While on the rounds promoting Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince the Potter gang, as expected, were asked questions about the next film, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I. According to director David Yates they have shot roughly 85% of Part I, and during the press conference the cast and director all mentioned how different the movie will be compared to the previous outings, and that the film will break a structure that has been in place throughout the franchise.
Yates gave an idea about what the feel will be for the two parts of the final movie, which should be very different from Half-Blood Prince or anything that came before. “The first movie is a road movie basically, and it’s quite intense and very raw and we’re way away from Hogwarts, and it’s a bit like three refugees being pursued across the landscape by these terrible Death Eaters. We’re really enjoying it actually. It feels very different. The first one is very verité and documentary and edgy and on the road, and the second part is a big opera basically, a great big epic with huge battles and very oddly moving, because it concludes the whole saga really. So they’re two very different films.”
“It’s not very often that in the middle of the filmmaking process, you stop yourself and go ‘This is going to be awesome’ and I’ve done that on a number of occasions,” Emma Watson confirmed. “We’ve just done this amazing scene in the forest where we’re getting chased by the Snatchers, and I’ve never done anything like it, nothing even close. I’ve never really done any serious stunts or any real action, and it’s so exciting and just really dynamic. Because all of us are now finished with school and we’re all just totally focused on this finale. It’s out of Hogwarts, it’s just about the three of us. It’s going to be… well, I hope it’s going to be brilliant and it feels totally different. I feel like I’m on a different film. The other films have this structure: You know, we come into the Great Hall and there’s the opening talk and that’s just gone, it’s gone.”
Producer David Heyman also spoke about using CGI to make the actors look like they are in their late 30s at the end of Part II. He says that they may use similar technology that was used in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, although they are still in “an exploratory stage”. Click here to read the rest of the interviews.