Video: J. K. Rowling and Steve Kloves Talk Writing the Trio


Jul 11, 2012

Posted by Mel

The Harry Potter Wizard’s Collection website has released a short clip from the “Creating the World of Harry Potter” documentary, which will be included as part of the special features of this limited edition DVD collection. Watch here or below as J. K. Rowling and screenwriter Steve Kloves discuss the effort that went into writing Harry, Ron, and Hermione:

The description of the documentary this is taken from is as follows:

Over the course of ten years, screenwriter Steve Kloves worked tirelessly with author J.K. Rowling to develop her magical books into films. From the beginning, Kloves had to decide what to keep, what to change and what to cut while staying true to Rowling’s vision, initially without even knowing how the series ended! Learn the story behind the stories as they sit down together for an intimate, free-flowing conversation.

The Harry Potter Wizard’s Collection will be released on September 7th.

18 Responses to Video: J. K. Rowling and Steve Kloves Talk Writing the Trio

Avatar Imagekatelyner123 says: That's really cool! :DDDDD I would definitely miss writing about the trio also :(Avatar Imagekatelyner123 says: lol Ruprt is a genius XDDDDDDDAvatar Imagelazy Emma says: coolAvatar ImageValeria-Johanna says: Very nice snippet.Avatar ImageFleur-de- Lily says: Very niceAvatar ImageWant to be a Weasley says: Loved the clip, really would love to see the whole bit, but not really thrilled at the cost of the set.Avatar Imagehogwarts-is-my-home says: I would love to buy this but my parents will just say, "but you already HAVE all the dvds!" and not let me get it. Maybe the extra stuff will find its way onto Youtube...Avatar Imagesilverkacy says: Help my Leaky! I can't see the post!Avatar ImageWON_TWO says: Interesting little bit....Avatar Imagejordanricke says: Imagej@m says: It's amazing how badly Kloves managed to butcher the characters of Ron and Hermione. Clearly JKR wasn't strict enough with him.Avatar Imagesiena says: LOL - "Have you actually met her?" - "No - can you introduce me?" Rupert Grint just totally nails Ron - I quite agree, his performance is genius. I have never been a Kloves fan really - so it's interesting to see that he does actually value Ron's contribution to the Trio. Kloves is right - he has that advantage of coming from a wizarding background and he has that insight and instinct. Avatar Imagehyades says: I can't wonder why she left out......" So when I showed the manuscript I had received at Amnesty and which completely blew me away to my friend Christopher Little he said.... "why the hell don't we do an English version of it? We never looked back."Avatar Imagecritterfur says: I am curious to know how Kloves "butchered" Ron and Hermione, as I've seen this reaction (and especially that word "butchered") before. To butcher something would be to slice it up beyond recognition, and to my knowledge and perspective, that never happened. Kloves took some liberties and exaggerated certain aspects of Ron and Hermione, which often happens in adaptations (especially from a written medium to a visual medium) because aspects of a character must be shown rather than told. In the books, it does seem sometimes like Ron and Harry are interchangeable (Ron is just Harry with red hair), while movie Ron is more fallible, more of a ham, and goes on a bit more of a plot arc in terms of coming to maturity about certain things. People have also complained that Hermione in the movies is actually TOO positive, deriding Kloves' treatment of her as "Super Hermione". So Movie Ron is too fallible, Movie Hermione isn't fallible enough, I take it. If Jo Rowling didn't like Kloves, she wouldn't have approved him in the first place, and even then, if she STILL didn't like him (after he had shown how he was going to treat the characters in one, two, three, etc, movies) she could have appealed to WB to have him replaced. There's no indication that she ever did so, and many indications that she loved his version of her characters. I think that love of Potter sometimes blinds people to certain truths and makes them more willing to cast blame and fury in someones direction when they don't really deserve it, be they writer, director, actor, etc. Avatar Imagecritterfur says: Also, I'm curious, hyades...are you indicating that Rowling somehow stole the idea for Harry Potter? If so, I'd really like to hear that amusing urban legend (I've heard variations on it, but nothing about "Amnesty" or receiving some "manuscript"). I don't put much credence in copycats and wannabes who have attempted to put Jo Rowling down and devalue her imagination and contributions by stating that she didn't create the story and characters. Avatar Imagehermione198k says: So Steve Kloves did realize the significance of Ron. He didn't do very good job of portraying it, though. Avatar Imagecritterfur says: @hermione198k...Not to become a Kloves-apologist, but I think Movie Ron just took longer to be comfortable in his own skin. He wasn't as confident as Book Ron, and was more immature and selfish. This allowed Movie Ron to be taken on more of an arc, from a bumbling sort of sidekick through a dark period of jealousy and self-doubt, to a final resolution of knowing who he wanted to be with and professing his loyalties. For the life of me, I still can't quite see what the complainers are talking about; nothing against their opinions, but I think Kloves' version of Ron is very true to the character, and Rowling must have thought so, too. I guess I value her viewpoint regarding her own characters over anyone else's, no matter how much of a fan they are. Avatar Imageanne1 says: I've ordered these but am a bit annoyed that they never released films 7 and 8 as ultimate editions.

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