Harry Potter Film Producer David Heyman Talks Splitting on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

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Jun 18, 2009

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Film Journal has released a new profile of Harry Potter film producer David Heyman. In the article, David Heyman speaks about the upcoming Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, noting that since production is well underway on the final two Harry Potter films, its difficult to go back and focus on movie six which will be released in a few weeks. Speaking from the set of a recent location shoot for Deathly Hallows involving camping for Harry and Hermione, Mr. Heyman says:
“It’s really funny talking about Six because we’ve moved on”we’re
deep into Seven now.”Right now, at this point in time”shooting a scene between Harry
(Daniel Radcliffe) and Hermione Granger (Emma Watson) on a sunny
location in Burnham Beeches where the two have temporarily pitched
their tent in their road travels”the 48-year-old producer is steady
and holding at seven-point-five. He continues:”My
head is so much into Seven, and then, all of a sudden, you have to
come back to Six’ he vamps by way of an explanation. “What I love
about the Potter films is that each is different from the
one that precedes it. In fact, I think they’re all quite different.
They focus on different stories, and you have new characters who
come in and bring them to life.”

David Heyman says of HBP: “This one is
much looser. We take the time to explore the characters. Of course,
there are big action scenes, big set-pieces, but what I think
people really love in Harry Potter films are the
characters”Ron, Harry, Hermione”spending time with them. That’s
where the real pleasure is, I think.”

He also goes on to discuss the decision to split Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, again refusing to say where the splitting of the two films will take place. Quotage:

It helps, of course, that Harry Potter and the Deathly
Hallows
is coming at him now as two films, doubling his
pleasure all over the place, but finding the precise line of
demarcation “was something we wrestled with. I’m not going to
reveal where it is just yet, but there are a couple of places. I
initially was not in favor of doing two films.

“In the seventh book, Harry is at the center of so much of it that,
when we looked at what we would cut, it was impossible. There was
almost nothing that we could comfortably cut, so it became a very
clear decision that we had to make two films. “Once we made that decision, the challenge is to find out where you
cut it. I think we’ve made a really interesting choice. It’s
acknowledging that actually this is one book, and there are two
parts to the story, and I think it will be really exciting. “Actually, there’s almost enough material in here to make three
films, but I think that would have probably tipped it over the
edge. The book is a very rich canvas.”





68 Responses to Harry Potter Film Producer David Heyman Talks Splitting on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Avatar Imageselene21 says: Hey I'm up for the three films idea jajajaja Right now I just want to see HBPAvatar ImageDave-94 says: Still not telling us anything about the split. Better keep it that way First to post!!Avatar Imageselene21 says: first?? can't believe itAvatar ImageDave-94 says: hmm second then..Avatar ImageWolfheart says: Three films would definitely be fun! His comment makes me think the split is somewhere around shell cottage or the Gringotts break-in. I like the idea of cutting it at Dobby's death, but now I'm thinking a bit later than that.Avatar ImageHPNAIV says: Yeah, three movies would have been great for me! The more the better! I just want Harry's end on screen to be like the book.Avatar ImageMatea says: arghhhhhhhhh...I want to know where's the split!!! I'm still beting on Silver doe!Avatar Imagekingdom says: i can't really even think of DH right now... i'm locked on HBP, i can't wait to finally see it - already have my midnight showing tickets!Avatar Imagemaimiaa says: yeah i don't wanna know when they split it. i wouldn't mind the three films hahahaAvatar ImageLoony1393 says: I think they're gonna hold on to the mystery of where they're splitting the films because it keeps people interested. Well, it keeps me interested...Avatar ImageAishMeist says: 3 films ftw!Avatar Imagestarfishes16 says: I'm still not happy about the split... I mean I don't think "Deathly Hallows PART 1" and "Deathly Hallows PART 2" are good names. However, they're still is alot that needs to be covered in the movies, so I guess it's worth it. As for HPB, I just hope that it's not too much like the Order of the Phoenix (after 3 times of seeing it, I finally stopped clompaining and started to enjoy it!). Avatar ImageOldZeke says: I just hope that Half blood Prince is a lot better than OOTP which I thought was terrible.Avatar ImageErinM says: Oh, I hate the word "ending" when we're talking about our beloved Potter series. I hate that the books are over and I hate even more that they're filming the last two movies. Does anyone think JKR will suprise us with a "branch off" story of HP? Let me add that to my prayers tonight... :)Avatar ImageWingardium Leviosa says: It's almost over... oh no! I wouldn't mind three films to make it last longer!Avatar ImageWON_TWO says: 3 sounds good to me....Avatar Imagemanicburns says: I wonder if I'm the only one but, his comment at the end, "Actually, there’s almost enough material in here to make three films, but I think that would have probably tipped it over the edge." makes me worried. Does this mean that, since they decided on only two movies, there was a significant amount of material cut? Is there any evidence out there that disproves that theory?Avatar ImageMidnightSun321 says: 3 films??!! haha!! i once made myself cry thinking about the end of HP. true story. and i like NEVER cry!!Avatar Imagedecarus says: Well that was what Lord of the Rings was: three parts to one book. They are going to cut stuff from Deathly Hallows. I know that we all wish them to include as much as possible, but five hours isn't enough to get everything. Things are going to be cut. Prepare yourselves. Avatar Imagephoenixes are in ravenclaw says: NO! Go ahead! Three films is fine with me and more than half of these people on Leaky!!Avatar ImageBwaySaint says: I'm re-reading the book (again) and once again feel it NEEDS to be cut right after Ron's return and the Silver Doe! It just makes sense!!! I mean, yeah, I *kind* of like the idea of ending it with Xeno saying, "Are you referring to the sign of the Deathly Hallows?" But that just seems to anti-climatic to me. I think Dobby's death is too far into the story - I mean, what would they leave for the second film to be substantial??? JUST TELL US ALREADY! :)Avatar ImageHagrid 713 says: perhaps the split is flying away on the old dragon escaping from Gringotts....leave us really hanging in air....so to speakAvatar ImageHPandtheDA007 says: 3movies!!! the more the merrier! but im just waiting for HBP to come!Avatar ImageScottMan says: Wouldn't it be something, after the last Potter movie, if they all kept making movies together?Avatar ImagexxIBelieveInNarglesxx says: woo,3 films would be totally awesome :) Avatar Imageliv-wa says: Three films would make me perfectly happy [: Anything to make it last! I wanna know where the split is. As soon as they tell us though we will lose a big discussion.Avatar Imagesunlitdays says: hey i could go for a dozen films if they could manage it but i probably would be the only one in the theater :PAvatar ImageHydrus says: Yeah, I could have gone with an epic like Gone with the wind... but 2 is pretty great. Now that I said that, I'll have visions of Ron telling Hermione, "Frankly my dear..." as he bolts out of the tent. I'm just really happy HBP is finally getting here. My friends are starting to roll their eyes when I say anything about Harry potter.Avatar Imagebudgie says: Three films.......Yeah..........Avatar ImageGarden State Geek says: I don't know how they'll manage it, but it will be fun to see anyway. Avatar ImageLemonFaerie says: THREE films???? Do it, do it, do it!!! I wish. :)Avatar ImageNiphai says: lol.. 3 movies? No problem xD I can imagen that it is harder to talk about HBP now, due to the fact that they're doing DH now, but that is the risk with moving the date of the movie.. About the split. It is logical that they do not want to give away where they will split it. I mean, it has to be a suprise for us, so it will be a suprise when we will be watching the movie. So just wait patiently, and we'll know ;)Avatar ImageMimblewimble13 says: Where will they split the films? It's really the last mystery we have left, isn't it? Avatar Imagekingdom says: three movies would've been fine with, do four or five if you want to, just make sure it emphasize the book, make sure this series has the best ending that it honestly deserves!Avatar Imagebengtson_98 says: I hope they do good with this and I hope that the rumors aren't true and they leave Dobby's death in there because that is such a huge part for Harry... I really think with two movies they wouldn't have cut thatAvatar Imagehermiones says: i have a realy strong feeling that the split will be just when they get out of Gringotts of they get of the dragon into that medow-ish area near a lake cuz then they can start from the whole hogwarts battle i think thats the second part of the book...well it kinda is for me :) it would probly sound like this. . .in the medow-ish area near a lake when suddenly harry finds out that the second to last horcrux is at hogwarts....the place he had thought of from the begining...then it'll finish where like hermione says summat like "we'll have to make a plan" and harry say's "no it has to be now. . ." they all look at each other then ron says to finish the film " bloody hell!"Avatar ImageT-Vey says: ^^ @HarryPotter4Ever!! - Dobby's death is in. We've seen pictures of his burial. :) It would be great to have a surprise, but in all reality, I doubt the split will remain a secret until we see the film opening night. I believe the odds of it not getting leaked either by test screenings or cast/crew members are slim, not to mention by the time we eventually see the trailers, we will be able to piece together which parts made it into the first film... (just saying :/ )Avatar ImageHorcruxalej says: Ha im up for three films to ha!!!! the move of the book that in the movie the better i wish once movies would use the whole book just to see what it would be like it would be interesting.. expensive and a very long movie but still...Avatar Imagegooseywizard says: I couldn't wait if there were three movies. Imagine seeing only 1/3 of the movie, having to wait 6 months to see the middle, then seeing the end 6 months later. No thank you.Avatar Imagehewy says: Three movies would be great!! However, I would like to see either the movies on DVD as it appeared in theaters or the directors cut which usually as more scenes in it than what appeared on the big screen. Not looking forward to the finish of the movies only because it means no more HP on film. When is she going to do the encyclopedia ????? I want it NOW!!!Avatar Imagephoenixes are in ravenclaw says: OMG!! I just thought of something!! It would be so funny and so cheesy if they did in with all of the trailers before part 2 started, "Previously on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," and like, a two minute synopsis of part 1! LOLAvatar ImageERockHP7 says: I hate that they are keeping the split a secret. Three movies would be awesome too.Avatar ImageMimblewimble13 says: @ ErinM I hate that it is ending too. I hope that before the final movie comes out we will have a new book from JKR.Avatar ImageTamyris says: I think the split wil be when Ron leaves.Avatar Imagecesca says: ahh i can't wait but i will be so sad for it to end =[[ i wish harry potter could go on forever and everAvatar Imagejenge says: I wish he hadn't made that comment about making three films. I hadn't even thought about that possibilty and now I'm disappointed that it's never going to happen :-(Avatar ImageRin68nyr says: I think splitting it at dobby's death would be too late...hmmm...I"m not sure. Maybe after Ron returns from his "time out" ErinAvatar Imageabandonedboyjon says: I think the split may be shell cottage as well - mostly because I see the malfoy manor scene as a very good climax which then naturally becomes somber with dobby's death. and that's pretty much how all potter films end. I'm glad to see heyman wants to spend time with the characters. that's what I missed in ootp- they were the right characters, we just couldn't have more than 10 seconds with them. Avatar Imageabandonedboyjon says: I think the split may be shell cottage as well - mostly because I see the malfoy manor scene as a very good climax which then naturally becomes somber with dobby's death. and that's pretty much how all potter films end. I'm glad to see heyman wants to spend time with the characters. that's what I missed in ootp- they were the right characters, we just couldn't have more than 10 seconds with them. Avatar Imagehermiones says: from this iterview its obvious where the split is: when the come out of gringotts.. because if you think about the battle of hogwarts JK R has left quite a lot out on detail which can only be portayed by vision(film) the battle will be a full blown 2 hour thing. think about how long it would be> going throught arianas tunnel meeting in the room of requirement, crabbe dying fred dying look for ron and hermione going into the raveclawz dorm going into the forbidden forest going into the shreking shack looking at snapes memories the casualties harryies fake death neville and nagini and lord voldermorts death it will be really longAvatar Imagesuh says: 3 movies !! ,awesome ..Go ahead HeymanAvatar ImageNeil in Scotland says: This kind of talk makes me happy and excited!! Avatar Imageravensmith says: I think D. Heyman has done a very good job with the movies so far (- OotP). I'm sure that wherever they split the movie it will leave HP fans in tears/tantrums/fits of the sullens. In other word, it will be great!Avatar ImageRaveKatie says: Aw man, why did he have to say that? now i wish it WAS three movies...Avatar Imageharrypotterlover10 says: Intresting place to end and begen the 7th??? I have no clue now! I had a place that is not intresting nor exciting.Avatar Imagehermyone08 says: Wow, i actually thought he was going to spill the juicy details of where DH is going to be split...And i don't think many of us would object to DH being 3 movies if it meant sticking to the book! :)Avatar Imagealegria35 says: can't wait to see the film.. that's all i have to say... both hbp and dh...Avatar Imagepotterrock says: great...interview :)Avatar ImageDolemite says: For some reason I think he'd still mess it up with 3 films.Avatar ImageBader says: This excites me so muchAvatar Imagecheeserpleaser says: Ugh. I wish they would reveal where the cut takes place between the two films! Then again, discovering that information would ruin all the fun and pleasure the fandom has had in speculating the whereabouts of this location!Avatar Imageshellybasson says: Cant wait for DH 1 & 2, but I wanna see HBP already!!!Avatar ImageIwishIwas@Hogwarts says: I really hope that they dont reveal the where the split is going to be until the movie is out!Avatar ImageJrae says: Yes, three films would be great, like a mini-series. Maybe there will be a director's cut with extra footage:)Avatar ImageHermioneRon4ever says: "when we looked at what we would cut, it was impossible. There was almost nothing that we could comfortably cut" This makes me happy! I don't really think they're going to cut too much... I can't wait to see where the split is! I think it's going to be a cliff hanger-ish spot though.Avatar Imagex_Potter_Lover_Forever_x says: Interesting interview .... damn him for not lettin' it slip! Ha ha! And I'm up for three films ... anyone else? ;DAvatar ImageAgrippa1 says: Three films would have been even better! But I like that they're keeping the place where they're splitting it as a surprise.Avatar ImageLeeann says: "the teachers they got along with and the theaters they didn’t"...that made me go huh? haha

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