With ‘Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince’ about to grace cinema screens, director, David Yates, producer, David Heyman and their stars are hard at work simultaneously filming the final two films of the franchise, ‘Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Parts 1 & 2′.
There was a lot of speculation and debate when the news was first released of the final book being split into two films. Anyone who’s read the book could not help but agree with the decision. J.K. Rowling’s final Harry Potter adventure was jam-packed and the threads of the story was so tightly wound together that removing one, as screenwriter, Steve Kloves has been able to do in the past, threatens to ruin the story. Fans have been burning up chat rooms since then wondering where exactly the book will be split. Producer, David Heyman has let slip that it’ll be unexpected, “with a sense of completion” for the first movie, but will definitely leave the movie-goers with the desire to come back for Part Two.
Fans are also looking forward to seeing the Epilogue of the book on the big screen where we see the 3 central characters as grown-ups with their own families – 19 years into the future. At first, David Heyman agonised whether or not he may have to hire older actors to convincingly play Harry, Ron and Hermione as 30+ year old adults. “It would be an awful shame not to have Dan, Rupert and Emma finishing out the saga…”. But after seeing ‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button’, he is toying with the idea of applying the technology to his 3 actors so that they, who had started it all, could finish it all.
Beginning as 11-year olds, the Harry Potter films have been part of half of Daniel Radcliffe’s, Rupert Grint’s and Emma Watson’s lives. While Daniel and Rupert are keen to stay in the entertainment industry, it’s been rumoured that Emma will quit acting all together and concentrate on her studies (a la Anna Paquin after ‘The Piano’). Not surprising for a girl who got the highest marks in English in the country – a perfect score. But for its producer, while he’s saddened to see the end of an era (he’s been part of the franchise since 1999), he’s also excited as he’ll now be able to explore new projects without having another Potter movie to complete in the background.
But for now, he and director, David Yates are neck-deep in casting, shooting, scoring, editing and everything else that goes into making movie magic. And when those credits rolls for the final time, they aren’t the only ones saying goodbye.
‘Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince’ is out this Wednesday, July 15. ‘Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 1′ is due out on 25/11/2010 and Part 2 is out 14/07/2011.
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