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David Yates, Helena Bonham Carter and Producers Attend "Deathly Hallows: Part 2" Screening and Q&A in Hollywood

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Posted by: Stephanie_J
November 30, 2011, 11:40 PM

On Tuesday night, Variety hosted a screening of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2" in Los Angeles as part of a campaign to build Oscar buzz for the final film in the series. Present at the screening were producers David Heyman and David Barron, along with director David Yates and actress Helena Bonham Carter (Bellatrix Lestrange).

Hypable has published some highlights from the Q&A, which you can read below.

Heyman on deciding where to split "Deathly Hallows:"

Initially we were nervous about ending Part 1 with Dobby’s death. Because the previous three films had ended with a death, and we thought, “Oh my gosh, this is a repetitive structure, we don’t want to do this again.” So we actually shifted [the split] to the arrival at Malfoy Manor. With Harry’s hair being pulled back, and you see the scar, and ending it on a cliffhanger. But during the editing process is became very clear that you needed some closure. And also, if we had set up Dobby in the beginning of Part 1 and then his death happened halfway or a third of a way through Part 2, we felt that wouldn’t be emotionally satisfying. So David [Yates] ultimately made the decision.

 Yates explaining why they moved the Harry/Voldemort final battle outside:

In the book Voldemort confronts Harry in the Great Hall. They’re together and surrounded by children. And, because we waited so long for this final confrontation it felt more primal and spectacular to have them alone up in the ramparts of the castle. I love this notion of Harry pulling Voldemort off this high point and then conjoining in this weird and wonderful way. Because they’re sort of twins in this series of stories. And I just felt the image of them two separately in that courtyard was more iconic. And in the book, the book was terrific, but tonally it was slightly different than what we wanted to do. We went a bit earthier and a bit more grown up. Whereas in the book it’s slightly – it reads slightly younger. And Voldemort’s undermined before he’s ultimately dispatched. And so we tried to avoid that. Working with Steve [Kloves] with came up with our alternative, which felt more spectacular as well. Whizzing around Hogwarts. Together. Trying to pull each other apart. I felt that would be a more cinematic expression of what Jo started.

Bonham Carter talks about a dueling scene with Gary Oldman (Sirius Black) that was cut and stealing items from the set:

Helena Bonham Carter: I always shoot incredibly long sequences for Potter, and 5% is preserved. [laughter] Me and Julie – we did that fight. But it was much longer. We had so many moves. In fact, I had a really huge fight with Gary Oldman [in Order of the Phoenix] – do you remember that?

David Heyman: Are you saying your best stuff is on the cutting room floor?

Carter: Absolutely! Well not my best stuff, but a lot of stuff. I trust I’m in the hands of — but anyway. Me and Julia, we actually threw our backs out. Because it’s quite strenuous doing all the wand stuff. I died that day. I’ve died so many times in films. You usually die in the middle of shooting a film, or in the beginning. But this time I actually finished – it was on my last day of shooting. They killed me. And then they went, “…Bye!” [laughter] I kept my teeth. They wouldn’t fit anyone else. I got them at home. I’ve got my wand. But not THE wand. That’s part of what I loved about the whole Harry Potter experience – it was completely surreal. And I loved every minute of it. But every time I was on set, at the end they’d say, “Give us back your wand.” I’m an unconscious kleptomaniac, I take everything. [laughter] But they’d always take your wand and put it under lock and key. And I thought, “Don’t they realize they don’t work?” You know. [laughter] The wand I’ve got, it’s not my wand.

I’ve got a few posters actually [from the set]. They don’t know about that. The thing is – you go into the art department of any film and they sort of – you know – you can get a few things on the side. [laughter]

Yates answers an audience member's question: "How did the films get so good?"
Jo’s stories go darker as they progress. So we were just following the trail that she laid down for us fundamentally. It’s a funny thing because people react differently. Some people loved the first two movies in the series. Some people think the third one is brilliant. There’s a very different response to each of the movies and everyone has their favorites. I think our advantage with the final story is there are a lot of people who invested a lot of time in these characters and journey. So bringing it to a conclusion and a climax for an audience that has grown up with the stories, grown up with the characters, grown up with the actors means they’re as invested as we are as storytellers in this world. It creates a certain alchemy in the theater as we sit down together and watch the film.

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748 Points

Love Helena’s quote. They have to put a lock on the box to keep the wand… LOL!

Posted by Gene *ROAR* on December 01, 2011, 01:43 AM report to moderator
748 Points

And desperate to see her dueling scene with Gary Oldman.

Posted by Gene *ROAR* on December 01, 2011, 01:44 AM report to moderator
673 Points

Helena is hilarious, she took a wand, I think Bellatrix rubbed off on her a bit but that’s not bad coz she was brilliant at playing her, I hated Bellatrix and would feel like throwing something at the screen. As for Yates’ comment regarding the battle of Harry and Voldy I do not agree, I loved the book version and was disappointed with the film version, it looked like Neville finished Voldy off not Harry, well technically he offed himself because the spell backfired but yea…. Dobby’s death broke my heart, he was my most favorite character in the series and I was sad that he had to die.

Posted by mencia on December 01, 2011, 03:08 AM report to moderator
80450 Points

Helena is the POO! :+D

Posted by Won_Two on December 01, 2011, 12:49 PM report to moderator
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Posted by harrypotter4258 on December 01, 2011, 05:38 PM report to moderator
467 Points

Nice interview! I love their answers! Helena is so funny and great! The Davids really are great producers, they have good views on how to make the movie. I just love that they respected Jo so much.

Posted by lovelle on December 01, 2011, 05:43 PM report to moderator
4138 Points

I really want to see those deleted scenes! I love Helena!! She’s an amazing actress and played Bellatrix reallly well!

Posted by Calum Wilson (RuneDream54) on December 02, 2011, 05:10 AM report to moderator
5439 Points

Nice interview!

Posted by Fleur-de- Lily on December 02, 2011, 05:55 AM report to moderator
10471 Points

AMAZING INTERVIEW. Helena is hilarious and both of the Davids had good points with their answers. :)

Posted by . on December 02, 2011, 10:32 AM report to moderator
393 Points

I love how Yates says the books built this tremendous relationship with the audience that they built a franchise off of.. Right after saying how they changed the climax of the story because they thought it would be more impressive.

Posted by Averyfan on December 02, 2011, 01:37 PM report to moderator
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