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David Heyman Offers New Insight Into Challenges of "Deathly Hallows: Part 2" Epilogue Scene

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Posted by: Stephanie_J
August 06, 2011, 11:30 AM

The LA Times has published a new interview with Harry Potter producer David Heyman about the challenges the cast and crew faced when filming the epilogue scene in "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2."

On the decision to not cast older actors to play Harry, Ron and Hermione:

“After all we have been through with these characters, the way that a generation has grown up with them, they need to be the ones on screen when it’s time to bring it to a close,” said Heyman, who was a key decision-maker back when Radcliffe and his costars were first cast in their roles back in 2000. “There’s an expectation — even if it is not articulated — that they need to be on the screen when it’s coming to an end.”
Why the first epilogue shoot didn't work:
“Rupert looked like he was about 75 years old with the triple chin and the belly, he looked like he had really lived as a lush,” Heyman said. “We knew we needed to rework the makeup.  There was another problem, too, shooting at the train station proved quite challenging for some of the younger kids who played the children of Harry, Ron and Hermione. It was really noisy every few minutes a train from Liverpool would pull in on one of the other tracks. We only had our one track closed.”
How re-shooting the epilogue scene at Leavesden Studios "made all the difference in the world:"
Heyman has said the hushed control of the Leavesden soundstages provided “the place to get the needed intimacy” but the timing also created the unexpected benefit of making the epilogue the “true” last scene made by the young stars. Film scenes are rarely shot in the same order they are shown on-screen but in this instance the farewell feeling brought an evocative gravity to the day.

“We should have thought to film it last in the first place,” Heyman said Wednesday. “It created a reality of sorts to the feelings in the scene and in the air. And I think now we’ve heard from the rest of the world that it worked. In the end, we used some shots from King’s Cross, too, to make a hybrid. There was a little bit of CG as well. The combination is subtle, which it needed to be.”

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61 Comments

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1189 Points

I’m kind of sad Teddy Lupin was never mentioned in the movie (except once when Harry is talking to Lupin in the Forbidden Forest and he says, “…your son…”) and that James never mentions seeing him and Victoire. It almost makes it seem like Harry/Ginny and Ron/Hermione are the only ones who have kids.

Posted by HalfBloodPrincesss (Jenna Evans) on August 06, 2011, 07:31 PM report to moderator
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63 Points

I felt it could have been done better but I was still reeling from the satisfaction of such a high quality film. Let us hope Teddy is in the deleted scenes.

Posted by TheLostPotter on August 06, 2011, 07:39 PM report to moderator
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192 Points

The Epilogue was very short, but it was still a good close to the series. It made me cry :’)

Posted by Harry-Potter.fan on August 06, 2011, 07:42 PM report to moderator
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i was so happy it ended with the trio team were standing side by side at the end of the epilogue. i’m glad harry looks much older like james potter and ginny very much like lily as well. rupe a big belly? no way dude. he looks brilliant. i am so happy that i get to see this epilogue just the way it was on the book they followed. and no i didn’t cry over the ending of this one.
LIVE LONG HARRY POTTER!

Posted by rudy on August 06, 2011, 07:54 PM report to moderator
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7475 Points

great as it may have been – still pissed there was no teddy. Cut my favourite characters best scenes… and then cut their child… thanks man!

Posted by Luce-Lupin !~ROAR~! on August 06, 2011, 08:41 PM report to moderator
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Maybe having All was well written across the screen?

Posted by Girlraven1 on August 06, 2011, 09:21 PM report to moderator
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I am glad they used the same actors because if you have properly followed Harry and the gang you’d be very familiar with their faces!!!

Posted by Potters_pal on August 06, 2011, 09:36 PM report to moderator
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39 Points

David couldn’t end it any better then the way he did with the 3 hero’s being the last thing we see GREAT JOB DAVID!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by George E Watson on August 06, 2011, 09:39 PM report to moderator
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30 Points

I think they should have showed some of the crowd staring and Ron’s line “I’m extremely famous”! The makeup was just right, very believable and I have seen a whole lot of witches and wizards age from 17 to 36 in my lifetime.

Posted by DollyHeat on August 06, 2011, 10:41 PM report to moderator
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58 Points

i thought they did a really great job

Posted by mscupcke~Roar~ on August 06, 2011, 11:41 PM report to moderator
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11768 Points

I really liked it. The amount of ageing shown seemed to me to be spot-on. Now I’d love to know how they made Snape look 20-something in the Prince’s Tale scenes.

Posted by Valeria-Johanna on August 07, 2011, 04:57 AM report to moderator
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196 Points

I actually like the last line of the book and I would’ve loved it to be the last line of the movie as well. just written down after the final scene… but still I like the epilogue and the last shot with the three of them!

Posted by elanor17 on August 07, 2011, 05:31 AM report to moderator
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I would really love to see the 1st shoot.

Posted by TasyaWeasley on August 07, 2011, 08:33 AM report to moderator
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Why would they need to write ‘All was well’ across the screen? We have already seen that it was!

Posted by Valeria-Johanna on August 07, 2011, 09:00 AM report to moderator
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653 Points

I just saw it last night again. I loved it more than the first time.

Posted by Ginnygirl423 on August 07, 2011, 09:41 AM report to moderator
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