Helen McCrory: WB is “letting out all the stops” with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows


Oct 05, 2009

Posted by SueTLC

Exciting news today in the form of a new interview with actress Helen McCrory. Speaking to UK Rotten Tomatoes, the actress discusses her role as Narcissa Malfoy in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, confirming the cast will be doing a read-through today of the script for Part Two, the bulk of which is due to begin filming this month. She also says fans will be in for a treat with these final installments in the Harry Potter series, noting “her work on Deathly Hallows was going well and promised an
epic finale for Potter fans. “It’s got a full stop,” she told us. “I
think up to now, every director who has done a Harry Potter
has had to do a dot-dot-dot. They know it’s a sequel, they know there’s
another film coming out. But with this one, we can actually make
everything have an epic ending. It’s going to be final. And it’s going
to be huge. There doesn’t have to be any more pauses or dot-dot-dots.
So they’re letting out all the stops with this one.”

Helen McCrory also reflects on the ending of the story for the cast and crew, as well as for the characters in the series, notably Harry Potter.

“We finish in April and it does feel different on set actually,”
she explained. “Some people have been doing it for 10, 11 years. It’s
part of their lives. So although I’ve just joined them at the end, a
lot of people have a huge emotional commitment to it. There are
children that have grown up with the people on the set, like the
directors and the costume designers backstage. It’s a very big occasion
for those people.”

Despite the magical challenges faced by Harry and co. as Voldemort
continues to gain power, McCrory thinks that what makes director David Yates‘ time on the series so special is his attention to the more human aspects of the franchise. “[Half-Blood Prince]
was definitely filled with teenage angst, and you remember how violent
teenage angst is. There’s nothing romantic about it. You’re thinking,
Oh my God, what am I going to do for the rest of my life? You’re
starting to make decisions about the rest of your life. I think [David
Yates] really summed that up in a very real way, and a very serious way.

“I think with these next two films, he’s looking at this character
becoming a man. And that again, is quite an epic story. That’s Ulysses.
Rites of passage. It’s exactly what Noel Clarke did, in a way, with Kidulthood. We still watch those stories, whether they’re set in Hogwarts or New Cross.”

Thanks so much to Joe from Rotten Tomatoes UK!

110 Responses to Helen McCrory: WB is “letting out all the stops” with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Avatar Imagehumbert0 says: 1st!!! xDAvatar Imagehumbert0 says: Wow!! This movie will be of the hook!!!!Avatar Imagespiritbound says: Wooopings can't wait for DH, both parts. lol at thio! did make me laugh. Good points though, doesn't seem to all fit in. Avatar ImageCatherine says: weep, really im going to cry when its over....gsoh i cant even say 'when its over' with out flinching!!!!! its bitter sweet, cuz iver grown up with these movies, and i really want to see the last one but then again i dont want it to be....over...Avatar ImageNicci Weasley says: Sounds great..... Avatar Imagepfowlerp says: Sounds awsome!! I can't wait to see both the movies, but I don't want it to be over.Avatar Imageangelvoice says: I'm so excited!!!Avatar ImageHermione Elizabeth says: Awesome! I'm so excited.... reading about all this filming stuff always gets me excited. :) lolAvatar ImageThe Gryffindor Fox says: Bring on DH! Hope we don't have to wait too long to see it!Avatar Imageskiving snackboxes says: I'm so excited for these movies, I know they are going to be amazing! Avatar Imagestevenk12468 says: I'm so excited for Deathly Hallows!!!Avatar Imageele0206 says: omg I love this interview. She said a bunch of very interesting things. *They're letting out all the stops. It's going to be epic. It's going to be huge* TY TY TY Helen..YOU MADE MY WEEK!!Avatar ImageHagrid 713 says: sounds really good!Avatar ImageIloveDobby says: I cant wait (: She says epic alot x] Avatar Imagesimos says: exciting!!Avatar ImageSohajFawkes says: Oj, It´s over.Avatar ImageSigourney1990 says: ooooh i can't wait for DH! i really really reallyyyyy hope it's the best one yet, and that they truly to the book justice. no excuse seeing as it's being split :)Avatar ImageTonks1 says: Well I sure Hope that it is off the charts and goes out with a big, no, huge bang. This will be exciting.Avatar ImageTamyris says: Wait! Guys,don´t go so fast! I don´t want it to end.Avatar ImageBwaySaint says: So unbelievably exciting!!! I know that I will most definitely be weeping through these 2 films - for both the storyline and the fact that the whole thing is ending!!!! Avatar Imagegryffindor1991 says: shes pretty good. i cant wait to see DH!Avatar Imagemjkalldaway says: the UK Rotten Tomatoes? great interviewAvatar Imagethundermountain7 says: i can't wait Avatar Imageweasleygirl101 says: Yeah! I'm SOOOO glad they're pulling out all the stops ! Sounds like they're going to keep alot in! Great interview !Avatar Imagehermionenluna says: yay!!!Avatar ImagePols says: oh god!!! can't wait to see this movies, i am sure they are going to be awsome.... i am so excited!!!Avatar Imagemuggle118 says: so excited!!! cant wait to see Helen in it!Avatar Imagehalfbloodprincesss says: only 410 days until DH part 1 comes out and 648 days until DH part 2 comes out =] i am sooooo excited but sad at the same timeAvatar ImageRubyHagrid says: Every time I read an interview with one of the actors from Deathly Hallows, I get so excited. It's going to an epic ending, just like the book =)Avatar ImageWingardium Leviosa says: I'm so glad it will be epic!Avatar Imagealicia00 says: i cant what 4 the movies to come out caust i want to know how the make it into 2Avatar Imagehallowowls says: they're reading through Part Two!!! please don't say they've cast the epilogue children already..... :(Avatar ImageGiant Squid says: it is soooooo exciting!! :) It is also really sad that the filming will be over soon :( :( :( !!!!Avatar ImageGiant Squid says: it is going to be so good! I have trust WB and all the actors will make it amazing!!!!Avatar ImageBroborn says: She Speaks kinda like she is still in her early twenties.. But still, I am so excited for this movie :)Avatar ImageGiant Squid says: it is so exciting :) but also really sad that they are filming the last movie so soon! :(Avatar ImageScarStruck says: wow. *sob* its sounds it it sounds ama-amazing.*sniff* awwwwwwwwwwwww.Avatar ImageGenine_Malfoy says: Of all the films, I am sure these last two will be the most memorable. I can hardly wait. I keep reading book 7 again and again.Avatar ImageBeckster235 says: great interview! so excitting! i cant believe this is all wrapping up. i LOVE the books and movies, im going to be lost without it when its over. Avatar Imagekyramp says: Sounds awesome!!Avatar ImageNot Slytherin says: How exciting! And can I just say that I love her as Narcissa? She was brilliant in the Unbreakable Vow scene of HBP. She is hard as nails, but you can tell that she loves Draco. I'm sure her part in DH2 will be EPIC. :o)Avatar Imagebadger666 says: Awesome! Glad it's going well.Avatar ImageThio says: So... if they are reading the script for part two now so to be able to film it.... does that mean that all of what they already filmed was from part one? That would mean that the Dobby scene is on part one and that part two may begin with Gringotts... But then again, Gambon announced some time ago that he had finished his work for Harry Potter right? And there is no way the King Cross scene would be in part one... so, if you really think about it, this comment was totally pointless... Sorry for wasting your time! Move on to the next comment.Avatar Imageclabwag says: They have filmed the script of part one plus scenes involving Emma Watson from part two, as far as I can tell, so that she could get to school. They will be filming more scenes with her in the future, though. Anyone involved with the films is confusing the fans with comments on filming the second scirpt, etc. but in reality what is in each film could change drastically from the page to screen. As it is one, linear story being told in two parts the split could be moved, as could the order of events if they wished. Yates has said that until they are editing they can't know how they will turn out... Anyway, in relation to this article itself, I wonder whether JK is going to be/was at the read-through (as she has mentioned being part of some in the past). I can imagine the pressure of getting it right, sitting around that table with everyone from minor cast member up to director, producer and creator. I'd love for someone to have filmed/film the read-throughs and have them appear on a DVD in the future. Read-throughs are always interesting, to me. Avatar ImageHPNAIV says: I can't believe it's almost over :( We still have two more years to wait, but it seems like it's already ending. *criesAvatar Imageshellybasson says: I love Helen as Narcissa. Sexy and scary...Avatar Imagemadman1277 says: Great actor, very smart and talented... CANT WAIT TILL these to movies Avatar Imageginevrapotter07 says: Since they have read scripts of both parts,... time between the 2 screenings wud be shorter....Avatar ImageHpfan490 says: OMG I can NOT wait!!!! i have goosebumps already!!!! lolAvatar Imagenox avis says: AWESOME!! its sounds brilliant! but its going to be sad when its over:(Avatar ImageBrosia23 says: This is so exciting! I am giddy with waiting another year for this, so it better be worth it.Avatar Imagewing says: hahahahahahaAvatar Imageginevrapotter07 says: I want to see it now!!!! :(( Avatar ImageJane_Potter says: It is going to be huge.... Awww I don't want it to end....Avatar ImagetheREALGinnyWeasley says: Awesome!!!!!!! I want to see it!!!!!!!Avatar ImageMoose_Starr says: That is such a cool & exciting interview. It must be so strange for the cast & crew, especially the younger actors that have been working on HP for pretty much all of their life, to see an end in sight after all these years. It's difficult enough for us fans to have to consider The End Of All Things but, they've worked & lived in & around the HP sets all their life. Clabwag I agree, it would be neat if they film the read-through and put it on a DVD. They are always interesting to watch.Avatar Imageharrygetsme says: great interview! ugh, these people are just making in more and more difficult to wait for the deathly hallows!Avatar Imagemaimiaa says: wow! :D so awesome!Avatar Imagepotterforpresident says: I just KNOW DH is going to be EPIC. The Harry Potter series will be a legend; it's gonna go down in history. Although... "We finish in April and it does feel different on set actually," she explained. "Some people have been doing it for 10, 11 years. It's part of their lives. So although I've just joined them at the end, a lot of people have a huge emotional commitment to it. There are children that have grown up with the people on the set, like the directors and the costume designers backstage. It's a very big occasion for those people." That particular paragraph formed a giant lump in my throat...Avatar ImageCool Grandma2 says: This was an interesting interview.Avatar ImageBlatcher914 says: Go DH! Can't wait for more updates and for filming to begin,Avatar ImageBell Dema says: Kidulhood was freaking amazing, nothing to do with HBP. Really, though, as much as I didn't like a lot of things, even if I had loved it, I can still see a great, big difference. I hope DH will be better. Avatar ImageMatea says: They better be good!Avatar Imagestevenk12468 says: I'm so excited for Deathly Hallows!!!Avatar Imagecheeserpleaser says: She certainly sounds optimistic, and I am positive that Warner Brothers will not disappoint us with the final two films.Avatar ImageTheWizard says: I don’t want it to end.. But I'm still very excited :DAvatar Imageworldstraveller says: sounds nice, very nice, less cuts :), I really hope this movie goes well. :3Avatar Imagedreampotter says: I hope we get to see as much of the book as possible.Avatar ImageIloveDobby says: i hope they dont cut ANYTHING at all out of Deathly Hallowd like they normally do she sounds fairly optimistic that people will like it thoughAvatar ImageWulfricBrian says: I'm guessing that this read-through relates to the ensemble parts of DH part 2, in other words the scenes in and around Hogwarts. They've already filmed some earlier sections, largely those involving Emma, such as Shell Cottage.Avatar Imagejenge says: Sounds promising :DAvatar ImageTamyris says: I loved this interview.She didn´t give too much away but we definetely can have a notion of how DH is gonna be like. And it sounds awesome! Sure they are letting out all the stops.There are no more stops! This is it.The end of everything. Oh My God! I can´t believe! I´m gonna cry my eyes out!Avatar ImageMidnightSun321 says: can't wait :)Avatar ImageFifi says: Can't wait but it's going to be sad. ; ) Avatar Imagemagicmaniac says: I want to see! But will sob for an hour. Then mope around the house. :( :) It is all ending. This is a big part of my life,Harry Potter is what I mean.Avatar ImageLadySidi says: I <3 Helen McCrory. "[Half-Blood Prince] was definitely filled with teenage angst, and you remember how violent teenage angst is. There's nothing romantic about it. You're thinking, Oh my God, what am I going to do for the rest of my life? You're starting to make decisions about the rest of your life." <--- So true!Avatar ImageDiaconos says: I wait with great anticipation for these final two movies to come out. I can imagine that the cast are having bitter sweet moments, as we all are bracing ourselves for the same. I do think Jo ought to consider writing more about this world she has created. It could be Albus' days at the School of Magic and end with him Fighting His close friend latter to become his foe. She could write about James, Lilly and company and this time at Wizard School...or How about Writing about the Schools of WitchCraft in the USA which she has not yet created. I wonder if they could Apparate from England to NEW YORK< USA?Avatar ImageRavenclaw98 says: sounds good!Avatar ImageGiant Squid says: She sounds excited too! :)Avatar ImageScarStruck says: *sob* EPIC!Avatar ImageJTEL99 says: It's going to be epic! I'm excited already! :DAvatar ImageScarStruck says: *sob* literally. :-( why why why!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! *sob* ok wow, calmign down.*sniff*Avatar Imagepygmypuff85 says: It's hard to believe they're already filming part 2. I'm super excited, but also a little sad. I hope 2011 doesn't get here to fast.Avatar Imageoldenoughtoknowbetter says: Epic is good...Avatar ImageRowling Stones says: so exciting!Avatar Imageblue_rogue says: Sounds awesome! The wait is going to be brutal.Avatar Imagehermionerules1844 says: I'm going to cry during the movie. Everybody has grown up so fast.Avatar ImageBeckster235 says: great interview! so excitting! i cant believe this is all wrapping up. i LOVE the books and movies, im going to be lost without it when its over. Avatar Imagesamhinrichs678 says: so excited!!! no dot dot dots... lol the epilogue is open for a sequal series though... i'm sensing a dot dot dot anyway... epic is good! SQUEE!!!!!!!!!!!! only one problem... part two comes out and there no more after... unless when Jo says not Harry, she really mean Al Sev... lol year for random probably not there theories...Avatar Imagecghambright says: I wonder if she's already filmed the Malfoy Manor stuff? The only other scene I remember Narcissa in is the one where she saves Harry's life. That's pretty intense. It would be so awesome to be at a table read though. VOTE FOR HARRY POTTER at the SCREAM AWARDS!!!! It's been added to a new category..."BEST ENSEMBLE!"Avatar Imagewandmastercalum says: Noooooooo it can't end!Avatar Imagelevi-OH-sa not levio-SA says: GREAT! no more DOT DOT DOT! haha yay!Avatar ImageHorcruxalej says: cant wait like always haAvatar ImageScribbled says: I can't wait for DH. I love her use of the word "epic." :) And it sounds as if the cast and crew are suffering from some Post-Potter Depression...Avatar ImageBrosia23 says: This is so exciting! I am giddy with waiting another year for this, so it better be worth it.Avatar Imagebecmajec says: Excellent, I love interviews with the cast and crew and it's nice to hear from people other than the trio, who I LOVE, but are interviewed etc. so much more... Avatar ImageHBPFan says: So great!! I hope it really is what Helen said it would be. There's no room for cutting and disappoinment now..Avatar Imagebettb says: Ooooo, how very exciting! I am imagining the whole cast on the set -- in the Great Hall?! -- reading through the whole amazing story, just yesterday. And Jo usually attends those read-throughs, I think. Yippee!!Avatar Imagealegria35 says: exciting...Avatar ImageMiliMalfoy says: woohooo! cannot wait. gonna be at the imax with my 3d glasses. EPIC WIN!Avatar ImageMariaKeis says: woop woop . So niice !Avatar ImageHGROSS44 says: The whole thing will be worth the wait. Just think you will be able to tell your grandkids that you were there for the whole thing.Avatar Imagewhitehorse says: awesome!!!!!!!!!!! Avatar ImageSmitch says: Exciting - I love the commentary! Avatar ImagevampressISap0tter says: excited for the movie! woot woot! yea..cant wait to cry and laugh.:) and let's see how everyone looks like in the last settlement of hp. Avatar ImageTheGriff says: I cannot wait for these two films! They have the potential to be the best in the series...especially if it is like they say, with pulling out all the stops! Good interview.Avatar ImageNoxNiveus says: OH good. i was so worried one of the actors would say that this film will just like all the others, and not to expect anything unusual or exciting. Avatar ImageKC Nox says: i cannot wait for dh!!!!Avatar Imagehp931 says: AwsomeAvatar ImageHPbrokensilence says: I certainly hope they are letting out all the stops. If they didn't it just wouldn't be a HP movie!

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