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David Yates Talks About ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2’

Director David Yates lets us in on his thoughts and process while making “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2,” the penultimate chapter of the mega blockbuster franchise. As well as his plans after its release. Clue: A vacation from wizards is in the offing.

Question: With the characters and the actors now older, and this being the final film, did you find that it was a lot different than working this time than before?

David Yates: You know, because they’re getting older and they’ve had more experience of life; they’ve had more experience on the film set. This is the last time they get to play these characters. And the material was, in some ways, more nuanced than it’s ever been. And so all of those things together meant that they had to step up a notch, and they were really ready for that; they were really enthusiastic. And it’s just that they’re getting older and we can explore some deeper things as they get older as actors.

Q: You came into the series at sort of that middle point. When did you realize the magnitude of the fan base. And what did you think about it?

Yates: It was probably a phase in the cycle around about this stage when you do your interviews and you meet the press and walk up the red carpet. Obviously, you notice the fact that it’s globally popular, but it’s just when the fans come from Mexico or Argentina and camp out all night, you realize what it means to them. And it’s a huge responsibility, actually. Also, there are massive expectations on every movie, and in a curious way, you do your very best with the film. And I’m very proud of this film.

Q: How have you survived directing four massive blockbusters in a row?

Yates: Do you know, it’s like running four marathons. It’s tough, I have to tell you. I mean, the process energizes to a certain extent, and the most tiring part of the process, I think, is the promotional side for me. Honestly, it’s lovely to me that people are going to give their feedback on the film. I mean, meeting people from all over the world you get all sorts of different perspectives on the work. And it’s always useful. The work lifts me up and the sort of promotional side I always find hard actually. It’s just tough.

Q: On the last day with Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson, when they were on set together and filmed their final scene, what was that like?

Yates: We shot the scene on the viaduct, outside Hogwarts, and it was really peaceful. It was a really sunny day. It was all backlit. And it’s a very tender scene where they sort of reflect on everything that’s happened, all the battles and everything, and they hold hands, and the camera falls away. It’s a really tender, lovely scene. I said to them, ‘Look, guys, this is the last scene we’re all going to do with you three together in front of the camera. So, it’s not just the last scene of these three characters in the movie, this is your last scene in this series of films. That’s what today is about.’ And it infused it with a kind of emotion which was really moving actually.

Q: Did you ever talk to Jo Rowling about adapting these books and the choices you made, particularly in terms of its contemporary feel?

Yates: We never had a big conversation about that because it was very present in the book. She read the script and she was totally cool about the way we’d adapted it. She was always just very enthusiastic about the whole first script, generally. But she’s been really helpful and we had a good chat about a couple of scenes in Part 2. I asked her, ‘What were you thinking when you wrote these scenes?’ And she was really helpful.

Q: Jo was a producer on this film, so how was that? How was her expanded role on it?

Yates: You know, it hasn’t really changed from the other movies, honestly. She’s just always our biggest supporter. And always very graceful and kind and I think, because she’s been there throughout, it was time her name was up there. She wants to be up there with us; it’s a real privilege.

Q: Are you going to take a vacation when you’re all done?

Yates: I promise I’m going to take a vacation. [Laughs]

Q: Do you have another movie brewing after all this?

Yates: I’ve got so many scripts coming in, I can’t tell you. In fact, I told them to stop sending them. [Laughs] Because I haven’t read any of them. They’re just all piled up. But I’m so ambitious, I can’t tell you. It’s a strange thing about Harry Potter because I don’t feel any sense of ownership, in a way. I don’t feel territorial about it. I feel it’s a bit of a national treasure that I’m curating. For everything I can enter, I try and do my very best. And I’m very proud of the work I’ve done. But post-Potter, my career sort of starts again really. And I won’t feel like I’ve made four of the biggest films in the world. I’ll feel like, ‘Well, that’s it. I’ve done Potter now.’ And I’ll have all these beautiful scripts and I can begin in a way. That’s my plan. And I’m going to do big things and tiny little things. And they won’t have wizards in them.

Q: No wizards?

Yates: No wizards.

(Distributed by Warner Bros., “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2” will be released in Philippine theatres and IMAX, in 3D and 2D, beginning July 14, 2011.)

10 Comments on David Yates Talks About ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2’

  1. You used the word “penultimate” wrong. It means second to last, and DH P2 is the last movie. Im not sure what you mixed up

  2. Kristen // June 15, 2011 at 8:42 am //

    “Penultimate” means “next-to-last”. Mr. Yates is discussing the final film in the series (Deathly Hallows Part 2), not the penultimate film (Deathly Hallows Part 1). Somebody’s editor was asleep on the job!

  3. im so excited waaaaaaaaahhhhh..

  4. 🙂

  5. i’m sooo excited….1 more month to go…harry harry harry!!

  6. Moment Ballesteros (stormy_reloj@yahoo.com) // June 14, 2011 at 9:38 pm //

    Wow eto ang sikat di tulad ng IN THE NAME OF FLOP ni anghit sobrang cheap yuck!

  7. asaness // June 14, 2011 at 9:13 pm //

    bwahahaahha!!! ASA!!!

  8. flop to taob to sa temptation island d best

  9. kapamilya 1 // June 14, 2011 at 8:55 pm //

    AGB Nationwide TV Rating (NUTAM)
    June 09, 2011: Thursday

    Whole Day Average Rating
    ABS-CBN – 14.059
    GMA – 12.682

    TOP 10
    1. 100 Days to Heaven (ABS-CBN) 34.9
    2. Guns and Roses (ABS-CBN) 29.8
    3. TV Patrol (ABS-CBN) 28.8
    4. Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin (ABS-CBN) 25.6
    5. The Biggest Loser Pinoy Edition(ABS-CBN) / Amaya (GMA) 22.4
    6. Munting Heredera (GMA) 21.9
    7. Eat Bulaga! (GMA) 20.9
    8. 24 Oras (GMA) 20.4
    9. Showtime(ABS-CBN) 19.7
    10. Secret Garden (GMA) 19.6

    TOP10 Daytime
    1. Eat Bulaga! (GMA) 20.9
    2. Showtime(ABS-CBN) 19.7
    3. My Girlfriend is a Gumiho (ABS-CBN) 16.7
    4. Nita Negrita (GMA) 14.8
    5. Playful Kiss(GMA) 13.9
    6. Happy, Yipee, Yehey! (ABS-CBN) 13.1
    7. Blusang Itim(GMA) / Sisid(GMA) 12.8
    8. Kapamilya Blockbusters: Hiling (ABS-CBN) 12.6
    9. Frijolito (ABS-CBN) 11.4
    10. Slam Dunk(GMA) 10.4

    TOP10 Primetime
    1. 100 Days to Heaven (ABS-CBN) 34.9
    2. Guns and Roses (ABS-CBN) 29.8
    3. TV Patrol (ABS-CBN) 28.8
    4. Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin (ABS-CBN) 25.6
    5. The Biggest Loser Pinoy Edition(ABS-CBN) / Amaya (GMA) 22.4
    6. Munting Heredera (GMA) 21.9
    7. 24 Oras (GMA) 20.4
    8. Secret Garden (GMA) 19.6
    9. Mula Sa Puso (ABS-CBN) 17.6
    10. Captain Barbell (GMA) 16.9

    COMPARATIVE:
    Daytime:
    Gising Pilipinas 1.9
    Lupet Replay 0.9
    Kape’t Pandesal 2.4
    Born to be wild Replay 1.2

    Umagang kay Ganda 7.6
    Sapul sa Singko 3.8
    Unang Hirit 6.9

    Dora the Explorer 9.2
    Mickey Mouse Clubhouse 3.6
    Pokemon 8.9
    Handy Manny 2.5

    Spongebob Squarepants 9.9
    Batibot 3.9
    Flame of Recca 10.1

    Hitman Reborn! 6.0
    Scooby Doo where are you? 4.4
    Ghost Fighter 10.1
    The Power Puff Girls 5.2

    Naruto Shippuuden 6.7
    Ben10 6.6

    Banana Split Daily Servings 10.0
    Juicy Express 6.9
    Slam Dunk 10.4

    Face to Face 10.2
    Family Feud 7.9
    Showtime 19.7
    Balitaang Tapat 6.6
    Kitchen Superstar 10.2

    Happy, Yipee, Yehey! 13.1
    My wife is a Superwoman 2.2
    Eat Bulaga! 20.9
    Cheer up on Love2.9
    Good Wife Bad Wife 3.3

    Kapamilya Blockbusters: Hiling 12.6
    Stitch! 4.3
    Blusang Itim 12.8
    Phineas and Ferb 5.0
    Batibot 4.9
    The Power Puff Girls 5.3
    Ben10 5.2
    Nita Negrita 14.8

    Frijolito 11.4
    Summer Super Sine: D’ Uragons 5.1
    Sisid 12.8

    My Girlfriend is a Gumiho 16.7
    Playful Kiss 13.9

    Primetime:

    Mula Sa Puso 17.6
    Aksyon 5.6
    Magic Palayok 14.3

    TV Patrol 28.8
    Wil Time Big Time 10.2
    24 Oras 20.4

    100 Days to Heaven 34.9
    Captain Barbell 16.9

    Guns and Roses 29.8
    Amaya 22.4

    Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin 25.6
    Babaeng Hampaslupa 6.8
    Munting Heredera 21.9

    The Biggest Loser Pinoy Edition 22.9
    Mga Nagbabagang Bulaklak 4.3
    Secret Garden 19.6

    I am Legend 10.5
    Untold Stories Mula sa Face to Face 3.2
    Temptation of Wife 10.1

    SNN Showbiz News Ngayon 6.4
    Aksyon Journalismo 3
    Saksi 6.4

    Bandila 5.6
    Public Atorni 1.9
    Rescue 6.1

    Panalo ang Kapamilya shows sa AGB Nationwide ratings!!!

    AMAYA bagsak ang ratings!!!!

    LAOS marian

  10. kapamilya number 1 // June 14, 2011 at 8:54 pm //

    AGB Nationwide TV Rating (NUTAM)
    June 09, 2011: Thursday

    Whole Day Average Rating
    ABS-CBN – 14.059
    GMA – 12.682

    TOP 10
    1. 100 Days to Heaven (ABS-CBN) 34.9
    2. Guns and Roses (ABS-CBN) 29.8
    3. TV Patrol (ABS-CBN) 28.8
    4. Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin (ABS-CBN) 25.6
    5. The Biggest Loser Pinoy Edition(ABS-CBN) / Amaya (GMA) 22.4
    6. Munting Heredera (GMA) 21.9
    7. Eat Bulaga! (GMA) 20.9
    8. 24 Oras (GMA) 20.4
    9. Showtime(ABS-CBN) 19.7
    10. Secret Garden (GMA) 19.6

    TOP10 Daytime
    1. Eat Bulaga! (GMA) 20.9
    2. Showtime(ABS-CBN) 19.7
    3. My Girlfriend is a Gumiho (ABS-CBN) 16.7
    4. Nita Negrita (GMA) 14.8
    5. Playful Kiss(GMA) 13.9
    6. Happy, Yipee, Yehey! (ABS-CBN) 13.1
    7. Blusang Itim(GMA) / Sisid(GMA) 12.8
    8. Kapamilya Blockbusters: Hiling (ABS-CBN) 12.6
    9. Frijolito (ABS-CBN) 11.4
    10. Slam Dunk(GMA) 10.4

    TOP10 Primetime
    1. 100 Days to Heaven (ABS-CBN) 34.9
    2. Guns and Roses (ABS-CBN) 29.8
    3. TV Patrol (ABS-CBN) 28.8
    4. Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin (ABS-CBN) 25.6
    5. The Biggest Loser Pinoy Edition(ABS-CBN) / Amaya (GMA) 22.4
    6. Munting Heredera (GMA) 21.9
    7. 24 Oras (GMA) 20.4
    8. Secret Garden (GMA) 19.6
    9. Mula Sa Puso (ABS-CBN) 17.6
    10. Captain Barbell (GMA) 16.9

    COMPARATIVE:
    Daytime:
    Gising Pilipinas 1.9
    Lupet Replay 0.9
    Kape’t Pandesal 2.4
    Born to be wild Replay 1.2

    Umagang kay Ganda 7.6
    Sapul sa Singko 3.8
    Unang Hirit 6.9

    Dora the Explorer 9.2
    Mickey Mouse Clubhouse 3.6
    Pokemon 8.9
    Handy Manny 2.5

    Spongebob Squarepants 9.9
    Batibot 3.9
    Flame of Recca 10.1

    Hitman Reborn! 6.0
    Scooby Doo where are you? 4.4
    Ghost Fighter 10.1
    The Power Puff Girls 5.2

    Naruto Shippuuden 6.7
    Ben10 6.6

    Banana Split Daily Servings 10.0
    Juicy Express 6.9
    Slam Dunk 10.4

    Face to Face 10.2
    Family Feud 7.9
    Showtime 19.7
    Balitaang Tapat 6.6
    Kitchen Superstar 10.2

    Happy, Yipee, Yehey! 13.1
    My wife is a Superwoman 2.2
    Eat Bulaga! 20.9
    Cheer up on Love2.9
    Good Wife Bad Wife 3.3

    Kapamilya Blockbusters: Hiling 12.6
    Stitch! 4.3
    Blusang Itim 12.8
    Phineas and Ferb 5.0
    Batibot 4.9
    The Power Puff Girls 5.3
    Ben10 5.2
    Nita Negrita 14.8

    Frijolito 11.4
    Summer Super Sine: D’ Uragons 5.1
    Sisid 12.8

    My Girlfriend is a Gumiho 16.7
    Playful Kiss 13.9

    Primetime:

    Mula Sa Puso 17.6
    Aksyon 5.6
    Magic Palayok 14.3

    TV Patrol 28.8
    Wil Time Big Time 10.2
    24 Oras 20.4

    100 Days to Heaven 34.9
    Captain Barbell 16.9

    Guns and Roses 29.8
    Amaya 22.4

    Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin 25.6
    Babaeng Hampaslupa 6.8
    Munting Heredera 21.9

    The Biggest Loser Pinoy Edition 22.9
    Mga Nagbabagang Bulaklak 4.3
    Secret Garden 19.6

    I am Legend 10.5
    Untold Stories Mula sa Face to Face 3.2
    Temptation of Wife 10.1

    SNN Showbiz News Ngayon 6.4
    Aksyon Journalismo 3
    Saksi 6.4

    Bandila 5.6
    Public Atorni 1.9
    Rescue 6.1

    Panalo ang Kapamilya shows sa AGB Nationwide ratings!!!

    AMAYA bagsak ang ratings!!!!

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