomes High Inquisiter/Voldemort returns. The burrow attack makes it seem the death eaters did one isolated attack, when the truth is they are actively trying to take over.Avatar Image7Pirates says: been wondering why that scene was in the middle

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