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Heyman on Length of Battle of Hogwarts for Deathly Hallows: Probably Be 30 Minutes

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Posted by: sue
July 16, 2009, 09:09 PM

Harry Potter producer David Heyman has given a  new interview to Collider.com where he discusses at length the upcoming Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Among the many topics such as the forthcoming Ultimate Collectors DVD, info on why Scrimgeour was cut from Half-Blood Prince, we also learn that the scripts are both around 120 pages long, and notably some new (slight spoilers) about the highly anticipated end of DH Part Two, including the Battle of Hogwarts. Quotes of interest:



With the 2 parts that you’re filming now, what is the longest part of the shoot? Like what scene are you guys planning on spending the most time on? HEYMAN: The final battle.

I’m a huge fan of the book. The ending of Book 7 is really climatic in so many ways. Is that going to be like a 20-minute part of the movie or a 30-minute part of the movie? Have you guys already started thinking about that? HEYMAN: Absolutely.  I mean we’ve got a script version of it. I think it’ll probably be 30 minutes, they get the Hogwarts fairly early on, but there’s a lot of build up before the battle happens, you know? And there are 2 parts to the battle. There’s the first part and then there’s the post-death of Harry part, if you know what I mean.

I know exactly what you mean. HEYMAN: Yeah, so in a way there’s a couple of different parts to that battle.

Well, it’s almost like the ending of Book 7 and the ending of movie 2-part 2 is almost like what people have been waiting for all the movies to see, which is the big, big showdown. HEYMAN: It’s funny, yes I think that’s true and the showdown will be…that poses its own challenges in terms of adaptation. Not only the expectation of that final showdown but also what I love about Jo’s work is that’s it’s emotionally rooted. And in the book, actually, Harry doesn’t do much fighting back. In fact, he’s…I’m not going to use the word but he has the “blank” beaten out of him.  I just said well, there’s more engagement in our version of the final battle.

I was going to ask you about that because that’s one of the things, to me, is amazing about the ending of that book is that Harry accepts his fate without knowing what’s going to happen. It can go either way, you know? And it’s sort of he’s… HEYMAN: That’s true up until…when he’s reborn, Harry is aware that Voldemort is vulnerable and is a defeated man. And that’s something that we’re wrestling with and determining right now just so that it works in cinematic terms and not just on a…yeah that it works cinematically."

Thanks so much Steve!

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193 Comments

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Awesome! :)

Posted by Half-Blood Princess66[ROAR!] on July 17, 2009, 04:14 PM report to moderator
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I hope they keep in the line by Mrs. Weasley when Bellatrix attacks Ginny…that will be a crowd pleaser and especially sets up Mrs. Weasley exacting revenge for the damage to her family by Death Eaters, and the destruction of the Burrow.

I agree with Tina_als_girl about the wedding change…combine the overt nature of the Lupin/Tonks relationship in HBP movie (“Sweetheart?”) and no Burrow to host the Bill/Fleur wedding, and you may be on to something.

Posted by 8th Horcrux on July 17, 2009, 04:14 PM report to moderator
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See the excitment is building here and HBP still in the plans for this weekend. It is so good to be a Potterite right now!

Posted by fngw417 on July 17, 2009, 04:24 PM report to moderator
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YAAAAY!
:)) two part-battle :)

Posted by harrypottergirlll on July 17, 2009, 04:37 PM report to moderator
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Yay, I’m glad it wont be too long, but it would be cool seeing a full on wizarding battle

Posted by Remus_Rocks on July 17, 2009, 05:16 PM report to moderator
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Are they not going to film the Epolog??? Did anyone think to ask him? I do hope they don’t screw up the battle too much!

Posted by hewy on July 17, 2009, 05:25 PM report to moderator
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cool.
i just hope they don’t change it from the book too much.
and i don’t know about the Harry fighting back at all . . .

Posted by DanielleD on July 17, 2009, 05:53 PM report to moderator
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cool.
i just hope they don’t change it from the book too much.
and i don’t know about the Harry fighting back at all . . .

Posted by DanielleD on July 17, 2009, 05:54 PM report to moderator
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As far as I know, they’re doing the Epilogue. There have been several articles where they talk about how they’re not going to re-cast the Trio for the end of DH.

Posted by tina_als_girl on July 17, 2009, 06:00 PM report to moderator
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Sounds a little too short, they should make it long if they’re making 2 movies.

Posted by lupinwandcaster on July 17, 2009, 06:02 PM report to moderator
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as long as they put everylittle detail in , i’ll be fine with it.

Posted by HPandtheDA007 on July 17, 2009, 06:03 PM report to moderator
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amazinngg!

Posted by TaylerWeasley on July 17, 2009, 07:06 PM report to moderator
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Honestly the movies could be six hours long and I’d happily sit thru the whole thing!

Posted by Lizbit on July 17, 2009, 07:23 PM report to moderator
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And I mean six hours each.

Posted by Lizbit on July 17, 2009, 07:23 PM report to moderator
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Cant wait!! Should be awsome!!!!!

Posted by ϟ☮Sindi a.k.a Remy [ROAR!!]☮ϟ on July 17, 2009, 08:23 PM report to moderator
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