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Last night, in part to raise some Oscar buzz for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, Variety hosted a screening of the film followed by a Q&A with director David Yates, producers David Heyman and David Barron, and Bellatrix actress Helena Bonham Carter.

Hypable was present and we have some choice quotes to share with you throughout today!

Producer David Heyman spoke at a deeper level about their Part 1 and Part 2 split point decision, noting it shifted around numerous times for various reasons:

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.

Director David Yates explained why they moved Harry and Voldemort’s final battle outside rather than keeping it in the Great Hall (like it was in the books):

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.

Later today we’ll share additional quotes from the Q&A, including Helena Bonham Carter on a “brilliant” but rejected dueling scene between her and Gary Oldman for Order of the Phoenix.

HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 29: Justin Chang, David Barron, David Heyman, David Yates and Helena Bonham Carter attend 2011 Variety Screening Series
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 29: David Yates and Helena Bonham Carter attend 2011 Variety Screening Series
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 29: David Barron and David Heyman attend 2011 Variety Screening Series
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 29: David Heyman and David Yates attend 2011 Variety Screening Series
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 29: David Heyman and David Yates attend 2011 Variety Screening Series
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 29: David Barron and David Heyman attend 2011 Variety Screening Series
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 29: David Heyman attends 2011 Variety Screening Series
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 29: Helena Bonham Carter attends 2011 Variety Screening Series
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 29: Helena Bonham Carter attends 2011 Variety Screening Series
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 29: David Heyman and David Yates attend 2011 Variety Screening Series
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 29: David Barron attends 2011 Variety Screening Series
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 29: David Yates and Helena Bonham Carter attend 2011 Variety Screening Series
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  • Macy

    It’s so wonderful to see Helena Bonham Carter on a Harry Potter junket like this (and I’m not just saying that simply ‘cos I have a girl crush on her!). Such a wonderful actress (imagine going batsh!t crazy like Bellatrix, yet subtly portraying the resolute, calm, and supportive Queen Elizabeth in ‘The King’s Speech’, at the same time!!). I can’t wait to hear more from her, especially about that dueling scene with Gary Oldman. I did see some BTS clips on YouTube (even with Gary and Helena in full character costume, yet being quite buddy-buddy with one another!). It looked amazingly brilliant. And I never understood why that scene was removed. It would’ve looked quite awesome in the film.

  • Macy

    It’s so wonderful to see Helena Bonham Carter on a Harry Potter junket like this (and I’m not just saying that simply ‘cos I have a girl crush on her!). Such a wonderful actress (imagine going batsh!t crazy like Bellatrix, yet subtly portraying the resolute, calm, and supportive Queen Elizabeth in ‘The King’s Speech’, at the same time!!). I can’t wait to hear more from her, especially about that dueling scene with Gary Oldman. I did see some BTS clips on YouTube (even with Gary and Helena in full character costume, yet being quite buddy-buddy with one another!). It looked amazingly brilliant. And I never understood why that scene was removed. It would’ve looked quite awesome in the film.

  • Macy

    Speaking of Oscars, the awards season finally kicked off with the New York Film Critics Circle announcing their list of winners. ‘Harry Potter’ figures nowhere in the fray. Best Supporting actor went to Albert Brooks for ‘Drive’, and Best Cinematography went to ‘The Tree of Life’. The films that dominated the awards are ‘The Artist’ (it’s proving to be a darling film with film audiences and critics alike), ‘Moneyball’, and ‘The Tree of Life’ (no surprises there).

  • Tom

    I was pretty happy with the changes from the book in the Part 2 movie. Some stuff that reads well in a book just wouldn’t work that well on the big screen. I try to think of the books and the films as two separate entities now. That way, they’re both superb.

    • Anonymous

      Exactly how I felt aboutthen changes and how I feel about the movies and books. When u separate them the movies are just as amazing as the books! They always stayed true to the characters, and the story. I am so happy with the way they all came out!!

  • Guest

    can’t you just report about the whole story at once? i’m sick of coming back to your site a million times to read tidbits from the same story.

    • Tom

      You think they can see the future or something? This only happened last night. There were some similar things going on last week, do you expect them to hold back the reports from last week just because there might be something similar might be happening again soon? Err, no. They report stuff as they get it.

      • Anonymous

        You’re not understanding what I think the “Guest” is expressing. Andrew went to the screening last night and has the ENTIRE Q&A…as Andrew is teasing us about Helena’s response to a question. The guest would like to be able to read the entire interview without interruption. I’d enjoy that as well in order to get a feel for the flow instead of reading one question/answer at a time. However, Andrew is obviously doing this in order to get more website clicks duhhh. So if we want the whole interview, we will have to deal with his style.

        • Tom

          Ah my bad. I wasn’t sure what the “Guest” meant but I’ve just noticed the last line of the article. I guess guest has a point.

  • NifflerFelicis105

    I still whole-heartedly disagree with the Davids’ decision to change the final fight between Harry and Voldemort. I also disagree when they suggest that the book read “a bit younger”, and that their change helped to make it more “adult”:

    The fact that Harry steps up and emasculates Voldemort just before he kills him represents Harry’s strength, how he has come full circle from doubting his place in the Wizarding World, doubting his ability to carry out the task Dumbledore has set for him, and ultimately realizing his capabilities both as a wizard and as a young man… I also think it would have also served as a bit more clarification for those audience members who have never read the books, reminding them of Voldemort’s transformation from “Tom Riddle” [as Harry calls him in the book] to “Lord Voldemort” and back to “Tom” again, and the role that Snape served in his demise (because in the film, Harry never says, “Hey, yeah, this guy you thought was yours this whole time? Totally NOT. Suck on THAT!” Totally loved that Voldemort was ripped to pieces in every way, including his own trust in those he thought were loyal to him, and ultimately, the loss of his mortality).

    I feel as if their fight in the film was good, but began to look silly when they flew off the ramparts of the castle and “joined” together. WHAT? How is this possible? What sort of bizzare magic is this, and why does it look so damned goofy? I understand the Davids’ explaining that they are sort of “twins” in a way, but I think that’s been evident the entire series, especially whenever Harry and Voldemort’s wands connected in such a phenomenal way. This demonstrates their “equality” enough, no? 

    Ultimately, I believe that a final face-off in front of the whole school, including Voldemort’s condescention, would have made for a better ending.

    Lastly… confetti Voldemort. Ridiculous. It’s hard to wrap up that he’s actually, and quite certainly DEAD, when there’s no body to bury. His body disappeared before, but he was still around in “spirit”… I understand that he had had his horcruxes to rely on then, whereas now he does not, but I think it would have spoke volumes to give a close-up of Voldemort’s lifeless face, vulnerable, and most certainly human, mortal.

    That’s all. :)

    • coolcatcheesecake

      i couldn’t agree more :)

    • http://www.facebook.com/Pypersunshine Pyper Atkin

      I whole-heartedly agree with everything you just said :)

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1683360003 Paige Barton

      couldn’t have said it better myself!

  • http://www.youtube.com/mapthestars Mapthestars

    When I read Yates’ quote the voice in my mind immediately switched over to his low key, pacified voice tone and pace lol.

  • Steven

    This articles great, but why was Hypable there, and not MuggleNet? Doesn’t Andrew work for both?

    • Alyssa

      He quit mugglenet because he was too busy. It was like a month or so ago.

  • Matthewhpg

    One word: Voldy-fetti

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1683360003 Paige Barton

      or Con-voldy

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  • Bernardotriana

    Andrew can you fix the ad it keeps appearing and I can’t close it its F***ing annoying -.-

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