Warwick Davis on “Deathly Hallows” Split; Set to Finish Filming in June


Apr 10, 2010

Posted by EdwardTLC

Actor Warwick Davis is the subject of a new interview on SciFiNow.co.uk in which the Professor Flitwick actor discusses wrapping up filming on the “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” film, as well as his thoughts on the decision to split the final installment. Confirming that he will wrap filming in June, Mr. Davis relates that, after the first audition many years ago, he did not “know that it was going to become a part of my life for 10 years. It was 2000 then, it’s now 2010, and I’m still doing it.” He expands further by saying:

“I don’t remember a point in the films though, where we knew ˜Right, now we’re going all the way’. I just remember each time we were finishing, we were wondering if we were going to be back again. If I’d have known 10 years ago it would have been lovely.”

On the subject of the final film being split into two parts, Mr. Davis says:

“I think it was good, because I think sometimes in the past we could have done that with the other stories, because they are so rich. I’m never actually disappointed¦ well, I am disappointed because sometimes it leaves my parts out¦ but I think the readership is sometimes disappointed. They’ll read in their minds, and in the later books certainly, you were starting to think ˜Ooh, I wonder what this is going to look like in the movie, I bet this will look fantastic’ and then when certain sequences weren’t in there, there was possible disappointment. So I think it’s a really good decision, because we can do justice to what is the last book and what is the finale of, if you take it as a whole saga, the end has to build…”

The interview continues with discussion of his past work, as well as the creation of his forthcoming autobiography, Size Matters Not: The Extraordinary Career Of Warwick Davis, set for publication on April 22nd.
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58 Responses to Warwick Davis on “Deathly Hallows” Split; Set to Finish Filming in June

Avatar ImageBara says: There's a great deal of truth to that.Avatar ImageBookNookKara says: I agree, I wish they would have made 2 movies out of books 4 5 and 6 just for us hardcore fans who would have really appreciated all the attention to detail and such.Avatar Imagegirlatty1 says: Thanks Warwick!Avatar Imagelunaisawesome says: yea. especially after ootp i was really "disappointed" (read: mad)Avatar ImageJillxoxo says: It is very interesting that, at the end of shooting one film, they didn't always know if there would be a next film. I also agree that it would have been nice to split some of the other books into two films as well, although I suspect that it might have been more difficult to keep and maintain the interest of more casual moviegoer who had not read the books and therefore could not fully appreciate the complexities of the stories and the need for such painstaking detail. Avatar Imagecuteh888 says: I mean of course I would of loved to see some more of the books split up but that would of taken so much longer! Like those actors would be doing the movies until 2014 or something if that was the case lol It would of been way too difficult for them so I get them not splitting them! It is crazy enough that they are doing 8 movies, imagine they did 10 or 11...woah!Avatar ImageFilmGirl27 says: He's definately right, an awful lot of people were disappointed with the films. But I try to think of the films as a different universe to the books, so I'm always okay with the changes. As long as the characters and plots are done justice, which has been the case. :) He's awesome btw!Avatar ImageScarStruck says: Awww so great.He's totally right about the disapointment!!Avatar Imagehewy says: When one watches the movies one has to keep reminding self "based on the book", "based on the book", "BASED ON THE BOOK" darn it all. That way there's not too much disappointment, at least that's what I keep telling myself. So far it hasn't been working all that well. Many thanks to Mr. Davis for his 10 years of wonderful portrayal of Professor Flitwick and Griphook. He was perfect and outstanding.Avatar ImageRoseann says: I agree they should not have left out so many key parts in the movies so I hope they do the last movie justice.Avatar Imagebella vita says: Good to know that some people working on the films do publicly acknowledge our disappointment regarding the many sequences over the years that were cut and ultimately caused quite a few plot holes. Normally everyone seems to just skirt around that issue so its nice to hear that someone genuinely understands our disappointment.Avatar ImageSashaSabrina says: Very true, after OOTP I was very disappointed, and they missed out (what i thought) were important memories in half blood prince - oh and also missed out Sirius' mirror in OOTP, how are they going to explain it in deathly hallows ? :SAvatar Imagecheeserpleaser says: What an illuminating interview. I admire him for empathizing with the fans and the outrage many of them may have felt upon viewing the numerous and serious cuts that previous films have suffered.Avatar Imagewhyalltheglitter says: That is soo true! They could have split the 4th and 5th into two parts. That would have been so cool. I agree with you, SashaSabrina, I don't know how they explain it!Avatar Imagegaminette says: Warwick Davis had to *audition*? THE Warwick Davis?!Avatar Imageentoptic says: Leaving stuff out doesn't bother me so much. But when they change the spirit of the characters, that really bothers me. Like when Harry lets Ginny hide the book in the movie..Harry would never do that. One example of changing the movie in the spirit of the characters is in PoA when Arthur tells Harry about Sirius. In the book, he wanted to do that, so it's in the spirit of his character. They could have changed stuff more in that manner, when they needed to for brevity.Avatar Imagesessionka says: I think the best movie adaptations are made from directors who read the books. I'm not talking just Harry Potter. Once they've done that, they seem to direct to get an emotional response. They don't necessarily have to follow the book exactly, as long as they direct to get an accurate emotional response. The movie version of "Matilda" is one of my favorite adaptations from a book. It turns out Danny DeVito made the movie, because it was a book he read to his kids. As someone who absolutely LOVED reading "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy, I thought Peter Jackson's adaptation was excellent. It's my understanding both he and Fran Walsh, who wrote the screenplay, read the books. If I was a producer concerned with the success of a movie, I would ask if the director has read the book. I would bet a year's salary, Cuaron didn't read POA. He absolutely butchered it. Of all the HP movies, that was the most disappointing one for me. One of the most disappointing scenes for me was in HBP, when Dumbledore is killed, and Harry just stands by, because he is 'ordered' to do so. There was no drama there at all. And after he's killed, and the students are all standing around outside pointing their wands toward the dark mark, there was no drama when it disipates. I mean jeez...They're witches and wizards!!! They could at least have shot some sparks toward it. That showed no imagination from the director whatsoever. Avatar ImageCatherine says: wow, yeah, he hit the dissapointment thing to a "T"!!!!!Avatar ImageLoonyMaddie3 says: I love Warwick Davis! He's great! He's in Chronicles of Narnia Prince Caspian, too, right?Avatar Imagealicia00 says: wowAvatar ImageFresca says: Mr. Davis has really added to the movies. His take on splitting Deaathly Haloows into two parts is very wise. Avatar ImageNumeroUnoFan says: warwick is the man he put it the best so farAvatar ImageDiamondWings says: Cool news!!! but *OMG* everyone is talking about the end!! i don't want it to end!! =/Avatar ImageLittle Light says: Thank you for everything, Mr. Davis. Yeah, we're sad that it's gonna be over soon too. Avatar Imagelaxtrafficman says: His autobiography should be a very interesting read. I look forward to that. Avatar Imagenealiezealbie says: ahhh, how i do love flitwick. i am equally sad that his parts were cut as much as they were. :( i would have paid good money to see him zooming across the charms classroom. (sigh) oh well. im glad that he will be in dh, casting all the amazing protective charms on hoggywarty hogwarts! im so incredibly glad that WB's done the right thing by the fans and split the 7th book, not only does it give us more movie but, it does the book jo wrote true justice. i can only hope it will live up to the book as much as a movie possibly can. on a side note, what a great autobiography title! :DAvatar Imagemolly43 says: I agree with Mr. Davis. I would love to have seen more of him and others in the movie. If they had chosen to do two movies every year it may have worked. Maybe then they could've afforded to put more color and light into the movie so we could better see what was happening in all of the scenes then.Avatar Imagemolly43 says: sessionka oom4 CW -- I agree with you on everything that you said except I think the HBP was the worst movie. I wish Chris Columbus had stayed to direct all of the HP films. I think he would have done a better job than what we are seeing now. I feel as if the HP directors don't really care about making really great movies, only great money. I feel as if they're saying "Who cares? As long as we bring HP to the screen the fans will love it."Avatar ImageGiant Fairy says: I never buy autobigraphies....but this will be my first. Being a very tall woman, i always was fascinated about himAvatar Imagesiena says: FilmGirl27 - but the thing is, unfortunately, that they never really did justice to some of the characters, Snape for example. In HBP his overhearing of the prophecy and passing it on to Voldemort was completely left out. I mean, that is one of the most important parts of the plot in the book. Hopefully they gonna include it in DH, otherwise they'll be telling a story without its core. entopic, I agree with you. Harry would never have acted like that, letting Ginny decide and do the work for him. The character of Ginny is unconvincing too - I hated the scene were she ties Harry's shoelaces, it was total crap - Ginny in a kind of submissive position in front of Harry - totally out of place.Avatar Imageharrypotterfreak101 says: Wow, in 2000 Warwick Davis was auditioning and now it is 2010 and it's the end of Harry Potter movies. I think I need a minute.......Avatar ImageMoose_Starr says: This guy rocks my socks. He is just awesome and, I love that he thinks about how the fans feel, too. But, it's so sad that another HP actor is talking about The End Of All Things. He brought so much to the HP movies, it's always cool when an actor is a fan, too. I love that on his website he's gotten into the whole fandom thing and, has a Snape's iPod Playlist lol. I am so buying his autobiography.Avatar ImageGiant Squid says: Oh, he wrote a book? Must read!!Avatar ImageFifi says: That is very true what he's saying. I'm glad that they at least split the last one into 2.Avatar ImageToNkS_rip says: yeah, they couldv split some of the movies, you could fit so much more in them then...Avatar Imagejhangelgurl says: I love the movies Warwick Davis is in. To bad they cut some of his parts out. I still can't believe soon it will all be ending.Avatar Imageblackhair says: Hope they had done this earlier in the series specially in 5 and 6 since they are much longer and more important. 5 because it shows how Harry and Voldemort are connected. 6 because of Voldemort past and how Voldemort became immortal AND because its the most important book in the series since it is were Harry learns about his past and also how to finish Voldemort and most importantly FELL IN LOVE which was the reason for his survival in the end. And also because character of GINNY is shown in detail and how she manages to win Harry or say How Harry FELL Madly in Love with Ginny and What is the reason for it. But what they have shown in Movies is totally disappointing Avatar ImageHermonie says: I am so happy to see that he is coming back! I was totally worried! I can't wait! I sort of wish they had split up the movies. Then they wouldn't have had to miss out so much. Like the battle between the Death Eaters (book 6).I wish they had put more detail in the Harry/ Ginny relationship. Avatar ImageHermonie says: I am so happy to see that he is coming back! I was totally worried! I can't wait! I sort of wish they had split up the movies. Then they wouldn't have had to miss out so much. Like the battle between the Death Eaters (book 6).I wish they had put more detail in the Harry/ Ginny relationship. Avatar ImageEmmaline10248 says: there is a load of truth in thatAvatar ImageAlice Weasley says: I love you Warwick Davis- you're awesome! And I agree about the decision to split DH! And wish Flitwick had been in the movies more too :)Avatar Imagesessionka says: molly43, I agree with you about Chris Columbus. I thought COS was close to the book, and I remembered thinking that the movies were getting better. Then Cuaron came along...arrgh. HBP was terrible, but my disappontment with POA was so great, that I stopped expecting the movies to be any good. Avatar ImagePollytomat says: In my opinion they didn't know if they would make the next film after one produced only in the beginning, because after the second film there were no more doubts about HP commercial success. It would have been nice to watch 2 parts of 5th movie, it's true. However, I absolutely agree with *cuteh888*... Actors are already adults and what it would have been like if they had made more films... ))) Anyway, I can't wait to see Mr. Davis in DH! Avatar ImageFleur-de- Lily says: Thank you for all that you have doneAvatar Imageazaadpotter says: He's right. I appreciate him for recognising the disappointment of the hardcore fans towards the various cuts in the movie(Specially HBP). I wish the other movies were also split into halves. Atleast half blood prince would have been split into 2. Some memories like The hokey's one and the gaunt's memory were left out. Even the memory in which Voldemort requests for the DADA teacher post too was left out.Avatar ImageLunaLuver says: So true what Warwick said. I've been disappointed lot wiht things being cut out. Very happy DH is going to be in two part, the more the better when it comes to Potter.Avatar ImageDobbyWinkyKreacher says: well said warwick. :-) that is what I have said all along. prisoner of azkaban, goblet of fire, order of the phoenix (what a hash was made of that one) all could have been two parts. flitwick was one of my faves. *ooh look everyone, miss granger has done it* :-) wing gardium leviosah. :-)Avatar ImageScottMan says: I do hope Flitwick's role in the final battle is close to the novel. I have this terrible image in my head of him crashing cymbals against the heads of death eaters.Avatar ImageJessSnape says: It's great that Warwick thinks that things were left out of the movies... And I love that he has a book about size not mattering!!Avatar Imagekiwimci says: gaminette I'm with you! I had no idea Warwick Davis had to audition. It seems so strange I thought casting had called him up to get him to be in it! Seems so weird today to make him auditionAvatar ImageSmitch says: He seems cool. Avatar Imagehalfbloodprincesss says: well said Mr. Davis! i think that any director's dream is to make a movie do justice to the books it is taken from and especially something as big and spread out as Harry Potter, it would be anybody's dream to have the big finale so to speak and have everybody love itAvatar Imageelsabetharia says: I do wish that there was more Flitwick in the films. I agree that the Warwick Davis on the readership being disappointed. I know that you can't put in everything... but they'd have had to make two movies from POA on in my opinion, and I really think that would have dragged it out waaay too long for the "movie only" fans. I'm just going to wait for the BBC to do a miniseries that doesn't leave out a second (hint! hint!) from the books!Avatar ImageLiderc says: I used to think I was missing so much by not reading the books, but now I feel like it's been a blessing because it allows me to enjoy the movies without any disappointment. I'm a film major in school, so film is my passion and I feel like had I read the books when I was younger, I would be like everyone else and have that feeling that, man they didn't put in my favorite part into that film from the book. Obviously I'm missing out on tons of HP knowledge by not reading the books, but I feel it allows me to enjoy the film universe of this story so much more.Avatar Imagealicia00 says: aww thats sadAvatar Imagekmac23va says: At least with POA and GOF the primary story was conveyed. OOTP was a hatchet job, especially the final fight scene. And Dan Radcliffe, after OOTP the book came out, said he was so looking forward to angry-Harry and then didn't get to do it. HBP's fight scene I excuse only because the producers noted they didn't want two huge Hogwarts fight scenes back-to-back and they're saving it for DH. (About the best part of being "true" to the book in DH is Harry/Hermione fans are going to get their wish, both in the Horcrux scene as well as what appears to be an add-on of them dancing in the tent...the movies have had more of a lean towards that couple until HBP, and I feel like someday Dan and Emma are going to do a romantic leads movie together, a la Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet.) Of course, the other problem is some of the moments in DH rely on characters from past books that are barely around. The house elves are a perfect example...how do you get the emotional impact of Dobby's sacrifice when you haven't seen him since COS? Kreacher was shown for 10 seconds in OOTP and vanished in HBP. Even Winky...doesn't exist in the movieverse. Plus we have Bill and Fleur's wedding...did you know they were even dating? The only excuses the filmmakers get a pass on is why the big fight scene and funeral weren't in HBP. The fight scene because they have to do a big Hogwarts fight for DH, and they're saving it for that. The funeral because they need all the actors together, which they'll have for DH (I mean -all- the actors). But OOTP's fight scene and all has no excuse for being hatcheted the way it was.Avatar ImageLove is the greatest magic says: Oh that is such a sweet interview. I really agree with what he has to say about splitting the final film. Avatar ImageMadam Snape says: It's great that he understands our feelings of disappointment, and it's even better to know that the people who are making the movies are also aware of that - though it might not make all that difference. To quote *Sasha*, how they expect to explain Aberforth conection to Harry in Deathly Hallows if they missed out Sirius’ mirror in Order of the Phoenix? I love the movies, and they're as great as they could be (I guess), but they DID left out a lot of important things.

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